Saturday, October 25, 2014

What is inside the WD Elements 3TB Basic Storage

What is inside the WD Elements 3TB Basic Storage




This is the "Basic Storage" WD is selling nowadays.

Removing it is relatively easy. Just unlock 4 clips and slide it out!



Here's the front and back.


Just remove the HDD from it's case and remove the USB board


We now have a .. WD Green 3TB with 64mb Cache! YAY!



Sunday, February 09, 2014

Toshiba Canvio Basics 3.0 500GB What is inside the Toshiba Canvio Basics 3.0 500GB??

Toshiba Canvio Basics 3.0 500GB
What is inside the Toshiba Canvio Basics 3.0 500GB??

Recently this type of portable HDD is on specials, so I bought one and check it out..

The drive is very slick, and difficult to open. I managed to pry open the case, but to my HORROR, it contains a native USB drive!~!



Do not buy this !!
Toshiba Canvio Basics if you are interested in harvesting the HDD.
It contains a Toshiba Native USB Drive!!

If you still want to buy one, you can get it via the Amazon Store:


See pics:





Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Buying stuff off ebay China vendors

Buying stuff off ebay china vendors



Received mail today for something I bought off ebay (which I have totally forgotten about)..

Price: about $1 with Free Shipping
Bought: Sometime around July 2013 (Item is no longer in my ebay purchase history!)
Received: 22 Oct 2013

Item was posted on 27 July 2013...

That means it took 3 months to arrive from China to Australia even though it's supposed to be "Air Mail"

Perhaps it came by "Sea Mail" instead...


My Conclusion:
What ever thing you buy from ebay China vendors will eventually arrive, it just take some time.. if you can afford to wait.. If you need it urgently, just buy it from your local shops instead!




Sunday, October 20, 2013

Quick Review of Fuji Xerox DocuPrint 255dw

Quick Review of Fuji Xerox DocuPrint 255dw




The Fuji Xerox DocuPrint 255dw is currently selling for $79 at Officeworks, which is very well priced link: http://www.officeworks.com.au/retail/products/Technology/Printers-and-Faxes/Laser-Printers/Mono-Laser-Printers/FXDPP255DW

It features:

  • Excellent Print  Resolution of 1200 x 1200 Print DPI
  • Both Wired and Wireless Network Capability
  • Automatic 2-Sided Printing




Installation is extremely easy, just lock the toner in place and connect it to your network via RJ45 and Power it up!

The included software automatically detects the printer installs the programs and drivers necessary to use it. Easy!







Monday, October 07, 2013

Random Uniden iGO CAM 300 review

Random Uniden iGO CAM 300 





This is a cheap car camera /blackbox which cost under $100 Australian dollars, I think it works well, picture quality is excellent, you are able to see road signs and car number plates. See sample videos below. However, there are a few problems:

Automatic Power off function 
  • Although it has a built in battery, but when powered by  Car Accessory port, it stops recording and shut down as soon as the car is turned off.
  • These is a option to turn off auto power off but it does not works at all
  • I would prefer it to power on forever, to film events after I have left the car, maybe can catch vandals in action.. etc.

Does not record Everything!!
  • You are able to set how long you want the video to be record per clip to be 1 min, 2 min or 3min.
  • When recording of the first clip has stop and camera is in the process of recording the 2nd clip, in between the 2 video clip as set and determined by you, the video recorded does not record these interval. What if crucial events happening during this period?


If you can live with these two points, you can consider it because in my opinion, the recorded picture quality is quite good.


Where to buy?
I got mine at the good guys, but you can also find them in Officeworks, see link below


Sample Videos:




Night Video 





More pictures:




Full HD DVR for Car / Crashcam

Recently I am looking for a Car Crashcam / DVR and this is what I have found. I find this youtube review excellent and I have already ordered one.



Click on the image to buy one:

2.7 Inch Car DVR - GPS Logger, G-Sensor, 120 Degree Wide Angle, Motion Detection, 1080P


Update on the purchasing of this camera:
Beware when buying from Chinavasion, shipping is extremely slow.
They seem to ship their product to Singapore and ship it to you. (Incurring extra time), why can't they ship direct from China instead??

