Those looking to get a headstart on their archiving and backup needs have a great opportunity with 10-12TB drives coming down in price, and now with 14TB options starting to do the same. One of these is Western Digital’s (WD) new 14TB Easystore, an external USB 3.0 with more than enough space for your modern needs.
This isn’t the perfect drive for just anyone as the average consumer doesn’t require this much capacity. However, if you are a professional who depends on this kind of space for their editing projects (for achieving but not live editing as SSD would be better for live projects), storing, and general archiving of files, or even an enthusiast looking to build the ultimate media server, this is a perfect option. With this kind of space, you can store so much content and keep up with modern formats like 4K.
The overall design of the drive is a copy and paste of their smaller capacity models (both USB 3.0 and 2.0 varieties) within the Easystore lineup. Black in theme and with the WD Easystore logo and access LED on the front. On the rear, you have the USB connection (cable included), power input (cable included), and a lock slot to insert a normal Kengsington-style laptop lock (or similar) to secure the drive with (lock not included of course).
It comes formatted (NTFS) so that it will immediately work with any modern OS or alternative solution and you can, of course, rip it open and use the drive in your favorite NAS setup (the one inside our was helium) if you so choose (although a WD Black drive would be better for that).
The highest transfer speeds during our tests fell around 180MB/s and 190MB/s, which isn’t bad at all for an affordable spinning drive solution. Depending on what we were transferring, or which test was being performed, speeds ranged anywhere between that and 110-190MBps. When moving data to and from various SSDs, we sometimes experienced small spikes here and there. We have been running it hard for the last few days on a system that never shuts down, and the drive seems to be holding up well. We will update this story if we find any changes to our results.
This drive would make a great solution for those looking for mass content or backup storage. Clearly, this wouldn’t be good for your main OS drive as you’d want to use an SSD (preferably NVMe if your system supports it) for this purpose and run this drive in addition to it for everything else. Connect it to a router for network-access storage for all users or, as mentioned, build one of the greatest (personal) media/content servers for accessing all of your owned content using something like Plex.
It’s still up there in price, although it has come down since its original release. It will grow more acceptable in price (as always) as time goes by. Especially as the average sold drives grow in capacity. However, recently (10/29/2020) Best Buy dropped its price for a day, to the lowest we’ve seen yet ($189), causing a mad rush on them. Speaking to some of their associates, many stores watched as the drives flooded out the door until nothing was left.
Now, they have been getting in more inventory and you can bet there will likely be something just as exciting around Black Friday or Cyber Monday, so keep an eye out!
You can find capacities from 8TB to 18TB within the current Easystore series. So if the 14TB model is a little more than you need (or not enough), there are plenty of options to pick from.
The only thing we could find that we didn’t like about the drive, was the protective film wrapped around the glossy plastic. In our experience, it resulted in a lot of static when we peeled it off. Obviously, static and electronics don’t go well together, so we were kind of put off by that. If you have a way of grounding yourself when peeling that off, it would be advised. You are likely just fine either way, but we like to play it safe just in case.
Last Updated (03/01/2021)
Thus far in our tests, this drive has proven to be both reliable and durable. We have copied a lot of information to and from the drive over a great deal of time resulting in nothing but success. Things can, of course, change as the months go by, but so far it has been doing quite well. Transfer speeds are right where they should be for a quality spinning drive, making it perfect for mass content and backups alike (falling around 180-190MB/s on average). This is an incredible amount of space for serious users in need of it.
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$189.99 (Sale) – $309.99 (Orig MSRP)
*Average price is based on the time this article was published
**Note: The model via Amazon is the same item under a different model number
- USB 3.0
- USB 2.0
- Formatted as NTFS
- Windows® 10, Windows 8.1 or Windows 7
- Reformatting required for macOS.
- Desktop hard drive
- USB cable
- AC adapter
- WD Discovery™ software with WD Backup™
- Quick install guide
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