Western Digital has historically delivered quite a few gamer-focused products. In fact, its WD_BLACK lineup is aimed squarely at them. This is further emphasized by the release of three special edition storage drives that debuted earlier today. P10, P50, and SN850 will receive the WD_BLACK Call of Duty treatment, providing a way for PC and console gamers alike to show off their love for the game. Today’s announcement comes three days after the debut of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Continue reading to learn more.
Roughly two weeks after Samsung took the wraps off its new 980 PRO solid-state lineup, Western Digital is showcasing its own head-to-head competitor. The new WD SN850 solid-state drive actually matches Samsung’s read speeds and manages to beat in write performance. Numbers shared by Western Digital work out to 7,000MB/s read and 5,300MB/s write. This leap in speed is made possible by PCIe 4, an upgrade that continues to give PC gaming a significant boost. WD has also unveiled a new Thunderbolt 3 dock and a PCIe 3 add-in card. Keep reading to learn more.
Roughly 16 to 17 months after Western Digital debuted its rugged ArmorATD drives, the company’s now ready to take things to the next level. Not only can the new not only ArmorLock SSD handle drops and resist crushes, but it also aims to make data encryption a cinch. Gone are the days of needing to decrypt using a complex password. The latest G-Technology storage solution can let your smartphone to do all of that heavy-lifting. That’s right, a companion application lets you lock and unlock your data using biometrics. Continue reading to learn more.
Western Digital held out on entering the SSD market for quite some time, but the company has been spinning up with new products quite often. First, we had the WD Black NVMe SSD back in April of 2018, then the WD Black SN750 in January of this year. Then, we had the Blue SN500 a few months later, and now we’ve got the Blue SN550. Confused? Don’t be, keep reading and we’ll break down the difference of all drives below.
Western Digital is expanding its lineup of portable hard drives, high-capacity storage and more today ahead of IFA 2019. Headlined by the brand’s thinnest 5TB drive, we’re getting a refreshed WD My Passport for Mac alongside a new 20TB internal HDD. Plus, over on the SanDisk front, we’re seeing new Lightning flash drives and more. Head below for a look at all of the announcements.
A common issue with Xbox One consoles, and consoles in general, is where do you store all of the games you purchase? With the growing selection of titles available for online purchase and installation, not to mention downloadable content, the internal hard drive can fill up quickly. Plenty of hard drives are available to help increase storage on an Xbox One, but Western Digital has just announced a few new products branded directly for this console in their WD Black line. Today we’re taking a look at the WD Black P10 Game Drive for Xbox One. Check out the video below.
If you’ve bought a console game over the past few years, you’ll know the pain of sitting through a massive install. Not only does it prevent you from diving into your new title right away, but it also consumes more and more of your system’s disk space. This digital emphasis is nothing new, but lately the trend has been taken to new lengths with Microsoft even going as far to release an all-digital Xbox One. Western Digital is looking to help combat this with its new WD Black Game Drives. Head below for a closer look.
Data loss can get catch any of us by surprise. For the longest time, average consumers stored the majority of their data on PCs, without keeping physical or cloud backups in mind. Fast forward to today and most store everything on a smartphone and use either Google and Apple backup methods to keep safe.
Catches apply to heavy users when running out of free iCloud storage or suffering from image resolution downgrades in Google Photos’ free tier. In these types of cases, external hard drives are the way to go, and Western Digital’s new G-Technology ArmorATD portable drives work very hard to keep data protected.
Western Digital is one of the longest-standing companies when it comes to computer storage. Though late to the game, the company has been almost on a warpath to take over, updating all of its storage lineups with speedy SSD alternatives. Recently, WD launched the Black SN750, and now the company is launching the Blue SN500 NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD.
The WD Blue SN500 NVMe SSD is geared toward more budget-friendly setups compared to the Black SN750. It offers slightly lower speeds, but the same great reliability that you’ve come to know and love from Western Digital.
If you haven’t heard of NVMe yet, well, let me give you some great news. It’s quickly becoming the new standard for SSD storage and I’m stoked about that. NVMe is no longer SATA powered and has quite a bit more bandwidth than previous drives could utilize. Western Digital is finally taking proper advantage of this with its new WD Black NVMe SSDs the company just recently announced.
With camera laden drones filling the sky and action cameras in just about everyone’s hands at this point, the need for portable and reliable storage is at an all-time high. While cloud-like services are, in many ways, just as viable an option as physical media, there’s nothing like a handy SD card in a pinch when your drives are getting full.
As part of its Mobile World Congress showcase announcements, Western Digital and SanDisk have a number of new SSDs on the slate as well what is being called the “world’s fastest UHS-I flash memory card.”
Just a few weeks back the Raspberry Pi foundation announced the latest generation of its popular microcomputer. Today, Western Digital is detailing a new internal hard drive add-on for the DIY motherboard. SD cards have long been the accepted medium for adding storage to Raspberry Pi but are limited in size. Now, hobbyists will have a new option that adds a robust 314GB of storage…
Update (9/2 8:30am): Newegg offers the Toshiba Canvio 5TB Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive for $129.99 shipped with promo code HDWC250XK3J1. That’s $80 off the original price, $10 better than Amazon and lowest price we can find for this highly-rated hard drive. B&H offers the WD 5TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive for $129.99 with free expedited shipping.…
This drive gets great reviews. Over 6,700 Amazon (where it is over $100) reviewers rate it an impressive 4.5 stars. A perfect option for full-system Time Machine backups or a place to offload some of your larger media files. Don’t worry if you have an older Mac/ PC, the WD Passport is backwards compatible with USB 2.0.
Note, this drive is Bus compatible so it doesn’t need a separate power cord.
Western Digital is now joining the ranks of LaCie, Seagate and others with the introduction of the WD MY Passport Wireless. This portable hard drive (that’s only a bit bigger than a deck of cards) can connect to up to eight different devices at the same time via Wi-Fi, letting you stream your videos and music to portable devices wherever you go. There’s no cloud-based access to your files, so you’ll need to have it with you in order to use it.
It’s equipped with dual-antenna that can transfer up to 80 megabits per second, and the drive’s battery can last for six hours of continuous streaming. It works with PCs and Macs, but it’s actually meant to be used by your smartphones and tablets. You can transfer files back and forth, automatically back up photos and videos and play back large media files.
These tech essentials will not only help you survive college life, but maybe even help you land a spot on the Dean’s list (no promises). Even though the majority of our top picks are geared towards college students living in a dorm, we think they can help students of all ages.
All of the recommendations below have been shaped by my experiences while attending a four-year private University.
The fall is not only back to school season, but also home to the baseball playoffs and the start of the football season. MLB.TV is expensive and NFL Sunday Ticket is a hassle. We recommend a Sling Media Slingbox to keep tabs on your favorite sports teams while away from home. The all-new SlingBox M1 was just released and is the most affordable Slingbox ever at just $149.99.
Skip Blu-ray and DVD. The players will take up prime TV stand real-estate and it’s a hassle to find the movie you’re looking for and then physically pop it in a player (I know, first world problems). Instead, go with a Roku 3/streaming stick or Apple TV to stream your media from Netflix (free trial), Hulu Plus (free trial), and iTunes.
It’s perfectly OK that listening to Norah Jones Spotify radio (student discount) helps you study, but don’t be that guy and play it out loud. A nice pair of headphones are key for school. If your budget allows it, then definitely upgrade to a set of noise-cancelling cans, like the Bose QC15, to drown out any background noise. Bust out a larger portable Bluetooth speaker like the Logitech UE BOOM (review) or Jawbone’s Big JAMBOX (review) when it’s time to party.
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 customers
It features dual USB 3.0 & 2.0 connectivity, password protection & encryption if desired, and comes with a 2 year warranty from WD. This drive has received a 3.7/5 star review from over 1600 Amazon buyers.
BuyDig takes an additional $10 off Western Digital My Passport USB 3.0 portable hard drives with coupon code HDTEN. These drives are perfect for full-system Time Machine backups or to transfer large files between devices. Don’t worry if you have an older Mac/PC, the WD Passport is backwards compatible with USB 2.0. Neither of these deals are all-time lows but they are the best current prices we’re able to find. Rated 4.4/5 stars from 5,913 Amazon reviewers.
The WD Hard Drive features USB 3.0 connectivity, automatic and cloud backup, password protection and hardware encryption and a 3-year limited warranty from Western Digital.
Adobe Lightroom 5 lets you easily share on Facebook, and Flickr, or in books, web galleries, prints, slide shows, and more. “Lightroom makes it easy with timesaving tools for sharing your work with friends, family, and clients.”
The Western Digital Red line of hard drives feature IntelliPower technology, which is key to a happy NAS system: “a fine-tuned balance of spin speed, transfer rate and caching algorithms designed to deliver both significant power savings and solid performance.” Other features of the Red drives include NASware for seamless integration and error recovery controls and 3D Active Balance Plus which minimizes vibration and noise. 840 Amazon reviewers rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
The WD drives are prime to pop in a Synology NAS. These systems offer iOS integration AirPlay support, VPN server, ERP software, mail server, web server, anti-virus, and network video surveillance built-in. If you’re already a Synology user be sure to check out the recently announced DSM 5.0 beta.
We have spotted some solid hard drive deals at Newegg and Amazon today from Seagate, Western Digital and Toshiba starting at just $60. Amazon is offering some great deals on the portable Toshiba Canvio drive today. The 2TB version is available for $100 shipped today, that matches our lowest price ever on this drive and…
Perfect for home and small office use, the Synology OS features iOS integration, AirPlay support, VPN server, ERP software, mail server, web server, anti-virus, and network video surveillance built-in. iTunes support allows users to stream stored content to their favorite iDevice wherever they have internet access via iOS apps. We have reviewed several of Synology’s offerings in the past and have always been impressed with their flexibility and breadth of rich-features.
Staples is taking $15 off orders of $50 or more when you enter coupon code 86069 at checkout. That’s a max savings of 30% and one of the better discounts we have seen from Staples recently. Of note, it works on Apple products including the Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, Apple TV, and more. Free shipping…
My Passport features ultra-fast USB 3.0 connectivity; compatibility with USB 2.0; automatic, backup software; and password protection and hardware encryption to help protect your files from unauthorized use.
Kicking off today’s best router deals, Linksys direct is offering the newly-released Linksys EA6900 SMART WiFi Wireless AC Router for $200 with free shipping. That’s a drop from its current retail price of $229 and the only discount since its release last month. Features include simultaneous Dual-Band 2.4 & 5 GHz technology, two USB ports (1x 2.0 and 1x 3.0) for fast file transfers, and four gigabit ethernet ports. Early reviews are positive with CNET giving it an ‘excellent’ rating.
Save an additional 5% when you spend $210 and enter coupon code HSEA6900CART at checkout.
Groupon is offering the WD My Net N900 Central Storage Router with 2TB of wireless storage for $135 (WDBKSP0020BCH). That is $115 off the regular listing, $15 cheaper than Amazon, and the current lowest price we’ve seen. Unlike the standard My Net N900, the 2TB of storage this dual-band router comes with allows you to stream entertainment media to and from the device using your smartphone, tablet and/or desktop. It also has combined transfer speeds of up to 900 Mbps, 4 Gigabit ports and one USB port.
WD My Net N900 Central Storage Router w/ 2TB wireless storage: $135 (Reg. $250)
Groupon is offering the Western Digital My Net N900 HD dual band wireless router for $49 with free shipping. That is $131 off the regular listing, $17 cheaper than Amazon and the current lowest price we can find. As PC Magazine’s Router of The Year last year, the N900 HD features combined Wi-Fi speeds up to 900 Mbps, 2 USB ports, 7 Gigabit Ethernet ports, parental control and what the company calls “range amplifying” technology. You can check out more details below the fold.
Accelerate your entertainment with My Net N900 HD Dual-Band Router. FasTrack Plus delivers smart, real-time prioritization of movies, shows, games and video chat for the best possible entertainment experience. It features combined wireless speeds up to 900 Mbps, superior range, 7 Gigabit ports and 2 USB ports.
Western Digital My Net N900 HD dual band wireless router: $49 shipped (Reg. $160)
This WD hard drive features plug-and-play, it’s compatible with Macs or PCs, and it starts as soon as you connect it to the computer. Integrated with GreenPower Technology and certified by EnergyStar, the WD external hard drive consumes less power and helps you save on your electricity bills.
The Western Digital Red line of hard drives feature IntelliPower technology, which is key to a happy NAS system: “a fine-tuned balance of spin speed, transfer rate and caching algorithms designed to deliver both significant power savings and solid performance.” Other features of the Red drives include NASware for seamless integration and error recovery controls and 3D Active Balance Plus which minimizes vibration and noise. Over 550 Amazon reviewers rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
The WD drives are prime to pop in a Synology NAS. These systems offer iOS integration AirPlay support, VPN server, ERP software, mail server, web server, anti-virus, and network video surveillance built-in. Certainly a step up from an Apple Time Capsule.
This drive is a slam dunk. Over 4,300 Amazon reviewers rate it an impressive 4.5 stars. A perfect option for full-system Time Machine backups or a place to offload some of your larger media files. Don’t worry if you have an older Mac/ PC, the WD Passport is backwards compatible with USB 2.0.
The Western Digital My Passport drives are a slam dunk. Over 4,200 Amazon reviewers rate it an impressive 4.5 out of 5 stars. A perfect option for Time Machine backups or a place to offload some of your larger media files. Don’t worry if you have an older Mac/PC, the WD Passport is backwards compatible with USB 2.0.
Of note, there is a newer model of this drive that recently came out, which features support for cloud backups and an even slimmer design.
Western Digital is expanding its popularRED line of Network Attached Storage hard drives to include two 2.5 inch versions. The current lineup of RED drives is limited to four 3.5 inch drives ranging from 1TB to 4TB. The move to a 2.5 inch form factor will give owners of smaller NAS systems a better performing option over traditional 2.5 inch drives. There are not many of these small form factor NAS systems on the market, but Synology (our favorite) offers the DS411slim, which supports up to four 2.5″ drives. These are perfect for tucking away in a small server room or network closet.
Like their bigger brother, the 2.5 inch WD RED drives will feature NASware 2.0 technology, which ensures maximum compatibility and performance with all major NAS devices. These drives run cool and are optimized to run in a 24×7 environment without fail. For even more peace of mind, each WD RED drive includes a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty and access to a 24 hour support line.
The new 2.5 inch WD RED drives are available in two capacities: 1TB ($99), 750GB ($79). These drives were just announced this morning so they are still making their way to retailers but Amazon has the listings available for preorder or you can go directly through the online WD Store.
Thunderbolt technology provides unparalleled transfer speeds up to 10 Gb/s with the ability to be daisy chained with other Thunderbolt-enabled devices. For even more performance you can opt to setup this system as RAID 0 for speed or RAID 1 for data protection. This particular My Book even has user-replaceable drives to minimize potential downtime and increase storage flexibility. Amazon reviewers rate it four out of five stars.
This drive is a slam dunk. Nearly 4,000 Amazon reviewers rate it an impressive 4.5 stars. A perfect option for full-system Time Machine backups or a place to offload some of your larger media files. The USB 3.0 speeds will ensure quick file transfers. Don’t worry if you have an older Mac/ PC, the WD Passport is backwards compatible with USB 2.0.
eBay via BuyDig is offering the Western Digital My Passport 2TB USB 3.0 portable hard drive $110 with free shipping. That’s $0.05/GB and the lowest total price we could find by $8. It features password protection and hardware encryption. Get data transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbps with the USB 3.0 interface in this external HDD that makes way for consistent storage and archiving abilities. The Western Digital My Passport uses its USB cable to draw power, eliminating the need for an adapter.
Nearly 3,500 Amazon reviewers rate this drive a tremendous 4.5 stars.
B&H has the Western Digital 1TB Elements SE Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive for only $59.99 shipped. The hard drive is also bus-powered so you do not need an additional AC power adapter. When connected to a USB 3.0 port, it can transfer files at a rate as high as 5Gb/s while the USB 2.0 tops out at 480Mb/s. Amazon sells this drive for $86 and their customers gave it a rating of 4.5/5 stars with favorable reviews. B&H states they have a limited supply at this price.
Offering a capacity of 2TB in a near pocket-sized enclosure, My Passport hard drives are the ideal companion for taking your videos, photos, music and files around with you–or safely stored at home. When connected to a USB 3.0 port the My Passport lets you access and save files with blazing speed compared to USB 2.0. Reduce transfer time by up to 3 times when compared to USB 2.0 transfer rates.
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Newegg is offering the Western Digital 3TB MyBook Essential USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, model no. WDBACW0030HBK-NESN, for $119.99. The coupon code “72HRSL066” drops it to $79.99. With free shipping, that’s $0.03/GB and the best price we’ve seen for any 3TB external hard drive. It’s also a current price low by $40. It features a USB 3.0 interface and password protection with hardware encryption.
The Western Digital My Passport drives are a slam dunk. Nearly 2,900 Amazon reviewers rate it an impressive 4.5 stars. A perfect option for a Time Machine drive or a place to offload some of your larger media files. The USB 3.0 speeds will ensure quick file transfers. Don’t worry if you have an older Mac/ PC, the WD Passport is backwards compatible with USB 2.0.
Other External Hard Drive Deals Today:
Seagate Backup Plus 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive $67 Shipped (Amazon charges $80, retail is $130)
My Passport offers high capacity in a sleek portable drive. It features ultra-fast USB 3.0 connectivity; compatibility with USB 2.0; automatic, backup software; and password protection and hardware encryption to help protect your files from unauthorized use. With up to 1.5 TB capacity, there’s plenty of room to store all your photos, music, movies and files.
Newegg is offering the Western Digital Red WD30EFRX 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5″ Internal Hard Drive for $154.99 w/ $15 off code “WD1231A” + free shipping. This drive’s intended use is in a NAS unit in your home office. In a 3.5-inch format, this drive offers SATA 6.0Gb/s, 64MB cache, and a capacity of 3TB. [Newegg]