Here's my timeline:


  • Oct7: Purchased
  • Oct8: Email received saying product has been shipped. Strange thing is that Chinavasion is based in China, but I got a "Singapore" Post shipping tracking number instead.
Oct 8 - Oct 13 

3/4 Working Days -> nothing happening


  • Oct 13, from Singapore Post tracking website: Information Received (This is not an acknowledgment of the physical receipt of the stated Registered Article)
  • Oct 18, from Singapore Post Tracking website: Despatched to overseas (Country code: AU)
What? Did it take 10 days from receiving email that product has been shipped to actually shipping the product?

Until now, product still not received yet.. 






Youtube review (Not by me - Credit to Paul Nicholas of Sunshine Coast, QLD)



 The following is a brief description of the product.

2.7 Inch Car DVR - GPS Logger, G-Sensor, 120 Degree Wide Angle, Motion Detection, 1080P - $96.78

2.7 Inch Car DVR that includes GPS, G-Sensor, a 120 degree wide angle view lens, motion detection, as well as 1080P full HD video resolution is a great extra pair of eyes on the road.

Primarily designed to be mounted on a car dashboard or windshield, this high quality HD video recorder with 2.7 inch LCD screen enables you to easily capture video of road situations. It comes with GPS logger therefore it records the precise location of the vehicle. 120 degree wide angle gives a better range of viewing when recording as more material is recorded. Since it is motion-activated, you know it won’t just be recording the inside of your garage while it’s parked at night, so you only get the footage of when the vehicle is being active. This compact car DVR even has G-sensor, so it measures the forces that act on it during changes in velocity.

There are selectable video resolutions for the user to choose from such as 1080P with 30 frames per second. The system will automatically start recording when the car is started. There are different modes such as file cycle and file loop. Easy to install to the windshield using the versatile mount with suction cup, you’ll be able to able to begin recording instantly. Additionally you can take the car DVR dash cam right off the windshield after an accident and record the accident scene meaning you get both the accident footage and after accident footage all in one device. Also this car DVR has low level light sensitivity that is detected so when the lights go out it doesn't mean the car DVR is useless. The device can also be connected to the computer via USB.

A simple and attractive design that looks stylish and modern, this 2.7 Inch Car DVR with multiple features and functions is the modern generation of digital video recording on your dashboard. This product is in stock and can be dispatched within 24 hours of ordering with a 12 month warranty. Brought to you by the leaders in wholesale electronics and Android mobile phones, Chinavasion.

At a Glance...

    G-Sensor
    GPS Logger
    1080P
    120 Degree Wide Angle
    Motion Detection
2.7 Inch Car DVR - GPS Logger, G-Sensor, 120 Degree Wide Angle, Motion Detection, 1080P 2.7 Inch Car DVR - GPS Logger, G-Sensor, 120 Degree Wide Angle, Motion Detection, 1080P

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

What is inside the WD Elements (Not SE) 1TB Hard drive

What is inside the WD Elements (Not SE) 1TB Hard drive



WD elements 1TB no sata!! DO NOT BUY IT!!

Recap to my old article:
http://bychaw.blogspot.com.au/2011/04/wd-elements-se-is-usb-native-hdd.html

We warned our users not to buy WD Elements SE because it's not a SATA hard drive.. however the older version of WD Elements were SATA drives but they were limited to .... WD Elements 320GB and WD Elements 500GB . 

Only these two models contains SATA hard drive.. however they are superseeded.. no longer for sale!

All versions of WD Elements SE DO NOT CONTAIN SATA drives..

Recently, newer versions of WD Elements (Not SE) were released, they are 1TB in size, we bought one and opened it up..  it's Native USB!




Comparing the different versions of WD Elements, WD Elements SE

Comparing the different versions, we can safely say that WD no longer puts SATA 2.5" drives into the external portable HDD drive range..

If you want to buy cheap External portable drives to harvest 2.5" Sata drives, please try other brands!




More pictures:







Sunday, April 14, 2013

What is inside Seagate External Portable Hard Drive?

What is inside Seagate External Portable Hard Drive?



This Covers :

  • Seagate Expansion Desktop (3.5")
  • Seagate Expansion Portable (2.5")
  • Seagate Goflex Freeagent Portable (2.5")

Seagate Expansion Desktop (3.5")


3TB: ST3000DM001



Seagate Expansion Portable (2.5")





500GB: ST500LM012
1000GB: ST1000LM024


Drive Retrieved from this carries both Samsung and Seagate logos.

Seagate Goflex Freeagent Portable (2.5")




320GB: Seagate Momentus 7200.4
500GB: Seagate Momentus 7200.4


If you have any other HDD that's different from listed above, please feel free to let me know by comments or email.

Thanks!


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