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QuestionWhat is the difference between the My Passport 2TB USB 3.0 at $79 and the WD - easystore 2TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Black which is $129?
- Answer The easystore line is a BestBuy only hard drive with missing features (you cannot set a password or encrypt the drive) and a reduced warranty when compared to the WD MyPassport line. Otherwise it's a WD manufactured hard drive that offers great transfer speeds. Because the easystore has fewer features, it is generally cheaper. In this case, because the MyPassport drive is cheaper, I'd recommend that drive over the easystore. Check this thread https://community.wd.com/t/my-book-passport-vs-easystore/203207/5
- Answer It wouldn't be able to connect up to an iPad or iPhone, but it would be able to be connected to a Mac or Windows based computer. Once connected, you could store pictures and music on it.
QuestionRunning out of space and looking for compatibility with the Xboxone. Would anyone recommend this for gaming?
- Answer I bought this for my Xbox One S, it will work well for your Xbox One. Just plug it in to the USB in the back of your console, set it up as storage and you can download a lot more games. You can utilize this to expand your Xbox one storage beyond the basic 500GB.
- Answer Transfer rates: USB 2.0 offers transfer rates of 480 Mbps, and USB 3.0 offers transfer rates of 4.8 Gbps — 10 times faster. Addition of another physical bus: The amount of wires was doubled, from 4 to 8. Additional wires required more space in both the cables and connectors, so new types of connectors were designed. Power consumption: USB 2.0 provides up to 500 mA whereas USB 3.0 provides up to 900 mA. The USB 3 devices provide more power when needed and conserve power when the device is connected but idling. More bandwidth: Instead of one-way communication, USB 3.0 uses two unidirectional data paths, one to receive data and the other to transmit while USB 2.0 can only handle only one direction of data at any time. Improved bus utilization: A new feature was added (using packets NRDY and ERDY) to let a device asynchronously notify the host of its readiness.
QuestionI read that the only cable this drive needs/uses is the USB cable. Does that mean that this drive is using the same cable to power the device and transfer data at the same time?
- Answer You are correct. The USB cable provides both power and data transfer for this device. No separate power hookup/cable is used or needed.
QuestionHow hard is it to use this to store pictures saved on my computer to transfer them from my computerto the external HD?
- Answer It's very simple. As soon as you plug this device into your computer it will recognize it as a NEW storage device automatically. At this point, you just open the folder on your computer that contains all your photos and DRAG all the photos to the new hard drive. (i would create a photo on the new hard drive first called "Photos" or something similar.
QuestionIs this a solid state drive? I'm looking to replace my old WD 1TB drive that is not an SSD with a new WD 1TB SSD. I'm very happy with WD and I would like to stay with them.
- Answer No it is not. It would cost a lot more if SSD.
QuestionLooking for something that could hold a lot of photos, like 20,000. And videos too. Could this do it? Or what size would you recommend?
- Answer If your photos were 25mb each, which is a pretty generous estimate, this drive would hold around 80,000 of them. It should be plenty of space for your collection.
- Answer After some initial confusion because the unit offered several options, I was able to figure out that going into preferences and hitting time machine made for a flawless connection. Yes, it's easy even for non-computer savvy people.
- Answer Yes, if you format it correctly. Go to utilities - disk utilities and erase the drive. It will give you an option to rename it then keep it MAC OS X journaled. Just make sure you erase the easystore and not your actual hard drive. It's clear but just double-check.
- Answer Indeed it does - but don't ever forget your password = you'll never get your info back. I keep a copy of my vital passwords in a safe deposit box.
QuestionI am not savvy as far as back-up. Do the external backup drives back-up all folders? I basically want to know if external back-up also save my email folders created for documents sent via email. Thank you!
- Answer It will not necessarily automatically back up everything on your computer (programs, for example, would not be backed up). You can always use it like you would use a flash drive and drag and drop anything that wasn't included in your backup.