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Posted 13 January 2020 - 02:03 PM

Why are internal drives more expensive then external? They must use normal hdds in them :/ its ridiculous


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Posted 15 January 2020 - 11:35 AM

They do use normal HDDs in them... I see what you mean though – it's crazy!

 

But keep in mind that they are generally only 5400 RPM drives. Other than that, it is probably possible to pull them apart and get out a nice 2.5" SATA HDD.


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Posted 15 January 2020 - 07:24 PM

If you want cheap and large capacity internal drives, you can wait for amazon deals on WD Easystore external drives and pull them out of their enclosures. Costs about NZD225 all up for 8TB



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Posted 16 January 2020 - 07:05 AM

That's amazingly cheap!


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Posted 17 January 2020 - 08:02 PM

Cheers.

 

Yea I needed to look around more, I bought a 10TB internal... cost like $550 ugh



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Posted 17 January 2020 - 09:01 PM

It's also important to note the quality of drives.

If we look at Western Digital drives for example they have different tiers of drive done by colour (Blue, Green, Black, Red, Purple, Gold)

However their external HDDs are what they call "White" drives.

This is not a tier of drive WD normal sell, but they are instead drives that don't quite meet the manufacturing tolerances to be better drives (normally Red or Purple).

Think of it like CPU or GPU binning if that makes more sense.

 

However, this doesn't mean they are inherently bad, infact if you look up WD whites you'll find the Datahorder and HomeServer subreddits love them and will often do exactly what mrac suggested.

I know you've already bought one but if you ever decide to do this in the future I would highly suggest doing some research into what the most popular exHDDs to rip the drives out of are (once again the above subreddits are great for this), as some definitely have better drives then others.

 

So really it boils down to:

  • How much to you value that little bit extra reliability
  • Are you prepared/can you be bothered to rip the drive out of the enclosure
  • Are you happy to play the disk(silicon) lottery

Also while I used WD as an example here, Seagate also do the exact same thing, its just they don't have a nice example friendly colour tier for their drives.

 

And finally, obviously with internal drives you can pick from any of the available tiers so it just becomes a matter of price.

 

Regardless I hope you enjoy your new drive.


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