NAS storage isn’t cheap with drives costing considerably more than desktop PC counterparts. Black Friday helps with some notable discounts, but even the best NAS hard drive deal cannot beat this Western Digital 18TB Elements external storage offer.
Instead of buying a NAS HDD, you can simply extract a drive from these devices. But if that’s a little too much storage (and money) for your comfort, there’s always a 12TB version of the same external enclosure that can also be extracted and installed inside your NAS.
Western Digital 18TB Elements External Storage | $215 off!
Inside this enclosure, you’ll find a white label 18TB Western Digital HDD. These devices are designed to run for prolonged periods of time, just like a NAS enclosure.
Western Digital 12TB Elements External Storage | $112 off!
If the 18TB model is a little too out of your reach for budget and NAS capabilities, we’ve got you covered with this slightly more affordable and smaller option.
So, just how good are these two deals? If we look at the price of a new Western Digital Red series HDD, especially the 12TB and 18TB models, the price difference is huge. We can get a very capable 12TB drive inside the Elements enclosure for just $198 ($0.02 /GB, $17 /TB), but the same WD Red drive retails for $399 ($0.03 /GB, $33 /TB). That’s a saving of $201!
The same goes for the 18TB drive inside the Elements enclosure, which costs $300 ($0.02 /GB, $17 /TB) with Black Friday. Since it’s an 18TB drive, we need to move up to the more expensive Western Digital Red Pro series for a comparable 18TB drive and that retails for $430 ($0.02 /GB, $24 /TB). Buying the enclosure would save you $130.
Of course, we don’t recommend you actually carry out the process of voiding your warranty with Western Digital by taking apart the enclosures and extracting the drives, but the entire process doesn’t require anything other than a screwdriver. These drives are just as good as the NAS drives you can buy from WD or Seagate, so this is a great offer.
If you’re looking for an enclosure to use these larger drives with, we’re constantly adding the best Black Friday NAS deals to our main deals hub.
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