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[Microsoft Store] My Passport Ultra Metal Edition 1TB Portable Hard Drive (Blue/Black) $70

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[Microsoft Store] My Passport Ultra Metal Edition 1TB Portable Hard Drive (Blue/Black) $70

Ended up getting a 1 TB for my Xbox One. Was going to get a 2TB but it's sold out.
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Thanks! Picked 1 up...would've liked the silver but OOS
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Anybody know if it's SATA inside?

I bought the 2GB hoping to use it in PS4, but it's USB right on the drive :(
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kNZA wrote: Anybody know if it's SATA inside?

I bought the 2GB hoping to use it in PS4, but it's USB right on the drive :(
It's generally assumed that all new WD externals these days are frankendrives, so I would avoid this in your case.
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domenic72 wrote: Thanks! Picked 1 up...would've liked the silver but OOS
For me it doesn't matter, but I would call them to see if they can switch the colour, I just checked they added some silver ones.
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kevin634 wrote: It's generally assumed that all new WD externals these days are frankendrives, so I would avoid this in your case.
Yeah, not sure about their 3.5" external drives, but *ALL* their 2.5" external drives have the sata interface replaced with a USB one... which should make any semi computer-competent person want to avoid them.
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Scott86 wrote: Yeah, not sure about their 3.5" external drives, but *ALL* their 2.5" external drives have the sata interface replaced with a USB one... which should make any semi computer-competent person want to avoid them.
Right, I forgot to specify I meant the 2.5" drives. I haven't looked up their 3.5" drives.
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Scott86 wrote: Yeah, not sure about their 3.5" external drives, but *ALL* their 2.5" external drives have the sata interface replaced with a USB one... which should make any semi computer-competent person want to avoid them.
Do you know which brands haven't done that?
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seems OOS online. =(
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antoniomn wrote: Do you know which brands haven't done that?
Seagate, SOME toshiba and Dells... Some of the other less mainstream brands.

The easiest way to find out is by looking at the length of the enclosure. The main justification(atleast for consumers) for integrating the USB interface, is to shrink the overall size of the drive. Ones that have a SATA-to-USB converter have to add an extra board that adds around 2cm to the overall length. Dont know the exact dimensions, but you can usually tell just by looking at them.
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Scott86 wrote: Yeah, not sure about their 3.5" external drives, but *ALL* their 2.5" external drives have the sata interface replaced with a USB one... which should make any semi computer-competent person want to avoid them.
When they were 9.97$ for the 2TB "normal" passport, I couldn't "avoid" them. 2 years later, running 24/7 as media storage on my server, and the drives are still trucking. No problem with the USB port.

Anyway, if the control board fails, even a SATA port wouldn't help.
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Scott86 wrote: Seagate, SOME toshiba and Dells... Some of the other less mainstream brands.

The easiest way to find out is by looking at the length of the enclosure. The main justification(atleast for consumers) for integrating the USB interface, is to shrink the overall size of the drive. Ones that have a SATA-to-USB converter have to add an extra board that adds around 2cm to the overall length. Dont know the exact dimensions, but you can usually tell just by looking at them.
So make sure you all really examine those pictures of it online before ordering so you'll know what's inside...
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Is this not a normal price for a 1 TB external drive ?
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ahato wrote: Is this not a normal price for a 1 TB external drive ?
Nope. Usually 1TB externals run about $85-$105 depending on make.

I pulled the trigger on the 1TB last evening. It showed in stock when I ordered but it shows as Back-ordered when I log in to my account. FYI.

The WD 2TB is $109 in store at Costco and $119 online at Costco, so $99 from MS Store is a good deal! Out of stock on the MS Store currently for 2TB.

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