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WD Elements 2TB USB 2.0 External Desktop Hard Drive - Black

by Western Digital
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (729 customer reviews)



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  • WD quality inside and out
  • Plug-and-play simplicity
  • Designed to save power
  • Earth-friendly packaging
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WD 2 TB USB 3.0 Elements Desktop Hard Drive for Plug-and-Play Storage WD 2 TB USB 3.0 Elements Desktop Hard Drive for Plug-and-Play Storage 3.0 out of 5 stars (1)
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Technical Details
BrandWestern Digital
Item Weight1.2 Kg
Product Dimensions21.4 x 15.6 x 12.6 cm
Item model numberWDBAAU0020HBK-UESN
Hard Drive Size2000 GB
  
Additional Information
ASINB003IPC21Y
Best Sellers Rank 3,700 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.2 Kg
Date First Available21 April 2010
  
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Product Description

WD Elements portable storage with USB 2.0 delivers maximum data transfer rates, universal connectivity and up to 2 TB capacity for value-conscious consumers who are looking for reliable, high-capacity storage to go.

Box Contains

Western Digital Elements Drive
External hard drive
USB cable
AC adapter

Quick Install Guide


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
265 of 273 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. 21 July 2010
By Ash
Size Name:2TB|Verified Purchase
As I've come to expect from WD, these drives are excellent, I have two 2TB ones (this new model) and two 1TB ones (the old 'elements' model that was longer with the rubber edges on back and front).

Was a big fan of the older model of 'elements' drives, and so was concerned they had tried to profitize and so made a cheaper more tacky 'elements' model. Anyway, its not the case, solid as a rock, reliable, quiet, quality feel, and looks better too. Buy them now!
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105 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some geeky stuff 30 Jun 2010
Size Name:1.5TB UK spec|Verified Purchase
Got two of these today and both seem to work fine.

Since some of the more technically minded people like me might want to know more, here's some stuff I figured out so far:

Computer relevant capacity is 1.36TB.
It consumes 10W when in use and 9W when you're not doing anything with it. If you unplug the USB cable, power consumption drops to 4-5W.
Peak write speed seems to be somewhere between 27 and 28MB/s, which is about half of what your typical internal HDD runs at. That's about 15 hours for a full format or to fill up with files to the brink. Speed drops to around 20MB/s when copying smaller files like .mp3 music.
Comes pre-formatted with NTFS and no bundled software.
Very quiet operation.

There was a review saying that the power/USB cable ports didn't match up perfectly with the holes in the case. I can see how this can be true, as the port position seems to be flexible, perhaps to accomodate some sort of shock protection. If this were to happen, it's easy to move the ports back in place with a needle or a pen without having to exert any force at all. No biggy.

There's also a small white LED next to the power/USB ports indicating activity. It's much brighter than LEDs used in your typical keyboard and might be somewhat irritating. Easily coverable with a small patch of duct tape howerver. Won't tear off or spoil appearance because the LED is in a cavity on the back side.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WD Elements Review 9 Aug 2010
By ashman
Size Name:2TB|Verified Purchase
I purchased this drive just over 30 days ago.
Worked well for the first week. Quite as a mouse and appeared to be just the hard drive, no software to install and nothing to worry about, plug and play!
I formatted it as NTFS (Quick format).

However over the past 2 weeks the drive started playing up with corruption to the NTFS master table.
I managed to off load my data to other drives I have, unfortunately I can no longer format the drive so I have asked Amazon for a refund for now.
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284 of 295 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Neat little drive 16 July 2010
By Greg F
Size Name:2TB|Verified Purchase
I brought 2 of these recently to increase my storage as I have a load of ripped dvd's, HD and music content. My previous drive was a Samsung story 1.5tb external drive which I'd filled.

These drive came pre formatted for windows(can't remember if they were FAT32 or NTFS). Either way I'm using a Mac so had to format them before use. Formatting was easy and quick with OS X 's disc utility .

