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Decoding WD Model Numbers   

Postby RoofingGuy » Sat Jul 30, 2011 8:10 am

Although it's not "wrong" to say that the Model Number for a Gen2 starts with "WDBAB", it is somewhat misleading, since the Live Plus also starts with "WDBAB". :lol:

According to WD's documentation, the Legacy Model Numbers for prior to 2009 are:

WDAVN, (or WD00AVN) -- WDTV HD Gen1, NTSC
WDAVP, (or WD00AVP) -- WDTV HD Gen1, PAL


2009 and later, WD changed their model number system for both hard drives and for other products.

The models all start with WD, and then all have B indicating a "branded product"... every branded product WD makes will start with WDB, whether it's a hard drive or a media player or whatever else...

It's the next three letters that indicate the actual model (which is my point... in the section descriptions here, you only include 2 of the 3 letters for the Gen2 and the Live, although technically not incorrect -- a Live's model does in fact "start with" WDBAA).

WDBABF... -- WDTV HD Gen2, NTSC
WDBABG... -- WDTV HD Gen2, PAL
WDBAAL... -- WDTV Mini, NTSC
WDBAAM... -- WDTV Mini, PAL
WDBAAN... -- WDTV Live, NTSC
WDBAAP... -- WDTV Live, PAL
WDBABV... -- WD Elements Play ?
WDBACB... -- WD Elements Play
WDBACC... -- WD Elements Play
WDBABX... -- WDTV Live Plus, NTSC
WDBABZ... -- WDTV Live Hub, NTSC
WDBACA... -- WDTV Live Hub, PAL


The next 4 numbers in the model number are the drive capacity... obviously all the non-drive devices are 0000... the 1TB devices are 0010 and the 2TB devices are 0020.

The letter after that codes the drive's physical size, the units of the given capacity (GB or TB) and how many drives are in the enclosure.
All the non-drive devices have an N, indicating no drive.
The Elements Plays all have an H, indicating a 3.5" drive, TB capacity and one drive.
The Live Hub has a B, indicating a 2.5" drive, TB capacity and one drive.

The BK at the end is Black.


After that, there's a dash and then codes for WD's "internal use".

The first letter indicates the original sales region:
A Australia/New Zealand
C China
E EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa)
G Generic
J Japan
K Korea
L Latin America
M Mexico
N Pan-America
P APAC (Asia Pacific)
S Multi-City Asia
U UK (United Kingdom)
W Worldwide

The E and the SN indicate external standard packaging.

So, all Pan-American devices would be NESN. EU Devices will be EESN. Southeast Asian devices will generally be SESN. Etc...

I can't find any evidence that the NTSC Hubs sold outside North America have a different model number to indicate that they have the non-DRM Sigma chip... I think WD just puts the DRM chips in the -NESN boxes and the non-DRM chips in the other boxes.



Just thought you might want to alter the decriptions so that PAL and NTSC users can both easily find the correct section for their model, since folks do seem to occasionally be confused as to what WDTV they actually have.

If not, just ignore me. :P
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