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WD 8TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive
With up to 8TB of capacity, you'll have all the room to keep your favorite photos, videos, music and important files. WD Backup works quietly in the background to help protect your data with minimal resources from your PC. Set your own schedule to back up updated files or new folders automatically. You can even save your files to the cloud with Dropbox™.*
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: new | Sold by: newegg
Drives a hottie !
Obvious pro's are the dollar per terabyte value, but I'm concerned about the high temperatures these drives produce. Apparently, WD puts helium filled drives in some units, and regular air filled drives in others. It seems that the air filled run significantly hotter (WD80 EDAZ). I added a 40mm USB powered fan to the bottom of the case and let the drive sit on it's side (just like it would in most vertical mount NAS), and blow air through it. Brings the temp down to about 111f from 142f. I'm hoping that this cooler environment will prolong the life of the unit. Interestingly, I have a 6TB MyBook that runs at 110f under load, with an air filled drive inside (WD60 EDAZ). I'm making sure to back up the 8TB drive often.
Seems to speed up transfers from previously slow drives.
It's interesting that the speed varies. I've tried to narrow down what leads to higher speeds, and so far it seems to be the temperature of the laptop (I use the HDD with a laptop). It's not portable but I needed some extra space at a reasonable price. I'm not sure how this happened, but twice I saw an incredibly quick data transfer between HDDs, something I'd never seen before - about 1.5 GB/s, but most of the time it ranges between 80 MB/s and 200 MB/s which is better than what I had been getting.
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: new | Sold by: mr_rumplefish
I have used WD external hard drives in quite a few locations. They have always performed very well and this device is no exception. I would always recommend the WD brand producs.
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: new | Sold by: nianfuad
Serves its purpose
I got this as a storage device for my media. I didn't realize that it had WD encryption software, so I'm praying that it holds up. I do have another WD My Cloud Mirror that I have media on also. When trying to organize my media on this drive, I have to wait for it to respond to my clicks within same folder. Otherwise I have no complaints.