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WD 12 TB Elements Desktop External Hard Drive - USB 3.0, Black

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Black
12 TB
Desktop
Brand WD-40
Digital Storage Capacity 12000 GB
Hardware Interface USB 3.0
Compatible Devices Desktop

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  • Fast data transfers
  • High-capacity add-on storage
  • Plug-and-play ready for Windows PCs
  • Wd quality inside and out

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Colour:Black  |  Capacity:12 TB  |  Style Name:Desktop

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Colour:Black  |  Capacity:12 TB  |  Style Name:Desktop

Wd elements desktop storage with USB 3.0 offers reliable, high-capacity, add-on storage, Fast data transfer rates and universal connectivity with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 devices. The sleek design features up to 12TB capacity Plus WD quality and reliability.


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Mr. Raymond A. Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars WD Blue WD60EZRZ Drives Inside The Enclosure
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 July 2018
Colour: BlackCapacity: 6 TBStyle Name: DesktopVerified Purchase
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Mr. Thanwa Chan
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for value, works exactly as intended but one major flaw!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 June 2019
Colour: BlackCapacity: 8 TBStyle Name: DesktopVerified Purchase
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great for value, works exactly as intended but one major flaw!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 June 2019
I have very high faith in Western Digital (WD) hard drives (HDDs) and have been always recommending them to friends and clients. I also use their HDDs in my personal builds. In terms of longevity, quality and reliability, WD has always been my go to pick.
However, WD's Elements range has been a poor choice for individuals / professionals who require longer usages of a HDD but not to the degree of a Network Attached Storage (NAS) server for example.

I usually require my HDDs to copy data for periods longer than an hour and sometimes exceeding several days.
For comparison, I have a 6TB WD MyBook. It automatically turns off during periods of inactivity, produces less vibrations and noise, when in constant use for over 1 month, the temperature never exceeded 50c. The warrentee has now expired and still works to this day 5 years since the day I bought it.
Now I bought an 8TB WD Elements HDD, it requires you to manually turn it off from the switch behind it, the WD Utilities program on Windows does not support this drive, it clearly shows MyBook but not Elements, In order to make it turn off automatically, you need to adjust features on Windows and even when it turns off, sometimes it randomly turns on for no reason despite not accessing any files I have stored on there.
But worst of all... after constant usage of copying data, the HDD starts to heat up really quickly. Within 30 minutes the drive is sitting above 50c (measured using CrystalDiskInfo) and after 1-2 hours, it will sit at 62c and continue to rise until it automatically shuts down...
I have the drive sitting in the same location near my old MyBook HDD which never exceeds 50c.. There is clearly an enclosure fault design with Elements which I'm surprised no one has reported about. The only way I can use this drive for longer than 1 hour is to use an external fan to push air through the enclosure. Only then it will perform the same as my old MyBook HDD without a fan... Running a HDD beyond 55c+ is incredibly bad for it. I am certain that it wouldn't even make it past warranty if left to continue running at that temperature.

I have considered extracting the HDD out of the enclosure and putting it inside my desktop for adequate airflow, I may even do so after the warranty period has past. As for now, I try to preload my files on another HDD or Solid State Drive (SSD) and do all my copying in one go or a short period which takes less than 1 hour to reduce the risk of it overheating. If I ever need to use this for longer, I run a small portable high airflow fan (very loud, louder than my entire desktop with 12 fans!) to ensure it does not overheat and automatically shut down. I am sure a less industrial type fan or an old cheap PC fan will do the job too.
I have heard that extracting HDDs from these enclosures are a draw of luck, sometimes getting NAS quality drives inside them. However, don't quote me on that, I am yet to open my enclosure to find out what is actually inside this Elements package.

Ultimately, this is indeed a very fast HDD, capable of transferring files at speeds around 170mb/s (megabytes not bits) but if you're looking for a HDD which will be only on to store data and occasionally view, and will spend most of its life off / unplugged, this would be fine for you. Although if you're a Content Creator or looking to use it for more than 1 hour at a time (uploading files from it or running a game from it), I highly recommend looking somewhere else unless you wish to use a dedicated fan on it or extract it from the enclosure.
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Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value per GB, just check the issues noted aren't deal breakers for you
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 April 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value per GB, just check the issues noted aren't deal breakers for you
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 April 2020
WD 12TB Elements (Ordered April 2020)

Like most, I was purchasing these for the drives inside, rather than for use as an external unit, typically proving to be the cheaper way of buying larger drives when they're on offer.

Issues that you may need to know:
Firstly, and not wholely unexpected, this doesn't have the standard mounting screw holes you'd expect on older/smaller 3.5" drives, missing the middle of the three on each side in order to accomodate the additional drive platters, and repositioning the mount holes on the bottom for the same reason. This might not sound like much, but if you use a screwless case of any kind, or some kind of tray system that use the older style mounting holes, you'll likely find that can't secure these drives into the bay with the standard kit - I had to resort to some adaptation myself.

Secondly, and more importantly, some older PSUs can have a problem powering these drives up due to the use of a newer SATA power specification. There's a few workarounds, so have a quick look for 'fix 3.3v issue in white label drives' if you have a problem. Using a simple molex-to-sata adapter works if you're stuck.

The good:
It's still very simple to open the case itself - a small flat-nose screwdriver or some plastic cards will do to pry the top-end open (from there it's just a case of pushing), and you'll need a screwdriver (Phillips head) to remove the drive from the two screws attaching the drive to the SATA/power connector. Other than that, there's some rubber mounts that simply need pushed out. There's youtube videos about removing it from the case and what to watch for it you plan on removing it (just needs a bit of care to watch snapping off some plastic clips when doing the initial steps).

