So here's the deal. You've probably been told that these drives contain the infamous WD Reds. You heard right. I love 'em! I fan-cool mine though and use them in a docking station. Lately, WD has been slapping white-label stickers on these things. However, on the white labels, it still is the 256mb cache and the specs seem to be the same. Different label, same Red Drive. Some people have said these are retail-Reds vs non-retail-Reds. My personal observation: there is a 42.8% chance of getting the familiar Red drive. The red-Reds I've gotten were dated early 2017. The white label-Reds I got were dated Sep & Aug 2017. There's no way to tell on the box without opening. So like I said, it's a guessing game. But since they're all Reds....its a moot point, right?
Now, onto the internals. I opened it up (it was laying flat on the table, like a book). I was disappointed to see the drives of all the WDs I purchased were sloping/sagging. The side of the drive that runs along the ac and usb 3.0 ports were fine (flat, flushed). But across the other side, (where the WD symbol/light on the case is), you could see it sloping downward - sagging from the weight of the drive. Sure there are rubber spacers to help keep it centered, but they aren't very effective. Now if you flipped the external hdd over onto the other side, it wouldn't sag because there are these half-circle slots that kept the drive in place. So one side is safe to lay the drive down on, but laying on the other side will cause the internal drive to sag and probably isn't too good for the connectors and circuit board inside. While this shouldn't make a big deal because the drive is supposed to operate vertically, how about when you are putting it in a desk drawer or storing in a safe? If you lay it flat like a book, you could be unknowingly damaging the connector (the part that connects the internal drive to the USB 3.0
and ac power card). That's just not cool in my mind.
So IF you have to lay your drive FLAT, this is the safest position to do so; lay it on its side so that the USB 3.0 port is *farthest away* (higher) from the table/surface. It will remain perfectly flat.
Aside from that minor annoying design, I'd recommend this either as a shucking project or as a fantastic $/GB price option.