I think you’re misunderstanding the purpose of this thread (currently it’s not about i am having an issue right now at the moment as the issue which i had was already fixed using a donor drive of the same model, the purpose of the topic is to help others who will come across this same issue in the future or already facing the same issue and demanding WD to bring innovation in the power protection layers of external hard drives which requires dedicated power supply) .
If you’ve read this entire thread, you would’ve noticed the points which i talked about bringing three RED LED light warnings in the front of the HDD and all the newer 2023 External WD MY Book drives will come up with Triple protection layers to guard against Electrical surge, accidental loss of power or high voltage etc…Currently for me there is no issue about losing power as i already have Exide pure Sine wave UPS, also using Huntkey Surge Protector Plus Lapcare Spike Buster (that’s dual level of serious protection but still the 9 year old WD my book drive’s enclosure power supply failed(even though the drive is absolutely good and shows healthy in crystaldiskinfo as i am using that failed enclosure’s drive using QZ Sata to USB Connector))
The Point of wd my book drives should have always been the wd drives getting failed due to accidental drops or misuse or extreme aging due to super heavy workloads given to the External drive BUT THE ULTIMATE REALITY which im seeing from my issue as well as all other issues which i’ve read on the web is that the drive is always really healthy due to marvellous engineering but the enclosure and that usb power connector board getting failed due to lack of innovation to work on power protection aspects.
WD Should reimagine how these external drives should work in order to guard against power issues like offering triple protection layers as illustrated earlier which will give buyers confidence on reliability or it’s much better to have an intermediate battery similar to how laptop batteries tends to work So that Everytime the drive needs power to spin, it will utilize the batteries to power up and auto stop the WD external drive’s power Supply while the batteries are reaching 10%.
Please don’t be stingy with battery/adapters design, 1 Single FULL CHARGE should give 120 hours of usage(Drive’s UP time) and to enhance the drive protection, design the firmware in a way where the drives can’t be used while the batteries are being charged and drive’s “Write features” will temporarily be suspended after the battery charge hits a certain limit of battery level.
Don’t Engineer it in this way
A. Adapter → B. Battery → C. Drive
Rather it should be
A. Surge Protection Adapter → B. WD’s own Surge protection boards/high voltage guard (Layer 1) → C. WD’s own SECONDARY Surge protection boards/high voltage guard (Layer 2) → D. Battery’s adapter → E. Drive’s Battery → F. Actual drive
Both the Battery and the actual drive should come up with Built-in display to indicate how many % of power is charged on the battery and how many % of the charge is left on the drive and enhanced information of drive’s health status. Separate lights for Bad sectors and lights for Sleep mode indications. idk why wd removed lights on the latest wd my book but it’s not cool
The Reason why i even pushing this thread is due to WD Thailand team is fooling customers with all of the portable drives now being ONLY 4800 RPM even though the product details page says they are 5400 RPM. I’m not feeling good while i see this results.
these drive’s are working fine and im Quite satisfied with the way how these drive’s work but deep inside i still have this guilt of WD Thailand team is fooling Customers like me plus others and getting away with cheaping out the parts and tech which usually used to be super high before 2020… if they say, it’s 5400 RPM then it should be 5400 RPM, not 4800 RPM
The 1st 4 images with the highlights of Red are the ones which i got this year and the last two CDI reports which are green (one is 14 TB drive which i got earlier this year before my 1st ever wd power drive’s enclosure got failed and the 2nd one is 750 GB HDD which has windows 8.1 is the one im using now currently, that drive’s reliability as you see on the image is the main reason why all of my 72 TB drive collection are full of WD)
From these images, you can see that 14 TB drives are 5400 RPM also my current 750 GB HDD is of 7200 RPM. Since WD Elements, My passport, and My Passport ultra have not introduced a new design change for the external casing, no new colors, no rgb lighting and this 4800 RPM issue is going on, i’ve decided to take a long break from buying portable drives of wd until wd introduces changes in portable drive’s external casing.
For now, Since i needed space, i ordered wd my book again but just not going to trust WD’s power engineering and with added hardware encryption board, it’s a head ache if enclosure gets failed again at some point, i am going to shuck the new 4tb drive out of the enclosure just to get rid of the hardware encryption board and use a SATA to USB connector to take full advantage of drive. I Seriously dont want to get an SSD just because of 1 disadvantage which it contains, although it has many here’s the one which annoys me a lot… Data will disappear if they are not being used regularly, No thanks, i dont want to live for the moment, i want long term reliability which HDDs are capable of offering. I will not buy an SSD.
And also i am buying WD 4TB My Passport Ultra Metal drive to check whether 4tb drives are also 4800 RPM OR these issues are present only for 5 TB drives. The reason for wd My Book drive being only 4 TB is because this is the 1st time im going to perform shucking on a very brand new HDD, the ones which i shucked are 9 year old WD drives… if the New drive’s shucking gets failed which i’m hoping it won’t, i will be alright as its only 4tb But if the shucking goes good and everything works just fine, i will also be shucking my 14 TB drive sooner after getting another SATA to USB Connector.
If WD were extra caring enough to work on innovating wd power drive’s power protection, there is no reason for me to do all this but the problem is wd doesn’t seem to care to protect the drives as working on these wide range of tech such as power protection and cooling fan will jack up the price a whole lot but wd should also realize that they still hold the power to keep doing what they’re doing for the standard MY Book drives and offer this wide range of new innovative tech such as surge protection, battery designs and cooling fans for a new variant which can be referred as My Book Plus or MY Book Ultra.
Although the likeliness of wd listening to this request is very low as i’m just one single user, but there’s still hope.
Sidenote : Just to make sure i’m not spreading false information, i will add a screenshot to claim all of this information is absolutely true and reports weren’t generated at different times
I’ll post and update about the new drive’s RPMs and shucking of drives resulted in success or not as soon as the drives and tools arrives.