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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Western Digital Easystore 4 tb one of the best

    Posted
    Anselmo
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    In my 34+ years using hard drives, I found that the hard drives companies are like photographic cameras makers, one time Canon have the best camera and then Nikon make a better camera and so on. I used to buy Segate and I had a good warranty, sometimes 5 years, and with the time they reduced the length of the warranty to only 1 year, the hard drives barely pass the time of the warranty when they broke, loosing all my data, but there is no problem, Segate made a data recovery and they used to charge a lot, one time for 2TB I paid almost $1,500 and I recover only one fifth of my data, the rest was corrupted. So after loosing several of my Segate HD's I switch to Western Digital and some of the hard drives have only one year warranty, but It last for 4 or 5 years o more without any problem,(I have 10 years with Western Digital, and my hard drives still working in my system) I'm professional Photographer and my info is very important (Photos and Video for weddings) I learn that not all hard drives are make equaly. At this time Western Digital is producing a very high quality products, I feel safe owning it, because I don't have to worry about loosing my information. It is important to have a back up of your info too, I recommend to have a dual system if you can afford it. I also own WD My Book Duo 6 TB and I feel that I'm protected of a power failure and my info is safe. When I brought it, I start having a perfect Customer Support to guide me, the set up process was very easy, something I didn't have with Segate. About my WD Easystore 4TB I own it for a couple years and still working perfect, I believe one secret is to keep it cool, well ventilated and out of dust, I defragment my drive every month to speed it out, and is it. If you get a Western digital Easystore you will feel secure and confident with the product installed in your system. I recommend this product 100% to everyone is worth it the money you pay for it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent drive, with some OS-related limitations

    Posted
    kenn
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    The WD My Book 4 TB is a fast and capable storage solution for backups, "archive" files, and other data. I plan to use it to store my Adobe Light Room archives and working copies. Western Digital is, by common agreement, the most reliable and powerful brand of hard drive on the market to day, and this device continues their tradition of delivering the best. Although I'm giving a rating of five stars, I'd like to point out a limitation of this drive that's due to operating systems rather than the drive itself. If you plan to use this drive only with Windows, then you can allocate all 4 TB as a single primary partition. If, however, you want to be able to use the drive with Windows and with OS X, then you'll have to use 2 partitions. The reason is that the Windows NTFS file system supports 4 TB partitions, but the multi-platform exFAT file system that works with both Windows and OS X only supports 2 TB. If you use exFat to use the drive with both OSes, then you'll have to split the drive into two partitions. You do have the choice of making the two partitions equal sizes. I have a shelf full of theses drives from 1TB to 8TB and I swear by them. I do not leave them plugged in except when loading or unloading them. No need to run them hours on end for no reason. I would buy them over and over again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Just what I needed to compliment my Xbox One X

    Posted
    Gaiden
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    I am very satisfied with this product. Keep in mind it is not a portable device. It must be plugged into an outlet. This doesn't bother me. I'm not an expert, but I suspect it may perform better not relying solely on a USB cable for powder. 4 TB of storage is great and connecting to the Xbox One X was really simple. Just plug it in and the Xbox will recognize the hard drive and prompt you to format the hard drive. Done in seconds. The unit isn't very large and is attractive in appearance. Looks good next to the Xbox. Most important to me is the ability to run games directly from the external hard drive. I have run Battle Field 4, Battlefield 1, and Halo 5 including multiplayer directly from the hard drive and have compared it to the performance running from the built in Xbox One X hard drive. They look and play the same. No issues. Down load speeds and transferring games between drives seem pretty reasonable. Get this one sale if you can and you can't go wrong.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Mass Storage Drive

