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WD External Hard Drives

WD® external hard drives are an excellent way to store and transport all your music, videos, pictures, and other important files. Portable drives such as WD Elements are available in a variety of speeds and storage capacities. Staples® carries quality external hard drives that come with useful features and in various colors.

Choosing a WD External Hard Drive for Performance
Consider a drive with higher revolutions per minute (RPMs) for the fastest data transfers. RPMs are how fast the disc inside the drive spins. The two most common speeds for non-enterprise use are 5400 and 7200 RPMs. Another factor that increases transfer rates is the cache size. This part of the drive acts as a temporary storage area for the files you accessed most recently. When transferring large amounts of data between devices, the cache aids the drive in moving blocks of data around. These buffer sizes are available in 8 MB to 128 MB of space.

Connecting Your WD External Hard Drive to Another Device
A portable drive is a superb solution for working with computers, tablets, and Android phones that lack enough storage for your needs. With the 2.0 and 3.0 USB connections, they connect to any recent device that has a USB plug. Use a 2.0 USB for older devices and a 3.0 USB for newer ones. Some drives include a Wi-Fi adapter that lets you access data wirelessly. DVRs and video gaming systems also work with the drives. Most drives are plug-and-play with Microsoft Windows 7, 8.1, and 10. Apple operating systems need reformatting to run.

What Are the Different Capacities for WD External Hard Drives?
WD Elements are available in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities for portable models and up to 5TB capacities in desktop versions. A 500GB drive can hold up to 8,500 hours of music, 155,000 photos, 20 hours of video, or 250 hours of high-definition movies. For plenty of space, a WD 2TB external hard drive stores 2,000 hours of standard definition video, 34,000 hours of music, 1,000 hours of high-definition movies, or 620,000 quality photos.

How Durable Are WD External Hard Drives?
External hard drives withstand regular use and have tougher cases to protect the delicate disc. If you need more protection for the portable drive, consider a rugged drive that offers a thicker case. Also, some brands offer water- and drop-resistant drives.

What Are the Dimensions of WD External Hard Drives?
Most drives are small and can fit into a handbag, business bag or carry-on case. Rugged drives are slightly larger to accommodate the extra protection. Desktop models are larger still as they don't need to be as compact as a portable one. Portable WD elements drives are available as small as 3.2 x 4.4 x 0.6 inches.

