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Best Buy via eBay has 5TB WD Easystore External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (WDBAJP0050BBK-WESN) on sale for $99.99 (price shown in cart). Shipping is free.

Best Buy has 5TB WD Easystore External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (WDBAJP0050BBK-WESN) on sale for $99.99. Shipping is free or select free curbside pickup where stock permits.

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  • Data transfer rates up to 5 Gbps with USB 3.0
  • Automatic backup options
  • Compatible with Mac and PC

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Best Buy again slightly drops the price of the WD Easystore 5TB portable hard drive from $104.99 down to $99.99. They seem to do this every week or two now. No telling how long this slightly lower price will be.

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/wd-e...Id=6406512

Still a meh deal on a per TB price ($20 per TB) due to being a portable drive and not the larger dimensioned 3.5 inch desktop external drives that many buy and shuck.

And as previously mentioned in past discussions on this drive it is not shuckable as the USB port is part of the drive.

As a price comparison. Amazon has the WD 5TB Elements portable hard drive at $99.99 right now.

WD 5TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive HDD, USB 3.0, Compatible with PC, Mac, PS4 & Xbox - WDBU6Y0050BBK-WESN [amazon.com]

An alternative 5tB drive at a slightly lower price point, Costco will have the Seagate 5TB portable drive on sale for $89.99 starting 3/10. But it's Seagate which some here despise.

Seaate 2.5" portable 5TB harddrive $90 @ Costco starting 3/10 $89.99
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Seagate is fine you dummies. WD is great too.
Every hard drive manufacturer had a bad model horror story at some point. Don't be so scurred..
Treat it as if every hard drive will fail. The common phrase is 'two is one and one is none'. It's unlikely the 2nd drive (primary backup) will fail concurrently with the 1st, but you never know. That said, precious files should be housed on a 3rd drive (secondary backup), ideally offsite. Backup hard drives are no good if your house/apt burns down with all the drives inside. If you have the bandwidth to do so, cloud backups are a fantastic option for a 3rd drive/location (secondary backup). Cloud could be used as a primary backup (aka the 2nd drive), but it depends how quickly you would need to access/restore your files in the event of a drive failure and how fast your internet is.

So in your circumstance, get 2 external drives but don't get them at the same time or from the same store. Try to stagger their ages if they're going to be used simultaneously to reduce the likelihood of them failing together. If you're going to be plugging one in permanently and plugging the backup in at regular intervals to do the backups (if you're responsible enough to remember), then they can be from the same place/age/production since one is cold storage
Uh oh, now you've done it. Someone is likely to come along shortly and throw out the BackBlaze stats [backblaze.com] (even though they are for different drives) to support their claim Seagate sucks. laugh out loud

Most have their own personal hard drive horror, and click of death, stories from all drive manufacturers. Some have good luck with WD or Seagate, others don't. Years past Seagate did have one specific line of drives that were lemons and some use that as justification to avoid Seagate all together. Shrugs. Their choice.

Drives fail. Period. Back them up (which one should be doing for any critical or irreplaceable data) if one is worried about it.

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But it's Seagate which some here despise.
Yea, avoid Seagate.

Just had a 2TB Seagate portable drive die with the click of death within a year.
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Seagate is fine you dummies. WD is great too.
Every hard drive manufacturer had a bad model horror story at some point. Don't be so scurred..
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Quote from Squirrels8MyLunch :
Seagate is fine you dummies. WD is great too.
Every hard drive manufacturer had a bad model horror story at some point. Don't be so scurred..
Uh oh, now you've done it. Someone is likely to come along shortly and throw out the BackBlaze stats [backblaze.com] (even though they are for different drives) to support their claim Seagate sucks. laugh out loud

Most have their own personal hard drive horror, and click of death, stories from all drive manufacturers. Some have good luck with WD or Seagate, others don't. Years past Seagate did have one specific line of drives that were lemons and some use that as justification to avoid Seagate all together. Shrugs. Their choice.

Drives fail. Period. Back them up (which one should be doing for any critical or irreplaceable data) if one is worried about it.
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I clicked on this link going, "I wonder if it's shuckable? Bah, nobody's going to have asked/answered that."

Thanks, OP, for having such amazing detail on a "meh deal"!
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Any thoughts on...

WD Easystore 5TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - $99.99
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So I want to get an external HDD, but I don't want it to fail on me without having some sort of backup.

So to do this, do I get... another external HDD? Which could also fail? But I guess the point would be that it's very unlikely BOTH would fail on me simultaneously (if at all).

Or do people have other recommendations for a better backup? I'm a little new to this so apologies if the question is dumb. The comments about Seagate above freaked me out a bit lol.
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So I want to get an external HDD, but I don't want it to fail on me without having some sort of backup.

So to do this, do I get... another external HDD? Which could also fail? But I guess the point would be that it's very unlikely BOTH would fail on me simultaneously (if at all).

Or do people have other recommendations for a better backup? I'm a little new to this so apologies if the question is dumb. The comments about Seagate above freaked me out a bit lol.
Treat it as if every hard drive will fail. The common phrase is 'two is one and one is none'. It's unlikely the 2nd drive (primary backup) will fail concurrently with the 1st, but you never know. That said, precious files should be housed on a 3rd drive (secondary backup), ideally offsite. Backup hard drives are no good if your house/apt burns down with all the drives inside. If you have the bandwidth to do so, cloud backups are a fantastic option for a 3rd drive/location (secondary backup). Cloud could be used as a primary backup (aka the 2nd drive), but it depends how quickly you would need to access/restore your files in the event of a drive failure and how fast your internet is.

So in your circumstance, get 2 external drives but don't get them at the same time or from the same store. Try to stagger their ages if they're going to be used simultaneously to reduce the likelihood of them failing together. If you're going to be plugging one in permanently and plugging the backup in at regular intervals to do the backups (if you're responsible enough to remember), then they can be from the same place/age/production since one is cold storage
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Man i missed the 8TB/$99 deal a month back. Wish they will drop to that price again
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Newegg also has it at $99.99
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WD Easystore 5TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - $99.99
Finally, a voice of reason.

I have this. Have had this since 2013 and it runs like a top. Use it for all my footage for immediate and then longterm storage. It's usb 3.0, and takes it's own power. From what I remember of the original thread, it's schuckable to a Red drive, but its more utility to me as a portable until it breaks. Plenty of 100gb SSDs floating around for any random internal space needs.

I paid $79 on BF over 5 years ago (might have been 2016, but I can go through my email for receipts if it's that dire. Bought it from BB on a price match to the sale on amazon at the time
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Yea, avoid Seagate.

Just had a 2TB Seagate portable drive die with the click of death within a year.
The Costco link in Seagate says that
Includes 2 Years of Data Recovery Service. In case someone is interested..
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