    Posted
    BluBlade
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    I have seen similar drives like this on Amazon but in this case, the WD - easystore® 4TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive - Black is exclusive to Best Buy. I ordered it online and got free shipping. I have the drive formatted to ExFat so it's easily compatible with both Windows 10 (and previous Windows releases) and MacOS. Another advantage of ExFat is that I can store individual files larger than 4GB. I have movies, photos, and miscellaneous files that amount to roughly 3 Terabytes saved on this one drive. That's right Terabytes, not Gigabytes. Honestly, it might have been better to buy a NAS (Network Attached Storage) instead of this in my case for the amount of data that I store and have backed up. Oh well, I still have a thousand Gigabytes left free. With USB 3.0, the file transfer is fast and I can even play video files directly from the external drive. One gripe I have is that this thing needs external power to run through a wall outlet, so it's not good for travelling like using it when on a plane ride. I highly recommend this for people that need fast and large storage drives and stationary setups where having an extra power outlet is not an issue.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    PS4 Expanded

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    Seantiago
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    I bought this with the sole purpose of expanding my PS4. I soon discovered that a 500GB drive for PS4 is insufficient if you have a tendency not to delete games you played. At most I think I had 8 games with various GB needs. The time soon came to where what can I delete and not miss to load my latest game. Ugh... after 2-4 times of this I decided I needed to inflate my storage capacity. After little research, I found this drive in addition to finding at an awesome price. I pulled the trigger and am pleased with the results. The only thing I noticed was the sound of the drive as it is active. Not terribly loud but noticeable. Not a deal breaker at all. What really made this a nice purchase was the ease of installation. I followed the guidelines via the PS set up. Only took a few moments and nearly instant 4TB of more storage... Woohoo!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great way to backup audio files (and more)

    Posted
    Radio
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    Our studios use offsite voice talent for many things throughout the day, 24/7 and our offsite hosts need reliable backup in case they have a failure of their main studio PCs. This unit was pretty much plug and play, the backup started immediately after the drive installed it's own backup software. We did not opt to use the "cloud" backup associated with it, as a local drive for "grab and go" in emergencies was enough, and it's main purpose is to protect from drive failure in main computer. Reports back to us are that this drive works GREAT for that, especially easy if you are keeping your documents, video, audio, and "standard" type files in their windows-designated folders so the automatic settings work without intervention. However, you can set the folders you want backed up manually if you wish to be more selective of have saved files to non-standard locations. Recommended for easy windows-based backups, and we prefer the drives with their own power supplies over USB-only units for stability and less power being pulled from the PC's ports. Works well for us overall!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    SATA WD40EFRX (WD Red) Bare Drive

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    devz3ro
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    These are Western Digital Reds with a normal SATA connector when taken apart. The USB "proprietary" connector the other reviewer is talking about is *NOT* this drive (he / she is referring to the 2.5 inch portable drive with the same name). I bought a total of 5 (three from one store, and two from another - due to best buy's non-business purchase limitations) and they all turned out to be Western Digital Reds. The bare drive does show it has a 2 year warranty, but it's description is "WD easystore Desktop" with a model number of "WDBCKA0040HBK" when you do a warranty check on the WD website. All of mine are model: WD40EFRX & have NASware 3.0, with a mfg. date of March 2nd, 2017.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    WD Blue's

    Posted
    KnighX

    Bought one of these about 6 months ago for standard backup, still running fine. Decided to buy a second one on black Friday for 99.99 but for some dumb reason a day later they refunded it. At first I was annoyed thinking I'd lost my deal, then I log in to find it's now down to 89.99 on I guess slightly-blacker Sunday? Decided to just walk into the store and buy it there since BB doesn't like my money online. Worked out well for me, price wise at least. :) Oh and those of you looking to shuck this, they are now standard blue drives, no more super cheap nas reds. I'm still going to take the chance and install them in a nas box and see how they do. Figure I'll just swap these in and throw my old 3tb drives in these cases to use as redundancies. Can't beat the price even if you buy the blue drive by itself on am-azon!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It's a good hard drive

