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Standard User cox377
(knowledge is power) Thu 24-Nov-11 09:33:10
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Internal HDD prices - Opening up an external drive


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Hello guys,

I need a new HDD, internal ones are too expensive, what drives would one of these have inside them?

http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/western-digital-element...

Thanks in advance

James

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Standard User AEP
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 24-Nov-11 09:43:08
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The Western Digital site says that it "Utilizes a WD drive with power-saving WD GreenPower Technology". That would mean that it's almost certainly one of these. You might want to check if you can get the bare drive (if it's suitable) cheaper, but it seems to be out of stock at a lot of places.
Standard User john2007
(legend) Thu 24-Nov-11 09:52:07
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I'm not sure but I'd put my money on http://www.wdc.com/global/products/specs/?driveID=93...


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Standard User cox377
(knowledge is power) Thu 24-Nov-11 10:04:31
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The trouble is with the bare drives is they've sky rocketed with all that's going on in Thailand but I've sure I don't need to tell you that. I'm looking for an economical way to source a drive.

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Standard User john2007
(legend) Thu 24-Nov-11 10:10:55
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I've got a 1TB version of that external drive. The unit is sealed (no screws or such like visible or under pads). You'd probably need a sharp stanley knife or junior hacksaw to gain entry. Other external drives I've had could be opened relatively easily.
Standard User mr_bean
(member) Thu 24-Nov-11 10:15:59
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Hang on to your cash for a mo...

It's probably not the WD15EARX since that's the SATA III drive and there's no point putting that in an enclosure with a USB 2.0 interface when SATA II is fine.

Also I know that the 2TB external drives have WD20EADS drives in them (i.e not quite the current Caviar Green) so it's quite likely to be the WD15EADS

That said I don't think you can ever be 100% certain what drive you'll find in this sort of thing. I'm sure I read one review where they found another manufacturer's HDD inside. Since they don't make any actual promise as to the enclosed drive it might well be what they have available/what's cheap for any given production run.
Standard User mr_bean
(member) Thu 24-Nov-11 10:20:06
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Plastic lugs hold the bottom on - plus a bit of glue ISTR. A screwdriver can be used to pry the cover off
Standard User john2007
(legend) Thu 24-Nov-11 10:27:48
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I'll get a screwdriver and knife and have a quick look. If I'm not back in 15 minutes please call A&E. grin
Standard User john2007
(legend) Thu 24-Nov-11 10:56:51
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Yes, not too bad, using a small flat headed screw driver. Much safer than a knife.

Internals

http://commit.me.uk/img_0298a.jpg
http://commit.me.uk/img_0299a.jpg

looks like a sata
Standard User cox377
(knowledge is power) Thu 24-Nov-11 11:23:27
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okay so can easily be trasnfered to use as a standard Sata?

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