What I'm doing now is adding content to the 1st drive and using Carbon Copy Cloner to backup onto the 2nd drive on a schedule.I've moved all the stuff I'm not so bothered about/probably wont watch again onto the old Samsung drive and disconnected it.

These drives are very neat, look great stacked and are near silent when running. There's no power button on them so power down when not in use, this would be the only negative I could find as there is a slight delay if they have powered down and you access them again. Not a deal breaker for me but you should know about it. The Samsung has a power switch on front to turn it on, I suppose this has it advantages in terms of no 3 second delay on access after a period of inactivity but I guess the Samsung uses more power if its spinning more.

Transfer times are as expected from a USB drive It was an overnight transfer for 1.4TB of mixed data MP3's, MKV's and MP4's.

I have my Mac streaming from the 1st drive to a WDTV Live via home plugs, HD streams with no network issues whatsoever, I even streamed from drive 1 to WDTV while it was transferring a data backup to drive 2 simultaneously.

Hope this helps

Regards

**UPDATE**

April 2012

I've added two more of these drives to my collection. I use 1 drive as photo storage and the second is used as a backup of the first one.
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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great no nonsense drives 23 July 2010
Size Name:2TB|Verified Purchase
After using the My Book series for a number of years, WD decided to force their own back up software onto my computers. After searching hi and low for a replacement to the My Book series, I settled on these cheaper drives to back up my back ups!

No crappy, buggy software means they worked perfectly with decent transfer rate over usb2 so I'd definitely recommend!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Drive 9 Nov 2010
By Caramby
Size Name:2TB
I have had a lot of experience with hard drives, often unpleasant. I recently had to return two Seagate drives which were misbehaving. Therefore when I say that this drive has restored my faith in technology, you can believe I know what I'm talking about. This drive is absolutely silent 99.99% of the time - since I run a recording studio, that is a big plus - & it just works. It's tiny, & almost invisible; you can't even tell there's an external drive attached to your computer (a Mac in my case). Although it's practically magic, I can assure you it isn't imaginary. IOW - all the benefits & none of the possible drawbacks. For those with Macs, it only takes a few seconds to format this drive in Disk Utility when you first connect it. There's nothing more to say; this drive is perfect.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars the electrical adaptor plug just slightly was raised out of the...
it is unfixable was the verdict at the computer repair shop, was fairly new hard drive too, the stuff on the hard drive now irretrievable.
Published 14 days ago by martin
1.0 out of 5 stars Broke down TWICE!
There is a warranty, yes it is great, but you loose ALL your data.

Do not store any sentimental photos or videos

By the wY the cost of data recovery is... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Di
5.0 out of 5 stars Reliable, Good Value
Nice external drive. Huge capacity is ideal for backing up several laptops. I make copies of the whole disk so if there is ever an issue, I can get everything back (Windows,... Read more
Published 22 days ago by niceguy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great hard drive.
I have 6 of these for films, tv, music, stand up and UFC. The only downside is you can now get samsung hd which is 3.0 and 2. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Pen Name
4.0 out of 5 stars It works is what just I needed so thank you
It was recommended to be as being necessary for my computer, so I took the recommendation and it fulfils the requirement.
Published 27 days ago by Ann Woodhouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Reliable hard disk
Great product I now have 5 chugging away. I have bought them over a 4 year period and I am dreading them getting an update
Published 28 days ago by Paniluch
5.0 out of 5 stars well satisfied
Have 3 now and a 1tb as well - would not use any other make
They last - no problems and quiet
Published 1 month ago by tspoon081
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Bought as a back up for Imac, works as it should with no problems at all.
I have another WD drive which has worked perfectly for many years, which drove me to buy this one.
Published 1 month ago by N. Oughton
1.0 out of 5 stars Failed after two years
Started unmounting itself occasionally, this is your cue to take everything off it. I wish I did. Lost everything on it.
Published 1 month ago by Jake Archibald
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what is expected
I now have several of these drives and they just work. Happy with purchase and will probably buy more over time.
Published 1 month ago by Malbec
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