WD Black 5TB P10 Game Drive Portable External Hard Drive Compatible with PS4 Xbox One PC and Mac WDBA3A0050BBKWESN
- Brand Name: Western Digital
- Series: P10 Game Drive
- Item model number: WDBA3A0050BBK-WESN
- Hardware Platform: PC, Mac
- Item Weight: 8.1 ounces
- Product Dimensions: 4.65 x 3.46 x 0.82 inches
- Item Dimensions L x W x H: 4.65 x 3.46 x 0.82 inches
- Flash Memory Size: 5
The WD Black P10 Game Drive gives your console or PC the performance-enhancing tools it needs to keep your competitive edge. It's a top-tier external HDD in available in capacities up to 5TB, built specifically for gamers looking to expand the potential of their console or PC by saving their game...
All tests were used with a USB 3.1 GEN2 port with provided cable.CrystalDiskInfo + CrystalDiskMark5400RPM 5TB (4.54TB useable) was hoping for a 7200RPM model...I guess that's the 3.5 inch drives.The 'up to' 140MB/s claim was a bit aggressive.Amazon didn't add any additional protection to the shipping of this physical hard drive. Came in a bubble wrap bag and manufacturer packaging.Western Digital Packaging was nice.Rubber feet arent 100% sticky, will slide if pulled by the cordNot Impressed too much. $160 after taxes.Seagate MyBackup Plus 5TB is under $130.
The short story is: this drive is impossible to harvest because it doesn't have a SATA interface and the USB control board is soldered on.Follow the pictures attached for details. Opening the drive is very easy. Use a 2mm hex screwdriver on each of the four corners of the aluminum plate. Gently pry the plate up and off, there will be some resistance because it's held in place by four gentle adhesive strips. From there, pop out the four plastic tabs which are holding the drive in the enclosure. At this point, you can effortlessly lift the drive up and out of the enclosure.Upon inspection, I found a Western Digital drive with a model number of "WD50NMZW". The interface is USB and the control board soldered on. It's possible the developer re-used old controller board design, because as you look to the left of the USB port, you see solder points that match a SATA port, in the location where you'd expect to find a port.In any case, I learned what I needed, put the drive back together and now it serves me as an external USB drive.
Works good so far and looks great. Only complaint is that it’s LOUD. Makes a constant humming noise that can get aggravating.Edit: set it on a mousepad and the sound is near silent