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WD - Easystore 4TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 8163 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    After a Difficult Start, Now Looks Good

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    CrossfireHurricane
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    I bought this neat little drive to back up media files. I use a MacBook Pro, and I wasn't able to format this drive for my computer. I tried Disk Utility. I tried Terminal. I watched numerous YouTube tutorials. Nothing worked. I was just about to return to Best Buy to ask for a Geek's assistance. Then I decided to do what I should've done in the first place...visit the WD Support Site. They give clear, simple directions for formatting the drive for the Mac: https://support.wdc.com/knowledgebase/answer.aspx?h=p1&ID=3865&lang=en&p=238#highsierra So now it seems to be humming along nicely. The little white LED keeps flashing even when there's no activity on the drive. I wish it would light up only when data is being written to or read from the drive. That's a minor quibble. All in all, for the price, this seems to be a Best Buy best buy for sure.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Highly recommended backup Drive!

    Posted
    IloveBestbuygpt
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    I have been using WD Western Digital 4 years now and I have never had a hard drive fell on me or problems with one. I own multiple WD external hard drives and NAS by WD, all of my Western Digital products work flawlessly. When the new line of easy Drive external hard drives by Western Digital came out I was very happy because they were reliable and affordable! This 4 TB external hard drive I purchased was during Black Friday so I bought it for a ridiculous great price. I still highly recommend Western Digital external hard drives they are worth the money I have used Seagate hard drives in the past and they have failed on me, that's when I switched. If you're looking for a reliable durable and affordable external hard drive definitely go with Western Digital easystore!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Bass and Battery Life!

    Posted
    cd64057
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    I was used to my Platronics H600 which is a pretty decent headset however despite the fact that this one is WAAAY heavier (to be expected as this on has the pleather padded ears and is designed to be almost studio quality this one totally rocks the old one! I have a LONG battery life and since there is no USB dongle that I have to use to plug into my computer that works with JUST this one unit I can now use my universal bluetooth dongle that I have for both this set of headphones or for my Jam speaker that I have so it saves a valuable port on my PC. Talking on the headset is also easy granted it took a moment to remember that this headset does not have the slide out microphone so you are basically just talking and the speaker built into the headphones picks up your voice. I haven't had critiques from people not being able to hear me while talking to them on this headset with my phone. This headset also works in my living room where I have a bluetooth adapter plugged into my TV.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works like expected, no surpises

    Posted
    Foster813

    I just got one of these and smooth as glass. Just plug it in and go. The performance is 10 percent faster than my Seagate 7200RPM 1TB drive on the Passmark test. It makes no sound or vibration, and the software it comes with isn't needed so I wouldn't bother. Use the Windows backup and also make image files of your system and you'll be all set. I'm using it for video and backup storage, and it's perfect for it. Check your router or TV specs to see if they support a 4gig drive though, many have limits on the size if you plan on plugging it into one. I just share it on the LAN and it's best that way anyway since it's so big you'll want to access it locally. The other similar one has the tacky case and encryption, but they're the same drive. I got it because I'm over dealing with AC adapters and may use it on a laptop in the future, no power cord to mess with made it worth it. Passmark 105-110 MBS transfer rate, silent and runs cool. If the price is right and you have USB 3.0 don't hesitate.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good price but potential short life hard disk

    Posted
    Chen

    The Black Friday deals are very good. But when I receive it, I take a look exact hard disk type inside, I suddently found the hard disk have some risk: 1. this is SMR hard disk with Trim feature, it means when just read data without frequence write and rewrite, it is work fine, otherwise, You are on your own, good luck! (This comment based on my terrible experience with Seagate SMR HDD, but Seagate haven't Trim feature) 2. I seek the datasheet, there have a USB interface standalone hard disk without SATA interface, the USB PCB very easy to broken that report on internet (Walmart sale the PCB, if you know how to replace it by youself). If the PCB broken (such as plugging and unplugging USB many times), you will lost all of your data. Please remember, the warranty just 2 years, so, even you only store data, it is still no safety. In totally, the HDD have good capacity and price, but I suggest only use for movie store otherthan data, good luck.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    ok product

    Posted
    Buzz
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    I first want to say that I am not a tech expert. The drive itself is fine and I'm impressed at its speed vs my old backup drive. All the reviews that I read lead me to believe that most of these backup drives were of equal quality more or less. The reviews suggested that size/price should be the biggest consideration. That is more or less why I chose this device. My big complaint is that there is no documentation or software included in the box for drive backups. I used to have a seagate drive and it came with a software utility to set up drive backups. It wasn't great but I learned it and felt comfortable using it. Trying to find a good 3rd party app to do backups is confusing to me. I don't have time to do all the research and try many different ones. I wish this drive just came with a worthy software suite to set up backups to save me time and hassle. I have only used it for one month for computer backups. So, I can't comment on its durability.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works as expected

