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WD 5TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 $154.90 + Delivery ($0 with Prime) @ Amazon US via AU

550

Cheapest so far.

Even cheaper than last deal - https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/506512

WD 5TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive, USB 3.0 - WDBU6Y0050BBK-WESN

Usb 3.0 and USB 2.0 Compatibility
Fast data transfers; Formatted NTFS for Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7
Improve PC Performance
High Capacity
2 year manufacturer's limited warranty

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  • Improve PC Performance

    How does it do that?

  • Hmm, I'm still on the lookout for a 4tb deal.

  • I think these are the ones that cannot be shucked due to soldered on board and thus not recommended in case it fails and lose all your data.

    • Are people shucking these tiny drives? Is that to use in laptops or something?

      I thought shucking was usually for full size drives to use them in a NAS.

      • Not this model specifically but there was a time when the smaller drives (eg 2TB) were being shucked to upgrade PS4's internal hard drive (this is before external drives were supported in the OS).

        • I need something for my PS4, but everyone says these are slow!

          • @lyork: I think unless you're tossing up between a traditional HDD and an SSD, the difference in end user experience between different 2.5" drives isn't going to be huge… but then I can't really compare since I've only ever used the original launch hard drive, and the Seagate 2TB drive I shucked from a portable USB drive a few years ago.

            If you're looking for a large capacity external drive (ie not shucking), I'd just get a decent external like the Seagate 10TB drive which has a 7200rpm drive inside https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/551231

            • @jace88: 10TB tho?
              I don't think I need that for my PS4
              The price is good tho, $283

              Do you need just a plug conversion for this from US to AU?

              • @lyork: Seagate includes AU plug in the box despite the title… or at least that's been the experience of most customers in the last six months (disregard the reviews on Amazon where people complained about it). Obviously YMMV in case they stop including it but mine which I ordered a bit over two weeks ago did.

                If you're really just planning to use it as an external drive for PS4 and you don't need 10TB (honestly most people wouldn't unless you buy alot of digital games) then just get the 5TB one in this post. It won't be the absolute fastest but honestly I doubt it'll make a huge difference in your experience. Buying an external SSD like a Samsung T5 would be much more expensive on a per GB basis (probably $200-ish for 1TB) but it'll be dramatically faster.

      • You can get mini-NAS units nowadays that use portable drives. But I was more referring to if the controller failed on the unit (more likely to happen than the drive actually dying), you could open it up and stick it in another enclosure or use an adapter cable to retrieve your data.

        On some of these WD portable models, the controller is soldered on so if they die, you've lost the entire drive.

      • Seagate 5TB's 2.5" are shuckable, not likely to fit in a laptop though since 15mm, so too thick. Trays designed for 3.5" drives often have mounting holes for 2.5" though, so maybe people are using in their NAS? Have to wonder about WD, the largest standalone 2.5" drive they sell is I think only 2TB? Means they are making larger drives purely for externals?

  • Yup I only buy Seagate portable ones as they can be easily shucked.

  • really cheaper

  • what drive is in there? same quality as seagate? tempting to get it for backup.

  • i'm in the market of getting a portable 2.5" 4TB, but prefer a seagate as everyone said that can be opened up and use it as laptop replacement drive.

  • what is the differences between Element vs Passport? which one is better?

  • Thanks Op.

  • Is this smr?

  • Is this decent to buy just for storing downloaded content? Not the end of the world if it fails but would be ideal to keep things on a drive for when I can't access streaming services.

  • mine says 171 so maybe its expired. :(

  • Yap. Price increased to $171 now.

  • already jacked up to 171

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