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WD Blue 8TB HDD Review: A Balanced, Entry-Level Hard Drive


The 8TB WD Blue is a basic entry-level HDD that offers plenty of performance to help you add more storage to your system without breaking the bank. Sticking with 8TB CMR technology sets it apart from other cheaper drives, and the Blue series also has his CMR options for other capacities. The 8TB model is a slight improvement at 5640 RPM over the 5400 RPM drives typically found in this price class. This makes it a clear winner over the slower SMR technology Seagate BarraCuda alternatives, but falls short when compared to faster drives like the 7200-RPM FireCuda. WD Blue is attractive against all competitors in its performance class price range.

Blue has the usual software support we’d expect, but the industry-standard 2-year warranty for drives in this class is more full-featured, like the 7200-RPM FireCuda with extra features. Not much better than the more expensive options. 3 years data rescue service. Blue also has a smaller cache capacity compared to the BarraCuda, so this drive is aimed at a lower price point. Not the best drive for NAS use or as a replacement for heavier workloads, but great for adding storage to your system for media, backups, and general tasks that don’t require SSD-class responsiveness or bandwidth .

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product WD blue HDD
capacity 8TB
model # WD80EAZZ
Pricing $109.99
Cost per TB $13.75
interface SATA 6Gb/s
form factor 3.5 inches
technology CMR
number of revolutions 5640
Sustained transfer speed Up to 185MB/s
cache 128MB
operating power 6.2W
noise 30dBA
Workload rate limit N/A
guarantee 2 years

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