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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Storage for the Right Price.

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    BigTF
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    I have purchased this hard drive (4 TB model) for my PS4 Pro as extended storage since the feature became available within the last year, and everything works as intended. Its small, compact size rests alongside the PS4 and turns off when not in use upon shutting the system down, since it's powered solely from the console through the included 3-foot long usb cable. As is with most hard drives due to partitions or system storage, you'll never get the full storage space as advertised, which amounts to 3.68 TB after formatting, according to my PS4's storage menu. Installation was easy: simply plug in the hard drive to one of the PS4's usb ports and then follow the on-screen instructions. I used one of the PS4 Pro's rear usb ports, to allow the front ports to be used for controllers or any other accessories, as well as to allow the hard drive to rest out of the way in the back half of my tv shelf. I greatly recommend this hard drive for any gamer that's looking to expand their PS4's storage capabilities. I can't confirm or recommend for Xbox One owners since I do not have one, though I wouldn't see any reason why it won't work, as the installation procedures are similarly straightforward. I did purchase this hard drive when it was on sale for $100, which is a definite bang for your buck if Best Buy ever has this on sale for a similar price in the future. I would even go as far as recommending at the $200 MSRP, though keep an eye out if this ever gets marked down soon (Black Friday, maybe?). This is a definite must-have, especially if you have a growing collection of games (either downloaded via PlayStation Network/Xbox Live or installed from physical discs), or even if you have a handful of larger games like Red Dead Redemption 2, Final Fantasy XV, or practically any Call of Duty or Destiny title with all of their downloadable contents or updates combined. You also won't have to worry about uninstalling the free games that you would get for being a Xbox Live Gold/PlayStation Plus subscriber anymore, either!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Maximum Storage At A Minimun Cost

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    EddieJay
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    First, the cost. I always watch for bargains on useful tech. I got this on sale as a Deal of the Day. Within three weeks it was again a Deal of the Day at a lower price, and Best Buy matched that price, making it an even better deal. However, this is a good deal, even if it is not on sale, if you need a lot of storage, in a compact portable enclosure, with good transfer speed, that is not hampered with an external power supply. We intend to use this for backups of our computers and for media storage. Movies, music, photos and mobile apps quickly filled the computer hard drives that we thought were going to meet all our needs. If the majority of your media is shared among family members, as ours is, one backup is called for, but a copy on every computer is a waste of drive space. USB 3 speed is almost a necessity now. We still have USB 2 drives and I still see them being sold, but transfer times are slow even for overnight backups. This is also great for Xbox One users. We got a 2 Tb USB 3 drive to expand our Xbox One storage, and it is about 50% full, twice the size of the 500 Gb standard Xbox One drive. A 4 Tb drive should hold all of your games, add-ons and game saves without any worries about ever running out of storage. With USB 3, we have had no degradation in gameplay. But, be mindful of the fact that once you format an external drive for Xbox One, it can only be used for Xbox One and can never be reformated for use with a pc. If plugged in to your pc, it will not even be recognized as a drive. If this drive was available when we expanded our Xbox One storage, we would have gotten two of these, one for backups and media storage and one for our Xbox One.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing little drive

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    JaWa
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    I previously bought a WD My Passport Ultra Metal Edition as a backup drive for my PS4. I had been using an old WD MyBook drive which was clunky and a bother to set up to get a backup and took a chance with the smaller drive. I loved it, so simple, so small, bus powered. It was perfect for my gaming system. When I decided to get a backup for my Mac I was shopping for the same My Passport but couldn't find it or couldn't find in the capacity needed. Browsing Best Buy I found this comparable one that seemed the same but differently named. I decided to try it. I have an internal drive in my Mac that does backups but I wanted something external with easy mobility. I've considered some time to have a secondary backup I keep off site in case of a catastrophe. For this purpose, and really any mobile use, this is a nice drive! I've had issues with WD drives in the past but both this and the MyPassport have done me well so far. Great capacity in a small package and I'm impressed with the speed (I cannot find any documentation on the actual speed of the drive inside). Using a Mac, I have to reformat the drive but it was simple, as always. It's also quiet, the click of the head maybe when it is ejected from the computer. So far, I don't have any negatives to point out. Two words: capacity, mobility. With laptops slimmed down these days with fast but limited SSD storage a drive like this is perfect if you want to take your entire music library with you, or videos on the go or, like me, want a easy way to backup any device you have and use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Just What I Was Looking For

