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Shucking the Western Digital WD Elements 10TB External Hard Disk Drive

Shucking the Western Digital WD Elements 10TB External Hard Disk Drive

Hi everyone,

Today, I’ll show you the process of shucking the WD Elements 10TB External Hard Drive that I got the last 2 weeks.

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The WD Elements 10TB HDD

We need to use a sharp object and slide it toward the edges to take off the clips from the case. Then, we’ll slide it to the right carefully:

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Sliding the WD Elements 10TB HDD to the right

We’ll keep sliding it right until it gets out:

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The WD Elements 10TB HDD

The drive inside my WD Elements is a WD100EMAZ:

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WD Elements 10TB 4

Now, we need to take out the Hard Disk Drive from the case. This is easy, because it is attached to the case using some rubbers. We just need to carefully push the hard drive to get it out:

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WD Elements 10TB 5

Now, we need to take out the SATA to USB controller screw:

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WD Elements 10TB 7
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WD Elements 10TB 8

And here we finally have the shucked drive:

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WD Elements 10TB 9

This drive didn’t required any hack to install it in my desktop machine, unlike my 8TB drive which needed to be plugged with a MOLEX to SATA adapter so that it doesn’t receive the 3.3V. I plugged this 10TB drive directly using a SATA power cable from my EVGA 600W PSU:

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WD Elements 10TB 10

Windows recognized the drive immediately:

Shucked WD 10TB EMAZ Drive in Windows Task Manager
Shucked WD 10TB EMAZ Drive in Windows Task Manager

10TB of space! (Actually, 9.1TB)

Shucked WD 10TB EMAZ Drive Properties
Shucked WD 10TB EMAZ Drive Properties

I ran CrystalDiskMark and this is the result:

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Shucked WD 10TB EMAZ CrystalDiskMark benchmark

It’s fast, and it’s working awesome in my machine.

With this I conclude this quick and simple post.

The Western Digital 10TB WD Elements External Hard Drive

The Western Digital 10TB WD Elements External Hard Drive

Hi everyone,

Last week, I got a new Western Digital 10TB Essentials External Drive, which was on sale at $160 on Amazon:

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The WD Elements 10TB in the Amazon Box

The reason for getting this drive is that in today’s world, digital content is growing by a lot, and files are taking more space than ever. Video resolutions are growing and so are the quality of music, which takes a lot of space. Recent development on newer audio and video codecs may keep the audio file size small, but then, there’s those who store raw or compressed lossless media files, like FLACs or lossless H264/H265 videos.

I myself sometimes record my gameplay when I play Nintendo Switch games, and then I further encode this lossless recording to another HEVC using my NVidia GTX 1060 video card. This saves me between 2 to 5GB of file size. I’m also doing tests encoding my gameplay videos to the newer AV1 codec, that significantly reduces the video size while having a great quality at lower bitrates.

My 8TB drive will soon get full with so many content, encodings, data compression tests, server backups, and so on, hence my reason to add another drive (In reality, half of the disk is full). I found the $160 price very reasonable, considering my 8TB drive was also priced at $160 at Best Buy a few months ago.

When I purchased this drive on Amazon, it was actually not in stock, so I had to wait a few weeks, but it made it home. Here’s the drive box:

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WD Elements External Hard Drive Box

Here are the sides:

And the back:

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The WD Elements 10TB Back of the box

Opening the box, we find the drive well protected:

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Opening the WD Elements 10TB box

In the side, we can see the Power Supply and USB 3.0 cable, along with the user manual:

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WD Elements 10TB cables

Here’s the drive out of the box in its protected plastic pads:

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WD Elements 10TB Hard Drive out of the box

Here, we can see the drive with the plastic wrap in place:

Here, we can see the drive USB 3.0 and power supply jack, and the power button:

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WD Elements 10TB connectors

Here are the photos with the wrap taken off:

Here’s the power supply in its bag:

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The WD Elements 10 TB power supply

And outside the bag:

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The WD Elements Power Supply outside the bag

The Power Supply has a barrel-type plug:

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The barrel plug

Next, we have the USB 3.0 cable:

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The USB 3.0 Cable

Finally, we have the user manual:

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The WD Elements manual

And that concludes this photo session. Later, I’ll do a post shucking this drive and also share the benchmark to you.

See ya next time!

A Failed Seagate 5TB Hard Disk Drive

A Failed Seagate 5TB Hard Disk Drive

Hi everyone,

Today, I’m sharing a picture of a failed Seagate 5TB Hard Disk Drive. This model is ST5000DM000. This is how it looks internally:

Failed 5TB Seagate Drive
Failed 5TB Seagate Drive

The drive failed prematurely. It looks good. The heads are parked correctly, and it spins up. The problem seems to be in the firmware are of the disk, as it seems to seek but after that, it does a 5 soft clicks before the SATA to USB adapter begins to blink. This HDD was taken out of the external enclosure and was from the Seagate Expansion series.

Unfortunately, Seagate doesn’t covers shucked drives, so I’m out of luck. I don’t remember the warranty, also, but the drive had only 3 years before failing. I remember when Hard Drives would last years! Just as a precaution, I switched to Western Digital. Let’s see how long it lasts.

Have you had a Seagate drive fail on you? Let me know in the comments.

Shucking a Western Digital 8TB My Book External Hard Disk Drive

Shucking a Western Digital 8TB My Book External Hard Disk Drive

Hi everyone,

In today’s post, I’ll be sharing some pictures of my shucked Western Digital 8TB My Book External Hard Disk Drive.

I got this hard drive as I’ve already had 2 other Seagate Hard Drives fail and needed another drive. I changed brands to Western Digital as I’ve been having a bad luck with Seagate lately.

Here’s the drive’s box:

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The drive outside of the box:

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The front of it:

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Here, I’ve taken the drive out of the main enclosure. It still needs to be removed from the internal enclosure:

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Finally, here’s removed:

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From what I’ve read, this is an HGST Helium-filled hard drive. Western Digital acquired HGST, so this is something that may be accurate. Also, another thing is that you can’t use a SATA power connector that supplies 3.3V. I’ve read reports of this, and they are actually true. It seems that if the drive senses the 3.3V, it disables the unit. This may be to prevent people from taking out the drive from the enclosure and use as an internal hard drive, as it’s actually cheaper to purchase an external drive, shuck it, and install as an internal disk.

The solution that I did was to use a standard MOLEX to SATA power adapter. These cables have 5V, 12V, and 2 ground cables. They do not pass 3.3V, making the drive usable inside the PC.

Here’s the drive installed:

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Hope you enjoyed today’s post!

[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.