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  1. It's probably a white label WD80EZZX (as opposed to the WD80EFZX Red in the Easystore) in your 8TB My Book. That's what's in mine. There is no consensus regarding what really constitutes a white label drive. Some think they are Reds that didn't make the grade; other says they are the WD blue drive relabeled. Whatever it is, it's a drive not available as a bare retail drive. The WD80EZZX in the My Book is noisier that the WD80EFZX Red drives in my unRAID array. Other than that noticeable difference, I have not done any performance testing to compare the two. Here's some useful info from the WD forum: https://community.wd.com/t/what-is-the-difference-between-8tb-wd80efrz-and-wd80ezzx/186381
  2. I have had things shipped to my son's address (same city) when out of town for an extended time. Maybe you can order online and have them shipped to a nearby address (friend or family)? BB does have free 2-day shipping on these drives.
  3. There is a limit of three per order; however, you can place multiple orders shipped to the same address. In April, they also had the 4TB Easystore (also have Red drives) for $109 and I ordered several of them for another build for a friend. BB accepted multiple orders of three to the same address without issue.
  4. Reading the AnandTech forum where this is mentioned, it appears that the soldered-on controller is prevalent in the 2.5" externals but the 3.5" external drives still have the SATA to USB adapter and are regular SATA drives in the external enclosure. I did not read the whole thread, but, as far as I read only 2.5" drives had the usb-only controller and several people with 3.5" drive reported them to be normal SATA drives.
  5. All I know is that several members of the forum were buying these from Best Buy in April for use in unRAID and no one reported not being able to use them because of a soldered on controller. In fact, your post is the first I have heard of this issue. Yeah, that would be a big-time disappointment. Here is the "Good Deals" thread from April:
  6. I bought three of these in April when they were on sale at the same price. The drives inside are the helium-filled WD Reds; at least they were in the batch I bought in April. $180 is an outstanding price for an 8TB Red. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/wd-easystore-8tb-external-usb-3-0-hard-drive-black/5792401.p?skuId=5792401
  7. Holy unlimited budget Batman! 23 8TB reds at an average of $190 each. $4370 just on drives and 184TB of storage. I have no words - and even less money! Enviado desde mi iPad utilizando Tapatalk
  8. Yes, looks like they are back to $199 (still a great deal). They were still $179 this morning as I was thinking of buying more. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Kind of hard to pass up an 8TB Red Helium for $179. I bought three.
  10. Yep, I have done all that. Board is currently out of the case. I have reseated RAM multiple times, tried just one stick etc. I have also tried two different PSUs both of which work with other boards in other cases. RMA is my only option now.
  11. I don't think I have the same situation. I have reset CMOS multiple times, I am not necessarily trying to boot into unRAID, I have tried attaching an SSD with Windows 7 to the MB and removed the unRAID flash drive. I have also tried booting with no drives attached. I cannot factory reset the BIOS (but trying the two new BIOS chips is the same thing) as I cannot get into the BIOS, at least as far as I can see as there is no video output. The monitor power LED just flashes indicating no video signal. The board power LED is green. It is at least in a deep coma that persists with all power removed for long periods of time, with, apparently, no way to wake it up.
  12. Replacement BIOS chips arrived today (shipped to U.S. address and forwarded to Mexico). ASRock sent me two just in case. No change. No post, no video, just spinning fans. Looks like the board is going back under RMA. I am assuming it is the board and not the CPU, but, I really have no way of knowing. I have tried two speakers on the MB speaker header to see if I get any kind of BIOS beeps that might indicate where the problem lies; nothing but silence.
  13. As HellDiverUS stated, there is no 1GB RAM per TB of storage requirement in unRAID. This is an oft-quoted metric related to FreeNAS. RAM requirements in unRAID are determined much more by the way in which it will be used (number and type of VMs, dockers, etc.) and not by the amount of storage supported.
  14. Obviously, any manufacturer can turn out good and bad boards. If the product was consistently bad, they would not be in business. In all my years of building PCs, this is the first motherboard that has ever failed to post. They have had other issues, but, failing to enter BIOS has not been the issue. I am sure HellDiverUKs post based on his experience can be reworded with any three mainstream manufacturer's names based on others experiences. I just seem to have the misfortune of having received an, apparently, bad board from ASRock. Hoping the BIOS chip is the issue.
  15. Almost every one of the many motherboards I have purchased up until now has been Asus or Gigabyte. I did purchase an EVGA MB once and it had a lot of BIOS issues with USB that eventually got worked out but was a pain for several months. This is my first ASRock MB and I purchased it because it had the features I needed in a mini-ITX form factor without a lot of extra stuff I did not need. At $200 it was not cheap for a mini-ITX board. Many others in these forums were/are using the same board with success. I may think twice about going with ASRock in the future based on this experience. Right now, I just want to get it working again even if that means an RMA.
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