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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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Except for SSD, are people buying drives of this size any more?
Yes people are still buying large sized portable drives. For some they need the portability these types of drives offer. Much easier to travel with a portable drive like this than their larger desktop external drive counterparts. For others its the small form factor (like desk space) that is what they seek. Considering large SSD drives run upwards of $400 or more one could buy several of these drives for the cost of a single SSD drive of similar capacity. For some who do rotational backups its a fairly good cost savings to use mechanical drives even though they tend to be slower than SSD drives.
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Can you quickly describe the difference between WD Easystore (this thread), WD My Passport, WD Black?
Generally it comes down to specifications and initial drive formatting. Some drives may be formatted specifically for use or compatibility with certain devices. The My Passport features hardware encryption and is available with different color cases. The Easystore has only a 2 year warranty vs the 3 year for the other two.

Easystore 5TB External USB 3.0 Portable
USB 3.0 interface
2 year warranty
Minimum System Requirements - Apple MacOS, Windows 8.1 / 10

My Passport 5TB External USB 3.0 Portable
USB 3.0 interface
3 year warranty
Hardware data encryption
Slightly smaller, weighs slightly less than Easystore 5TB portable
Minimum System Requirements - Windows 8.1 / 10
Available in several case colors

WD_BLACK P10 5TB Game Drive for PlayStation External USB 3.2
USB 3.2 Gen 1 interface
3 year warranty
Slightly larger, weighs slightly more than Easystore 5TB or My Passport 5TB
Minimum System Requirements - PlayStation 4

One can reformat and repartition just about any hard drive to suit their needs but it is an extra step some prefer not to deal with. One can search to see if there are further differences, in particular read/write speed differences between the three drives. And game consoles may require a specific or certain type of drive to operate correctly or save games to them.
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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.
or you have the Amex $50 off of $50 or more at Best Buy deal. I have the Passport already but for $49 it is probably worth getting anyway. Although the Amex deal is good until 6/30 so maybe I'll wait to see if it goes down any further . I think this is $105 normally anyway
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Quote from Rumstocker :
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.
Without opening the cases and seeing inside, I'd guess the Easystore and Passport are identical consumer level drives and the Easystore just has a more inflated MSRP for whatever reason. The Black might have a faster hard drive or one that is designed to not park (sleep) as often for quicker response times but I'm not sure if they make a 5TB black and this model could just be for marketing purposes

Fwiw, WD makes 5 colors of drives correlating to their use.
Blue: Consumer, general purpose
Black: Performance
Red: 24/7 access (for NAS devices)
Purple: Surveillance (constant writes)
Gold: Enterprise (heavy workloads in servers, etc)
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Fwiw, WD makes 5 colors of drives correlating to their use.
Blue: Consumer, general purpose
Black: Performance
Red: 24/7 access (for NAS devices)
Purple: Surveillance (constant writes)
Gold: Enterprise (heavy workloads in servers, etc)
In the past the desktop external 3.5 inch Easystore USB hard drives were WD Reds. However within the last two years or so WD transitioned to using "white label" 3.5 inch drives (made by HGST) in their larger capacity desktop external Easystore USB hard drives. No idea what is in these portable Easystore'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.
if you're backing up the computer, then the external hard drive is ALREADY a backup. The original content is still on the computer HDD. So if you add a second external HDD, you're really adding a 3rd version of the data. That's fine, but it seems highly unlikely that your computer HDD and your backup HDD would both fail at the same time.
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This type comment comes up all the time. I've been waiting for months for a good deal. How long should one wait? A month? Two months? Till black Friday? What would be considered a good deal?
the prices they listed in the response, those would be good deals. Their answer to you was very specific.
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For any drive experts on here...
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?
At least between the ES and MP, not at all. The MyPassport has better casing, better encryption, better warranty, and lower failure rate. I wouldn't touch an EasyStore drive again after four failed on me.

