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Monday, April 19, 2021
I received model WD80EFAX-68KNBN0, which is the newer air-filled model. As a consequence, this drive runs much hotter than original helium-filled model (WD80EFAX-68LHPN0). Contrary to what some of the other reviewers have stated, I'm fairly certain this is a CMR drive. As far as I can find, WD does not make SMR drives larger than 6TB yet.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
By: Peter Schneider
None yet apparent
There has been some confusion around what these drives are given that the manufacture part number of WD80EFAX says they are WD Red Plus, but some packaging says they are WD Red (no Plus included). This is important because the non-Plus are SMR based and the Plus drives are CMR based. With some digging I found out that the change to add Plus for the more capable CMR drives happened after many drives apparently were shipped based on the older branding. The following link shows which drives are CMR and which are SMR: https://blog.westerndigital.com/wd-red-nas-drives/. The WD80EFAX is in fact a CMR drive, even if the package says it is a WD Red and not the proper branding of WD Red Plus. My submitted rating is pre-use so please take it based on my research of comparison, and still not sure how stable the drive will be down the road.
Saturday, December 26, 2020
I have this as a backup for important files and it then gets backed up to the cloud, I got this drive last years boxing day and its been going strong without any issues what so ever. I also have a drive monitoring software always checking it making sure its running good and it also has a cooling fan always running for it.
Saturday, November 28, 2020
By: Data Recovery Expert Service
good hard drive for price and average speed for storage
Slow compare with other competitors this is SMR drive with new technologies. it is not Media cache technology it is: Write Direct Empty Line Area Management. So it faster but not like CMR. WD RED PRO it is full CMR
Good for archive storage, not fast enough. same like WD GREEN or BLUE series hard drive. 5400 RPM. Not worth pay more for RED color and NAS Ware label. Use blue or green in NASes and it will keep same speed. nothing special.
Tuesday, September 08, 2020
Sunday, August 09, 2020
Proper CMR / PMR drive. I use two of these as parity drives in my unRAID array. Peak speed of 207 MB/s on the outer tracks and 91 MB/s on the inner tracks. Still hitting about 171 MB/s at the 4TB mark! Sits around 30° C at idle spiking to about 35° C under load.
Got these on sale on boxing day 2019 for an incredible price: VERY GOOD at that price considering you can get white label drives in external enclosures and shuck them for just under $200 each. If you see these @ $200 or less, DO NOT HESITATE TO BUY THEM.