JJ Johnson

How many platters in WD Red 5TB?

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Yeah, I checked that page. I've actually gotten into the habit of weighing new hard drives on my kitchen scale to get a good idea of how many platters they have, since WD seems intent on changing things up without updating model numbers.

The 5TB Red has come down to $200 on Amazon and Newegg, and I'm tempted to get a couple. I'm a little reluctant to buy a 5 platter drive, though. Don't ask me why ... I suppose that it just seems like more mechanical items that can go wrong, although I suppose the trade-off is either more platters and heads or higher, potentially less reliable platter density.

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