Deciding on second WD external drive

Hi all, I’m a big WD fan after many years of my trusty 2TB elements external. Now that it’s filled I need a second drive and haven’t been able to decide between the new 2tb elements with no power cord and the elements desktop 3tb based on the new mybook.

Is there any real benefit to one versus the other? I always read that the old mybooks were prone to failing, so does the new design fix this?


The main difference between this two drives is the portability. The Elements portable does not require an external power cord and that makes it easier to transport.

Personally I would avoid USB powered drives. A lot of PCs use barely adequet power supplies before adding any USB powered devices. These drives are very sensitive to voltage. A laptop or tablet running a USB powered drive also increases the potential for problems when running on batteries.