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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.

WD Elements 10TB 1
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:

WD Elements 10TB 2
Sliding the WD Elements 10TB HDD to the right

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

WD Elements 10TB 3
The WD Elements 10TB HDD

The drive inside my WD Elements is a WD100EMAZ:

WD Elements 10TB 4
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:

WD Elements 10TB 5
WD Elements 10TB 5

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

WD Elements 10TB 7
WD Elements 10TB 7
WD Elements 10TB 8
WD Elements 10TB 8

And here we finally have the shucked drive:

WD Elements 10TB 9
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:

WD Elements 10TB 10
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:

Shucked WD 10TB EMAZ CrystalDiskMark benchmark
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.

Nintendo Switch with the Tunai Square DAC connected

Nintendo Switch with the Tunai Square DAC connected

Hi everyone,

Today, I’d like to show you my Nintendo Switch connected to the Tunai Square Bluetooth DAC in USB Wired mode. This DAC came bundled with my Tunai Wand which I backed in Kickstarter.

The DAC is a USB Audio Class 1.0 device, meaning it is compatible with the Nintendo Switch in Wired mode. Just connect it and you’re ready to go! Just a word of caution: Lower the Switch volume! This DAC produces very loud sound, so lower the Switch volume. The DAC volume buttons doesn’t work, so you’ll have to use the Switch volume control. Other than that, it works awesome.

 
 
 
 
 
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The Hidizs EX-01

The Hidizs EX-01

Hi everyone,

Today, I’ll show you the Hidizs EX-01 in-ear headphone:

We can see it has a frequency response of 20-20K. Also we can see that the driver size is 8mm.

I haven’t taken the wrapping of it, so here’s the pictures with the wrap taken off:

When I opened it, we can see some promotion material:

Hidizs EX-01 5

And then we can see the headphones itself:

Hidizs EX-01 6

When we take them out, this is how it looks:

Hidizs EX-01 7

Sound

How does it sounds? For me, it, focuses on bass and mid bass, therefore, the sound will be bassy, but not boomy enough to distort the audio. Treble is also there, but is not extended. The voices sounds a bit bassy too, but they are clear, which means Hidizs did a great job with the tuning to not distort it. Since the focus seems to be on bass, the mids and treble seems to be a bit recessed. Sound stage seems wide, but you’ll be hearing more bass than any other instruments. Even when these may have a bassy sound, it’s still clear and you can still enjoy your music.

If you’d like an In-Ear headphone focused on bass, these may be for you.

Hidizs also offers the EP-03 and the Seeds earphones which I do no have yet to compare.

Hidizs also makes DAPs (Digital Audio Players) and DACs (Digital-Analog Converters). I have the Hidizs DH1000 DAC which provides a very natural sound and an enjoyable sound, and the Hidizs AP80, which also sounds awesome.

Hidizs is known for making high quality audio devices.

Photos from Puerto Rico from the Sky (November 2018)

Photos from Puerto Rico from the Sky (November 2018)

Hi everyone,

This weekend, I traveled to Puerto Rico. I enjoy the Island a lot and this time of the year is great because not only is this week Thanksgiving week, but we can also start feeling the Winter breeze. I’m enjoying the weather so far and I’ll be spending this week over here.

Here’s some pictures I took when we were going to land:

Hope you enjoyed the pics!

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.