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WD - My Passport 4TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Black

Free up space on your computer with this Western Digital My Passport portable hard drive. This 4TB drive can handle full system backups, or you can use it to transfer a few select files between computers. The slim design of this Western Digital My Passport portable hard drive makes it easy to carry in a backpack, briefcase or purse.

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    What's Included


    • Software
    • USB 3.0 cable
    • WD My Passport WDBYFT0040BBK - hard drive

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2918 out of 2973)

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    Features


    4TB storage capacity

    Provides ample space for storing documents, photos, music and more.

    USB 3.0 interface

    Offers an easy-to-use connection to devices. Backward compatible with USB 2.0 for simple connection to your computer.

    Data transfer rates up to 5 Gbps with USB 3.0

    Enable a rapid response when updating files.

    Automatic backup options

    Allow you to use compatible software to back up your files to the server.

    Password protection and 256-bit AES hardware encryption

    Help keep your files secure.

    Portable design

    Lets you take your data on the go.

    *500GB of WD2go® cloud storage PLUS FILERECOVERY® software included FREE! Only @ BBY

    One year cloud storage & Filerecovery license with included WD Discovery software.


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    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 2973 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent external portable/backup drive!

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      AviTar
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Very easy to use! Just plug in to your computer's USB Port; it's a self-starter. Your computer recognizes its presence immediately. Please read the Readme.txt and User Manual PDF files on the drive which can be found by clicking on the drive's icon in File Explorer if you're using Windows. You will need to run WD Discovery.exe to get additional WD software and help configure your WD Passport drive to fit your needs/preferences. There are instructions for Mac users in said text file. ABOVE ALL ELSE: DO NOT CONNECT YOUR DRIVE TO A POWERED USB HUB! Your computer cannot power off the hub and, consequently, your Passport drive. If you attempt to disconnect your drive from the hub by disconnecting the drive's USB cable, you run the risk of pulling it just when the drive's light starts flashing again. This can happen even if you use Windows "Safely Remove..." app/feature or if you remove power from the hub by disconnecting its power cord.. It could possibly corrupt the data on your drive and cause your computer to not recognize your WD Passport the next time you start your computer and the drive is connected. This happened to me a couple of days after I had installed my drive, and it gave me quite a scare! Fortunately, I was able to get my computer to recognize the drive and no data was lost. Because of my experience with almost losing my data on the drive, and the possibility that the drive could have been damaged, I heartily recommend to all that you read your device's supporting documentation before installing the unit. Follow those guidelines and your toy will serve you well for a long tiime! Yes, I know: Physician, heal thyself...

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Extra Storage for PS4

      Posted
      Brandyzzle
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I have the original PS4 with only 500GB of storage space. The PS4 Pro (and the newer PS4 regular) comes with 1TB. I was constantly running out of space on my console, unable to install new games, download updates, etc. and I was hesitant to upgrade to a $400 Pro just for more storage space. I also did not want to risk installing a new HD on my own. With the new PS4 update, it allows you to use an external hard drive as additional storage space. (Note that you do not need the My Passport that specifically says it's for "PS4" in the title. The standard USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive will do.) I plugged it in and followed the simple instructions for my PS4 to format it, and voila, 4TB of additional storage -- thank god! I immediately downloaded all the games that were sitting in the queue, and also transferred all of my existing games to the external drive. I went from barely a GB of free space on my PS4 to about 300 free GB, which I can now use to save gameplay footage, screenshots, etc. without getting an error that there's not enough space. Works like a charm and I've had zero issues with it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great solution for digital storage.

      Posted
      kingcd
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I've always trusted Western Digital for my Hard Drive needs. Whether it's an internal drive for a computer or an external HDD. This line of My Passport models are a great solution for digital storage needs. Light and compact, they take up very little space on a desk or traveling in a laptop bag. They can hold as much data as the MY Book models but in a more convenient package for portability and without the need of an additional electrical adapter, as they are powered solely from the USB connector that is simultaneously used for data. They work well as either an occasionally connected external to use for long term storage, or a committed drive that is constantly connected to a main device for backups and often used data, . An overlooked but very useful feature is the variety of fun colors. They don't just make the product look good, they also help in organizing your data with a color coding system. With one quick glance you know by color which drives hold what kind of data, Blue for family photos perhaps, red for legal documents, white for work related data, etc. The series also offers different storage thresholds in various TB amounts for whether you want to store a little, or a lot of data. Price per Passport is also very reasonable in comparison to similar drives from competitors. Particularly when coupled with Western Digital's attention to detail and impressive track record for making dependable, quality products.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Significant issues trying to work with MacOS

