Sunday, February 13, 2011

How to take apart your WD Elements Desktop Hard drive.


How to take apart your WD Elements Desktop Hard drive.


You may have read my previous article about how to take apart your WD Elements Pocket hard drive. If you have missed it, it's here:

Warning! This will void your warranty!



This is for First Edition WD Elements drive only. Means No "SE" on the box.
 The Second Editions are Native USB! More information see here:


This article is about how to take apart your WD Elements External desktop hard drive. This is also a USB drive, similar to WD Elements pocket, but this one requires power supply.

To see a list of potential HDD that are found in WD Elements USB drives, please look at this post:
http://bychaw.blogspot.com/2011/04/what-is-inside-wd-elements-hard-drive.html


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How to take it apart?.


First you need to buy it.




If you do not already have one, buy it here:

Western Digital WD Elements 2 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive






Open it out of the box.



Test it to make sure it works.




Turn the hard drive to it's back where the label is and insert a flat head screw driver to remove the cover. Be careful of the clips! Start at near the usb port and start  moving your screw driver around the sides to remove the cover.

Refer to the pictures below:



 Start inserting the screwdriver at this end

 Only 1 clip at the usb connector side
 Slowly work your way around the sides

 The cover is thick and here's the location of the clips





Beautiful SATA HDD inside the enclosure!



Pull out the HDD by the blue/purple rubber and it should come out easily.

Here's the pic of the hard disk when it's out.



Its a WD GREEN.


If you do not already have one, buy it here:
Western Digital WD Elements 2 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive





More pics of the hdd....




What to do with the HDD??

You can do anything you like with it, put it in your desktop pc or watever...


Mine.. went into my Beyonwiz Personal video recorder!



Screen shot of my tv.. 1863gb.... sweet!



Can I use the Remaining casing on other HDD?

Yes, no problems at all! it's connected to hitachi HDD and working good!

See pic below!


If you do not already have one, buy it here:
Western Digital WD Elements 2 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive



Or for more detail on how to reassemble back the casing go to this post:
http://bychaw.blogspot.com/2011/12/reuse-wd-elements-enclosure.html




Western Digital WD Elements 2 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive

15 comments:

  1. can the HDD drive be used as an internal desktop drive without wiping the contents?

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  2. can the HDD drive be used as an internal desktop drive without wiping the contents?

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  3. Yes you can! But as usual do a backup of your data first before you attempt to do anything!

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  4. Thanks so much for this. This HD is going in my computer :)

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  5. Hi. What do you say about all' the failed 2tb and 3tb elements drives? I know that many are happy with these units but i recently bought a 3tb version and i'm worried even because it's always connected to my laptop and torrents are being dled onto it.

    Thanks

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  6. This is perfect tutorial, give complete understanding of the process. Keep up the right standard.
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  7. Cicciobello, external hard drives as this have a slower spinning speed as they are mostly not designed to be in constant use like torrent programs makes them to. comapred to internal drives this puts more load onto the drive, and while it is not essentially bad, if you download/upload a lot of files, it loads the hdd, and due to lower speed it may load it to its max capacity (been there), this means the drive may wear off faster, and a perfectly normal drives lifespan may drop from, say, 5 years to, say, 3 years or so.

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  8. ^^^ What are you talking about? The only difference between an external HDD and an internal one is the fact it's in an external case. The hard drives are the same. Think before you speak.

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    1. ^^^ What _you_ talking about? This is a "green" drive. They're designed for occasional use and go into sleep mode aggressively. This has been shown to cause issues when used constantly (like a torrent program would). Perhaps, rather than berating comments YOU DON"T UNDERSTAND you could consider first.

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  9. Hi!
    I have three of these 2TB drives and want to remove the HDD's and put them into a NAS - Is this a possibility?
    Thanks heaps for the great tutorial!!!

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  10. My main comment would be; why would you want to?

    A WD Elements Desktop Hard drive is $188 from JB HiFi, but you can pick up a Western Digital WD Green 2TB WD20EZRX from PC case gear for $105.

    Get yourself a docking station and bingo!

    JD

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  11. Is any part of WD elements works as active as hard drive in the laptop?

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  12. hi, i have WD external hard drive 2TB but the light not blinking when i put the adapter to the power source! any idea whats going on with my HDD

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