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The Western Digital 14TB Easystore Hard Disk Drive

The Western Digital 14TB Easystore Hard Disk Drive

Hi everyone,

Today, I’ll show you the 14TB Western Digital Easystore Hard Disk Drive. This is an external hard drive sold at Best Buy in the United State, and sometimes they sell them at a special price.

The drive comes with a USB 3.0 conection. It has plenty of space to store our precious data as well as allowing us to store backup copies of it. These hard drives are filled with helium which makes them not get too hot when we are using them.

Unboxing

The box comes with a simple presentation, usual of hard disk drives boxes:

When we open it, we see the hard drive:

On the side, we see the cables and the manual:

Disk Benchmark

I connected the drive on Windows which recognized it as a 12.7TB drive. I then went ahead and ran a benchmark using the CystalDiskMark utility. It reported over 200MB+ read/write speed:

Here’s a video of the benchmark, altough I used another drive and it reported over 170MB+. The difference was that this other 14TB drive already had data in it:

Conclusion

With 12.7TB reported on windows, this drive allows us to store huge amounts of data and store backups. It is very fast and comes with typical Western Digital quality. I expect this drive to hold still for a lot of years, as my previous Western Digital drives are still operating excellent.

You can buy this hard disk drive on Best Buy here.

[4K Video] Unboxing the Seagate Expansion 5TB Hard Disk Drive

[4K Video] Unboxing the Seagate Expansion 5TB Hard Disk Drive

Hi everyone!

So, in the last 2 days, I shared with you my Unboxing video of my Sony 4K Video Camera. Then, yesterday, I shared with you my Unboxing video of the Sandisk 256GB UHS-I U3 Class 10 SD Card. Now, today, I’m sharing with all of you my Unboxing video of the Seagate Expansion 5TB Hard Disk Drive.

At the moment of purchase, this drive was at $130, while the 4TB drive was at $120 at my local TigerDirect store, which, unfortunately, closed its doors, so for $10 more, I picked up the 5TB version.

This hard drive works great and is where I store my videos to later edit them. Having a 4K Camera means that lots of GB are used per video project, so this 5TB hard disk really helps me with storing my videos and editing them. The bad part of this hard disk drive is that it is unknown if this is one of those drives using Shingled Magnetic Recording, and I believe it does, because after some time, the drive becomes slow, so it seems it is writing some tracks that were overwritten because of this technology to allow for more storage space. Sometimes the write speeds go down to 20MB or even 10MB, which can be pretty slow, but normally the write speeds in this drive will reach speeds like 120MB/s, which is pretty fast when using a USB 3.0 cable.

It has to be noted, however, that this drive has been replaced by an updated model, so the write speed issue could have been resolved in the newer versions. I know the hard disk drive is not bad because I use a software called Hard Disk Sentinel to check out the health status of the drives, and also, after defragmenting the drive, the performance seems to have improved. Again, I suspect the performance issues are because of the Shingled Magnetic Recording.

Here is the unboxing video. Hope you like it!

Do you have this drive? Have you noticed performance issues with it? Let me know in the comments.