This drive stands out especially when you’re transferring large amount of data to this drive- like your movie collection- or smaller compressed files. If you need a quicker portable drive, this is a good choice to shortlist. Since the shell design is more rugged this is a great portable drive to have on the go.
Now, its extremely difficult for me to evaluate a mechanical drive and keeping in mind that the pricing for such type of drives is screwed up. I am surprised when WD India told me that this retails for about Rs. 12,999/- via Croma only (at the point of writing this review) but then again if a 500GB counterpart costs about Rs. 4,200/-, then 2TB somewhat looks to be more promising. To me it makes more sense to have a small NAS storage device- like Synology DS411Slim- especially if you want something for easy backup+ 24/7 Bit Torrent downloader and better RAID management in the long run. With companies releasing with 32GB/64GB/128GB, eventually under 500GB will be taken over by flash easily. All the more reason I believe that mechanical drives shouldn’t cost so much that it stays as a preferred storage device.
However, Amazon U.S. is selling this drive for $190.86. However, before converting U.S. Dollars to Indian currency- or any other, remember that for Asia-Pacific/Japan, this drive comes with 3 years warranty period whereas for the rest of the world gets upto 2 years of warranty period.
WD India told me that it will retail in other stores after sometime. I’ll have to be honest, a lot of people prefer to buy from their stores that they are accustomed to over stores that gets the “exclusivity” of selling a hard drive for sometime.