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    rlane11
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    There are so many important documents, photos, etc., on my computer that the thought of losing them is very unsettling. Therefore, I back up my data on a regular basis. I've used many types of media for backups over the years, but things have become so much easier since external hard drives became available and affordable. I do temporary weekly and monthly backups (they are written over the next week or month) on external hard drives. I do semi-annual permanent backups on DVD. DVD's are a problem. Although I don't have a huge amount of data like some people do, I have accumulated enough that I'm now up to 8 DVD's for each backup, making it painful and time-consuming to do backups. Then, I have to store all of these DVD's. Now, I find that some of my oldest DVD's are going bad. Definitely time to change media. This 4T drive has solved my problem. I can keep many years worth of permanent backups on this drive and do away with the DVD's. It's simple to do a backup by simply dragging and dropping the folders I want to backup. Yes, I understand that hard drives can fail (been there, done that), so I do have a few archives in other places to protect my data. This is my 5th external hard drive, and they are all WD drives. I have never had a problem with any of them. Even though some of them are getting to be "long in the tooth", they still perform flawlessly. If you need a lot of storage space, I recommend this drive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    Posted
    Nikhil
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    As our personal devices get better cameras, the file size of images and videos gets larger and larger. People like me who still backup on External Portable Hard Disk Drives find our Drives filling up faster than before. I have purchased 1TB WD 'My Passport' External Hard Drives in the past that I still use. Size: This 4TB drive is smaller in size as compared to a 1TB drive but shockingly 4x the Storage capacity. Speed: Drive Access speed on initial access is slightly slow as compared to 1TB drive but not a big deal. Price: I got this product at a discounted price of $80+tax so I have no reason to complain at all. Just buy it preferably during a sale. Warranty: 2 years. Con: An included custom soft storage case would have been nice but you can always pick up a decent one for a few bucks more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Western Digital EasyStore 4 TB is Superb

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    MarkASparks
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    I knew I could trust WD from previous purchases used for backing up pc’s and also as a DVR for Dish Network. I was amazed at how simple the easystore is to use, and at the incredible price of $99.00 for 4 TB on the deal of the day from Best Buy, I recommend this drive to anyone looking to backup files from a Laptop or pc and for the photographer’s it’s a great drive to store pictures and videos. I had filled my laptop up with concert videos from my camera and GoPro and this little drive was the perfect one to purchase. When I first saw the size I was not so sure about it but the file transfer is fast and smooth with a great software package from Western Digital. I also like that it is powered through the USB cable and doesn’t need external power. I like it so much I am going to buy another one. Get one and you will be satisfied!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    WD Backup drive is great

    Posted
    RedRed
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    This is my review of WD - easystore® 4TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Black. I was so pleased to get this during a daily deal sale. I use a WD 2TB and a Toshiba 1TB external portable hard drive and I love, love, love them both. I researched WD and was pleased with the high ratings on several independent sites...so I jumped on the chance to pick up this one. . I purchased it to keep on the shelf as a back-up to the back-up since no hard drive is going to last forever. But we've decided to use it now to back up video games, and I can still put it into service when my 6 year old WD eventually says "I'm done". The quick loading speed comes in very handy since I do frequent back-ups. I also recommend getting a good, sturdy zippered case to hold it if you are going to take it with you anywhere. I have 1 sturdy case and splurged on one waterproof sturdy case (Lacdo). Be aware where you 'put' them during uploads/downloads as these puppies do get very warm. So I wouldn't leave them zipped up inside the case with the cord sticking out for example (during data transfer, that is). The usb cord is very sturdy, too by the way.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A lot of storage in a small package!

    Posted
    sblemmy
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    Bottom line: 4TB of storage in a small form factor from a trusted manufacturer. Pros: attractive case, easy to use included software Cons: USB 3.0 transfer speed As a general rule of thumb, I always recommend buying the maximum amount of drive storage possible. You'll surely use it later, and you won't have to search multiple drives to find the files you want. Western Digital is a leading manufacturer of external hard drives, so if you're backing up important files buy a name you trust. WD's software is easy to use and the drive is formatted as NTFS out of the box. Mac users will need to reformat the drive, but it only can takes a minute or two. The casing on this drive is textured, which reduces the look of fingerprints and smudges. It shares the same form factor as WD's external portable drives and is about double the thickness of the 1TB WD drive I already own. The only downside is that, as hard drive storage increases, aging connection and transfer standards such as USB 3.0 start to feel slow. It took nearly two hours to copy 1.75GB of data from two other USB 3.0 external hard drives to this one. This isn't really a criticism of the drive, but if you have a newer computer you might look at USB-C drives as an alternative.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easiest backup device ever.

