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A fantastic workhorse hard drive, the WD Red 3TB, is down to $80 today only

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Wd Red 3tb (Image credit: Amazon)

The WD Red 3TB WD30EFRX 5400 RPM NAS hard disk drive (opens in new tab) is down to $96.99 through a Newegg deal, and if you use coupon code 93XPH79 during checkout the price gets dropped to $79.99 total. That's a huge discount and one of the lowest we've ever seen. This is what Newegg calls a Shell Shocker Deal, which means it's a very temporary price. The sale ends tonight. This same drive is still going for $107 or more at other places like Best Buy.

WD Red 3TB WD30EFRX 5400 RPM NAS hard disk drive (opens in new tab)

Newegg Shell Shocker deal. Specifically designed to work with network-attached storage devices. Take heavy punishment with a lot of reading and writing and constant access, so good for any heavy load. Works for home or office. Has 3-year warranty.

The WD Red hard drives are specifically designed for network-attached storage devices, which means they are great for building your own media server. Grab the new Synology DS220j DiskStation (opens in new tab) down to an affordable $170 at B&H. This is a two-bay system so you'll want two of the WD Red drives to fill it.

Thanks to the huge 3TB capacity, you'll be able to create your own media server with all the music, movies, and other data you could possibly want. Paired with one or two more in a network-attached storage device, you can create a system where each drive backs up the other so your media is never lost. Because NAS devices are designed to serve as backups, you'll probably want to get more than one drive, and that's why deals are the preferred way to buy them.

They've been tested to perform reliably in a 24/7 always-running environment like you would have with a NAS. They also have a heavy workload rate and can handle up to 180 TB a year. In other words, these drives can take a licking and keep on ticking. Even if you aren't using them for an NAS, you can use them for any heavy workload. If you need a scratch disk for your video or do a lot of work with photos and large software, like video games, then you should grab at least one of these drives.

WD backs the drives up with a three-year warranty.

John Levite
John Levite

J.D. Levite has been in the deals game since 2012. He has posted daily deals at Gizmodo, The Wirecutter, The Sweethome, and now covers deals for Android Central, iMore, and Windows Central. He was there for the first Prime Day and has braved the full force of Black Friday. If you cut him, he bleeds savings. But don't try it for real. That's a metaphor.