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WD Elements 500GB Portable Hard Drive USB 3.0/2.0 - Black

by Western Digital
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (550 customer reviews)


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  • Transfers data at maximum speed with USB 3.0
  • Also compatible with USB 2.0 devices
  • Perfect for adding extra storage for your videos, music, photos, and files
  • Built to demanding requirements for durability, shock tolerance, and long-term reliability
  • Formatted NTFS and compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
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WD 500GB 2.5 inch USB 3.0 Elements Portable External Hard Drive - Black WD 500GB 2.5 inch USB 3.0 Elements Portable External Hard Drive - Black 4.6 out of 5 stars (246)
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandWestern Digital
Item Weight209 g
Product Dimensions25 x 15 x 20 cm
Item model numberWDBPCK5000ABK-EESN
Screen Size2.5 inches
Hard Drive Size500 GB
  
Additional Information
ASINB005A97A86
Best Sellers Rank 8,903 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight699 g
Date First Available4 Aug 2011
  
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Product Description

Product Description

WD Elements SE portable hard drive with USB 3.0 offers maximum data transfer rates, universal connectivity, and massive capacity for value-conscious consumers who are looking for reliable, high-capacity storage to go.

USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility

Universal compatibility for connectivity today and tomorrow. Works seamlessly with USB 2.0 now and with your USB 3.0 devices when you’re ready.

Maximum transfer rates

When connected to a USB 3.0 port WD Elements SE portable hard drive delivers maximum performance for data transfers. Transfer a full-length HD movie in a fraction of the time it takes with USB 2.0.*

*Based on transfer rates as high as 5 Gb/s with USB 3.0 vs. 480 mb/s with USB 2.0. Performance may vary based on user’s hardware and system configuration.

Improve PC performance

When your internal hard drive is almost full your PC slows down. Don’t delete files. Free up space on your internal hard drive by transferring files to your WD Elements desktop hard drive and get your PC moving again.

Massive capacity in a small enclosureThe small, lightweight design offers high-capacity storage, making WD Elements SE portable hard drives the ideal companion for value-conscious consumers who want to take their important files with them.

WD quality inside and out

We know your data is important to you. So we build the drive inside to our demanding requirements for durability, shock tolerance, and long-term reliability. Then we protect the drive with a durable enclosure designed for style and protection.

Formatted for Windows

Formatted NTFS and compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7. It can even be reformatted for a Mac.

Product Description

Technical Specifications: ATT.EXTERNAL_HARDDISC_CONNECTION_TYPE: USB 3.0 Colour: Black Dimensions: (L x W x H) 11,3 x 7,8 x 1,9 cm Memory capacity: 500 GB

Description: WD ELEMENTS 3.0 500GB WDBPCK5000ABK



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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
110 of 112 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Onwards with USB 3.0 28 Feb 2012
Size Name:1TB|Verified Purchase
First of all the product picture made me think this hard drive was the same size as the older WD Elements USB 2.0 1 TB hard drive, in actual fact its a similar size to the WD Passport range, much much smaller and a great surprise when it arrived. USB 3.0 is obviously this hard drives main focus point, I use this hard drive with my laptop mainly, as it has native USB 3.0 connectivity, but as always the hard drive is backwards compatible and will work off any USB 2.0 port but of course you won't get the increased transfer rate. Read/Write speeds of the drive are great with USB 3.0 and it can function in pretty much any scenario i.e. Backup, Storage, Portable hard drive for college/work etc.

My only bad point I would mention about this drive is the USB connection on the drive enclosure itself seems a bit flimsy and brittle. When the cable is plugged in, I felt as though I had to be really careful with it. (Not that I'm careless with hard drives in the first place). I think the problem is the USB 3.0 Data cable supplied isn't very long or flexible, so if your not careful the cable is going to put the connector under stress and possibly break.

This could be attributed to some of the negative comments regarding the drive failing, the connector itself seems to be easily damaged if your not careful. This doesn't mean however the drive itself has failed, you can often rescue external hard drives like this one if you were willing to crack open the casing. (Not for the faint of heart, its messy sometimes).

A longer and more flexible USB 3.0 data cable could be a possible workaround to this issue. I personally haven't had any problems and have had the drive for over a year and its working like it was since Day 1 but its something to be aware of.

Overall though the drive is a great performer, nice form factor, solidly built but do take note of the possible issues with the connector/cable above.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 7 Feb 2012
By Kyuubi
Size Name:1TB|Verified Purchase
I had originally planned to buy a desktop external hard drive, but didn't want to be carrying that around with me. I wanted something smaller and lighter, and this is absolutely perfect.

