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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Western Digital Easystore 4 tb one of the best

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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)

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    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    I like the looks and the performance

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    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Cheap Mass Storage

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    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: 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

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    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

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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works as advertised

    Posted
    Cudzo
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    I have about 3gb worth of movies/TV series I've ripped throughout the years, as well as a magnificent collection of music, and I wanted a backup hard drive to store these on in case one of the multiple portable hard drives I use end up crashing. So far, this drive has been steady, speedy, and extremely easy to operate. The settings allow me to shut it down when not being directly utilized, which is a key ingredient in keeping the life of the internal motor in good shape. I prefer WD over other companies anyway (Seagate in particular has sold me a lot of junk drives in the past), so when this went on sale I jumped on it. Thus far, I have no regrets & I would recommend this drive to anyone who is looking for great media storage.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works as advertised

    Posted
    EssP
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    Made this purchase on whim since it was on a great sale. Double the size for an additional 10$ compared to what I was going to buy. It took me two weeks to get it working properly - no fault but my own tho. Tried to format it for a Mac mini - disk utility didn't like it. So I tried wth a pc - long story short - I ended up bricking the device. By some weird miracle I ended up getting it to be recognized again (thank the lord for Apple time machine!) ended up getting it formatted properly and smooth sailing ever since! This is my second device if the same brand and model. Purchased this one to upgrade storage space. Highly recommend it as it lasts much longer than the competition. I've had others and they crashed and lost all of my information. Buy this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Affordable external storage

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    Rich
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    I purchased this 4TB external hard drive to use with my Xbox one. I was originally thinking of purchasing the external hard drive made for Xbox one but it was 2 TB vs this 4 TB drive and was $10 more expensive. I got this on sale for $79 and feel like I got a good deal. So far I have had no issues with it. The only con I can think of is that this requires an external power adapter. The 2 TB drive made for XBox works using just the usb cable. It seems like all the external drives need AC power when size is over 2TB but not positive. This makes it less portable. I would have preferred it get power using usb cable only.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works Great

    Posted
    Kencp
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    I needed it for backups and it comes with WD backup software which you can setup and schedule. Works great. I like that this drive is formated NTFS which boots fine when plugged into pc in windows. I bought another WD Backup from best buy few months ago (MY Book) it also works great but because it's formatted exfat my pc will not boot if it is connected, but I can connect it fine after booting. EXFAT is a format used to make the drive compatible with both pc and mac, if you have a mac get the my book. You can also re-format the drive to either format. (NTFS or EXFAT) In my case I had already copied a bunch of files to the mybook drive and did not want to reformat. If you have a pc get this drive, easystore.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great mass storage device.

    Posted
    Todd
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    The WD - easystore® 4TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive is an easy 5 star product. I have a 2TB version of the same specs, and it too is a real winner. The 4TB drive is fast and quiet. I do not know which WD 4TB drive is inside, but I trust WD to provide me with great mass storage/back-up devices. The 4TB unit does not disappoint. The drive is quiet and fast. I have stuff archived since the 1990s. It is all stored in three formats. I have it archived an DVDs, on external HDDs, and some in the cloud. The WD external drives make the best value in a TB/cost analysis. This is a great big drive. I can unhesitatingly recommend it for archiving, and other purposes. No qualifiers. This is a solid product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy, inexpensive storage solution

    Posted
    TeajarTech
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    Best Buy's exclusive version of the Western Digital My Book is ready to use on all the popular desktop operating systems, with optional software included to simplify backup and other services. Unlike other My Book models, this version comes without built in hardware encryption. From personal experience, that's an advantage, as my older 2 TB model sits unused in its box full of inaccessible data after a failed firmware update. I purchased two 4 TB models and am pleased to see they are plug-and-play simple when connected to any of several Windows and Linux machines I have connected and backed up so far.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    BEST BUY CUSTOMER SERVICE 5 STARS WD 2 STARS

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    notahappycustomer
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    WD DRIVES ARE NOT WHAT I THOUGHT ANYMORE. THEY BREAK DOWN AND I HAVE 3 BAD DRIVES. I HAVE LOST A TON OF DATA AND IT WILL COST TO ReCOVER IT. If I SEND THEM IN FOR A NEW DRIVE I WILL 100% LOSE MY DATA. I DO RECORDING MUSIC AND MAKE BEATS AND A LOT OF MY DATA IS ON THESE DRIVES. I RETURNED THIS ONE BECAUSE I WAS GIVING THE 4tb and i bought the 8tb. BESTBUY Of COURSE WAS AMAZING AT RETURNING IT. I DIDNT PUSH THE FACT THAT I PAID FOR A 8TB AND ONLY GOT A 4TB. BUT WHATEVER. WD TO ME IS GOING TO FAIL. BUY CLOUD BACK UP THAT IS MY 2 CENTS.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great hard drive

    Posted
    Monica24
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    I purchased this drive as a backup solution for all of the laptops in our home. This drive works perfectly for that. After plugging it in directly to our WiFi cable modem router via the USB port, I configured the drive for backups over our wireless network using the router's built-in backup/restore application. This drive is now backing up all of our laptops automatically directly over our home network. This drive includes its own backup/restore application and utilities, but I chose to use the router's backup/restore application instead (my preference, that's all).

    I would recommend this to a friend