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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.

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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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This isn't a great deal; it's luke warm at best.

I got the WD 5tb black drive from Amazon last year for $92, the passport drives with 3-yr warranty have also been in the $90s, while the BB easystore is only a 2-year warranty and more expensive. No thanks.

Over paying for drives is only warranted if you absolutely need it today. If you can wait, I'd say wait.
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Is this hard drive works with PS5 ?
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Finally, a voice of reason.

I have this. Have had this since 2013 and it runs like a top. .
No you don't have "this". This 5tb drive didn't exist in 2013.... Roll Eyes (Sarcastic) Roll Eyes (Sarcastic) Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)
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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
Super helpful response, thanks man.
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Got a 3TB one of these from Target on clearance last week for $45, still haven't decided whether to keep it or not.
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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.
To be fair I've lost multiple Seagate drives in the past with no chance of recovery. They just went bad with the clicking. They may be fine now, but that experience makes me avoid them.

That is why I have an unraid backup now.

I have several 10+ year WDs going strong.

All anecdotal evidence, but twice bitten makes me sour on Seagate.
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Recently I bought a WD drive which stopped working soon after. Really need to backup my files on old comp but am scared of spending another $100 for the same thing to happen. is this a common thing with these external hd's?
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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.
Buy a NAS enclosure, or run unraid on some old pc hardware you have sitting around.

Eventually all hard drives will fail. Having a parity drive like unraid will let you restore. Unraid let's you have many drives to one parity so that is good for expansion.
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Purchased a Seagate 2tb from staples almost 2 years ago and it's been working fine. Got a wd one, maybe a 5tb and haven't really been using it. Slow as slow can be.
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Quote from BostonBatman :
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
This drive is the smaller 2.5 inch style portable drive, not the larger external desktop 3.5 inch style external USB drive. Don't think this specific 5TB 2.5 inch style portable drive was around in 2013, let alone around even three years ago. This portable drive (and most similar ones) do not use a separate power supply. The larger 3.5 inch WD Easystore drives, that everyone is buying to shuck, used to come with WD Reds years ago but these days usually don't, they're typically White Label drives.
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Man i missed the 8TB/$99 deal a month back. Wish they will drop to that price again
Completely different form factor (3.5 inch style) and significantly larger drive. This is the smaller 2.5 inch style portable drive. The drive you saw was likely the larger 3.5 inch form factor desktop style external USB drive. Two different devices. The desktop style 3.5 inch type external USB drives generally will always have a better price per TB on the larger drives when compared to these smaller portable 2.5 inch drives. Its a bit of an apples to oranges comparison to compare the two different drives to each other.
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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
Excellent advice to those who ask the basic question of do I backup, the backup. One will have to balance how much money they want to throw at the issue with how important the data they want to backup is. One has a number of options to choose from each have their own pro's and con's.
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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
In for 1. This comment helped drive my decision. Thank you.
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For any drive experts on here...

Can you quickly describe the difference between WD Easystore (this thread), WD My Passport, WD Black?

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

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/wd-m...Id=6380848

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/wd-w...Id=6427863

Per the links above (all 5 TB), it appears the MSRP on Easystore is the highest ($179.99). Does this indicate it's better in some way?

Thank you.
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Seagate didn't have a temporary mistake. Seagate deliberately sold flawed product, told all who complained they were dumb liars and wouldn't allow returns. They stole their customers' money and lost their data to boot. They're internal emails and meeting minutes proved it. Also they're product has always tested to be the worst of all manufacturers every year. There's a reason why Seagate's drives sell cheaper than others. They use inferior parts and inferior manufacturing with little or no QC. Seagate excels at four things, failure, fraud, lies and enduser data loss. Seagate made/makes "The Evil Empire" that MS was/is look like "Touched by an Angel".

No others have had a temporary mistake. Everyone else fixes any issues after the sale and do QC before the sale. They listen to the people using their product to perfect it.

Seagate sacrifices quality for profit margin. They did one good thing. They bought Samsung's HDD business and continued to make Samsung's good HDD's back then. But are the current Samsung "Momdentus" drives more Seagate Momentus or Samsung's HDD evolution? Samsung made great HDD's.

Anyone who says Seagate wasn't evil back then and bad now doesn't know how momentus, deliberate and deceitful and fraudulent, theft the issues were and and how bad their product has always been.

It's not a matter of opinion or taste or being an oblivious fanboy if some one hates or loves them for no real reason. It's a matter of knowing or being oblivious. It's real. The fact is all credible, independent tests, test them to be the worst, so bad that you put your data at risk if you buy them.

You wouldn't trust software that put malware on your computer that cost you data. How can you trust hardware that will cost you data? If you've had luck with Seagate, good for you. The clock is ticking. All industries have some percentage of lemons (fails). Maybe it works in the reverse for Seagate and you're the lucky one who got one that's not a lemon. Every industry has less than 10% lemons. Seagate has below 10% that aren't lemons. Everyone else should backup on non-Seagate drives. Better yet, spend a few dollars more and skip the risk of Seagate.

Sorry if I've bored or offended anyone. It's the truth and it's all been said before by all who look at the facts. Calling it fake news puts your data in jeopardy.



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