Answers: WD Elements vs. Passport and Seagate Expansion vs. GoFlex

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Which is the best portable USB hard disk brand in term of quality and reliability for backup? I purchased lots of hard disk and based on my own experience, two of the most reliable brands are WD and Seagate. Toshiba and Hitachi are the worst, my advice is to avoid HP, Acer, Buffalo, LG, Samsung, and more. Go for companies that specialize in a specific field, for instant, Bosch for the hardware tools, or Linksys for networking and so on.

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best portable USB hard disk quality comparison

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What are the difference between WD elements vs. passport and Seagate Expansion vs. FreeAgent GoFlex? It comes down to the backup software loaded into the hard disk.

Answers: WD Elements vs Passport and Seagate Expansion vs GoFlex

Usually this software comes with backup features and passport protection and file recover. The extra money you are paying as opposed to the cheaper version is for the software.

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Without Software

  • WD Elements series
  • Seagate Expansion Hard Drives

With Software

  • WD Passport series (WD SmartWare software)
  • Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex (FreeAgent software)

Answers: WD Elements vs. Passport and Seagate Expansion vs GoFlex

Depending on your needs, you might want a passport protect-able portable 2.5 inch hard disk or a hassle free sync feature that just works.

Which Is A Better External Hard Disk?

My 2 primary choices are Western Digital and Seagate. Both are equally good in term of quality and reliability.

For your information, Western Digital just purchased Hitachi Hard Disk division, and Maxtor was bought by Seagate long ago.

I avoid companies that produce everything under the sun, such as HP, Acer, Samsung, LG, Iomega, Toshiba and more. The reason being that these companies are not experts in the hard disk and storage industry, and they are more likely to re-badge hard disk from WD or Seagate. Why pay more?

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15 comments on “Answers: WD Elements vs. Passport and Seagate Expansion vs. GoFlex

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    Best External Hard Drives For PC 2013?

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      Dong Ngo [ Reply ]

      consider the Seagate GoFlex Ultraportable

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    ZamZam [ Reply ]

    Compare Seagate Expansion External Hard Drive

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    Richi Jennings [ Reply ]

    Western Digital is a much more solid company

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      Preston Gralla [ Reply ]

      seagate barracuda rocks… awesome build quality

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    Boyman [ Reply ]

    my western digital network drives crippled, you tell me, which is better seagate or western digital?

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    Which one isn’t hardware encrypted, old hate to lose hd contents because the USB sata interface board failed.

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      Geckoandfly [ Reply ]

      I think all of them are software based. Hardware based is too costly for consumer.

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    Seagate Expansion 2.5′ –> FAIL (less than a month) !!!
    How It’s happen?
    If I buy 5, It’s will lost 1 in less than a month.
    User error?

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      Probably luck. Bad luck. I believe both WD and Seagate are quality hard disk, way better than Hitachi, Samsung and etc. I still use Seagate and WD. But I prefer WD, just my personal opinion.

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    Deep Bheep [ Reply ]

    I have in my possession both the Elements and My Passport, let me start off by saying that both are extremely exquisite hard drives. Elements has a sleek and compact design and is a wonderful hard drive if you are looking for something to just dump your data, but if you’re looking for something more fancy in terms of design plus a couple of data protection software’s then My Passport would be the best bet. (Let me remind you that Elements staying true to its name is the basic version in their series and comes in a single color combination of Grey and Black)

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    Kathy Y [ Reply ]

    Thank you for your video! I need to copy files from several computers. I only need to read them. I don’t need to write them. I don’t want to backup any of the files on the computer I will be reading from. There are multiple 2tbs I will be copying to. Essential I want them to work like a usb. EASIEST possible. Any suggestion as to what might work best?

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      Maybe a NAS Storage system?

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    Deschutes [ Reply ]

    While your’e certainly entitled to your opinion, from my own direct personal experience the WD Elements is a piece of shit that should be avoided. I bought one only 2 years ago to backup my Macbook, and it was nothing but trouble from the get go. I reformatted it for mac, and after that it often would not mount. Terrible. Reformatted it again, still problems. It finally died just last week, contacted the company to complain and they never replied. I’ve had several external HDDs over the years. Another bad brand that died on me after only 2 years of very light usage was the 500 GB G-Drive. So, shit drives you should avoid are Western Digital and G-Drive products. If you want a totally reliable portable HDD, get the Verbatim Store-n-Go 500 MB, probably the best 500 GB HDD on the market, they last and last.

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    ramses [ Reply ]

    I have problem
    My exttrenal HDD USB
    Can reset or recovery my HDD External harddisk
    Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex
    Firmware revision 0148 sn NA0B956M

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