    Posted
    ISeeWhatGoesOn
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    I don’t have USB3 on my PC. It took almost 8 hours to write about 1 TB of data. Disk became warm but not hot. Did not have to format PC recognized this is 4TB hard drive soon as I plugged it in. Copying data was just simple drag and drop on windows screen. Once I got copying started, pop up screen said it would take about 8 hours to copy about 1 TB. I came back 8 hours later and data was on this external disk. This came with backup program on it already. I did not bother with it and just copied over data I wanted to put on it. Thus can not provide review for program that came with it. I am especially happy I don’t have to connect this to an external power source and that this connects to PC using only 1 USB. Price was pretty good and it was simple to use Nothing to complain about I had this thing delivered Best Buy delivered it for free, on time and without damage. Very good experience overall.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Set up was difficult

    Posted
    Caligari
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    Though this said "for Mac" on the box, it was not plug-and-play ready. I've formatted external hard drives before and this one required me to actually call WD. They told me that their online instructions were missing a step. Wow! That's totally unacceptable. I bought this one because I should have been able to plug it into my computer and - BOOM - do a back up immediately. It took over an hour of, reading instrucitons, going online for ultimately useless instructions, and then time on the phone - and you know what that's like - computer queues and waiting and pushing buttons to get to an actual human. It was a real pain to get this thing up and running. This is my third WD hard drive and none was this frustrating. I'm sure that now it's working, it will give me years of back-up security. However, next time I'm going with a different company.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent compact Hard drive!

    Posted
    Ramguy84
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    So, I bought an SSD drive a few months ago. It was a 1TB unit and served my purpose at the time. I was looking for an SSD to decommission some old laptops but the price was way more than I wanted to spend. I ended up getting this little beauty on sale! I also had some points to match with it, so it ended up being an excellent purchase. This unit has all the storage you will ever need. I have some older WD drives that are 1 and 2 TB, but they required a power connection and were bulky. This HD is compact and mobile! It has the storage capability to handle whatever you will throw at it. You can even use this as a backup drive for a security DVR, a television DVR, a second HD for files and videos, whatever you choose. If you're thinking about getting one and are on the fence. Get it. You won't be sorry!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Should Be Called EASYFAIL

    Posted
    adasfgsdg

    Bought this around July used it everything was fine, then a month or two ago it just started making a clicking noise, and refused to let me move copy or delete files from it!! Tried to get it to work On My Desktop PC and My Laptop but couldn't. Even ran check disk and it seemed to fix it for a while, but then it messed up again. Eventually found the WD Data life Guard tool and seems to have fixed it. Mine seems to have messed up when it had like 50GB or less on it. also sometimes would get tired of it not moving files and would just unplug it because it wouldn't let me eject it. Even though Windows says you can do that I wouldn't recommend it. If It doesn't want to Eject go to whee it says eject and go to devices and printers and most of the time you can click on it and eject it that way.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Amazing price, but it may be worth waiting

    Posted
    DrPeno
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    The differences between hard drive manufacturers tend to be minor, but I have had slightly better experience with WD over Seagate. This 4 TB hard drive was priced to move at an amazing cost per TB price point. The USB 3.0 connectivity is great for most newer computers that can accommodate the faster USB 3.0 transfer rate. But there is an important caveat that you should consider. USB 3.0 is quickly being replaced by the faster USB C standard (a.k.a. USB 3.1) and the even faster Thunderbolt standard (found on the newest Macs). If you don't need an external drive right away, and you intend to purchase a new computer with USB C or Thunderbolt ports in the near future, you might want to wait a bit before investing heavily in USB 3.0 products. While the USB C standard is generally backward compatible, it's only a matter of time before USB 3.0 transfer speeds seem slow and out-of-date compared to the zip of USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent portable hard drive

    Posted
    bestbuycustomer
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    Would recommend to those seeking a new hard drive that is portable and more storage room. Bought this at half off the original price of 199 for 4tb. It not bad, but a bit too pricey for me. Was eager to buy it now at the promotion best buy member only gets and you have to buy this online only. Bought this to free up my ps4 console and at this size it definitely give room to your ps4 and your mind a set of space to breath easily. Was going to get a 6tb but didnt find one and this 4tb is only exclusive to best buy. I like that it is portable and only charge or power on by a usb cable. which is a big plus. As for data write/read speed i can't complain it does it what its suppose to do. I love the 4tb size and it is fairly more than enough to store those game updates to game downloads. Would recommend it to those who wants something portable, compact and large amount of storage space. Oh this is not my first WD hdd.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Big, Cheap, Slow, and needs frequent care

    Posted
    ODH3
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    I've had a lot of big, cheap, and slow drives— I use them as archival media for projects. I wasn't expecting speed, and the price and form factor are really nice. What I hate is how often this drive refuses to mount— almost anything will trigger it (accidental disconnect, machine goes to sleep and abruptly dismounts drive, moving the drive before the platters have spun down, etc). I end up spending about 20-30 minutes (because it's such a big drive) with the WD tools COMPLETE SCAN— that's the only thing that will restore function. I'm almost ready to try getting a warranty repair/exchange.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing external drive for Xbox One S