      Posted
      MizuNoHane
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I purchased this hard drive because I had heard so many good things about it - it apparently performs well in terms of reliability, longevity and price. This may all be true and I might update my review in the future, but out of the box I had significant issues trying to get it to work with my computer. For reference I'm running a MacBook Air on macOS Sierra. On plugging it in, the drive was immediately recognized but needed to be reformatted for use, which was fine by me. However, I have both Mac and Windows computers, so I wanted to format it to a FAT32 system to be used by both. Immediately after doing this, the drive became (1) impossible to normally dismount from my computer without Force Ejecting, (2) eventually could not be written to, and (3) stopped being recognized by Disk Utility. This was within 2 weeks of purchase! After a few hard resets and an unplug-replug, I was able to recognize it with Disk Utility and reformat it into MacOS-Journaled, but of course this comes at the expense of loss of compatibility with Windows computers. It has since worked fairly well and I have no issues with it, but I need to mention the significant growing pains involved, not to mention the sheer panic I felt when it was suddenly...unrecognizable...by my computer. I'll keep using it but I have significant concern about suddenly (and permanently) losing access to all my important files. This is definitely not the Western Digital I'm used to.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      New life for PLEX server now fed by the Passport

      Posted
      banjo

      Had an old home server as NAS doing nightly backups and serving media files to PLEX server on main computer (more horsepower than old server). Well, the old server was starting to act 'iffy' at times. Instead of losing quite a few movies and TV shows stored on the old server, got this 4GB portable to save the files before the old server blew a gasket. Files transferred nicely and at a good speed using GoodSync to make the process go unattended. Now the portable is connected to main computer to feed the PLEX server. All the years of collected media files are safe and sound. Will re-build server with better operating system and put it back into service on down the road. Meantime this nicely priced large capacity portable drive has taken the 'iffy-ness' out of being able to view my media library without having to reboot the server to get it percolating again. Shout out to Best Buy for the "price match" philosophy... I have gone to Best Buy three times in the past week to pick up something that was definitely less online, but since BB will match the price I don't have to wait for delivery from the "Big A" on those "gotta have it now" items.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Simple drive setup for a backup drive

      Posted
      EdEastridge
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I handle IT and prepress for a small printing company and use technologies like Apple's Time Machine whenever possible to support versioning and simple file recovery. Our preflight station which checks files and does basic preparation for the prepress department also sends out PDF proofs and mirrors most of the company's email accounts to enhance responsiveness. This afternoon, the computer started complaining about the USB time machine drive getting full. The OS does purge older backups, which is usually acceptable but I tend to prefer to retire and archive the drive at that point, allowing for a decent chance at recovering older files if necessary. So the task was simple. Hit the local Best Buy, bought one of these four TB drives, spent a couple of minutes reformatting it for Mac (GUID/HFS+ journaled), hooked it up to the Mac, waited a few seconds for the Mac to ask if I wanted to use the new drive, it began its initial backup, and Bob's your uncle, it's done. Total console time, approximately 10 minutes. It's purring away and I know a simple layer of file protection never was in doubt.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Awesome external HDD for PS4

      Posted
      Jokester
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I purchased this on Best Buy during a promotion that came with a $25 gift card. I needed an external for my PS4 because we all know 500GB is just not enough space for these next gen systems & games. With a deal like that on a 4TB external I couldn't pass this deal up. This external will work with PS4 but there is 1 annoying little catch. And that is your PS4 does not recognize this external straight out of the box. You will need to format this by other means like hooking it up on your PC or laptop. Once you do that it will work fine with PS4 no problems. I won't deduct a star for that but I wanted to make note of it for any potental buyers. If you feel like that is a inconvience I'd suggest purchasing a Seagate external. My friend has one and it automaticly worked with his PS4 without needing to use a PC to format it. I hope this information helps. Also have to mention the color options for these are nice! I went with white to match my Harley Quinn PS4. ☺ Happy gaming!!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Hard Drive for Xbox One

      Posted
      GreenTeaDrinker
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I keep a lot of my physical games, even if I'm not playing them for long periods of time. So the storage space on my Xbox One fills up rather quickly; and it also doesn't help that a lot of games require huge amounts of storage (20gb and up). This hard drive is sold by a very reputable brand, so they are extremely trustworthy, and the build/quality of their drives is outstanding. The drive is connected to my Xbox, and it is far from where I play; so I can't comment on whether it makes any sort of noise or anything like that. But the storage options are great (I opted for 4tb) and the prices are competitive. Note to people who aren't aware: Even though the drive is advertised for a certain amount of storage space (in my case, 4tb), it's always going to be slightly less once you plug it in and check the specs. So keep that in mind when deciding how much space you'll need and how much bang you'll get for your buck.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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