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WD Elements SE 4TB USB 3.0 Portable HDD $99 + Delivery ($0 C&C VIC/NSW) @ Scorptec


Decent price for portable HDD. Not shuckable.

Maybe try OW price beat.

WD Elements™ SE portable storage offers high-capacity to go, fast data transfer rates and universal connectivity with USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 devices. The small, lightweight drive features up to 4TB of storage with WD quality and reliability.

This is part of Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals for 2021

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  • I have ordered a 8tb seagate Barracuda 3.5in which is 7200rpm to use with my Xbox X which i can still cancel. Just wondering if this drive will perform any worse than barracuda as i think it is 5400rpm only?

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      Laptop HDDs are slower than desktop HDDs. Will this perform worse, yes. I've only use laptop type external HDDs with consoles. Quick Resume is a big quality of life improvement for Series X. I don't have a spare desktop external HDD to test.

      But, based on crystal disk mark tests, the difference is bigger than just the rpm difference.

    • +1

      You can assume that most consumer drives that don't specify the drives speeds, their speeds will be around the 5400rpm mark. I would keep the Barracuda myself if I were you, I think 5400rpm drives would be too slow for me for loading games. I want my games to load as quickly as possible!

      • +2

        Well, I think if we want games to load as quickly as possible, we need to have them supporting Direct Storage or being enhanced to take advantage of SSD. I did a test on Red Dead Redemption 2 on Series X (portable HDD vs portable SSD), while there is a significant improvement, the game just hasn't been enhanced on XBox so it is still slow to load, even with an external SSD.

  • +2

    Officeworks reviews are particularly poor and people seem to think this model fails unexpectedly after just months of use.
    I was thinking of buying but won't based on that. Not in a hurry so will wait for something else.

  • I've used the 2tb version of this… It's a shocker. Write Speeds are terrible. Slows down to kB speed after a while.

    • Not a surprise. It's a common issue for portable laptop size HDDs. Furthermore, these are now all SMR (well, technically, it is hybrid SMR, there is a portion that's CMR).

      For console gaming, which is mostly read, it is bearable. Write is generally not an issue for console gaming because our NBN is so slow. Without SSDs, laptops would still be a pain to use.

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