Quote from bajanboy5809 :
Got a 3TB one of these from Target on clearance last week for $45, still haven't decided whether to keep it or not.
Funny thing...they don't carry EasyStore. Wink

(I'm guessing you mean Elements, which I'd still put ahead of EasyStore, but it's no MyPassport)
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At least between the ES and MP, not at all. The MyPassport has better casing, better encryption, better warranty, and lower failure rate. I wouldn't touch an EasyStore drive again after four failed on me.



Funny thing...they don't carry EasyStore. https://static.slickdealscdn.com/ima...ilies/wink.gif

(I'm guessing you mean Elements, which I'd still put ahead of EasyStore, but it's no MyPassport)
Ha Ha, had to go back in the bag and see what it was, yeah it's Elements, I have no idea what all these different ones are. Was it a good deal, lukewarm deal, not a deal at all?
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Yes people are still buying large sized portable drives. For some they need the portability these types of drives offer. Much easier to travel with a portable drive like this than their larger desktop external drive counterparts. For others its the small form factor (like desk space) that is what they seek. Considering large SSD drives run upwards of $400 or more one could buy several of these drives for the cost of a single SSD drive of similar capacity. For some who do rotational backups its a fairly good cost savings to use mechanical drives even though they tend to be slower than SSD drives.
I was sort of alluding to that people are buying 8, 10,12 Tb and up drives. 5's are pretty low end now.
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I was sort of alluding to that people are buying 8, 10,12 Tb and up drives. 5's are pretty low end now.
People are often buying the larger external USB desktop drives to shuck and use the 3.5 inch hard drive either for NAS or in desktop's. In the past larger drives inside the WD Easystore (non portable) drives were 3.5 inch WD Red's. Any time the 4TB and larger external desktop Easystore's went on sale at Best Buy they'd sell out in minutes because people were buying them, shucking them, putting them in NAS enclosures.

People need larger drives these days for media storage. Either for their home theater systems where they stream from NAS storage, or for video/media editing.

These smaller sized 2, 4 and 5 TB portable drives still have their place, and uses. As we see some are buying them for use on gaming consoles to store their games. Portable drives like this deal are significantly cheaper (to the tune of 1/3 to 1/4th) then similar capacity SSD drives. These portable drives are easier to transport than their larger cousins. These portable drives don't require separate power supplies. And they look less conspicuous on desks.
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Ha Ha, had to go back in the bag and see what it was, yeah it's Elements, I have no idea what all these different ones are. Was it a good deal, lukewarm deal, not a deal at all?
Lukewarm. I would think it a little less robust than the MP as far as the case and shock protection goes. As for the drive within, I maintain my suspicion about the lots used for ES, but aside from the lack of MP encryption, I can't lump EM in with ES.

My opinion: MP >> EM >>>> ES.
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Lukewarm. I would think it a little less robust than the MP as far as the case and shock protection goes. As for the drive within, I maintain my suspicion about the lots used for ES, but aside from the lack of MP encryption, I can't lump EM in with ES.

My opinion: MP >> EM >>>> ES.
Thanks, I think I will return it then. Also I just got my first external SSD and that's so nice.
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Thanks, I think I will return it then. Also I just got my first external SSD and that's so nice.
Frankly, for me, 3TB is just as much of a deal killer.

I know deals will be posted for super cheap clearanced 1 and 2TB HDDs sometimes, but even if it were $20, you will hate hitting that ceiling when you get to it, and especially if you are looking at 5TB drives already.

I say that mainly in the vein of using it for multimedia storage, of course. If just for a backup, I could see lower capacities having some use, but then again, with data that's valuable, I'm still not gonna cheap out, but go with MPs instead.
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Lmfao in another thread I posted that Seagate is prone to failures in today's day and I didn't recommend it. I got downvoted by 60 points. Now it's happening again but reversed 🤣
Link to post? Rarely do I see a consensus that supports Seagate (Failgate)'s reliability.
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