Shucking a 14TB WD Easystore: Red Label or White Label?


Today, we’re going to shuck a 14 TB
Western Digital Easystore drive with the purpose of finding out whether the
internal disk is a red label or a white label. We’ll also examine the information
on the label, and the disk itself, once we take it out. The design of the Easystore
enclosure hasn’t changed for the past several years so I won’t show you the
detailed step-by-step procedure on how to shuck it. Instead, I refer you to a
previously published video where I remove the disk from an 8 TB Easystore
enclosure, as a link in the top-right corner, if you want more thorough
instructions. But first thing’s first: let’s hook it up to the computer to
determine the model number that we should expect to be inside. After loading
it up in Crystal Disk Info, it tells us that it should be a model number
WD140EMFZ. Let’s open it up to find out for sure. So I’ll give you a very quick
refresher in this video. You’ll need guitar picks, or a cut up credit card, or a
spudger; an expired gift card; a Phillips- head screwdriver; and a pair of pliers, or
a Torx screwdriver. Slide four guitar picks, or the credit card pieces, into the rear
seams of the case at these locations. Here’s another view from a different
orientation. Wedge and pry the case apart using the expired gift card, at the top
and bottom of the curved part. Slide the disk out; unscrew the PCB fastener; take
off the plastic light pipe; slide off the USB-SATA connector; remove the bumpers;
and unscrew the Torx screws, either with a screwdriver or with the pliers. And the internal disk is… a white label model WD140EMFZ. Based on online documents from Western Digital and other sources, the numbers
and the first letter tells us it’s a 14 TB, 3.5″ disk.
The second letter means Western Digital branded. The third letter is the
RPM, which deviates from the Western Digital documents – however, Crystal Disk
Info reveals that it’s 5400 rpm. And finally, the last letter means that it’s
a SATA 6 Gb/s with 22-pin SATA connector. Unfortunately, there’s
nothing on the label itself that’s immediately apparent in telling us
whether this is a helium drive or how much cache it has, but hey, at least it
makes it clear that this disk is intended for internal use. Let me know in
the comments if you have any further information about this disk and I’ll
update the description. In terms of the model you receive, your mileage may vary
of course. I did, in fact, purchase two of these 14 TB Easystores, and the
second disk is, again, a white label of the same model. Looking
at the side of the disk, note that the middle mounting hole is
missing. Here’s a comparison with a typical 3.5″ drive with the
middle hole. This is due to the larger number of platters internally,
preventing a hole from being drilled in that area. Just one last note: if you use
this disk as internal storage for your computer and you find that it doesn’t
spin up, you may have a power supply that sends out a 3.3 volt signal to shut down
the disk. I’ve linked to my video that provides a simple, non-destructive fix,
here in the upper-right corner. I hope you enjoyed – Thanks for watching!

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