    Posted
    codfish9306
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    I can't really say anything about the enclosure or USB interface, other than that it was really easy to take apart. I pulled the hard drive out and am using it as an internal storage drive on my gaming PC. WD are and have always been good, solid hard drives. I buy them almost exclusively (save for Samsung SSDs or budget drives for things like media PCs). I used to be a Seagate guy, since they were pretty much the same quality and longevity as WD drives, it was just a matter of preference. In the past ten years, though, my experience is that Seagate has declined steadily to basically just producing garbage and selling it fast enough that the warranty runs out, while WD has stayed the same good quality. It's a Blue drive inside, so it's not winning any awards, but if you're looking to store movies, pictures, music, and files for low-performance/older games, this is 4 terabytes of solid hardware.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Unable to back up file - "not enough space"

    Posted
    JDINCA
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    After several attempts, I may have to return this drive as the included backup software simply doesn't work. Before purchasing this, just google: “Unable to back up files to My Passport because there is not enough space”. This is a massive issue. I cannot comment otherwise on performance as I am struggling to get this to work despite different backup plans and formats. It has a decent price, but you lose that advantage in 1) it not working and 2) the time spent getting it to work. I've opened a ticket with WD, but as I have not heard back, I will return this to BB I'm afraid.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I like the looks and the performance

    Posted
    SpiderBob
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    The over-all looks of this external hard drive are appealing! Its black "book-like" style design has curved front edges that looks great with my black desk top computer. It is study, feels well built and has a nice weightiness to it. The little blue led can be easily seen from the front and lets me know it's working. It seems to be fast and has lots of memory room (4TB) to hold all my YouTube videos, which is why I purchased it. It has good reviews as well so we shall see how long it lasts (has a 2 yr warranty and WD backup) as my last one (another company) died and took all my videos with it! It's not portable, and comes with a plug in power transformer. This is necessary for speed, and transfer time which is not what a simple cord plugged into your lap top can provide. For the price, a nice product and buy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great product, so so support

    Posted
    joestradamus
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    The hard drive itself is great but WD support is not. I called WD support to get this hard drive set up for time machine on my Mac. I (incorrectly) thought this would be an easier & more efficient way to go. On my first call the rep at WD did the screen share and walked me thru the formatting & setup. It seemed to work but after my computer went to sleep over night I got "Time Machine Backup Failed". It took 2 more calls, more screen shares and a couple more hours on the phone to WD until finally they got it to work properly. Previously I always bought plug and play external hard drives. This time I went for a better drive at a lower cost but more set up involved. In the end it was worth it but very frustrating along the way.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Didn't work for me & WD customer service was slow

    Posted
    Peachpicker
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    I am not tech savvy and purchased this late in 2017 because it was advertised as easy to use. I installed it on my Dell desktop and it wouldn't perform a back up as I understood it would do. I have been in contact with WD support at least 5 times - probably more like 10+ times over the past many months. They take several days to reply with an answer that is hard to understand and so far this drive is still not up and running as I understand it should. They have escalated my situation to their senior staff but then the communications with them just seem to have died. I wish I could return it to Best Buy for a full refund but I am long past the 90 day return window given all the time I have spent with WD Customer Service. It has been close to a nightmare. I'll never buy another WD product again.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The Good and the Bad

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    ricks
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    A bit to early to give my full review. only 2 weeks of use. So Far, the Pros , This portable external hard drive looks and feels solid. easy to install. lots of space when I shutdown my PC I don't unplug it. It's always plugged in ready to access my files anytime. Cons: A bit heavier verus other portable drives like the passport. but that 's fine , I don't use it as a portable much. One thing I have noticed while trying to access my files it hesitates before it opens the file. appears that's trying to connect to the drive ? my other external drive didn't do that. as soon as u clicked on the file to open took about maybe 1 , 2 seconds to open.this WD Drive takes about 5 ,, 7 seconds to open a file? I formatted the WD drive and copied all my files again. looks like it is working much better time will tell.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    not worth a flying crap

