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WD 4TB My Passport Portable Hard Drive US $103.37 (~AU $136) Delivered @ Amazon

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WD 4TB My Passport Portable Gaming Storage External Hard Drive - USB 3.0
Expand your PS4™ gaming experience
Play anywhere
Fast and easy setup
Sleek design with high capacity
WD reliability

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  • +3 votes

    What makes this specifically a gaming hard drive?

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      Was thinking the same. It looks exactly like the normal My Passport Hard Drive.

    • +1 vote

      They are just trying to capture a big market.

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        Better value to get the Seagate Xbox 512GB SSD that is on clearance at Officeworks.

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          I don't see that on the Officeworks web site. Only the Seagate Xbox 2TB, 4TB and 8TB.

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          @hollykryten: https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/365654

          Still at quite a few Officeworks locations I've been to recently.

        • +2 votes

          Not really, you could install several enhanced games and it'd be full.

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          Not really. This drive is 8x the size of that and console game developers use a lot of interesting compression and streaming techniques to make it so the storage i/o is a low factor in console game performance.

          If you look on YouTube for console benchmarks between a 7200rpm hard drive and an SSD you will see for most games it is a difference of 3-5 seconds in the best case scenarios and no difference at all in the majority.

          There are a few outliers where load times can be reduced by as much as 10 seconds but for the vast majority of console gaming there is no benefit at all to getting an SSD.

          PC gaming is a different matter and where the confusion might arise from but for the console market this 4TB drive is definitely the better buy.

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      the ability to install games via usb on xbone. Just marketing to sum it up.

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    I wasnt even considering the gaming aspect .. but a WD 4GB backup drive for not much more than most 2GB drives retail for here in Aust. seems a pretty good deal.

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    Can I his fit in a PS4 as a transplant drive?

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      I think you need an organ for that.

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      apparently you can just use it via usb. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF6u2SG8Wqs
      When I did it a couple years ago I had to use a seagate drive as it was better value and I think the connectors on WD drives weren't compatible. The WD drive may have been too tall also.

    • +1 vote

      nope …. you need to attach via usb, the wd can’t be schucked so it goes into ps4.

      also the 4tb are fatter than 9mm .

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        Yeah I thought so, but thought I'd ask if anyone knew any different.
        I have already transplanted a 2Tb portable Seagate into my 500Gb PS4 and it works well.
        Just wondering how big I can go? 8)

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          its the thickenss, they add an extra platter …. 2GB is fine as std thickess, 4GB is non std size, 3TB might also be , I haven't checked.

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    Which one is overall better in regards to reliability, speed and data recovery. In the cases where the drive does fail.

    This WD drive or the Seagate Backup Plus 4TB Portable USB 3.0 from https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/368808

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      If you are concerned about failure find one that has a standard SATA drive inside. Then if the USB controller fails you can put the drive in a new housing or PC.

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        What's the likely hood of the USB controller failing compared to the hard drive?

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          They are both electrical devices so probably about equal.

          The USB controller/port has a much higher chance of bring accidentally damaged

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          Very very unlikely. I've never had a USB controller fail before. You're more likely to see a Seagate fail than that. Also WD is better in reliability than Seagate.

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          yep the physical connector is the weakness on USB.

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      I've had 2 WD Passport drives fail on me. Will never buy WD again.

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    Is it a single 4TB drive inside, or is it 2x2TB, and can it be shucked, or is it hard wired with the USB connector?

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    Are these PMR or SMR drives?

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    Can this be used for normal storage (not necessarily for gaming/PS4..)?

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    Genuine question, I see External HDD deals seem to be pretty popular, why are people opting for this over cloud services like Google Drive or Dropbox?

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      Because you're giving up copies of your data…
      Also cost. This is a one off purchase whereas cloud services are subscription ultimately costing a lot more for less storage. Albeit at the cost of convenience to access.

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      you won't download 2TB from the cloud in a reasonable time frame, takes forever unless on 100mb NBN fibre and good plan. Home broadband is download oriented, e.g 1.5/20 for ADSL2 upload is real slow.

      Backblaze do unlimited backup storage for US$5 per month …. they reckon people can't UPLOAD to the cloud fast enough for them to run out of storage.

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        So is it 'backup' that you're using it for? as in personal videos and photos?

        For me the problem is that it doesn't really seem to solve that problem - unless you store your HDD in a different location to your laptop (in case of flooding or fire), which then becomes pretty inconvenient.

        On the downloading 2TB… how often are you reading 2 TB of data from the drive?

        On the cost point, the survival rate for externals is pretty poor according to the research below (and in my own experience), so it's not really a one off spend - you either replace it every 2-4 years or live with the increasing risk that you will permanently lose data. I'm on 1 TB Google Drive account and the cost is pretty reasonable.

        The only scenario that makes sense to me is if it's for temporary storage of pirated movies and you have a small SSD on your computer.

        https://www.extremetech.com/computing/170748-how-long-do-har...

  • +2 votes

    Just keep in mind that usb interface is soldered into the hdd, so in case you need to take it out from the enclosure, to shuck or for recovery, it’s useless.

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    Thx OP.

    Already have a 2TB hybrid Firecuda HDD for my PS4 (similar loading speed of SSD), will use this for my RetroPie instead.

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      Mine came today. Wasn't expecting this until mid April. Shipping is way too fast. A solid drive.

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    For a little more (USD 104.83 + 7.29 shipping) here
    https://www.amazon.com/Black-Passport-Portable-External-Driv...

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