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Is this shuckable? My 8Tb WD purple is getting low on space. Just might spring for this if I can convert to internal HDD.
Uh this deal is on the 2.5 inch WD Easystore portable USB 3.0 drive, not the larger 3.5 inch Easystore's that people buy and shuck for NAS/internal use.
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Uh this deal is on the 2.5 inch WD Easystore portable USB 3.0 drive, not the larger 3.5 inch Easystore's that people buy and shuck for NAS/internal use.
didn't realize they had both sizes. thanks for pointing it out before I pulled the trigger
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Looks like a smoking deal for me. ESP since it's portable
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I'm too lazy to link. But Amazon and B&H Photo also have the same price btw.

EDIT: Nvm. It's WD Elements. Not sure what the difference is.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07X41PWTY
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For what it's worth, these are $90 on Ebay, new.
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According to Best Buy this is the normal price. So where is this 180$ retail number coming from?
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For what it's worth, these are $90 on Ebay, new.
Wow good call. And you know what the advantage to eBay is over Best Buy? 30 day money back guarantee.
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According to Best Buy this is the normal price. So where is this 180$ retail number coming from?
The $180 is right from the Best Buy product page where the price is listed as: "$99.99 Save $80 Was $179.99". Best Buy typically fluctuates the "save $xx" discount on a weekly or daily basis to sell certain products. Today it's an "$80 saved", other days its less (like $40 or $60 saved) or slightly more.

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In my experience all USB 3.0 hard drives immediately go to error in windows 10. USB 3.1 (Gen 1) is the 1st version that windows 10 opens without error. Waiting for the 3.0's to get sold so the 3.1's can go on sale.
My 2 cents...hope it helps.
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In my experience all USB 3.0 hard drives immediately go to error in windows 10. USB 3.1 (Gen 1) is the 1st version that windows 10 opens without error. Waiting for the 3.0's to get sold so the 3.1's can go on sale.
My 2 cents...hope it helps.
"USB 3.0 hard drives immediately go to error in windows 10"? What does that even mean? What specific error?

Generally Windows 10 does not have a problem mounting and accessing USB 3.0 hard drives. In certain cases certain hardware may interfere with, or have interference caused by, the USB 3.0 port. Its why some manufacturers say not to use certain USB devices in USB 3.0 ports or in USB 3.0 hubs. But by and large all major brands of USB 3.0 hard drives or hard drive enclosures will work in Windows 10, most will be plug and play. Where one may have a problem is if a USB 3.0 device draws more power than the USB port can provide. Or one uses a unpowered USB 3.0 adapter with a drive/device that needs more power than the unpowered adapter can draw through the USB 3.0 port.
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Also worth noting that the My Passport has a 3yr manufacturer warranty vs the 2yr with the Easystore.

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I'd also be weary of WD's description of "USB 3.2" for their Mac model since they don't specify gen1, gen2, or gen2x2. Their "Ultra for Mac [westerndigital.com]" model, which is $30 more, only supports USB 3.1 gen1 so I'd doubt their "non-Ultra" version supports faster speeds for $30 less. So I'm going to assume it's USB 3.2 gen1 which is the same 5gbps as USB 3.1 gen1.

Jeez, I hate the USB-IF's nomenclature...
Also otherwise known as USB 3.0
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Also otherwise known as USB 3.0
USB 3.0 is old nomenclature. Current nomenclature is 3.2 gen1, gen2, and gen2x2
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USB 3.0 is old nomenclature. Current nomenclature is 3.2 gen1, gen2, and gen2x2
Correct. USB 3.0 is USB 3.2 Gen 1. This naming scheme change is ridiculous
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My WD Elements (about 3 years old) isn't being recognized by my mac anymore.... is there anything I can do to fix it or put the "hd" in an ew enclosure?

P/N is WDBU6Y0020BBK-OB

Otherwise I guess I'll just get this but I don't really want to support WD after this. It's a really small one I think 2TB big.
You can file a warranty claim, but yes, the easier fix is just pickup a new 2.5" hdd enclosure. I used to buy Seagate HDD and have this issue all of the time where the drive would appear to be dead and then I removed it from the shell, put it in a new enclosure, and it would be fine. I have two 1.5TB Seagates that were former external drives that still work great as internal drives in my desktop.
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Correct. USB 3.0 is USB 3.2 Gen 1. This naming scheme change is ridiculous
And for a USB HDD (spinning disk) enclosure it's irrelevant as the drive speeds between 3.0 and 3.2 can't even be touched by the slower transfer rate of these drives.
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