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Old 03-30-2019, 10:04 AM   #1
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I own a WD my passport 1TB external HD, I don't access it all the time but had it for almost 2 years and am very happy with it. It is so easy to use too (Drag and drop and copy and paste).
I need a bigger one and was going to buy the same with 4TB storage ($99 shipped online).
But I read some negative reviews about it, especially that some died within 45 days and support for it was a nightmare. Most reviews are good though.
Would like opinion prior to buy if possible.

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Please share the link of the seller of the drive you are looking at.
All HDD's will fail, it is not a matter of if, but when. Usually with an external USB HDD, the USB to SATA controller inside the Enclosure fails sometimes before the HDD does.
That being said, Seagate and Western Digital are the top sellers of HDD's. Seagate's quality has gone down in the last few years, and are not as dependable as they once were. We suggest WD. Hitachi and Toshiba are also good contenders.
I prefer to purchase a bare HDD on it's own and order a USB Enclosure with it's own power supply and put the HDD in there rather then buy an enclosure that comes pre-assembled from the manufacturer. That way, if the Enclosure fails before the HDD I can replace it easily.
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I din't know we were allowed to link to commercial website. It's on amazon (Sorry I can't figure out how to link here).
I think I will go with the WD one.

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Old 03-30-2019, 10:24 AM   #4
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My 4TB WD is going on 4 years old and no complaints. Even my oldest 1TB from several years ago is still working fine as well as my 2TB from 5-6 years ago. I believe they come with a 3 year warranty.
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Are those all WD?
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Yes. My wife also has a couple (1 and 2 TB) she uses frequently. No complaints (so far ... <fingers crossed> of course). We do only plug them in when needed though.
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https://www.amazon.com/Black-Passpor...gateway&sr=8-2
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Old 03-30-2019, 11:17 AM   #9
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We have this style: https://www.amazon.com/Elements-Port...gateway&sr=8-2
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Thxs for the link but I am used and pleased with my current "My passport". I don't know "Elements".

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I'm sure that's fine.

I supposed I got use to using the one with rounded corners simply because it was easier to get in and out of the back pocket of my jeans. Now-a-days I carry a couple little USB 3.0 Flash Drives on my keychain.
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In the last 3 years I have had two 1TB wd blue drives go out on me in less than a year.
One replacement (another 1TB WD blue) is currently my primary windows drive, the other replacement was torn apart and the magnets currently hold notes on my fridge.
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Tip: WD "Black" internal hard drives come with a 5-year warranty.
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I was just going to start a new thread but stumbled across this which is the size I was considering, but I'm talking about internal. It would replace a 2TB drive (I have 2 Seagate drives other than my SSD) in my main PC that are running out of room. I figured instead of a 3TB, go with a 4 instead. I have had good luck in the past 20 years, other than one failure (and that was a drive in a TiVo), I guess I have been lucky untill I started reading the current reviews.

I was looking at these, but the failure rates are terrible (for the most part) based on 1 & 2 star ratings from Amazon & Newegg.

WD Blue;
https://www.amazon.com/product-revie...t&pageNumber=1
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...11&ignorebbr=1
Seagate Green;
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...03&ignorebbr=1
Toshiba X300;
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...27&ignorebbr=1
WD Red;
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...99&ignorebbr=1
WD Black;
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...W6&ignorebbr=1
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My oldest internal WD Black (1TB SATA) is now over 7 years old (Jan 2012) and still going strong. It runs most everyday (it is off during vacations) for 12-14 hours per day. No trouble yet ... knock on wood.
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That warranty interests me, but at $170, I start to loose interest. And yes, I know, you get what you pay for (usually).

From what I have read (not that that is any different with most consumer products) previous track records don't necessarily carry over to the present.
(They ain't making them as they use to.)
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If the manufacturer does not have enough faith in their hard drive to supply a 5 year warranty, I do not want it . . . because I hate the hassle a failure can cause at the most inopportune time.

Since the WD Black's $170 is a bit steep right now, my next choice would be a HGST Ultrastar 7K4000 HUS724040ALE640 (0F14683) 4TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Enterprise Hard Drive Bare Drive. It is a mere $93.50 and also comes with a 5 year warranty.
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I don't think it's so much as faith, it's more like 'profit margin'.
I'll look for that HGST, but wasn't that name bought up by WD?
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Oops, here's that Newegg link: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...-622-_-Product

Yeppirs, it definitely is "all about the money". Hard drive manufacturers seem to be pretty good at being able to design products that will last just long enough.

Here's more info about HGST: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HGST
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I would steer well clear of the Seagate ranges, I have had no end of failures with the ST3000BM001 range (same disk replaced approx 6 times)
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