Sometimes you don't need anything fancy. You don't need crazy read/write times or some sort of device that connects to your motherboard. You just need space. And lots of it. That's what the WD Easystore lineup is for, and right now you can get the 16TB Easystore hard drive on sale for $389.99. That's $110 off its normal price. The other capacities are also on sale, so if 16TB is too much you can pay a little less for 14TB or 12TB and still get plenty of space. This sale is part of Best Buy's deals of the day, so you won't find them on sale for much longer.
It's not a fancy SSD and it's not designed to be portable. It might come with an external case, but the easystore is at its best when it's sitting on your desk or next to your computer. Heck, after you buy it you might even want to shuck that external casing and put the actual drive inside your machine. For some hobbyists, that's exactly what they do with the easystore drives.
Since it it does have such a big capacity, and it's made to stay in one place, the Easystore 16TB is really easy to use as a backup drive. You can even use the WD Backup software to set schedules and regularly keep everything you're doing backed up.
Of course it's also just fine as a semi-permanent storage for all of your photos, videos, documents, and other things. Use WD Discovery to back up your information easily, manage your drive settings, and control everything else about the drive while you're at it.
Use a USB 3.0 connection, which gives you data transfer speeds up to 5 Gbps. It is backwards compatible with USB 2.0, but the speeds won't be as fast and you'll notice the difference. The backwards compatibility does mean it has compatibility with a wide number of platforms and devices.
The drive you get will be formatted for NTFS, and it's compatible with Windows 7 and up right out of the box. It can work with Mac but needs reformatting to do it.
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