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Old 12-05-2018, 09:17 AM   #1
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I can't keep up with the price drops in hard disks. It is unbelievable. So unbelievable that I wonder if quality has dropped too.

For example, this WD 4TB USB 3.0 bus-powered secure portable hard drive for $119. With six colors to choose from. Although, I wonder why they didn't include beige :-)

The thing is I always wonder how secure the encryption is. There are discussions all over the Internet about how to crack things.

   
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Old 12-05-2018, 12:30 PM   #2
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When it comes to WD drives, I always buy the "black" version (that version has the highest rating) so I'd be interested to know which WD drive is in those cool cases--love the colors! BUT!!! there is no power adapter. I never, ever buy stuff like that without its own power adapter.

I also have my doubts about their "Discovery" software which just seems to me to provide WD with lots of personal info you'd rather not give anyone. I don't know anything about the backup software.



Speaking of inexpensive...I bought 2 Samsung FIT 128GB (teeny-tiny) USB3 drives for $27.99 each, one for me and one for my sister, and they are very cute. I got my sister a USB3 7-port hub and 2 usb3 extension cables and plugged the FIT into the hub so that she can use it as an always there backup storage. The USB extension cable was plugged in to one of the hub's ports and then she can plug in her Kingston thumbdrive into the extension cable which is easier to reach than the hub which sits behind the back of her laptop on her desk--the Kingston drive is what she takes when she goes to her clients' sites.



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Old 12-05-2018, 05:22 PM   #3
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Wow, that drive you got is tiny. Almost nothing there. But lots of storage. It sounds like a great setup, and with the AC adapter you don't have to worry about too many USB devices.

As for the WD, I sort of like the red one, but it wouldn't go with my blanket. So I guess I'd go with black if I decide to buy. The thing is, though, with my 2tb drive I'm forced to keep cleaning the junk off to make room. And it's nice to have less junk.


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When it comes to WD drives, I always buy the "black" version (that version has the highest rating) so I'd be interested to know which WD drive is in those cool cases--love the colors! BUT!!! there is no power adapter. I never, ever buy stuff like that without its own power adapter.

I also have my doubts about their "Discovery" software which just seems to me to provide WD with lots of personal info you'd rather not give anyone. I don't know anything about the backup software.



Speaking of inexpensive...I bought 2 Samsung FIT 128GB (teeny-tiny) USB3 drives for $27.99 each, one for me and one for my sister, and they are very cute. I got my sister a USB3 7-port hub and 2 usb3 extension cables and plugged the FIT into the hub so that she can use it as an always there backup storage. The USB extension cable was plugged in to one of the hub's ports and then she can plug in her Kingston thumbdrive into the extension cable which is easier to reach than the hub which sits behind the back of her laptop on her desk--the Kingston drive is what she takes when she goes to her clients' sites.



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Old 12-06-2018, 07:29 AM   #4
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>> but it wouldn't go with my blanket ...

You're a hoot, Andrew!

   
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Old 12-06-2018, 11:25 AM   #5
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andrew: and with the AC adapter you don't have to worry about too many USB devices.
Exactly and/or worry about one of them crapping out while in the middle of something important...



>>And it's nice to have less junk.

Indeed! I did a search at newegg for the "my passport" and it's got reasonable reviews--68% 5 eggs (out of 5)...


I also did a search at newegg for desktop external drives (which will generally come with a power adapter vs. "portables" which don't) looking at all sellers (not just newegg), 4TB drives, priced low-to-high just in case you might find that useful...



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Old 12-07-2018, 06:16 AM   #6
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FWIW I've been using a pair of WD My Passport drives for offsite backups for a couple of years now.

FWIW: Not all that much, I guess. They get VERY light use and are well padded when I move them back and forth.

   
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Old 12-07-2018, 08:29 AM   #7
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Thanks for the links, Terrie.

One thing I should add is even though I think it's important for a bus multiple connection hub to have the option of AC power, I don't think it's important for the type of USB drive I'm looking at With a hub, you are using one USB port to power many devices. But you never know when you might need it to carry an unusual load. Compare this to an external hard disk. We trust the computer to power its own internal drive, so why should we not also trust it to power an external drive that is within the specs of what a USB3 port can provide. Or even what two ports can provide, considering that my device can also draw power from two ports if I plug it in that way.

   
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andrew: I don't think it's important for the type of USB drive I'm looking at With a hub, you are using one USB port to power many devices.
You know...I hadn't thought of it that way probably because while I have a USB hub, I don't use it for plugging in external drives and stuff because I have a fair number of available USB ports on my desktop system unlike the situation with most laptop systems...



Soooo...carry on with one of those WD externals...I think the yellow or blue on would be a nice choice...'-}}



You're welcome for the links...




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Old 12-07-2018, 02:27 PM   #9
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Seagate has a nice green one. I'd consider this except it's not secure. And that big Seagate drive fiasco years ago pops into my mind when I see the name.

   
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With respect to Seagate...yeah...I think of that every time I use my own 1TB Seagate external drive and keep my fingers crossed...'-}}


I'm still curious about which WD drive is in the drive enclosures. Decided to check and see if the spec might have that info (does not) so I looked at newegg and they are selling the 4TB Black My Passport for $98.99 (amazon also has it for $98.99)--other colors are also on sale but for a bit more...'-}}




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