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WD My Passport 2TB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive WDBY8L0020BBK-NESN
Listed for $149.99. Use Promo Code EMCXTXN63 for $20 off (ends 3/13) => Price is $129.99 w Free shipping.

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This isn't much of a deal. This was on sale at Amazon a week or two ago for $105. If you're patient enough, there will be a similar deal around the corner.

SUy81 said:   This isn't much of a deal. This was on sale at Amazon a week or two ago for $105. If you're patient enough, there will be a similar deal around the corner.Goodness, please post if you see that! (and I will add an alert!)

I really really like this drive. I have 2 and need a 3'rd.

Before this drive, I only backed up created data.

Now, with these drives, I have the space to take full system images.

Does Amazon support alerts too?

I've never seen them for $105, but do sometimes see them on sale for $129 - which is a very good price. I just ordered some from Amazon a week ago for $129.

I've also had good luck with the Toshiba Canvio series of drives. Best Buy has the 2TB model for $129 as well:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshiba+-+Canvio+Special+Edition+2TB... usb 2tb&cp=1&lp=1

MikesterRX7 said:   I've also had good luck with the Toshiba Canvio series of drives. Best Buy has the 2TB model for $129 as well:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshiba+-+Canvio+Special+Edition+2TB... usb 2tb&cp=1&lp=1
How is Convio different from MyPassport?

Looks like they both have password protection and encryption.

How is Convio different from MyPassport?

Looks like they both have password protection and encryption.


Not sure, I don't use either of those features - I only care about straight storage.

I purchase a lot of portable USB 3.0 drives, and have had great reliability with both these 2TB WD Passports (only capacity I've used) and various capacity Toshiba Canvios. If it were me, I'd get whichever was cheaper at the time. Perhaps leaning towards the Canvio.

Odd - even on Toshiba's website I can only find into on the Canvio.

From the picture the Canvio looks bigger, but I can't find the My Passport specs to compare

These are sweet, very small and light. 2TB is an amazing amount of capacity in such a small package.

Con, only 2 year warranty. But that's not unusual these days.

All the info is on the 2nd page here http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/library/AAG/ENG/4178-705230.pdf

For the 2 TB:
Height:0.82 in (21 mm)
Depth: 4.37 in (111 mm)
Width: 3.24 in (82 mm)
Weight:0.51 lb (0.23 kg)

$0.065 per GB.....I buy at ~ $0.03-.04 per.

fwbuckeye said:   All the info is on the 2nd page here http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/library/AAG/ENG/4178-705230.pdf

For the 2 TB:
Height:0.82 in (21 mm)
Depth: 4.37 in (111 mm)
Width: 3.24 in (82 mm)
Weight:0.51 lb (0.23 kg)
thank you fwbuckeye

i wonder why when I use the Western Digital product picker tool, the Canvios never show up for me. Only the My Passport.
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/productpicker/


1.5tb canvio is:
Dimensions & Weight: 3.1 W x 4.7 D x 0.65 H; 6.3oz
from:
http://us.toshiba.com/computers/storage/portable/canvio-3/HDTC61...
so the Canvios are thinner, but they only go up to 1.5tb?

FYI - looks like there's a new "My Passport" that I have not seen - the "Edge" - extra skinny.
(isn't there a Lenovo Edge too?)

My Passport Edge 500 GB USB 3.0/USB 2.0 Hard Drives ( WDBK6Z5000ATT)
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=850

Two TB is more than anyone but a video editor might need.this is more Computer Marketing Overhype...

OceanMist said:   i wonder why when I use the Western Digital product picker tool, the Canvios never show up for me. Only the My Passport.
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/productpicker/

Why would they? They're from Toshiba, not WD. WD bought Hitachi, not Toshiba.

belgique said:   Two TB is more than anyone but a video editor might need.this is more Computer Marketing Overhype...

And 640K is all the RAM one would ever need...right? LOL.

Two TB is more than anyone but a video editor might need.this is more Computer Marketing Overhype...

We use them for backup solutions... and wish they had larger models.


From the picture the Canvio looks bigger, but I can't find the My Passport specs to compare

Based on other capacities (I haven't seen the 2TB Toshiba yet) the Toshiba is actually a bit thinner.

VirtuaL said:   Why would they? They're from Toshiba, not WD. WD bought Hitachi, not Toshiba.Thank you! My eyes just wanted to focus on WD from this thread title. (and I hope WD learns from Hitachi - check out this article about a data recovery firm.)

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belgique said:   Two TB is more than anyone but a video editor might need.this is more Computer Marketing Overhype...Whenever someone makes an absolute statement like that, it says a lot about that person's everyday experiences as well as the people they come into contact day-in day-out.

My equivalent statement:
"I can't imagine anyone opting for anything else when a tiny external 2TB drive like the My Passpost is available at a cost-competitive price."

Of course I would never actually say that, because I fully realize some people don't create, use, or need much data.

I am not a video editor, nor do I download movies (the torrent thing?).

Example: I have
- 50gb of work data that I need on a daily basis.
- 150gb of other work data that I occasionally need (monthly)
- 100gb of reference work data that I use several times a year.
- 300gb of personal data, including 100gb of pictures
- 80gb of music
- 200gb of archived data (college, grad school, etc)

+ other family members' data
+ system image backups from 3 laptops and 1 PC

that need storage.

And, because only amateurs lose data (my personal policy), I have at least 3 copies of created data: 2 backups at home, 1 backup off site in event of fire / theft.

I decide what to backup by occasionally asking myself, "If I lost this hard drive right now, besides the created data that I of course have backed up, what would take a ton of time to restore?" Last time my hard drive crashed, not backing up my iTunes folder due to lack of backup space created a big time cost. I didn't lose my music, but I did lose the folder that had my iPhone backup, and my next restore failed, and I had lots of apps to re-arranged into their folders again. That takes a lot of time whether you do it in iTunes of by tapping with your finger. Yes, I reminded myself that "only amateurs lose data" as I was doing that.

Speaking of storage, I would love to put my relatively small DVD + BluRay movie collection online and simply access them via XBMC on my TV screen, and use that DVD storage space for something else. That would take 8gb based on internet calculators for DVDs and Blu-Rays.

However, I've been trying to decide whether to go the NAS as media streamer route or build a standalone HTPC. I'd rather do the former because then one box could support that + feeds from a couple of IP security cameras. Oh, I didn't include that storage in above...

So, yea, people besides video editors need 2tb...



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