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Last Edited by Pikagreg August 5, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Just came home from Walmart [walmart.com] after looking for an external HDD to gift. I noticed one for $26.85 that was OOS online but offered in-store pick-up.

I figured what could it hurt to see if there were any near me. It turned out every store near me had a few and I successfully. nabbed the two from the one near my house. They were marked as $71 in store.

500GB WD: My Passport Essential USB 3.0 External Hard Drive $26.85 [walmart.com](Possible YMMV)

I noticed this was not as good as the clearance OD had but there seemed to be a lot more of these available and it was only a few dollars more.

(Sorry if my formatting sucks, this is the first time I have tried posting a deal I found :p)
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If you PM Successfully at Staples or Bestbuy, please list your store in the wiki to help out fellow SDers. Thanks


I was able to price at STAPLES B&M

All you have to do is:

1. Go to this page: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Western...k/20742271

2. Click "check more stores" and select a store that says, "Today Order online now!" (So it shows that it is in stock/Add To Cart on the Walmart website. Just ENTER IN "NJ" if your area doesnt have any in stock for the location)

3. Print out that page and take it to your local staples B&M and have them price match with the Item #: 785785

If you want to check if your local staples has this specific harddrive in stock, use this: http://www.staples.com/Western-Di...uct_785785 and click: "Check in Store Availability" on the right side of "Add to Cart"

I got it for $28.73 after the price match and even a staples easy tech associate bought one for themselves lol

This may be YMMV but it should work for the majority of people

Other information:

Walmart UPC: UPC: 0071803778487
Staples Product Informaton: [Item: 785785] & Model: WDBKXH5000ABK


Western Digital My Passport 500GB Portable External Hard Drive, Black
Model #: WDBKXH5000ABK
UPC: 0071803778487


Local inventory at my store is listed at two units. They cancelled my order this morning claiming they don't have any in stock. I placed another one just to annoy them, I'm sure the employees snatched them.


If you crack one open, please post connector details here!
"no SATA power or data header on the PCB, it will not be able to be used inside a notebook. " (http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1951/1/) -sifter
"I often get asked if you can swap out drives or take the drive out of a portable drive and use it in a console gaming unit or a notebook PC and the answer to that with the new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 versions of the WD My Passport is no." (http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1715/1/)


THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT MODELS, My Passport ESSENTIAL and My Passport... Check to see which model you have!

Here is a pic showing the differences:



WD software links:

Support Download Page - choose the right model [wdc.com]

Note that there are many negative reviews for the SmartWare software

Acronis True Image WD Edition [wdc.com]


PM To Staples works (YMMV). Just got one. Staples SKU# 785785 - rndman

Staples is investigating the price change, will let us know by calling if the order will not go through, if no call then it will go through.

Being in South Florida, I missed out on this one. But just because I missed out doesn't mean my fellow Floridian SDer's should. So with some time, I basically went up the Florida coast (constantly changing my location) and found these available. These Walmarts are way to far for me to travel to, but perhaps it might be in your neck of the woods. Here's what I found. I hope it helps out someone.

5 - Palm Springs - 2765 10Th Ave N
1 - West Palm Beach - 9990 Belvedere Rd
3 - Jupiter - 2144 W Indiantown Rd
3 - Lake Park - 101 N Congress Ave
3 - Port St Lucie - 10855 So. Us Hwy #1
2 - Port Saint Lucie - 1675 Nw Saint Lucie West Blvd
2 - Fort Pierce - 5100 Okeechobee Rd

The number shown as available upon entering 10 and having it corrected
And the location and partial store address. Best of luck.

Anyone wants to PM to staples I have attached my receipt for proof. - IMXELITE
The Best Buy on Tracy and Modesto will price match, store #391 on Tracy and #141 on Modesto. We got 2, and still more left!!! - yanio021
the Staples on Richmond road in Williamsburg, VA store #710 - got 1. Staff called nearby Walmart to verify. Picture to be added - chrisman

Crapware removal help for this drive



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if it can be duplicated, good deal. My parents need a backup external but they only wanna spend $25 on it. This might be it.

Can anyone duplicate or verify?
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Ordered 4...Lets see if I can get a ready for pickup email.....
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ordered 4, thanks
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Order placed, I can pick up at 10am tomorrow morning.
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Anyone know if these work in a laptop? I already ordered 10 but why not ask anyway haha
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How are you guys ordering online...I don't see a add to cart button for it?
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Just did it. This is a GREAT deal. was just scouring ebay for one today and then this popped up. Should have gotten a couple, but whatever, why be greedy, i only need one. Looking for a competent HDD for the car.

Thanks OP

And USB 3.0 to boot...might swap this with my Passport USB 2.0 750gb
Gotta be a price error...will run in at 10am tomorrow, grab and go!
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Awesome find!
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Placed an order for my co-workers. Hope it comes through - they'll be happy with the savings!
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I can't checkout when I add 2 to my cart.

For those ordering does it show available or limited stock?
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i ordered one and will see what happens
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yea how are you peeps ordering this online? i could use three for backups.
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