4TB WD ELEMENTS with WD40EDAZ inside! SMR! Avoid!

I risked for a NEW external WD drive, and i got a WD40EDAZ inside an external ELEMENTS enclosure!!!

I feel ripped off!

I just hate that consumers don’t have a clue about the drive inside external enclosures, and need to open the package to check the hard drive info. Now it’s gonna be a HASSLE to return it! I just REFUSE to buy SMR drives! Period! Have contacted WD support to ask for “permission” to return this to the reseller.

I wish there was a way to buy external hard drives without falling into this russian roulette…

I thought the only possibility to get a 4TB SMR drive would be the WD40EFAX!!! https://www.tomshardware.com/news/wd-lists-all-drives-slower-smr-techNOLOGY

I guess not!!! There are a LOT of new models! https://rml527.blogspot.com/2010/10/hdd-platter-database-western-digital-35_9883.html

Don’t buy one then. Simple. Most people don’t care.

If you do care, then buy a bare drive and a USB enclosure to put it in, and then you know exactly what you’re getting.

That’s your own fault since you shouted from the rooftops “I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER EXTERNAL WD DRIVE AGAIN!!!” in a previous post.

Nobody to blame but yourself.

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Yes… mea culpa… (it was a cheper solution than buying a drive + enclosure).

And I also want to state that now WD external drives are plagued with SMR.