Normally, these are $20.00 each with free shipping.
BitDeals is offering a special promotion for serverbuilds.net members: (quantities below are the minimum quantities to activate the coupon, you can order other quantities)
5 drives: Use code JDM5 for $17.00 per drive, with free shipping
Total = $85 shipped for 15TB
10 drives: Use code JDM10 for $16.00 per drive, with free shipping
Total = $160 shipped for 30TB
20 drives: Use code JDM20 for $15.00 per drive, with free shipping
I see deals like this and really want to take them, but 5 drives shipped to Switzerland is $75 shipping, that just can’t be right. Are there not cheaper shipping deals? I’d expect to pay around $20 tops
Might be, also might be that this chap is missing out on sales from the entire world because he doesn’t want to review who he does shipping with. As stated I order stuff from the US all the time and this is extremely expensive
Here’s quotes from USPS, UPS, FedEx, and DHL, assuming 5 3.5" HDDs at a bit under 2lbs a pop, in a box that (conservatively) measures 8"x6"x6" and with a total weight of 10lbs shipping to Zurich from New York.
The cheapest means of shipping to Europe from the US is via USPS, and for this it’s $75. 3.5" SAS hard drives with a few platters weigh approximately 1.7lbs, and packing material is not weightless. 10lbs is an accurate estimate for five drives + packaging.
There’s no “get a better shipping company,” it’s reality - it costs this much to ship this package from the US to your location.
Still new to the server scene (built a NAS Killer 4.1 a few weeks back), but the pictures on the site show the drives could have been made back in ~2013 time frame, that seems a little old? About how much longer should they be expected to run? For the price, I might have to get some to try out. Thanks everyone!
Yeah, back in 2011 I bought a new Synology 1511+ and also 5 new 3TB Western Digital Caviar Green desktop drives for it (I don’t think that the WD Reds were available yet). Since then 4 of the 5 drives have been running without any issues. Also, the fifth drive only started having issues a few months ago. That is a pretty good length of time considering that these drives are normal desktop drives and not something meant to be in a NAS setup.
And before anybody asks, yes, I have since replaced the fifth drive with a used 4TB drive that I had on hand to keep it running smoothly until I get the time to build a new NAS setup to replace the Synology.
Personally I stay away from seagate. I’ve heard more horror stories than good. Granted other manufacturers have had ups and downs but they get fixed while it seems seagate,not so much. To be fair though, haven’t looked at seagate stats/drives in about 3+ years.
I’ve got 6 of the 3tb hgst drives listed above from BITDeals back around Christmas time and they’re still chugging along just fine in my freenas box. Really thinking about the 10 drive deal too…
Good to hear, I was in tech around some of seagate and the ibm deathsar issues, even got a couple. Wasn’t sure about the 2013 time frame as career had me out of the loop for a long time. Looking forward to using these and more sales as well! Thank you everyone!
So are SAS drive better than NAS drives? I have a 4.1NK and I can go with either options. but first 3TB will consume lot of space in the build and also not sure about the SAS vs NAS deal?
Isn’t better to schuk drives?
I’ve bought the HGST drives from ebay. Now that I have them with me, I’m having 2nd thoughts to deploy them due to they may suck more power than my existing SATA drives. Though my SATA drives are pretty old, not sure which sucks more power. I am using Unraid, and there is no SAS powerdown for now with Unraid, it will remain spinning. Can’t decide whether to put them in yet or not.