posted 48 years ago by
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Fry's is offering the WD Elements 2TB USB 3.0 External Portable HDD for $59.99 with free shipping.

Limit 2 per household. Price valid while supplies last or 4/14/17.

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Is this a good price?

cr3s said:   Is this a good price?
  Note that Frys.com says it is now only available for instore pickup

Whether this is a good price depends on what you are looking for. 2tb @$60 is OK - but note that this is a slow drive (no more than 5400rpm). OK if all you are doing is an occassional backup - but frustrating if you want to use it for intensive work.

Also note that WD has a long history of putting "questionable" drives in their external products. In other words, if a drive can't pass final test at full speed, or is otherwise questionable, WD's manufacturing process is to slow the drive down (from 5400rpm to 5200rpm, or 4800rpm, or whatever it needs to pass the test) and to stick it in an external enclosure. The vast majority of external drives rarely get used (only for an occasional backup), so its a good gamble for WD. They save money by being able to sell questionable drives for full price, and few will fail (because most get used so little). Also - the slowed drives were not much of an issue at USB1 speeds, but are getting pretty noticeable at USB3 speeds.

Note that WD uses (or at least historically used) a similar process for its "green" drives. They never list a rotational speed for those drives because they were (are) actually "blue" or "black" drives had to  be slowed down to pass final test (i.e. they have issues, so they couldn't pass at full speed)- so they don't all run at the same speed (they run at whatever reduced speed they can pass the test). However, slowing down the motor reduces power consumption, so they brag about that as a green eco friendly "feature".


I think this is true to most portable drives.  Very informative, but can you give us more insight as to which are better?   Portble drives have become a glorified floppy drive in general.

does Staples match frys.com

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