It's much smaller than I expected it to be, which is wonderful. It's not much bigger than an iPod Touch.

It's fast, and took no fuss to get running. A review on a desktop version of this product stated that it was designed for Linux only -- I'm using Windows 7 and it runs just fine. Another stated that it's slow and malfunctions often, but I've encountered no problems at all.

A great product, well worth the money. It also arrived two weeks before the estimated delivery date!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, small, works! 29 May 2012
By MikeyC
Size Name:1TB|Verified Purchase
I bought this for my son to enable him to back up his college laptop. It is a small, well made device and is USB3 compatible - makes it future proof. It does not need a secondary power supply, which is useful. For the money, they should have provided a padded case. Seems to work fine, but early days yet. The real test of reliability is what it does after 3yrs.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 1 Sep 2012
Size Name:1TB|Verified Purchase
I purchased this for my new MacBook Pro. It took seconds to reformat and I purely use it for TimeMachine.
Very quick neat little HDD
Totally recommend
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent hard drive 24 April 2012
By Hemzy
Size Name:1TB|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent little hard drive. I plugged it in and the PC found it straight away. Copying files and drives is very easy.
I like the fact that it gets its power from the USB port so no extra power supply aneeded. The supplied cable isn't very long but it's adequate enough if plugging into a laptop or front port on a desktop PC.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does the Job! 15 Jun 2012
By FanMale
Size Name:500GB|Verified Purchase
Yeap, it does the job, simple, easy to use and value for money from a reliable and respected manafacturer - Start up is just USB and Go, Ive knocked it a couple of times and dropped it once and its absolutely fine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars portable(very) hard drive 2 Dec 2012
Size Name:1TB|Verified Purchase
compact and very portable hard drive .4.5"x 3" approx.small enough to fit in a pocket powered via the pc so no need for extra cables for a power supply value for money too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product 15 Nov 2012
By J
Size Name:1TB|Verified Purchase
Have been looking all over the places to find a large but cheap enough external hard drive as a back up to all my research documents and photos. This may not be the cheapest product from WD, you do get a 2TB desktop hard drive for similar price but you do lose the mobility that comes with this sleek design on the other hand and this is very important if you have to access/back up your data wherever and whenever possible. Versatile and works straight out of the box, the usb 3.0 works seamlessly with my macbook and file transfer does seem to have a little boost (but I didn't have my stopwatch ready so I wouldn't know). It feels solid in hand and being slightly bigger than your iPhone you could almost have it with you 24hrs a day if you are afraid of losing your data and have to make a back up every other hour or so.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great hard drive!
No complains at all, works very well after a year of frequent usage. Had fallen for a few times, still works! Worth every penny.
Published 4 days ago by Greta
1.0 out of 5 stars Died and only one year warranty
It died after a year and out of Warranty. WD only offer a one year warranty on their Elements HDs, Seagate offer a three year warranty and get a higher ratio of 4/5 star reviews... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Mr. P. J. Underwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Has lasted over a year and counting
Got for extra storage, it has moderate usage (mostly for playing movies), and has shown no problems as of yet. Perfectly happy and would happily buy another one.
Published 14 days ago by Matthew Hemmings
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed
This has been a little gem. Saved all my storage on and now is in the drawer full, so have since bought another one - they're that good. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Fionafew
5.0 out of 5 stars Works well!
Had this about 8 months now, and back up from my Mac regularly, at least once every 10 days as Time Machine alerts me. Perfect, fairly fast backups performed as I'd expect. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tim Higgins
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
User this with a media player that is hooked up to the television.

Does everything I want it to.

Never had any issue with it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Philipo
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid
I bought two of these, both the have recently stopped working just after a year, one you can reformat but cannot store data on it, the other you cannot even format.
Published 1 month ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product
Would defiantly recommend this external hard drive!!!! Very fast and easy to use.
It's a nice compatible size for portable use,
Published 2 months ago by Sam Barber
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, elegant hard drive.
Very good HDD. Lots of storage on a 500Gb for me. Looks good, feels light. Fits anywhere. Good USB 3.0 speeds too. I'd recommend this to friends, simple and works out the box. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Scott Donachie
5.0 out of 5 stars WD Elements 500GB Portable Hard Drive USB 3.0/2.0 very good item.
I have been using this item for over a year, never had any problem, it is very reliable, only if you have an old television download the app to format the PHD in FAT 32.
Published 2 months ago by m91
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