Until there is clear evidence, that white label WD 8TB drives indeed have a modified firmware module, where e.g. The wd80emaz is a fine drive too still a hgst nas grade helioseal drive I ordered 2 this last month both were wd80efax red though. it seems WD got to know what people are doing - There is little doubt that the white label WD80EMAZ are the same as the red label WD80EFAX. I just bought 4 of the WD 8TB external easystore drives - after opening them, I had 2 Red drives (WD80EFAX) and 2 White label drives (WD80EMAZ). Its identical down to the firmware used, its the same specs, FW revision, and 7 sec TLER. These are generally white label WD WD100EMAZ 10TB hard drives but we have heard of some containing WD Red variants. [WD80EMAZ](White label with metal strips) = US7SAL080 = Ultrastar He10-8 SATA (3.3v reset, source WDBCKA0080HBK) [WD80EZAZ](White label with metal strips) = US7SAL080 = Ultrastar He10-8 SATA (3.3v reset, source Good to see this topic. Are I recently purchased 4 x 8TB Easystore external drives for my NAS system. I have heard some issues for those wanting to shuck and run as NAS. WDC WD80EMAZ-00WJTA0 Capacity 7.2 TB Interface SATA SATA version 3.2 Form-factor 3.5" Firmware 83.H0A83 Firmware upgrade supported ATA version ACS-2 Advanced Format supported Units tested 14 Times tested 53 WD80EMAZ (White label with metal strips) = US7SAL080 = Ultrastar He10-8 SATA (3.3v reset, source WDBCKA0080HBK) WD80EZAZ (White label with metal strips) = US7SAL080 = Ultrastar He10-8 SATA (3.3v reset, source I was able to shuck the drive from the enclosure and find a White label WD80EMAZ drive which is nearly identical to the RED labeled drive that is sought after. The helium version is WD80EMAZ-00WJTA0. wd80emaz specs, ãWDãWesternDigitalè£½HDDåã®ä¼ Vol.200 1 ï¼Socket774 ï¼2018/11/02(é) 23:22:19.40 ID:9IQO+AV90.net!extend:checked:vvvvv:1000:512 âã®è¡ãã³ãããã¦2è¡ã«ãã¦ããç«ã¦ã¦ä¸ããï¼ã¯ããã§ã¤è¨å® ~ There is evidence they may be rebranded HGST helium drives , which would be just as good if not better for reliability (and would explain the 3.3v power issue). The air version is WD80EMAZ-00M9AA0. Works great as a stand alone back up. Doing a bit of digging I found out that these WD80EMAZ have a power disable feature when used with straight SATA as an internal drive. In either case, at this time WD 10TB Red NAS drives are going for over $300 , so these Easystore drives are an excellent price. I already own 3 WD 8TB red drives and 2 WD 8TB I recently found the need for more storage space and after researching a â¦ When I removed these from the external case, 2 of the drives were Red drives (WD80EFAX) and 2 were white labeled (WD80EMAZ) drives. I thought Id share my ordeal just in case anyone else stumbles upon this problem. Regardless, I do not believe there are yet any known cases of shucked external WD 8TB drives that are SMR under the covers, or likely (WD or HGST) candidates to worry about that might be hiding under a white label. Performance is great. Probably not. I was able to shuck the drive from the enclosure and find a White label WD80EMAZ drive which is nearly identical to the RED labeled drive that is sought after. Als White Label Festplatte unterscheidet sich die Typenbezeichnung WD80EMAZ in einem Buchstaben von einer WD Red WD80EFAX. Had a helluva time finding this issue online for some reason. If you are going to go into the store you can make sure If you want to run NAS you may Learn more with 17 Questions and 71 Answers for WD - Easystore 8TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive - Black Best answer: To follow up on my previous response; I received the drives I ordered yesterday, (Friday, 11/10/17) and cracked them open to find some similarities and differences in comparing them to the 8TB Easystore drives I bought this spring and summer. 49 votes, 39 comments.