Western Digital USB Hard Drives – What Is Inside?

by Jan 28, 2020

If you are looking for tips to find compatible heads for WD HDDs read “How To Find A Donor For Western Digital Hard Disk Drives“. This post about WD portable USB hard disk drives is a supplement to that previous article. In this post we provide some useful insight to help you determine what model Western Digital drive might be inside a particular model of enclosure. We have included pictures of the shell to help you identify these drives quicker when searching for a matching donor.

If you have done some research you have probably noticed that WD uses a model number on the plastic case that does not match the model number of the device inside. For a breakdown of the model number you can see they always start with WD followed by four letters. After the 4 letter code you have four numbers which indicate the drive’s capacity. The last two characters before the dash typically indicate the color of the enclosure, but I have seen enclosures with model BL which usually indicates a blue case and they actually have a charcoal or black case.

  • BK = Black
  • BL = Dark Blue or Turquoise
  • GY = Gray and Black (Two-Tone)
  • OR = Orange
  • RD = Red
  • SL = Silver
  • WT = White
  • YL = Yellow

WD External to Internal Model Cross Reference

Let’s dive in, below you will see a number of portable Western Digital USB drive models matched to the internal disk drive model number along with a photo of both the internal and external labels.

 

 

1TB WD Model Info 1TB WD Model Info
Model Outside: WDBABM0010BBK-00
Model Inside: WD10TMVV-11BG7S0
WDBABM0010BBK-00 WD10TMVV-11BG7S0
Model Outside: WDBABM0010BSL-00
Model Inside: WD10TMVV-11BG7S0
WDBABM0010BSL-00 WD10TMVV-11BG7S0
Model Outside: WDBACX0010BBK-01
Model Inside: WD10JMVW-11S5XS0
WDBACX0010BBK-01 WD10JMVW-11S5XS0
Model Outside: WDBACX0010BBK-01
Model Inside: WD10TMVW-11SMS4
WDBACX0010BBK-01 WD10TMVW-11SMS4
Model Outside: WDBACX0010BBK-01
Model Inside: WD10TMVW-11ZSMS5
WDBACX0010BBK-01 WD10TMVW-11ZSMS5
Model Outside: WDBBEP0010BBK-01
Model Inside: WD10JMVW-11AJGS0
WDBBEP0010BBK-01 WD10JMVW-11AJGS0
Model Outside: WDBBEP0010BBK-01
Model Inside: WD10JMVW-11S5XS0
WDBBEP0010BBK-01 WD10JMVW-11S5XS0
Model Outside: WDBBEP0010BBK-01
Model Inside: WD10TMVW-11ZSMS5
WDBBEP0010BBK-01 WD10TMVW-11ZSMS5
Model Outside: WDBBXV0010BBK-01
Model Inside: WD10TMVV-11TK7S2
WDBBXV0010BBK-01 WD10TMVV-11TK7S2
Model Outside: WDBDNK0010BBK-UB
Model Inside: WD10JMVW-11AJGS4
WDBDNK0010BBK-UB WD10JMVW-11AJGS4
Model Outside: WDBGPU0010BBK-0B
Model Inside: WD10JMVW-11AJGS4
WDBGPU0010BBK-0B WD10JMVW-11AJGS4
Model Outside: WDBUZG0010BBK-0B
Model Inside: WD10JMVW-11AJGS4
WDBUZG0010BBK-0B WD10JMVW-11AJGS4
Model Outside: WDBUZG0010BBK-0B
Model Inside: WD10SMZW-11Y0TS0
WDBUZG0010BBK-0B WD10SMZW-11Y0TS0
Model Outside: WDBUZG0010BBK-EB
Model Inside: WD10SDRW-11A0XS0
WDBUZG0010BBK-EB WD10SDRW-11A0XS0
Model Outside: WDBYNN0010BBK-0B
Model Inside: WD10JMVW-11AJGS4
WDBYNN0010BBK-0B WD10JMVW-11AJGS4
Model Outside: WDBZFP0010BBK-01
Model Inside: WD10JMVW-11AJGS0
WDBZFP0010BBK-01 WD10JMVW-11AJGS0
Model Outside: WDBZFP0010BBK-04
Model Inside: WD10JMVW-11AJGS3
WDBZFP0010BBK-04 WD10JMVW-11AJGS3
Model Outside:
Model Inside:

 

