Yeah, learned that from experience. I had WD Gold and after getting a NAS just moved it there. Was not a good idea AT ALL, ticking every 5 seconds due to PWL. I’d think pretty much everything should be better, but then I heard about some Reds with that same ticking, and also found some hate regarding the helium ones noise: https://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=69941
Also on reddit many say that current 8tb Reds are in fact 7200rpm despite saying 5400. WD recently acknowledged that https://blocksandfiles.com/2020/09/04/what-madness-is-this-wd-5400-rpm-8tb-drives-sound-like-faster-7200-rpm-spinners/
Maybe that’s why there’s so much noise complaints for 8tb Red. And I think Seagate 8tb NAS drive is also 7200.
Thanks, I missed the announcement of that new CMR series somehow, it’s great that lower capacity will have an alternative now. But looks like WE80EFAX with supposed noise issues that I was asking about is already being rebranded as a Plus since it’s already CMR. And not really 5400 sadly. And I can’t get much higher in price than that one.
Decent from the noise point? Where I live, 12TB Elements Desktop cost just a bit more than WE80EFAX, which is nice. But some local store comments specifically say that there’s a big chance of noisy vibrating 7200rpm inside. Not sure the risk is worth it, especially if shucking voids the RMA option.
So I’m really confused. Is it even possible at least to find an 8tb drive that surely won’t be ticking every 5 seconds on idle? Cause the more I search, it looks like pretty everything new and high capacity has a chance to turn out 7200rpm and be ticking… And even if not ticking, still much louder than 6tb. What weird times do we live in.