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WD Elements 1TB External Desktop Hard Drive USB 2.0 - Black

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  • Plug-and-play simplicity
  • Designed to save power
  • Earth-friendly packaging
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Technical Details
BrandWestern Digital
Item Weight1 Kg
Product Dimensions18 x 3.5 x 11.5 cm
Item model numberWDBAAU0010HBK-UESN
Hard Drive Size1000 GB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 5,036 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.2 Kg
Date First Available14 Aug 2008

Product Description

Product Description

WD Elements Desktop External Drive - simply affordable

Western Digital's WD Elements Desktop USB 2.0 external hard drives are the right answer for simple, reliable add-on storage. Simply plug one into a USB port and start saving your photos, music, video, and files. Designed with the same commitment to quality that made WD external drives the number one selling drives in the world, the WD Elements comes with plug-and-play simplicity, meaning you just have to connect the power and plug it into a USB port to instantly add more storage to your computer.

Designed to save power

The WD Elements Desktop turns on and off with your computer and enters idle mode when not in use - it also utilises a WD drive with power-saving WD GreenPower Technology and an EnergyStar compliant power supply. Environmental sustainability is important to us at Western Digital. One of the best ways we can make a positive impact on the environment is to offer products that consume less electricity. To that end, WD has designed eco-friendly hard drives with WD GreenPower Technology for WD desktop, enterprise, CE and external hard drive products.

Based on extensive customer input toward supporting ENERGY STAR 4.0 compliance and incorporating the latest in engineering technology, we developed this platform to bring more energy efficient hard drive options to our customers.

As hard drive capacities increase, the power required to run those drives increases as well. Currently available 1 TB hard drives have a typical power consumption rating greater than 13.5 watts. WD has designed the first 3.5-inch hard drives that deliver power savings as the primary attribute. IntelliPower and IntelliPark are two examples of technologies that enable the WD GreenPower Technology platform.

GreenPower technology from Western Digital
GreenPower technology is designed with the environment in mind.

A fine-tuned balance of spin speed, transfer rate, and caching algorithms designed to deliver both significant power savings and solid performance. For each drive model, WD may use a different, invariable RPM.

Drives featuring WD GreenPower Technology consume less current during start up, allowing more drives to spin up simultaneously resulting in faster system readiness - a big plus for enterprise customers.


IntelliPark delivers lower power consumption by automatically unloading recording heads during idle periods to reduce aerodynamic drag, and disengages read/write channel electronics.

Earth-friendly packaging

Packaged in minimised, eco-friendly, recyclable packaging made from recycled materials, the WD Elements Desktop is pre-formatted for PCs. Designed for use with Windows-based computers, it can also be easily reformatted for use with Macs.

For additional storage capacity, check out the WD Elements Desktop 1.5TB.

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DisplayPort to DVI Converter

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Customer Reviews

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1,033 of 1,064 people found the following review helpful By A. Hopkinson on 22 Nov 2009
I bought this hard disk primarily for use with Apple Time Machine from two Mac laptops - a Macbook and a Macbook Pro. The drive comes formatted for Windows but a reformat only took a few seconds. Usable space on the drive is 931.5GB - I have the drive partitioned, 600GB for Time Machine and 330GB for general usage.

The drive is very smart, with a textured top and glossy sides and has rubber feet. Both connectors (power and usb) are at the back, next to a white activity light, so there's nothing flashing at the front. The power lead is fairly compact (compared to my Lacie FA Porsche drive), with the transformer built in to the plug rather than halfway along the lead. Even the USB cable is well designed, with moulded easy-grip ends.

The drive is almost completely silent and runs very cool despite having no fan. I've probably moved about 1TB on and off it over the last 24 hours and it's never even been warm. Transfer speeds seem to be around 1GB/minute for both large files (a 200GB SuperDuper sparseimage) and many small files (my 50GB iTunes library), which is about standard for a USB hard disk as far as other reviews say. This equates to about 130Mb/s - USB is apparently capable of 480Mb/s, but I've never seen those speeds.

The drive has a two year warranty in the UK/Europe, which I think is the same as other drives in the WD range (although the My Book Elite has 3 years).

All in, for a budget external drive this is a great buy with solid build and performance to match any decent USB drive.
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280 of 290 people found the following review helpful By i.pod TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Feb 2010
I Have 3 of the previous model and they have not been a problem once - So I picked up one of these new version's and it worked out the box and so far it's been 100% reliable and I'm very happy with it. If you're after some cheap extra storage then I would recommend this Drive - 1TB is more than enough for 90% of everyday users
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142 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Brown on 31 May 2010
I needed a 1TB usb backup drive fast. The WD Express came in timely fashion, and for a 1TB external drive, lets face it, it's cheap. Packing was OK, but could be better, 'nough said. Out of the box, correct UK power adaptor, the HDD itself, USB cable, and a few bits of crappy paper (quick-start guide, maybe?)There was supposed to have been either a CD or soft-copy of the manufacturers documents, there were neither. Don't fret, I've looked them up on the 'net for you, and there is nothing to be missed at all, it's a hard drive, it wont explode, just plug it in and use it. Quality of the case shouts CHEAP, I looked to see where it was made, I was expecting to see China, but it's made in Taiwan, apparently. The casing looks as though it would break easy, but I would reckon if you abused it to that point, the drive would probably fail anyway, as any drive would, including those costing much, much more. So the case is adequate and fit for the purpose.

In use, it works, but not fast. It's a usb, that's the hold up, nothing wrong with the drive. If you want fast, you should have a firewire or ePCI interface drive and pay at least double for it, otherwise this unit does the job. I flogged this drive using various methods to make sure it wont fail under heavy use, no problem at all. It's ideal for overnight backup, perfect in fact. google comodo to get a free backup util, basic, but works and easy to understand.

If you want a cheap, reliable external hdd, not worried about looks and speed, get it. If you want something that looks pretty, faster, and costs much more, buy something else. Western Digital robed themselves of the fifth star because the did not include the documents that they said should have been there, and the crappy casing, it could be a bit better, even at this stupid low price.

I like it.
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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Keith L. Young on 9 Mar 2010
A very robust box which performs silently.

Implementation is immediate and does not affect the performence of the laptop.

I am very pleased to own one and have found further uses than the ones I bought it for
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By C. Watt on 26 Aug 2010
I bought this drive based on the very reasonable price and good reviews. I needed a simple expansion hard drive to provide additional space for backing-up my data. The price is very good, especially compared to an internal hard drive of the same size. Of course, you can easily disconnect the drive and use with another computer or device if you wish.

The drive is reassuringly heavy for its size; this, combined with its discrete textured black shell, gives it a well-made, quality feel. The rounded corners and single LED on the rear give it a very discrete, and professional, appeal. The power cable has the transformer built into the plug, which is useful to relieve clutter but can make plugging it into small spaces or multi-plugs a little tricky.

The set-up is extremely simple: plug in the power lead and the USB 2.0 cable. There is no On-Off switch: the drive turns itself off after a little while if not being used. It came preformatted, and my Windows 7 PC detected it straight away. When in use, the small white LED on the back, by the cables, flashes during transfers. It is almost completely silent, and only gets slightly warm when under heavy use. Transfer speeds are about 28-30 MB/s sustained, and with large file transfers I was achieving about 1.5 GB per minute, very good for a standard external hard drive.

My only small issue with the entire experience is that when the drive has been off/idling, it stops spinning to conserve power. When you try to access it, there is a 3-4 second pause before the drive spins up again and you can access files. This is a very minor point, and the power (and device wear) savings easily justify it.
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