Newegg has the Western Digital Green 4TB IntelliPower 64MB WD40EZRX SATA III Hard Drive (Bulk) for $130 with free shipping. Goes for $145+ elsewhere. Features a SATA 6Gb/s interface and 64MB cache.
$145 Retail: $250

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    energyx Ben's cred: 49
    Posted 4:35 pm PST 11/20/14

    Hoping these drop below $100 soon.

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    Gunfighter6 Ben's cred: 30
    Posted 5:34 pm PST 11/20/14

    Are these any good for NAS?

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    energyx Ben's cred: 49
    Posted 6:14 pm PST 11/20/14

    Gunfighter6 wrote:
    Are these any good for NAS?

    Probably want a Red drive for that. Especially for RAID. You can get this for $115 if you use mobile app and Google Wallet checkout.

    Also, $119 + ship and/or tax from Microcenter for external version: http://www.microcenter.com/product/437610/Elements_4TB_5,400_RPM_SuperSpeed_30_USB_35_External_Desktop_Storage

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    ConfuciusTse Ben's cred: 5
    Posted 12:42 am PST 11/21/14

    I recently bought three of these. I'm reading that the default behavior is to physically park the heads after 8 seconds of downtime. Theoretically this saves power as it safely parks the head and spins down the drive. Unfortunately, a lot of media access (eg, videos) will read ahead increments such as 10 seconds. So this causes a constant cycle of parking, slowing the disk rotation, speeding up again, and moving the head. That's bad enough, however the drive is only rated at so many head load/unload actions over the life of the drive. Some people are hitting this maximum after just a month to 6 months of usage which then leads to hardware failure.

    So if you are getting this drive, suggest you Google WDIDLE3 which is a Western Digital cmd line program that allows you to adjust the park timeout from 8 seconds up to 3 minutes or just "off" (no parking). Many speculate that this adjustment is the main difference between WD Green and Red drives as the physical specs are identical.

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    JoeTaxpayer Ben's cred: 13
    Posted 5:23 am PST 11/21/14

    ConfuciusTse wrote:
    So if you are getting this drive, suggest you Google WDIDLE3 which is a Western Digital cmd line program that allows you to adjust the park timeout from 8 seconds up to 3 minutes or just "off" (no parking).


    Exactly. This was the warning I got when I used one in my TiVo. Great advice, it should be in bold letters on any ad for this drive. It's not a negative, just a fact. With an easy fix.

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