Hard Disk Stories February 26, 2015

The prices of high-capacity hard drives have dropped so much recently that it makes sense to upgrade everything from desktop computers to laptops and game consoles. For iMacs, Mac Pros and MacBooks, my strong recommendation has been Solid State Drives (SSDs), which combine increasingly attractive capacities with super-fast speeds, but for game consoles, traditional hard disks are the right choice. Nintendo actively warns Wii U owners against using SSDs, while Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4 provide little reason to prefer them.

Why the difference? Unlike Macs, where solid state drives deliver huge speed increases across OS X and apps, game consoles tend to achieve only modestly better loading times with SSDs — a few seconds here or there. Traditional hard drives also deliver much higher storage capacities, fixing an obvious issue with game consoles where 40-50GB patch downloads are becoming the new normal. A 500GB PlayStation 4 arrives with only around 400GB of free space, versus 360GB on a 500GB Xbox One, and a mere 25GB on a 32GB Wii U. Whether you’re updating Halo or downloading DLC for Mario Kart 8, you’re eating up a big chunk of your hard drive’s space.

What are the best hard drives for your console? Most of my top picks are currently available for $100 or less, and I tend to focus on great value for the dollar rather than cheap picks that will break quickly. I’ll run through the options below.

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Hard Disk Stories July 2, 2014

B&H is offering the Western Digital 3TB Elements External Desktop Hard Disk Drive for a low $93 shipped. That’s $36 off the regular price, $25 less than Amazon, and the lowest we’ve seen.

It features an ultra-fast USB 3.0 connection with speeds up to 5 Gb/s. It also includes password protection with hardware encryption for safe guarding your files. Formatted to work right out of the box with a Windows based PC. Just connect the power and plug the drive into the USB port on the computer to instantly add more storage. *Although, reformating is required for use with Mac OS X.

It received 4/5 stars and great reviews from Amazon customersWD My Cloud 4TB Personal Cloud Storage (NAS)

Also, Amazon has the WD My Cloud 4TB Personal Cloud Storage (NAS) for $179.99 shipped. That’s $120 off its original listing and the lowest it has ever been.

The My Cloud lets you:

  • Back up files from all your computers
  • Upload, access and save photos and videos from your mobile devices
  • Stream to your DLNA/UPnP-certified connected TVs, media players and gaming consoles
  • Free up space on your mobile device

It also has industry leading warranty and password protection, blazing-fast file transfers, expandable storage, and it has high-performance media streaming capabilities.

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