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Removing External HD From Case

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    Removing External HD From Case


    I plan to buy a 4 TB external hd, which, if possible, I would like to eventually remove from its casing and put into an external multiple hd bay which I'll purchase in future. I'm looking at the Seagate STBV4000100 hd or the WD WDBFJK0040HBK-NESN hd models. I realize this will void the warranty, natch, but is there any reason that doing this would be a problem? I mean, would I be able to open it with a screwdriver or am I going to have to break the darn case to get the hd out? And, if the latter, will I be able to do so without harming the hd? Thanks!

    Seagate 4TB Expansion External Desktop USB 3.0 Hard STBV4000100

    WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD WDBFJK0040HBK-NESN B&H Photo Video

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    This link from Youtube will show you how to do it:
    Shelling a 4TB Western Digital MyBook USB3 External Drive - YouTube
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    Ah! Perfect. Thanks muchly.
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    If I were you, I'd stay away from the Western Digital. When I was a Network Admin. for a manufacturing company, more than half of all the western digital's we used in the engineering dept.'s cad machines either completely failed, or had other drive issues within the first year of use. I must qualify that this was about 6-7 years ago, but out of the 100 or so Western Digitals I worked with (I custom built all of the engineering machines), I would say that a full 60 of them died within a year.

    What's the advantage of buying an external drive with a case if you're just going to remove the case? Why not just buy a regular drive and add it to your drive bay?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lastof View Post
    If I were you, I'd stay away from the Western Digital. When I was a Network Admin. for a manufacturing company, more than half of all the western digital's we used in the engineering dept.'s cad machines either completely failed, or had other drive issues within the first year of use. I must qualify that this was about 6-7 years ago, but out of the 100 or so Western Digitals I worked with (I custom built all of the engineering machines), I would say that a full 60 of them died within a year.

    What's the advantage of buying an external drive with a case if you're just going to remove the case? Why not just buy a regular drive and add it to your drive bay?
    I had similar problems with Samsung drives. If you were using "Green" or "Black" WD, they were not even made for such use, that's what Blue and Red are for. Green are specially maligned but my 3 WDs 750, 350 and 250 GB Green are running full tilt 24/7 and are still in perfect condition for last few years, 750 GB was used in a security camera recorder for two years before I got it it, had less than 10 restarts at that time. Hitachi ones seem to be best nowadays.
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    I ended up buying the Seagate. Inspired by topgun, I applied some google and found a video on how to remove that drive when the time comes. Personally I've had good luck with Seagate over the years. This drive will be used for backing up media, so after the intial backup, it will sit idle most of the time, with only intermittent use for a few minutes every few days.

    I don't have the drive bay yet and won't for several months or longer and I need storage now.

    Thanks again!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by lastof View Post
    If I were you, I'd stay away from the Western Digital. When I was a Network Admin. for a manufacturing company, more than half of all the western digital's we used in the engineering dept.'s cad machines either completely failed, or had other drive issues within the first year of use. I must qualify that this was about 6-7 years ago, but out of the 100 or so Western Digitals I worked with (I custom built all of the engineering machines), I would say that a full 60 of them died within a year.

    What's the advantage of buying an external drive with a case if you're just going to remove the case? Why not just buy a regular drive and add it to your drive bay?
    I had similar problems with Samsung drives. If you were using "Green" or "Black" WD, they were not even made for such use, that's what Blue and Red are for. Green are specially maligned but my 3 WDs 750, 350 and 250 GB Green are running full tilt 24/7 and are still in perfect condition for last few years, 750 GB was used in a security camera recorder for two years before I got it it, had less than 10 restarts at that time. Hitachi ones seem to be best nowadays.
    I've had excellent success and results with Hitachi's, IBM's, and Seagates. Never worked much with Fujitsu's or Toshiba's though.
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