expired 4TB - Portable External Drive - WD Black My Passport US $116.93 (~AU $152.42) Shipped @ Amazon

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4TB - Portable External Drive - WD Black My Passport US $116.93 (~AU $152.42) Shipped @ AmazonAffiliate

4 glorious terabytes of storage for the discerning data-hoarder.

Full credit to yomn on this deal - https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/294582 - I had it sitting in my cart from the previous deal and when I went to buy, noted that it was substantially cheaper.

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  • +3 votes

    New promo code for an extra $10 credit via gift card purchase.

    0317GCARDS

    Deal with old code.
    https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/291270

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      Thanks for the useful tip. Any suggestion on whether should I pay the gift card with USD then whatever conversion rate + fee from the Australian bank or AUD using Amazon conversion rate ? I am using ComBank. Thank you in advance.

      • +1 vote

        I am unsure of fees combank hare for overseas translations. I used my Macquarie account that has zero international payment fees and it was a few dollars cheaper paying directly in US dollars.
        Be best to check with either your banks website to see features for the card you will be using or contact them directly for information.

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      Would risk price goes back up or out of stock while waiting for gift cards to come?

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        Price has gone up already. Should go back down again at beginning of next week of keeps it usual trend its done for last couple if weeks.
        There is up to 3 days delay in the bonus credit being sent out.
        Original purchased card is emailed in a couple of minutes.

  • +5 votes

    Not to be a downer but arnt these drives soldered connectors if the drive interface breaks etc

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      Not to be a downer but arnt these drives soldered connectors if the drive interface breaks etc

      Even if they are who cares, these are cheap drives for backups/storage. If you don't have a copy of your data too bad. These drives support hardware encryption so if something fails you will have lost the data anyway if enabled.

      • +2 votes

        Well, you might care when your toddler comes along and yanks the drive away snapping the proprietary USB/Power connector off leaving you with a perfectly fine 4TB HDD but no way of accessing the data and having to back it all up again instead of just putting the internal HDD in a new $20 case.

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          Yes but, as already stated, that "perfectly fine 4TB HDD" has "hardware encryption" so once you remove it from the case, that data is gone.

          You do have a bare blank drive though to put in another case.

        • +3 votes

          @SamR: Only if you choose to use their encryption though… I don't know anyone who does.

          (I personally do encrypt my off-site backup drives, but at the OS level)

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          @abb:

          Only if you choose to use their encryption though… I don't know anyone who does.

          If your don't value your privacy sure don't encrypt portable drives. It's built in and it's too late to enable it after you lose it.

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          Well, you might care when your toddler comes along and yanks the drive away snapping the proprietary USB/Power connector off leaving you with a perfectly fine 4TB HDD

          The cable will come away before the connector snaps off.

          What if they snap the connector off your notebook? Or doesn't that fit your unlikely scenario?

          but no way of accessing the data and having to back it all up again instead of just putting the internal HDD in a new $20 case.

          If the data is backed up what is the issue?

        • +1 vote

          @abb:

          No they often have hardware encryption on the connector , you cannot access the file system by just hooking it up to an adapter.

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          @Maverick-au:

          I made that post because that is exactly what hapened to me with a 2TB WD portable hard drive, so no, the cable did not come out before the connector snaped off.

          The USB/Power connector literally came off where it was soldered to the PCB internally.

          The issue is do you know how long it takes to transfer 2TB or in this case 4TB of data back onto a drive? That isn't a small amount and isn't as quick as just chucking the internal HDD in a new case.

          @Edit - These drives have proprietary connectors, not a standard SATA interface so you cannot re-use the drive even if it is fine, after it breaks as you mentioned above, encryption or no encryption.

        • +1 vote

          @psyclone1982:

          @Edit - These drives have proprietary connectors, not a standard SATA interface so you cannot re-use the drive even if it is fine, after it breaks as you mentioned above, encryption or no encryption.

          Actually they have a standard USB 3 connector. This is no different to damaging the SATA connector on a drive, either replace the board or solder a new connection on.

        • +1 vote

          No mention of having encryption on the end (invisible) sector, then into low level/hardware encryption on mechanical disks, No understanding of how hardware encryption works, Minimal understanding of the connectors/solder (admittedly fixed in reply above)..

          ..Just so much nope that this early in the morning I can't even be bothered to correct it point by point!

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        Thanks for the reminder about the encryption. Almost bought these last night until I read that. Will keep an eye on Seagate for a price drop.
        Need one for Ps4. Latest update has given it external hdd support for game/data storage.

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      Someone commented down the page, this worked on PS4. maybe it's OK to shuck this drive?

      • +2 votes

        I don't have a PS4 but i'm guessing he meant with it plugged in via USB.

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          Yeah. New update allows you to plug them in. Wasn't able to find any confirmation they work on Ps4. These drives aren't recommended for consoles in general. WD makes a specific Xbox drive (for a higher cost) as there are some known issues with using them on Xbox one. Easy fix for that is never to plug it into a pc.
          Good to see someone can confirm they work though.

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          @gummibear: You can use these on any console that will accept a drive of this size.

  • -1 vote

    Once you go black, you never go back 👍🏿

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    Thanks OP. Was waiting for a deal like this

  • +2 votes

    Damn. Paid $178 for this last week. Works on PS4.

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    Thanks - ordered one!

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    Got a question, if you left one of these in a hot car or any other portable hd. Will it damage the hard drive if it was like a 40-45 degree day?

    • +1 vote

      Unlikely but possible. Very unlikely if you don't use it while in the car and wait till it cools down (Ambient drive temp is different to internal drive temps)

    • +2 votes

      Operating temperature: 5°C to 35°C
      Non-op. temperature: –20°C to 65°C

      If left out in the open it would get melted.
      If you tucked it away somewhere like the centre console then it might stay just cool enough, but it's still likely to exceed WDs ratings.

      On a 34 degree day a black car can reach 75 degrees interior temp, a white car about 3-4 degrees lower.

      • +3 votes

        I've found under the front seats is the most relatively cool place in the car..

        I keep a few emergency bottles of water there and even after a boiling day in the sun they are relatively cool compared to elsewhere in the car

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        ROFL @ those temps. Does WD really say this? (I don't doubt it at all) Just would like a link.

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    Shows up at $120 US for me. Works out to AUD$156.
    But I have a US account so pay in USD anyways. BUt still not $152.50. Still $3.50 out so far. Is a good deal though.

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    thanks OP, also grabbed one!

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    Hi all - I've been quoted $7.59 for shipping and handling which totals up to $159? Has the price gone up?

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      Also base price has been increased from $109.94 to $112.99 as per the CamelCamelCamel link. I'm quoted $6.93 US for shipping.

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    damn it. Just ordered the Seagate one yesterday for $119 + $6 shipping
    I think the Seagate one is a little better though.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ZTRXFBA/ref=od_aui_deta...

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    aren't these drives much thicker than standard?

  • -2 votes

    Probably has been asked but im wondering if i would get a tax invoice for tax purposes?

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    Apparently it doesn't ship to Australia?

    How do I get around this?

    • +1 vote

      I had this but think it was just because I ticked the extended warranty option, unticked this then it was fine

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        +1 ^^
        For 5 bucks it was a good deal, but I couldn't' proceed without removing it. Didn't buy it in the end.

  • +1 vote

    I have a question, can I use my amex card pay with usd dollar? which way is better to pay for this