2TB WD Model Info 2TB WD Model Info
Model Outside: WDBBKD0020BBK-0B
Model Inside: WD20NMVW-11EDZS6
WDBBKD0020BBK-0B WD20NMVW-11EDZS6
Model Outside: WDBBKD0020BBK-05
Model Inside: WD20NMVW-11EDZS2
WDBBKD0020BBK-05 WD20NMVW-11EDZS2
Model Outside: WDBBKD0020BBL-05
Model Inside: WD20NMVW-11EDZS2
WDBBKD0020BBL-05 WD20NMVW-11EDZS2
Model Outside: WDBEZW0020BSL-0A
Model Inside: WD20NMVW-59EDZS7
WDBEZW0020BSL-0A WD20NMVW-59EDZS7
Model Outside: WDBJRT0020BBK-0A
Model Inside: WD20NMVW-11EDZS7
WDBJRT0020BBK-0A WD20NMVW-11EDZS7
Model Outside: WDBKXH5000ASL-01
Model Inside: WD5000BMVW-11AMCS2
WDBKXH5000ASL-01 WD5000BMVW-11AMCS2
Model Outside: WDBU6Y0020BBK-05
Model Inside: WD20NMVW-11AV3S2
WDBU6Y0020BBK-05 WD20NMVW-11AV3S2
Model Outside: WDBU6Y0020BBK-05
Model Inside: WD20NMVW-11EDZS2
WDBU6Y0020BBK-05 WD20NMVW-11EDZS2
Model Outside: WDBY8L0020BBK-01
Model Inside: WD20NMVW-11AV3S0
WDBY8L0020BBK-01 WD20NMVW-11AV3S0
Model Outside: WDBY8L0020BSL-01
Model Inside: WD20NMVW-11AV3S0
WDBY8L0020BSL-01 WD20NMVW-11AV3S0
Model Outside: WDBYFT0020BOR-0B
Model Inside: WD20NMVW-11EDZS6
WDBYFT0020BOR-0B WD20NMVW-11EDZS6
Model Outside: WDBYFT0020BBL-0B
Model Inside: WD20SDZW-11Z3CS0
WDBYFT0020BBL-0B WD20SDZW-11Z3CS0
3TB WD Model Info 3TB WD Model Info
Model Outside: WDBBKD0030BBK-0B
Model Inside: WD30NMRW-11YL9S4
WDBBKD0030BBK-0B WD30NMRW-11YL9S4
Model Outside: WDBU6Y0030BBK-0A
Model Inside: WD30NMZW-11LG6S1
WDBU6Y0030BBK-0A WD30NMZW-11LG6S1
4TB WD Model Info 4TB WD Model Info
Model Outside: WDBA2F0040BBL-0B
Model Inside: WD40NDZW-11MR8S0
WDBA2F0040BBL-0B WD40NDZW-11MR8S0
Model Outside: WDBFTM0040BBL-0D
Model Inside: WD40NMZM-59Y94S1
WDBFTM0040BBL-0D WD40NMZM-59Y94S1
Model Outside: WDBKUZ0040BBK-UA
Model Inside:WD40NMZW-11GX6S1
WDBKUZ0040BBK-UA WD40NMZW-11GX6S1
Model Outside: WDBP6A0040BBK-0A
Model Inside: WD40NDZW-11MR8S1
WDBP6A0040BBK-0A WD40NDZW-11MR8S1
Model Outside: WDBP6A0040BBK-0A
Model Inside: WD40NMZW-11GX6S1
WDBP6A0040BBK-0A WD40NMZW-11GX6S1
Model Outside: WDBPKJ0040BBK-0B
Model Inside: WD40NDZW11MR8S0
WDBPKJ0040BBK-0B WD40NDZW11MR8S0
Model Outside: WDBU6Y0040BBK-0A
Model Inside: WD40NMZW-11GX6S1
WDBU6Y0040BBK-0A WD40NMZW-11GX6S1
Model Outside: WDBYFT0040BBL-0A
Model Inside: WD40NMZW-11GX6S1
WDBYFT0040BBL-OA WD40NMZW-11GX6S1
Model Outside: WDBYFT0040BWT-0A
Model Inside: WD40NMZW-11GX6S1
WDBYFT0040BWT-0A WD40NMZW-11GX6S1

Knowing how to source disk drive parts for Western Digital USB drives at reasonable prices is just one more way “we make data recovery affordable“. At Blizzard Data Recovery parts are always included at no extra charge. WD Passport and Elements¬† external USB disk drives are one of the most common types we receive at our data recovery lab. Because the drives are portable and very popular with people on the go they have a tendency to get damaged from mishandling.

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