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 Post subject: Re: Seagate's 10TB HDDs
PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:23 am 
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Could you please give the model number of the 8TB WD Read drive you use. There are two different models currently listed for sale: WD80EFAX and WD80EFZX. Thanks in advance.

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 Post subject: Re: Seagate's 10TB HDDs
PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:29 am 
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boost wrote:
Could you please give the model number of the 8TB WD Read drive you use. There are two different models currently listed for sale: WD80EFAX and WD80EFZX. Thanks in advance.
Im also interested on the model to keep an eye when they go on sale to get some.

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 Post subject: Re: Seagate's 10TB HDDs
PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:04 pm 
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Have owned six WD80EFRX (though only two were in my system - the others are in My Book Duos). Sold one in the process of upgrading to the 10-12TB drives, which I regret as my main rig will be returning to a three HDD configuration at some point - consisting of WD80EFRX.

My original comments on that model still apply, but I recall seeing mixed opinions. As I mentioned previously, I have a relatively forgiving setup (Fractal Mini on a carpeted floor about 1.5 metres from my sitting position). I can't say whether someone with more demanding requirements would be happy with the 8TB Red - just that if they weren't, they'd be even less happy with the 10-12TB models I tested.

Hadn't heard of the WD80EFAX, but from pictures, it looks like it might be more related to the WD100EFAX (i.e. the 10TB Red I wrote about having maddening 'background maintenance' noises). I won't be taking a risk on those and will leave it to a quiet PC enthusiast who owns one to comment.

Just hoping the WD80EFRX hasn't been messed with and that the current ones behave the same as my 2016-2017 units.


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 Post subject: Re: Seagate's 10TB HDDs
PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:47 pm 
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sneaker wrote:
Have owned six WD80EFRX (though only two were in my system - the others are in My Book Duos). Sold one in the process of upgrading to the 10-12TB drives, which I regret as my main rig will be returning to a three HDD configuration at some point - consisting of WD80EFRX.

My original comments on that model still apply, but I recall seeing mixed opinions. As I mentioned previously, I have a relatively forgiving setup (Fractal Mini on a carpeted floor about 1.5 metres from my sitting position). I can't say whether someone with more demanding requirements would be happy with the 8TB Red - just that if they weren't, they'd be even less happy with the 10-12TB models I tested.

Hadn't heard of the WD80EFAX, but from pictures, it looks like it might be more related to the WD100EFAX (i.e. the 10TB Red I wrote about having maddening 'background maintenance' noises). I won't be taking a risk on those and will leave it to a quiet PC enthusiast who owns one to comment.

Just hoping the WD80EFRX hasn't been messed with and that the current ones behave the same as my 2016-2017 units.



This is why we need SPCR to reactivate. So much has changed over the years (especially fans and PSUs), and HDDs are still relevant today as the vast majority of people can't even come close to affording SSDs anywhere close to the capacities of the HDDs that a lot of people need.

Maybe there are qualified people still on here who wouldn't mind taking on some product testing in their spare time. I sure would like to see a review of the new Noctua NF-A12x25 from a silent PC aspect.

Are there ANY other tech sites out there that do PC component testing with silence being the number one objective?

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 Post subject: Re: Seagate's 10TB HDDs
PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:34 am 
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DaveD wrote:
This is why we need SPCR to reactivate. So much has changed over the years (especially fans and PSUs), and HDDs are still relevant today as the vast majority of people can't even come close to affording SSDs anywhere close to the capacities of the HDDs that a lot of people need.

Maybe there are qualified people still on here who wouldn't mind taking on some product testing in their spare time. I sure would like to see a review of the new Noctua NF-A12x25 from a silent PC aspect.

Are there ANY other tech sites out there that do PC component testing with silence being the number one objective?


Totally agree. I didn't know it wasn't active any longer, but it's still as relevant as ever. Imagine the cost of an 8TB SSD? Yikes!

I'm reviewing noise differentials for 8TB drives and am looking at the WD after a lot of research. I can't find info on WD80EFAX vs WD80EFZX in terms of noise, other than a weird comparison site at span.com that says the EFZX is more quiet at idle (2db vs 2.7db). Ironically I'm having to buy this drive in order to copy data from my Drobo 5n which has had two failed WD 2TB Red drives, one of which causes such bad vibrations that my son couldn't sleep -- it was in the attic right above his room.

So, although I've had bad luck so far with WD Reds AND the EFZX is 128MB cache vs the 256MB cache of the EFAX, I'm gonna trust this comparison site's data and get the EFZX as I have no other data about the noise and the drive is going into my living room PC to copy data from the Drobo so I can reset the dang thing!

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