Benchmarking shucked drive WD80EMZZ from WD 8TB Elements Desktop
Shucking drives is a good thing to get fairly cheap WD Red or enterprise-grade drives. But that might have changed. I recently bought a Western Digital 8TB Elements Desktop external drive (WDBWLG0080HBK-EESN) from Amazon.
After opening the case I found a WD80EMZZ 8TB drive, which was not a total surprise, but the fact that the drive parks it's heads right after 8s of inactivity lead to my decision to send it back. After some testing of the drive I already had over 130 head park cycles. Here are some benchmarks: