New WD_BLACK Call of Duty storage drives arrive in three different packages

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.

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WD unveils blazing-fast SN850 NVMe Solid-State Drive, Thunderbolt 3 dock, 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.

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WD unveils encrypted ArmorLock SSD that unlocks using your smartphone

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.

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Western Digital announces WD Blue SN550 NVMe SSDs with 2.4GB/s speeds from $55

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.

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Western Digital announces refreshed 5TB My Passport for Mac, 20TB HDD and more

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.

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WD Black P10 for Xbox One HDD Review: Bring new life to an old console [Video]

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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.

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Western Digital unveils new 12TB Game Drive for Xbox One alongside SSDs, more

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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.

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Western Digital’s new USB-C ArmorATD portable drives can withstand a serious beating

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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.

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Western Digital updates its WD Blue SSD to NVMe w/ 3x performance boost

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.

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Western Digital launches new NVMe SSDs with read speeds of up to 3.4Gb/s from $120

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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.

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SanDisk unveils the ‘world’s fastest UHS-I flash memory card’

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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.”

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WD’s new internal hard drive for Raspberry Pi brings 314GB of additional storage

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…

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Western Digital 5TB USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive: $130 shipped (Orig. $200)

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.…

WD Elements 750GB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive: $40 shipped (orig. $100)


BuyDig offers the WD Elements 750GB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (model WDBUZG7500ABK-NESN) for $59.95. Add it to your cart and the price will automatically drop to $39.95 with free shipping, which is $40 below list and $20 below its street price. With most Macs sporting a 500GB or less SSD, you could use this drive to backup your entire system and still have space leftover. WD Elements hard drives are held in high regard by thousands of Amazon reviewers.

With this big hard drive costing just $40, there’s no reason you shouldn’t have a backup of your Mac. Looking for even more data protection? This UPS is at its best price ever.

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Western Digital 1.5TB portable USB 3.0 external hard drive $65 shipped (Reg. $120)

 

 

Adorama’s Ebay store is offering the Western Digital 1.5TB portable USB 3.0 external hard drive (Model WDBY8L0015BBK-NESN) for $64.99 with free shipping . That’s a total savings of $55 off retail and $20 below the next lowest price available from B&H. Some retailers even charge up to $145.

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.

We have some other larger desktop USB hard drives on sale as well today.

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Western Digital introduces 2TB Wireless portable drives with SD Card slot, 6hr battery starting at $200

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.

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Smart buys: our favorite back to school tech essentials


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.

Entertainment

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.

Xbox One and PlayStation 4 may be the flashy options for dorm room gaming, but we recommend saving a few bucks and opting for an Xbox 360 or Wii U. The Xbox 360 has a huge back catalog of awesome games that are now priced to move. Plus, some next-gen games (like Mortal Kombat X), will also be available on 360 and PS3. The Wii U has had a rough run, but party games like Mario Kart 8 and the upcoming Super Smash Brothers make it an excellent choice for dorm room hang sessions.

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.

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WD 3TB Elements External Desktop Hard Disk Drive $93 shipped (Reg. $129), 4TB NAS $180 (Reg. $220)

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 customers

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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Western Digital Elements 3TB external desktop drive: $94 shipped (Reg. $150)

B&H is offering the WD 3TB Elements External Desktop hard drive $94 shipped. That’s $56 under the regular price, $46 under Amazon’s current price, nearly $19 off the next best price from a trusted retailer, and within a few bucks of lowest 3TB desktop drive we’ve seen from any manufacturer. 

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.

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Western Digital My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drives: 1TB $59 (Reg. $85), 2TB $99 (Reg. $150)

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.

WD My Passport 1TB: $59 shipped after coupon (Reg. $85)
WD My Passport 2TB: $99 shipped after coupon (Reg. $150)

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Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Black + Photoshop Lightroom 5 $129 ($100 off)

BuyDig is offering the Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Black + Photoshop Lightroom 5 for $229. The coupon code: POSTPRODUCTION100 drops it to only $129 shipped. That’s half what you would expect to pay for either item. Amazon sells them separately for $115 for the WD Hard Drive and $120 for Lightroom 5.

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.”

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Western Digital Red 3TB NAS optimized hard drive $125 shipped (Reg. $200)

Update (1/27): Price bumped to $129

Amazon is offering the 3TB Western Digital Red hard drive for $124.99 with free shipping. That’s $75 below retail, within $10 of the best price ever, and one of the only noteworthy deals we’ve seen on this drive since the fall.

