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Reviewed in Singapore on 26 October 2020
The WD 12TB Elements has impressive sequential read/write speeds in excess of 210 MB/s which makes for a great backup storage. Random read/write speed is on the slow side but irrelevant for backup storage. The drive runs silent.

Drive works OOB. No problem reading SMART data and passed both the WD Data Lifeguard Diagnostics Quick Test and Extended Test (took about 20 hours).

Internal drive is WD120EMFZ which is CMR (PMR with Helium technology) and not SMR. 5400 RPM reported which should be accurate since the drive is silent on load. (7200 RPM drives are louder)

Drive shipped from Amazon USA with a US two prong plug. No problem working in Singapore, just need an adapter for the plug.

Edit: Picked up another 12TB Elements during 2021 BF. Internal drive is WD120EDBZ. 7200 RPM reported though performance numbers are similar to my earlier WD120EMFZ which is supposedly 5400 RPM. The WD120EDBZ is really silent, can't hear the drive even with the ear a few inches away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for backup storage
By Koenig168 on 26 October 2020
The WD 12TB Elements has impressive sequential read/write speeds in excess of 210 MB/s which makes for a great backup storage. Random read/write speed is on the slow side but irrelevant for backup storage. The drive runs silent.

Drive works OOB. No problem reading SMART data and passed both the WD Data Lifeguard Diagnostics Quick Test and Extended Test (took about 20 hours).

Internal drive is WD120EMFZ which is CMR (PMR with Helium technology) and not SMR. 5400 RPM reported which should be accurate since the drive is silent on load. (7200 RPM drives are louder)

Drive shipped from Amazon USA with a US two prong plug. No problem working in Singapore, just need an adapter for the plug.

Edit: Picked up another 12TB Elements during 2021 BF. Internal drive is WD120EDBZ. 7200 RPM reported though performance numbers are similar to my earlier WD120EMFZ which is supposedly 5400 RPM. The WD120EDBZ is really silent, can't hear the drive even with the ear a few inches away.
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