This is my second - the last contained a WD red, but this latest contains a WD120EMFZ-11 drive (manufacturing date of January this year), hence adding a review for those still hoping for Reds specifically. These latest models are specifically Western Digital Whites: 3.5" SATA III drive, seemingly 6Gb/s, 5400 RPM disks. In open air, spin and seek noise seems to be far better than a neighbouring Seagate drive, appearing to be very similar to some of my older, very quiet, WD Green drives. For use as a video-hosting server drive, it's pretty much ideal - very low power on idle, 5A peak during full use. My only gripe is that it runs roughly three degrees hotter than my other WD drives, including the last 12gb (an EMAZ drive), but nothing major.
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Kundin
2.0 out of 5 stars Hätte gut sein können , wenn da nicht....
Reviewed in Germany on 26 August 2019
Colour: BlackCapacity: 8 TBStyle Name: DesktopVerified Purchase
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Tecnófilo
5.0 out of 5 stars Relación capacidad precio, asombrosa
Reviewed in Spain on 10 August 2019
Colour: BlackCapacity: 6 TBStyle Name: DesktopVerified Purchase
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5.0 out of 5 stars Relación capacidad precio, asombrosa
Reviewed in Spain on 10 August 2019
Si necesita mucha capacidad al menor precio por TB, la familia WD Elements Desktop, es la suya.
Se trata de un dispositivo de sobremesa, esto significa que no está pensado para llevar de un lado a otro, ya que requiere de estar conectado siempre a su fuente de alimentación, aunque su tamaño no es demasiado grande. Aprovecho para corregir las medidas aportadas en la página de Amazon, ya que las medidas reales de la unidad son: 165mm x 135mm x 48mm. Hay un pequeño error de 4mm, pero siempre viene bien saber la realidad por si se tiene reducido espacio para ubicar.
Esta familia de discos duros, se comercializa en diferentes capacidades: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10 y 12TB y por lo que he podido ver, la única diferencia entre estas es su capacidad y precio. El resto de características son tal y como sigo explicando.
En las primeras imágenes que he puesto puede ver la caja como viene presentado y la protección que aporta a la unidad para su transporte. Esta protección, se trata de unos topes laterales de plástico que hacen que la unidad se mantenga en suspensión y absorba los golpes que pueda recibir la caja.
La caja contiene, la unidad de disco duro, un cable tipo micro B (para conectar al PC) y una fuente de alimentación. Importante tener en cuenta que esta unidad no funcionará sin su fuente de alimentación y no servirá conectar únicamente con el cable USB.
En otras imágenes que he añadido, se puede apreciar unas rejillas de plástico que recorren todo el borde del disco duro (zona superior, inferior y posterior) y que sirven para facilitar la correcta ventilación, que gracias a esto y a un ventilador interno que lleva la caja, garantiza una temperatura de trabajo muy buena.
El decir que lleva un ventilador interno, hace pensar que la unidad sea ruidosa, pero sorprendentemente, la unidad es mas silenciosa de lo esperado, y seguramente tenga que ver a que su velocidad de rotación es de 5400 rpm, esto no quiere decir que sea totalmente silenciosa.
El disco duro funcionará sin problema en conexiones: 2.0 , 3.0 e incluso en 3.1 Gen2. Pero importante decir que si queremos sacar el máximo rendimiento tendremos que evitar el 2.0. Y el hecho de usar la conexión 3.1 Gen2, no significará mayor rendimiento que usando el 3.0, ya que esta unidad no soporta velocidades superiores al 3.0.
La compra que hice era precisamente para la unidad de 6TB, aunque la capacidad real de la unidad queda en 5,45Tb, esto es algo normal y que sucederá con todas las unidades de diferentes capacidades (es un tema relacionado al formato, que en este caso vienes en NTFS).
Si observamos otra imagen, veremos en la parte trasera, la conexión del cable tipo B, la entrada para la fuente de alimentación y un botón de encendido y apagado. Para encender, simplemente hay que pulsar, pero para apagar, será necesario mantenerlo durante 4 segundos. Quizás, el haber puesto el botón de encendido en la parte delantera habría resultado ser mas practico, ya que resulta incómodo ir a ciegas buscando al tacto dicho botón.
Y en la parte delantera, podremos ver cuando esté encendido un mini led, que nos informará si la unidad está en uso.

Motivos por los que recomiendo la compra:
1- Muchos TB a precio imbatible (Acierto seguro con las ofertas que realiza Amazon)
2- Bonito diseño y bien ventilado.
3- Conexión 3.0, nos asegura velocidades muy buenas.
4- Patitas de goma en parte inferior de apoyo, que absorbe posibles vibraciones de la unidad.

Lo que no me ha gustado:
1- Botón de encendido en parte trasera, dificulta su acceso, aunque hay que tener en cuenta, que al apagar el PC, la unidad también queda apagada.
2- La caja es redondeada y un bonito diseño, pero terminado en negro piano y este se raya con solo mirarlo. En mi caso, no le quité el film protector que trae.
3- Garantía de 2 años. Hay unidades que ofrecen mayor tiempo de garantía, nos tendremos que conformar con los dos años.
En definitiva, personalmente, recomiendo su compra.
Espero que esta opinión y análisis les sirva de ayuda.
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