Sunday, April 03, 2011

WD Elements SE is a USB Native HDD!!

WD elements SE no sata!! DO NOT BUY IT!!

New Feedback from our users!
WD Elements 2.5" USB3 is also USB-native. (not Elements SE). DO NOT BUY IT!!

The recommended drive to purchase will be Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex (500GB version only)
http://bychaw.blogspot.com/2011/05/seagate-freeagent-goflex-ultra-portable.html

or this post to anticipate what is inside the WD enclosure
http://bychaw.blogspot.com/2011/04/what-is-inside-wd-elements-hard-drive.html


Do not buy WD Elements "SE" if you plan to take out the internal hard disk drive to use else where.

Do not buy WD Elements 1TB (Not SE) it's also native USB..
http://bychaw.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/what-is-inside-wd-elements-not-se-1tb.html





The hard disk drive is not SATA any more. IT's USB. Means u cant use it anywhere except as a USB drive.



The recommended drive to purchase will be Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex (500GB version only)
http://bychaw.blogspot.com/2011/05/seagate-freeagent-goflex-ultra-portable.html





More pics below.

WD Elements SE 




WD Elements SE USB 3.0
WARNING : WESTERN DIGITAL WD Elements SE 1TB drive has HDD without SATA connector & height is 12mm, so can not use in laptop.






Spot the difference..... 






Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Can u use wd elements se portable in laptop?
A: No. It can only be used as USB Drive. Not as Internal Drive!
Q: What other external drives are SATA? 


13 comments:

  1. Must've been quite the "WTF?" moment :)

    You just had me a little scared - I just ordered 13 of the Elements 2 TB "Desktop" variant, and for a moment there I hadn't noticed that this one was the "Portable" variant. All of them are going to be taken apart and their innards put into my server. For some weird reason, they're 20% cheaper as external drives than they are as bare SATA disks...

    I feel safe not cancelling the order - and I'll make sure to post a comment to your other post about what's inside them, once they arrive and my screw driver gets to work ;)

    Thanks for the post!!!

    Daniel

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  2. Yes, It was a moment of shock for me.

    For external WD Elements desktop drives, I think you should be safe for now :)

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  3. WD Elements 2.5" USB3 is also USB-native. (not Elements SE).

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  4. WARNING : WESTERN DIGITAL WD Elements SE 1TB drive has HDD without SATA connector & height is 12mm, so can not use in laptop.

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  5. What about the other group of 5 pins in a row, what are they?

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    1. I think they are for diagnostic purposes...

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  6. I bought a Seagate FreeAgent Go 1TB a year ago and regretted it bigtime. Incredibly, it doesnt work properly with Linux at least through the USB interface. Before you say I'm a newbie, I'm a decently technical guy who programs extensively on Linux and Windows so believe me I tried everything possible to make it work. The fact that its not USB native is cold comfort.

    Just bought the WD Elements 1TB USB 3.0 and its wicked. Its fast, neat looking, quiet and plays nice with Tux.

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  7. hi i have a wd elements se usb 2.0..it has a bad usb connector with one of the pins broken.
    After opening the case the interfaces appear as given in the image http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ELj1rZVZCFU/TZfz7kqo5qI/AAAAAAAABKY/r7hOHLHLQiI/s1600/IMG_0522.JPG

    How can i recover the data in the drive?

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  8. what about
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-WD-Elements-SE-USB-3-0-1TB-1T-1000GB-1000G-2-5-Portable-External-Hard-Drive-/261159390826?pt=US_Internet_Media_Streamers&hash=item3cce500e6a

    i wont mind it being usb only to compliment by notebook..
    but still whats the difference between WD Elements SE & WD Elements?

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  9. The manufacturers bin sort. The best drives go to OEMs. The second best get sold as internal drives. Whatever is left gets stuck in shiny external cases and sold to us for 'backup' use. That's why the internal ones cost more and people often spend extra on the drive plus a case on top of that to avoid buying an external drive. Also, externals usually have a much shorter warranty than internal drives.

    Source? A project manager I had at a previous job who had worked at both Seagate and Western Digital.

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