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.

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Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2TB portable USB 3.0 hard drive $95 shipped (Reg. $180)

Update (1/8): This drive is back in stock from BuyDig in all colors, but with a $5 bump. Total cost is $94.99 with free shipping. $25 below Amazon.

The official Adorama Camera eBay storefront is offering a Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2TB portable hard drive for $89.99 with free shipping. That’s 50% off retail, $25 below Amazon’s current asking price (colors other than black are even more!), and easily the best price we have ever seen for this model.

It features fast USB 3.0 transfer speeds, cloud backup options, and a great looking design. Available in black, blue, and red. Rated 4.5 stars from nearly 500 Amazon reviewers.

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Hard Drive Deals: Toshiba portable 2TB $100/1TB $60, Seagate portable 1TB: $60, WD 3TB desktop: $100

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…

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Synology DS213+ DiskStation 2-Bay (Diskless) NAS $299, 2TB WD Red $99 / 3TB $110

Amazon has the Synology DS213+ DiskStation 2-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage for $299 with free shipping. That’s $156 below retail and the lowest price we’ve ever seen by $20. Please note this price drop is likely due to Synology’s announcement of the DS214 system. Both devices have extremely close tech specs but the DS214 has Synology’s new hot-swappable drive system and increased read/write speeds. It is due to ship in the next few weeks.

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.

Update: Amazon just dropped the price of the Western Digital 3TB Red NAS-optimized drives down to their lowest ever, $125 shipped or save another $15 if you don’t mind rebates.
Fill your new Synology with these Seagate NAS-optimized 4TB drives for $180 with code EMCYTZT4668 or grab the Western Digital 2TB Red drives one sale for $99.

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Staples $15 off $50 or more: Western Digital 2TB USB 3.0 portable HD $85, Toshiba 1TB $48, Apple gear, more

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…

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WD My Passport 2TB Portable USB 3.0 External Hard Drive $100 shipped

Staples is offering a silver WD My Passport 2TB Portable USB 3.0 external hard drive for $99.99 with free shipping. That’s the lowest we’ve seen for this WD 2TB Hard Drive. Amazon sells it for $127 and their customers gave it 4.5/5 stars with positive reviews. Also available in black as an eBay daily deal.

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.

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Dual-band router deals: Linksys EA6900 AC: $200, WD N900 w/ 2TB wireless storage: $135

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)

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Western Digital My Net N900 HD dual band wireless router: $49 shipped (Reg. $160)

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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)

Western Digital 3TB Elements External USB 2.0 HD $95, Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 desktop HD $90

Update: eBay via Beach Camera is offering the Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 desktop hard drive for $90 with free shipping. As a pricing comparison, BuyDig charges the next lowest price of $105, while all other major retailers charge upwards of $120. It retails for $125. Amazon reviewers give it a stellar 4.5 out of 5 star rating.

TigerDirect via Ebay is offering the Western Digital 3TB Elements External USB 2.0 Hard Drive for only $94.99 shipped. That’s 37% off the list price of $150 and the lowest price we’ve seen for this hard drive.

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. 

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Western Digital Red 3TB NAS optimized hard drive w/ IntelliPower $114 shipped (Reg. $200)

 

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Newegg is offering the Western Digital Red 3TB NAS optimized hard drive for $114 with free shipping when you enter coupon code EMCYTZT4197 at checkout. This is easily the best price we have ever seen for this workhorse of a hard drive. It retails for $200 and typically sells for around $140.

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.

Western Digital Wi-Fi Router w/ Built-In 1TB HDD & Wireless HD Streaming $80 shipped (Reg. $255)

 

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Today only, 1Sale.com has the Western Digital Wi-Fi Router w/ built-In 1TB HDD & wireless HD streaming for only $80 shipped (Reg. $255). That’s 69% off the list price and the lowest we’ve seen for this hard drive/router combo.

The integrated 1TB hard drive allows you to wirelessly backup files from any device connected to your network, and it lets you stream HD video between devices connected as well.

The wifi router also comes with 6 month warranty from Western Digital.

Western Digital 1.5TB portable USB 3.0 external hard drive $70 shipped (Reg. $120)

 

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Staples is offering the Western Digital 1.5TB portable USB 3.0 external hard drive for $70 with free shipping when you apply coupon code 76793 at checkout. That’s a total savings of $50 off retail and $20 below the next lowest price available from B&H. Some retailers even charge up to $145. Deal ends 9/14 or when supplies are exhausted.

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.