Do WD External Hard Drives Offer Password Protection?
Most brands offer software that includes password protection to keep your files secure. A 256-bit AES encryption keeps data safe from other types of intrusions. The software also lets you add a message to the password screen with your name, address, or a phone number to return the drive if it's found.
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WD Elements™ USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drives
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  • Available in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB capacities
  • USB 3.0
  • PC & MAC Compatible (Can be reformatted for Mac® OS X®)
As low as $62.99
Multiple options available
WD® My Passport WDBYFT0020BBL 2TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive, Blue
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  • Blue 2TB portable external hard drive is compatible with Mac, PC
  • Interfaces/ports: USB 3.0, Data transfer speed: 5 Gb/s
  • Dimensions: 0.8"H x 3.2"W x 4.3"D
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WD® My Book WDBBGB0040HBK-NESN 4TB USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive, Black
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  • Black 4TB desktop hard drive
  • Interface: USB 3.0/USB 2.0 compatible
  • Dimensions: 6.7"H x 1.9"W x 5.5"D
$129.49
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WD® My Passport WDBYFT0020BWT-WESN 2TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, White
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  • White 2TB external hard drive
  • Interface: USB 3.0/USB 2.0 compatible
  • Dimensions: 4.33"H x 3.21"W x 0.85"D
$86.99
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WD® My Passport WDBYFT0030BBK 3TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive, Black
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  • Black 3TB portable external hard drive is compatible with PC, Mac
  • Interfaces/ports: USB 3.0, Data transfer speed: 5 Gb/s
  • Dimensions: 0.8"H x 3.2"W x 4.3"D
$134.59
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WD® My Book WDBBGB0060HBK 6TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive, Black
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  • 6TB portable external hard drive is compatible with PC, Mac
  • Interfaces/ports: USB 3.0, Data transfer speed: 5 Gb/s
  • Dimensions: 6.7"H x 1.9"W x 5.5"D
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WD® My Passport WDBFKF0010BBK-WESN 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Black
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  • Black 1TB external hard drive to store massive amounts of photos, videos and music
  • Interface/ports: USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: 0.85"H x 4.33"W x 3.21"D
$75.39
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WD® My Book WDBBGB0030HBK-NESN 3TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Black/Gray
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  • Black/Gray 3TB external hard drive is compatible with PC, Mac and is perfect for transferring files while saving your memories and backing up
  • Interface/ports: USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: 6.7"H x 1.9"W x 5.5"D
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WD® My Passport 4TB Portable External Hard Drive, White (WDBYFT0040BWT-WESN)
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  • Portable external hard drive is perfect for smartphone
  • Dimensions: 0.85"H x 4.3"W x 3.2"D
  • Comes in white color
$146.29
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WD® My Passport WDBYNN0010BOR 1TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive, Orange
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  • Orange 1TB portable external hard drive is compatible with PC, Mac
  • Interfaces/ports: USB 3.0, Data transfer speed: 5 Gb/s
  • Dimensions: 0.6"H x 3.2"W x 4.3"D
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WD® My Book WDBBGB0080HBK-NESN 8TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Black
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  • Black 8TB external hard drive to store massive amounts of photos, videos, music and documents
  • Interface/ports: USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: 6.7"H x 1.9"W x 5.5"D
$274.99
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WD My Passport for MAC WDBJBS0010BSL 1TB Portable USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Black
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  • Secure portable storage
  • Optional 256-bit AES hardware encryption
  • Automatic local and cloud backup
As low as $79.99
Multiple options available
WD® My Passport USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive, 3TB, Yellow (WDBYFT0030BYL-WESN)
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  • Portable hard drive is suitable for backing up numerous computer files or serving as a network drive
  • Dimensions: 0.85"H x 3.21"W x 4.33"D
  • Comes in yellow color
$118.99
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4TB MY BOOK DUO USB 3.0 DUAL EXTERNAL DRIVE
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  • High-speed performance with up to 290 MB/s file transfers
  • Dual-drive enclosure with 4 TB capacity
  • 256-bit AES hardware encrypted RAID
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WD® My Passport X™ 3TB Portable Hard Drive (WDBCRM0030BBK)
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  • Hard drive allows you to store large data
  • Dimensions: 0.8"H x 3.2"W x 4.3"D
  • Comes in black color
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WD® My Passport 4TB Portable External Hard Drive, Blue (WDBYFT0040BBL-WESN)
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  • Portable external hard drive is perfect for smartphone
  • Dimensions: 0.85"H x 4.3"W x 3.2"D
  • Comes in blue color
$146.29
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WD® Black WD4004FZWX 4TB SATA Internal Hard Drive
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  • 4TB Internal hard drive is compatible with Mac, PC and use for digital artist, video editor, photographer or gamer
  • Interfaces/ports: SATA, Data transfer speed: 6 Gb/s
  • Dimensions: 1"H x 4"W x 5.7"D
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WD® My Passport Wireless Pro WDBSMT0030BBK-NESN 3TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Black
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  • Black 3TB external hard drive is compatible with Android, Apple iOS, Mac, PC
  • Interface/ports: Wi-Fi, SD card slot, USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: 0.9"H x 5"W x 5"D
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WD® My Book USB 3.0 3.5" External Hard Drive, 4TB, Black (WDBFJK0040HBK-NESN)
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  • External hard drive offers enough storage for your valuable data
  • Dimensions: 6.7"H x 1.9"W x 5.5"D
  • Color: Black
$278.69
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WD® My Passport 4TB Portable External Hard Drive, Yellow (WDBYFT0040BYL-WESN)
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  • Portable external hard drive is perfect for smartphone
  • Dimensions: 0.85"H x 4.3"W x 3.2"D
  • Comes in yellow color
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WD® My Passport WDBP6A0030BBK-WESN 3TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Black
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  • Black 3TB external hard drive to store massive amounts of photos, videos and music
  • Interface/ports: USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: 0.85"H x 4.33"W x 3.21"D
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WD® My Passport WDBYFT0040BOR-WESN 4TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Orange
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  • Orange 4TB external hard drive is compatible with PC and is perfect for transferring files while saving your memories and backing up
  • Interface/ports: USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: 0.85"H x 4.33"W x 3.21"D
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WD® My Passport Wireless Pro WDBP2P0020BBK-NESN 2TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive, Black
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  • Black 2TB external hard drive is compatible with Android, Apple iOS, Mac, PC
  • Interface/ports: Wi-Fi, SD card slot, USB 3.0
  • Dimensions: 0.9"H x 5"W x 5"D
$214.89
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WD Caviar 250 GB 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
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  • IDE
  • 7200
  • 8 MB Buffer
$47.49
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