    Posted
    Peter
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    Having only a 500gb Xbox One S console and all the new AAA releases for Xbox requiring a minimum storage requirement of 50gb each, I quickly ran out of space to download digital and physical copies of games to my console. I purchased this 4tb external during the Black Friday deals for a steal, now giving me more storage than I would ever need to fully enjoy my game library without having to delete other games and wait hours to download and install the games I want to play in the moment. The games start quicker and loading times are decreased drastically by using this 4tb external drive compared to the internal 500gb drive in the console. Highly recommend this external even at regular price as it truly is a convience and makes a world of difference when loading up games and playing without waiting for loading screens.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Inexpensive Expansion Drive

    Posted
    james114
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    I needed a larger drive for TimeMachine and caught this one on sale for $80.00. I like that it is powered by USB so that is one less power adapter. It doesn't need to be fast to act as a backup drive and it is very quiet. The only fault I'll give it is that when powered downed, it remains in standby mode when attached to my usb hub, so I have to power the hub down fully if I don't want the pulsing light. Most drives are smarter than this one regarding that. So far, no problems and 4 tb is about the maximum I'm willing to go with mechanical hard drives since they tend to switch to shingle-type drives at sizes larger than this. I've had seagate and western digital and every other brand in between and none of them are better or worse than the others, so I shop by price and simply plan to replace every 2-3 years.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Buyer Beware

    Posted
    Roxy
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    For years, I have used Seagate drives with no issue. 3 months ago, I thought I would save some money and bought the WD drive on sale. Well, 3 months after purchase, this drive is making terrible grinding and clicking sounds. The only way to stop it was to physically unplug it from the USB. Nothing else responded. I called for customer support. The human on the line was nice, but the policies for handling this situation by the company are not acceptable to me. Thank goodness I had a second backup of my important contents, but I'm losing my system image backup and file history. I'm going back to Seagate and trashing the wasted money and WD drive. I learned a hard lesson.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Drive did not work

    Posted
    hah2
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    I bought the drive for my MacBook Pro. First, it would not show up in my directory as an external hard drive, I had to force the computer to recognize it. Second, since it was formatted for Microsoft, I tried to reformat it to Mac format, it took several hours and had an ultimate fail in formatting. In other works, a dead disk drive. The good thing, and I do like this about Best Buy, there was no questions when I returned it, got my money back and got a Mac formatted 2T WD hard drive, well worth the money because this drive works quite well. I have reformatted several hard drives to Mac format in the past, so the issue appears to be the hard drive itself, though when I looked at reviews for this particular drive, all the Mac owners said that when they tried to reformat this particular drive, it also failed.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I chose WD for a reason!

    Posted
    nolovedeep
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    Preface: I already owned two WD My Passport drives previous to purchasing the Easystore 4TB drive. I have our Photos library migrated on my iMac to the external usb hard drive. My wife takes hundreds of photos on the daily and our 1TB My Passport was filling up quickly, so I purchased this drive for the extra store. I have had bad experiences with Seagate, Lacie and Toshiba in the past so I stick with Western Digital now FOR A REASON. I would give this drive 5 stars, but for some reason, I had a hard time getting my iMac to recognize it in the first place! honestly, I'm not sure what I even did to get it to see the drive, but somehow it finally did. Now I have my Photos and iTunes library exported onto the drive, freeing up countless gigabytes on my 2011 iMac. I purchased this drive for one hundred bones, and don't regret it. It was and still is a great deal. Don't hesitate!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Hard Drive For Use with Game Consoles

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    goodusernamebro
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    I've tested this external out for use with both my Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Both recognize the hard drive and are easy to load game on to it. If you're like me, and previously had smaller external hard drives connected to your consoles, then you probably don't want to download a ton of games all over again manually (eating in to your time or data caps). I recommend using a disk clone program to copy the hard drive you already have to your new hard drive. If you choose this hard drive (which is great!), plan on being able to hold about 80 full size games on the drive, or more if you like smaller, indie titles. The other benefit to this hard drive has been the reduced load times. This depends heavily on the optimization of the game, but for some games the load times can be shorter by a full 10-15 seconds. I would recommend this to anyone looking to expand their space for gaming.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    WD - True quality/reliability

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    CookieMonsterMike
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    Used WD most of my life. Rarely ever had any failures or problems with their drives. These portable drives continue the trend of the quality and reliability. I keep several of these around for use in media server applications, transferring large files or multiple TB's of data between devices. I've experienced not issues, speed is perfect and consistent, always get a steady 100MBPS xfer rate. I can't find many negative issues or suggestions to make on these. I HIGHLY recommend. Keep them safe however, don't be rough, don't drop them etc. Only suggestion would be a MUCH longer USB cable. Its too short sometimes especially if the cable is stiff or twisted a certain way making it difficult to keep the drive stationary. Still, well worth 5 stars, recommend over any other brand, especially seagate.

    I would recommend this to a friend