    Posted
    Barnrat1407
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    The 1-1/2 year old Windows-based PC I’ve owned had always given “reminders” that a backup task needed to be set up. Best Buy happened to have a Deal of the Day for this 4TB device for just under $100! Ordered online and it shipped fast. Once hooked up, the PC immediately “saw” it. I then went through with setting up a backup task using the already installed prompts to do so. It was just that easy! The only drawback was the fact that my USB 3.0 jack was on the backside of the PC, in close quarters with my desk installation and the small portable hard drive only comes with an 18” dedicated USB cable, making it necessary to concoct spacers to raise a shelf so that I could set the device on top of the PC cabinet. Your computer layout may be better suited to deal with the VERY short USB cable included with this device. For 4TB of storage, you can’t beat the price!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It worked well for my PS4

    Posted
    Mark
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    I'm only giving it 5 stars insofar as it satisfied my objective extremely well, which was to expand storage for my PS4. I have 53 titles on Xbox1 and 17 titles on PS4. The reason is that the PS4 only recently updated the software to accommodate external storage. Pretty stupid that they waited, right? But better late than never, and that's another review. The point is that this was incredibly easy to set up on PS4. The downloads were fast and the formatting was a cinch. It was recognized by the gaming system immediately from settings. Bear in mind that this is the only function intended for the drive and won't be used elsewhere so the 5 star rating might not be accurate with respect to other purposes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice price for 4 TB drive

    Posted
    HoneyHouston
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    Standing in Costco, another shopper and myself were both pondering 4 TB Hard Drives. We were both doing searches on our phones and started sharing reviews and prices we saw on line and comparing them to Costcos offering. We both decided to purchase these 4 TB drives from Best Buy. Really helps to be able to comparison shop while in a store to ensure the best product at a nice price. I'm still setting this up. I decided to read the users manual (first time ever on an external drive), but I've lost so much data in the past on external drives, that I thought it might save me some time and headaches down the road if I figured out what I was doing, since this drive will become my main backup. I'm bothered by the frequent software updates to the drive. Probably 4 or 5 in 2 months. I'm worried that it might be software or services I'll never use that's taking up space. I wish there was something I could plug in and start adding files to without all these "dashboards" and other "utilities" that I don't have time to read about. Ughhh! Although I'm fairly computer literate, I just want to "use" my computer gear -- not have to "maintain" so many pieces of software and apps.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great storage at a bargain

    Posted
    Viprone25516
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    Comming from a Seagate 2TB portable drive i found this drive for $99.00. A real bargain from Best Buy. I ordered it and proceeded to pick it up same day. Windows 10 picked it up straight away. I have had no problems with it whatsoever. Backed up my Steam Library, Movies ,music, and pictures with room to spare. At the price for a portable that can be attached to usb3 i am able to access its content with multiple devices including my laptop, Tablet, TV, and even an LG smartphone using an adapter for its Usb C connection. When portable storage can be had at such a reasonable price its a no brainer. It does come with backup software but i have not used any of it so i can not comment on its functions or reliability. I also can not say what speed the drive runs at but it is most likely 5400rpm. It does not starve. For power is very efficient using Usb 2.0 3.0 or 3.1. Excellent product!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Trusted Brand, Quailty Drive, Awesome Price 4TB!

    Posted
    Cunningham1420
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    I recently purchased the new Xbox One X. Since its a 4k gaming consoles the games seem to typ use 100gb. The console comes with 1tb and I have another portable WD brand Touro S 7200rpm 1tb HDD, which means I can only hold around 20 4k games and with the few I have plus all that aren't I'm already 50% used. I was looking through the Black Friday ads for the Green Seagate 4tb Game Drive hoping I'd catch it on sale since I really didn't want to pay $130 for a portable drive, but low and behold I found this WD 4TB Easy store usb3.0 portable drive for $79! This is gotta be the lowest price I've seen on a WD or Seagate 4tb in the past 2yrs I've been looking. Plugged the drive in and instantly the One X recognized it and reformatted with a click of the controller. Games even being 4k monsters still seem to run smoothly & fast. This also comes with a 2yr warranty which isn't bad. The WD My passport X was only 1yr and the WD Mypassport & Ultra are 3yrs.Anyone that just purchased the One X should seriously consider grabing this drive while the sale is going on.

    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: 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: 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: 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: 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