    Posted
    terry
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    i went to buy extra storage for my nydia player.. and had asked one of the people working there thier opinion of the storage drive.. if it would work with my player. he said YES OVER AND OVER.. well got it home and it is sluggish, does not work at all with my player. am stuck with this over hundred dollar storage drive. not sure if i will buy fromBEST BUY again. have bought products there many many times... im tired of poor service. had bought one of the big nvidia player pros.. and had problems with it from the start.. well more problems happened then changed it out and received a used one.. nah.. no more best buy for me.. im highly disappointed with this last buy.. if i thought i could get my money back i would.. thank you terry lumpkins

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Cheap Mass Storage

    Posted
    Mik328
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    I bought this external storage for the main purpose of connecting it to my Nvidia Shield TV 2017. So far, I have filled it with about 400 GB's of movies. From that storage, I can use the Shield as a standalone Plex Server. I have had to format it to ExFat for it to be compatible with the Shield, Win 10, and MacOS Sierra. I can even connect it to my Galaxy S7 Edge with an OTG adapter. The transfer speeds are super fast at around 130 MB/s. I my only CON with this drive is that it requires and external power supply, but I guess that is unavoidable for such a large drive. It's still not a deal breaker though. It comes with a standard AC adapter and a USB 3.0 cable; both these cables have a good length. The drive will not take up too much space on your desk. It can stand up vertically without being easily tipped over.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Backed Into A Corner

    Posted
    BudTheDeveloper
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    I gave Geek Squad my computer, purchased from Best Buy four years ago, to fix the boot sector of my hard drive. They wanted to do a full backup, so I gave them the WD 500GB disk drive I've been using for backup. They said they couldn't use it, even though it had more than enough capacity. So I purchased the new 5TB drive. After taking my money, they reported that my computer disk had crashed. I was stuck for the WD 5TB drive, which did me zero good as far as recovering my disk, and which I did not need. Nothing bad about WD or my disk. BUT I WILL NOT DEAL WITH GEEK SQUAD AGAIN. Yesterday we got a message from them that the anti-malware software they sold me was no longer renewable through them, and I would have to buy something else. NOT FROM BEST BUY, I WILL NOT.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Xbox One Plug and Play

    Posted
    lovemyhawks

    I bought this hard drive specifically for the purpose of expanding the storage capacity of my Xbox one. After some research and deciding to go with WD over Seagate, I landed on this hard drive. Luckily for me, I got the last one at my local Best Buy for $110. I read previous reviews here that said it was compatible with Xbox One, but wow! It is literally a plug-and-play hard drive for the Xbox One. When you turn your console on with the hard drive plugged in, it will ask if you want to format the hard drive. That takes about 60 seconds then you're good to go! Very happy with the ease of use of this hard drive. Highly recommend for anyone looking to increase memory storage for Xbox One! I will report back in the coming months.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Great Disk Drive

    Posted
    Neomacer
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    This is a great 4 Tb WD NAS Drive. It can either be used as is, or remove the drive use it separately. Just plug in the USB 3.0 connector to your computer to use it as is. If you stream media from a WD Live and would like more storage space without buying another WD Live, you can plug it into the USB 3.0 port of your current WD Live drive to increase the amount of streamable media storage. Also - you can "schuck" the drive and install the bare drive into a NAS box (for example, a WD, Drobo, Synology or WD Mycloud). There are numerous videos online on how to remove the case ("schuck") from the drive. I definitely recommend this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good External Hard Drive for Desk

    Posted
    marcoelo
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    Nowadays, all external hard drives are portable or shaped to be portable and the ones that are meant to just sit on your desk are too big and take up too much space. I got this external hard drive on sale and thought I would try Western Digital again even though one of their portable ones gave out on me and I lost a lot of data. I guess that was a fluke or maybe it was an old hard drive. Either way, I guess there's a reason why Western Digital is still around. I like that it has it's own cloud service as well. I like that it feels like it belongs on my desk and won't fall off. Looks nice too. I hope it lasts as long as my Lacie Rugged or my old Seagate external hard drive. Either way, I've learned to back up my work on multiple hard drives and flash drives.

    I would recommend this to a friend