I’ve over 250TB of storage, and whereas a lot of the drives are both IronWolf or WD Purple Plus, I’ve 32TB of drives sourced from WD’s desktop exhausting drive enclosures, similar to the easystore. All it’s a must to do is purchase the enclosure, take away the HDD from inside — the method is named shucking — and you’ll then use it in your NAS enclosure the identical manner as any NAS HDD.

The draw back is that it takes about 10 minutes to take away the drive from the enclosure, however the upside is appreciable value financial savings. WD is presently promoting the 18TB easystore for just $199 at Best Buy, and that is a $205 low cost on what it normally prices. To offer you some context, a NAS-focused WD Red Pro drive currently retails for $337, so that you’re simply saving a minimum of $137 by going the easystore route.