Western Digital My Passport 2TB USB 3.0 portable hard drive $100 shipped (Reg. $150)

Update: BACK IN STOCK!

As one of their daily deals, eBay via Beach Camera is offering the Western Digital My Passport 2TB USB 3.0 portable hard drive for $100 with free shipping. That is a total savings of 34% off retail, $9 below the next lowest price currently available, and the best price we have ever seen for this popular drive.

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 fills out its NAS-optimized RED hard drive line with new 2.5 inch versions

 Western Digital is expanding its popular RED 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.

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Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt Duo 4TB External RAID Hard Drive $350 shipped (Reg. $600)

Cowboom, a Best Buy affiliate, is selling a brand new Western Digital My Book Thunderbolt Duo 4TB External Raid Hard Drive for $350 with free shipping. That’s a total savings of 42% off the list price and $90 below the next lowest price. As a further price comparison, Newegg is charging full MSRP at $600.

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.

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Western Digital 1.5TB portable USB 3.0 external hard drive $80 shipped (Reg. $120)

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Staples is offering the Western Digital 1.5TB portable USB 3.0 external hard drive for just $80 with free shipping. That is $40 below retail and $10 under the next lowest price. As a further price comparison, most retailers charge upwards of $130. Deal ends 8/23 or when supplies are exhausted.

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.

Western Digital USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drives: 2TB My Passport $110, 1TB Elements SE $60

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.

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Western Digital 2TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive $110 Shipped (Reg. $200)


Update: The B&H deal has since sold out, but eBay via BuyDig has come forward with a similar deal on a black model. Western Digital My Passport 2TB USB 3.0 portable hard drive $110 with free shipping, retail $200.

B&H is offering the Western Digital 2TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive for only $109.95 Shipped. That’s the lowest total price we could find it for my more than $40. Amazon carries it for $190 and their customers gave it 4.6/5 stars and reviewed it favorably.

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.

This offer at B&H ends July 20th.

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Western Digital 2TB My Book for Mac External Hard Drive $70 Shipped

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B&H has the Western Digital 2TB My Book for Mac External Hard Drive for a low $70 Shipped. That’s the lowest price we could find for the 2TB by more than $45. Amazon sells it for $99 and their customers gave it 4/5 stars with favorable reviews. Western Digital’s My Book, now features visual, easy-to-use, automatic, continuous backup software and drive lock security protection. B&H has warned that their supply is limited at this price.

Western Digital 3TB MyBook USB 3.0 Hard Drive $80 Shipped (Update: over)

Update: Sold out!  Don’t miss out next time.  Follow 9to5Toys for all the latest deals… TwitterRSS FeedFacebook You can still get $10 off (for a final price of $109.99 shipped) with coupon code STRWK749,

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. 

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Western Digital My Passport Portable USB 3.0 External Hard Drives: 750GB $60, 1.5TB $90 Shipped

Best Buy has the Western Digital My Passport 750GB Portable USB 3.0 External Hard Drive for just $60 with free shipping.  As a pricing comparison, the next lowest price available is $70 at Amazon and the retail price is $80.  If you’re looking for something bigger, Best Buy also has a 1.5TB version for just $90 shipped.

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.

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Western Digital Red 3TB Hard Drive for NAS w/Intellipower $133 Shipped

Adorama via eBay offers the the Western Digital 3TB Red Serial ATA 6Gb/s Internal Hard Drive, model no. WD30EFRX, for $132.98.  The Western Digital 3 TB hard drive runs quietly with no vibration and reads and writes fast, so users will not notice any delays. It has a read of 207 Mbps and a write of 190 Mbps for fast performance. Amazon customers gave it 4.5/5 stars and great reviews.

If you’re looking for a NAS to put them in, look no further than Synology.

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Western Digital My Passport 1 TB USB 2.0/3.0 Portable Hard Drive – $69

eBay via BuyDig is once again offering the Western Digital My Passport 1 TB USB 2.0/3.0 Portable Hard Drive  for only $69 with free shipping.  As a pricing comparison, Amazon is charging $80 while Newegg has it listed for $90.

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.

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Western Digital Red 3TB 3.5″ Internal HDD for $154.99 w/ $15 off code

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]

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Western Digital Elements 2.5TB USB 2 Hard Drive: $100

Amazon offers the four star-rated Western Digital Elements 2.5 TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive for $99.99 (<$.04/GB). This drive features reliable WD GreenPower Technology, which claims to reduce energy consumption by 30% and has a portable case which also adds protection.

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