While I’m all about the SSD life, there are merits to having a fast, reliable portable hard drive. Unless you’re rolling in cash, you probably don’t have all of your steam games installed in your SSD and have had to bump off one or two of them off when a game you pre-ordered finally drops, or when COD: Warzone adds another 100GB patch to the already insane size of the game. This is where the WD P10 Black comes in.
This black box of storage is small, handy, reasonably rugged, and won’t put a huge dent in your wallet. And while the fastest mechanical drive doesn’t even come close to the slowest SSD when it comes to performance, they’re still the most economical way to store huge amounts of data, handy when you want to back up a game before it gets deleted off of your main SSD drive.
- Small and handy
- Easy way to transfer files off of your PC or console
- Relatively inexpensive
- You’re still looking at HDD speeds
Small and handy
The WD Black P10 comes in different storage capacities, with our review unit coming in at 2TB. This is the smallest storage option available, though WD also offers the P10 in bigger 4TB and 5TB capacities.
The 2TB variant is the thinnest of the lot, and is also the lightest too, at just 140G. The drive comes in a black enclosure that looks tough enough for daily use but take note that WD doesn’t give any guarantees or claims about the drive being more durable than your standard external drive.
The drive is bus-powered so you don’t have to use external power for the WD Black P10, though it still uses the old USB 3.1 interface. That’s not a big deal since you’re not going to hit USB 3.1’s data transfer limit anyway.
The platter itself spins at 5400 rpm, which is pretty standard for drives nowadays. Crystal Disk Mark recorded 132 MB/s read speeds and 130 MB/s write speeds, which is what you’d expect for a mechanical hard drive.
Verdict: A good, dependable drive for storing games and files
Western Digital’s WD Black P10 is a good drive to pick up if you’re looking for a small, convenient, and portable solution to store your game library.
What’s nice about the WD Black P10 is the fact that it also works with consoles (both PS4 and the Xbox One), so it’s a pretty useful accessory if your console’s internal storage is getting full.
The 2TB version we reviewed hovered around Php 6.8K in price, which fluctuates slightly up and down in SRP depending on where you buy it.