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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.
Yeah I was thinking that too. They are not gonna reach 5gbps not to mention 20gbps
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"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.
Typically a 2.5" HDD (spinning disk) like this will consume around 5v which is adequate for USB 3.0.

In contrast, a larger drive in an enclosure (3.5" HDD) will use 12v for the motor and 5v for the circuit board, which is why they typically require an additional power supply.
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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.
I don't see why these wouldn't be, although you may not get the same life out of these drives as you do with purple. Still, I believe the component most likely to fail first would be the enclosure itself.

Personally, I have two of these drives as external storage for Xbox One and PS4 titles. I've been using one for over and the other for roughly three months. Drive transfer rates are fast enough for that purpose and should the enclosures fail, I plan to shuck them and stick them in new enclosures.
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I think this thread and the thumbs up are all just SD marketing hype to sell stuff. This is not a good deal when you can get many different 5TB external drives for about $100. This is nothing special as some plp have already pointed out.
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I don't see why these wouldn't be, although you may not get the same life out of these drives as you do with purple. Still, I believe the component most likely to fail first would be the enclosure itself.
Folks asking if these WD Easystore drives are shuckable should be reminded that this particular "portable" 5TB Easystore is not the 3.5 inch desktop sized "Easystore" hard drives that so many are buying and shucking. But rather the smaller portable 2.5 inch drive. Quite often people are not clicking on the product link to review the actual product (or closely reviewing the product image), they just see the word "Easystore" plus it's price, and assume its the larger desktop style drives that everyone shucks for use in NAS or desktops.
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Do not expect to get the full USB 3.0 interface speed of 5 Gbps; which, is equivalent to 625 MB/s. The actual read and writes speed of an HDD is ~100 MB/s to ~120 MB/s
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For everyone asking if this is schuckable (putting aside the separate fact that it's a 2.5" drive, not 3.5"), pretty much all of the WD branded and non-WD branded (but still containing a WD inside) 2.5" drives have a soldered on usb connector and no sata connector. So unless you're extremely savvy with a solder, forget about it.

I myself learned this the hard way buying a couple of mobile 4TB G drives a few years ago. The thought was to use a lower powered/more space economical drive for my ZFS server. I was still able to use it hooked to the external usb, but obviously less than idea.
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I bought this and sold it for $50 because it failed me once already and constantly gave me a headache.

I can safely say, all these easystore external drives are trash, avoid them if you can. Buy some reputable 3.5" external drives, they are indeed worth the slightly higher price.
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Are 2.5 in multi TB drives all SMR?
I had a 3.5 in external Seagate that failed and I later learned it was SMR.
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Nice deal, bought one and great so far
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Looks like it may have been a one day deal (eta: at Best Buy). Back up to $109.99 this morning (Friday 1/29/21 7am EDT).
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Also worth noting that the My Passport has a 3yr manufacturer warranty vs the 2yr with the Easystore.

EDIT:
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...
Don't you love that? 3.0 , 3.1gen1, 3.2gen1, all the same. Makes perfect sense!
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#43
I bought one yesterday on Amazon, same price.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X41P...UTF8&psc=1
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I see this a lot at $90 since last year or two. Decent deal but it's like regular price basically imo
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I just purchased the M1 mac mini-any suggestions on for a cheap portable drive for it?
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