WD WD100EMAZ and WD Easystore 10TB External Backup Drive Review


WD Easystore 10TB USB Desktop Backup Drive Software

Of course, you may opt to use these drives as external USB 3.0 backup, or even as dedicated backup drives albeit internal to systems. Pre-installed on the 10TB drive are several utilities from Western Digital.

EasyStore 10TB Software
EasyStore 10TB Software

We did run the WD Drive Utility on our new drive removed from the Easystore enclosure.

EasyStore 10TB WD Drive Utilities
EasyStore 10TB WD Drive Utilities

As we expected, no issues found on the HDD. Our advice here, since shucking the drive will invalidate your warranty, is to test drives before shucking, especially if you are doing low numbers of drives.

SanDisk 32GB Cruzer Glide 3.0 USB Flash Drive

A bonus with purchasing the current Best Buy version of the WD Easystore 10TB backup solution is a 32GB 3.0 USB flash drive labeled as an “easystore” flash drive.

Easystore WD 10TB USB Desktop Backup 32GB Flash Drive
Easystore WD 10TB USB Desktop Backup 32GB Flash Drive

These drives under the SanDisk 32GB Cruzer Glide brand cost around $10-11. Here is a quick glimpse of the performance of the drive we received in this package:

SanDisk 32GB Cruzer Glide
SanDisk 32GB Cruzer Glide

While not the fastest, we can always use extra flash drives here in the lab, and this 32GB drive is suitable for our uses. We bought other WD 10TB USB 3.0 drives off of Amazon, and while they also contained the WD100EMAZ hard drives, they did not come with the 32GB USB drive.

A tip here: if you turn these into OS installation media, a black Sharpie marker on the back or a small label is a great way to keep these labeled if you purchase many of these drives.

Next, we are going to check the performance of the WD100EMAZ 10TB and compare it to a WD Red 10TB drive.


  1. I did this with the MyBook 8TB drives 2 years ago and put them in my OMV Nas. 6 months later one totally died. At that point I got a IronWolf drive as a replacement to have some differentiation. The other MyBook drive has been chugging along for the last 2,5 years though.

  2. I got 6 of the 8TB version about a year ago. Of the 3 that I’ve pulled so far, all are the WD80EFZX. One is being used as purchased and the other 2 are waiting to be opened probably, once I figure out my longer term NAS setup.

  3. My 2 cents – get a good power supply like a Seasonic Gold or Titanium if you’re having problems with drive failures. My combination of 40 plus various Seagates, WD, and Toshiba have never experienced a drive failure. Drives do fail of course, but clean power is important.


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