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|01-19-2013 04:34 PM|
|01-19-2013 03:50 PM|
I put the Hard Drive into a Thrmaltake Blac X HDD Docking Station-has worked fine ever since.
|01-19-2013 12:52 AM|
If you go to Youtube.com and enter "Western Digital Elements open", you'll find a few videos that may help. The reader comments are sometimes helpful, too. Here's the first one:
|01-18-2013 11:23 AM|
in a way off topic - but how do you crack open one of these external drives? Is there an easy way to do it?
You see I have a Thermaltake Level 10 GTS Mid-Tower - the kind with four Hot-Swap Drive Bays.
This past Monday Newegg had a sale on the Tower - after rebate the cost was only $49.95 including shipping. So I bought another tower for extra parts and to have four additional Hot-Swap Trays in which to install drives. (Normally those spare trays cost $10 each).
So I want to install some of these external drives as internal Hot Swap drives, so I can just plug them in and use them as Back-up drives when I need them, and then remove them when I'm done. I just need to now how to open the cases and since they are SATA drives, there shouldn't be a problem installing them in one of my Hot-Swap Trays.
Any ideas on cracking them open? Just use a well aimed screwdriver and hammer?
|01-18-2013 07:18 AM|
|01-18-2013 06:21 AM|
|ablang||Guys this is the same price at Amazon. Will the rebate still qualify if I buy it off there since I have an Amazon GC balance?|
|01-18-2013 02:20 AM|
|stuntcawk||Solid external if you don't mind USB 2.0. Have a 2 and 3 TB Elements (2-3 years old) backing up my Seagate Free Agent 3.0 externals.|
|01-17-2013 11:20 PM|
Check out this review on Youtube of the 1TB version
There are speed test results at the end!
Looks like ~85MB/s read and write on USB3.0
|01-17-2013 11:17 PM|
|01-17-2013 04:13 PM|
|01-17-2013 04:09 PM|
Makes it a lot easier to swap drives -- especially if you keep one off-site for safety reasons.
|01-17-2013 02:31 PM|
|SoDev||In for 1TB tu+rep|
|01-17-2013 01:07 PM|
|Chingu808||Have brought 8 of these Elements drives from Nov 09. In sizes from 1, 1.5, & 2.0TB. Only one had a problem and that was my fault. I dropped it off my computer desk. Luckily I was able to transfer all the data off the hd. But it took a long time, since transfers were very slow because I dropped the drive. I sent it back to WD and they replaced the 1TB drive with a 1.5TB drive. I use these for my 720P Korean Drama collection. They are not all hooked up at the same time. I use them when I watch the dramas thru the wd media player. My last 2.0GB drive is almost full. But I won't be buying from TD. Shipping is over $12 and I hate to deal with rebates. I had a chance to buy a Segate 3TB drive during BF sales for $89 from Amazon. But I prefer WD Elements drives. So i passed on that Segate.|
|01-17-2013 01:02 PM|
|01-17-2013 12:23 PM|
8bits per byte, so 480Mbps = 60MB/s. That is the theoretical link speed, but actual throughput due to overhead is ~33MB/s.
USB3.0 in my experience gets up to 70-80MB/s. USB3.0 link speed is much higher, but you are first limited by the drive and then the overhead of the interface. The drive is ~100MB/s on average across the entire disc and overhead drops that down a bit.
My network is Gb-LAN, which is 1000Mb/s or 125MB/s. In practice I typically only get 25-35% (30-40MB/s) on a single 1-way transfer. 2 or more simultaneous transfers can push it to 60-90% (75-110MB/s).
USB3.0 is ~3x faster in current external HDDs than USB2.0.
You have to think about the source and the destination if you want the advantage of USB3.0. If you are transferring from a standard SD card that will be your limiting device in the chain and USB3.0 won't be any faster. For my situation USB3.0 doesn't have much advantage as I'm typically transferring to/from my server and only get ~30-40MB/s anyway. If you are transferring a large mass of data all at once from a capable source (i.e. fast HDD, SSD) I wouldn't want to sit and wait for USB2.0 or USB3.0 or even pure Sata at ~100MB/s. Do it in the background and let it run overnight. Fertilizer makes my grass grow faster, but I don't feel like watching it happen.
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