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Western Digital Elements 500GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive

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  • Plug and Play Storage
  • PC and MAC Compatibile
  • Western digital's legendary performance and reliablilty
  • USB 2.0 Connectivity
  • Compact Metal Case
  • Easy to set up,Easy to use
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandWestern Digital
Item Weight1 Kg
Product Dimensions21.9 x 15.4 x 4.4 cm
Item model numberWDE1U5000U
  
Additional Information
ASINB000OS54TA
Best Sellers Rank 60,137 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.6 Kg
Date First Available25 Mar. 2007
  
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Product Description

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  • External 3.5" USB 2.0 hard drive
  • 6 foot (1.8m) USB 2.0 certified interface cable
  • AC adapter with power cord
  • Quick Install Guide

Box Contains

  • External USB 2.0 Hard Drive
  • USB Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • Quick Start Guide


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    Customer Reviews

    3.1 out of 5 stars

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Warren Gill on 21 Jun. 2007
    Verified Purchase
    I bought this to store my photos on after they've been processed on my laptop, well that was the intention, but it's currently in use on my main pc at the moment as a back up drive as the main pc has crashed, so it's holding all my data from that whilst I reinstall Windows XP and there's still loads of room to spare, (it swallowed all 320Gb of data from it!)

    Yes, when you get it you'll need a good 2-3 hrs to reformat it into NTFS if you're using XP or Vista, YES it will get a tad warm when in use (NOT HOT!) & YES it's very quiet in fact virtually silent, YES it's quick if you plug it into a USB2 socket.

    The only thing that I'm not comfortable about is the only way to shut it down is to either pull the USB cable out or pull the plug on it (there's NO on/off switch or button), just be sure that you let it finish its work 1st though and it seems no worse for doing so.

    And Amazon is currently the cheapest place to get this device.
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    68 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Matt G on 24 Jun. 2007
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    Bought this from Ebuyer a while ago and I'm really happy with it. I had bought other WD external drives before but only the "MyBook" drives and although these are nice looking and stack well, they don't keep the drive very cool with the plastic housing. This drive has a nice rugged aluminium housing which conducts the heat pretty well, causing it to dissipate. Which is a good thing. It has a rubber cap on each end of the drive to reduce slip and give it a bit more protection.

    The transfer rates are pretty good for USB 2.0 and accessing it with lots of smallish files (15mb-30mb) contained on it doesn't take too long although it isn't fast but this is pretty normal. The cables are pretty good quality and fit snugly. As was said in another review there is no on/off switch but unplugging the USB lead turns it off and it doesn't have any ill effects.

    All in all this is a very good drive and a lot cheaper than buying an internal drive and housing. It does come formatted in FAT32 but this is for compatibility issues and is normal for most external drives, especially the Western Digital drives. Formatting the drive to NTFS doesn't have to take hours as long as you check the "Quick Format" check box when formatting, this does the same as a full format for new "clean" HDD and only takes a couple of seconds using XP or higher.

    ***UPDATE:***

    Bought another one of these for a backup of all my MP3 files and other things (just in case), got it for the nice price of £74 (it's gone up now) and thought I had a bargain. I do but a nice surprise is that this seems to be an updated version of the drive and has a power switch now. That makes me happy and a little more reassured that I can keep it all plugged in but switch it off when not in use.
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    91 of 94 people found the following review helpful By B. Pearson on 4 July 2007
    Bought this hard drive as it was the one of the cheaper Western Digital drives around. Recognised by WinXP straight away. Reformatted to NTFS in about 60 seconds. Tip. In WinXP format, tick the Quick Format option. This works OK on a new bare drive and takes a lot less time than a full format which would be more appropriate if the drive contained confidential data. The drive looks good, has a substantial feel to it and is quick. The case gets mildly warm, but will not damage a delicate surface thanks to the silicone end shields, which also serve as a non slip "stand" for the drive. Very pleased with the purchase.
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    34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Lorry on 16 Feb. 2008
    In all this isn't a bad little drive. I noticed a previous reviewer mentioned that this drive got a little hot, but it's nothing compared to the plastic cased drives. This one comes in a nice solid aluminium case with nice rubber wrapped ends for protection and "non slippiness" and the case does a good job of dissipating the heat.

    Compared to the My Book drives also by WD, this drive is a dream. It's not the fastest drive in the world I will admit, but it's one of the more reliable ones.
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    151 of 158 people found the following review helpful By N Mistry on 13 Jun. 2007
    I bought this a few weeks ago from Amazon. It's the cheapest 500GB I could find.

    I don't neccessarily think it's the most beautiful drive in the world, but it certainly does the job.

    It comes pre-formatted in FAT32, and took a few hours to reformat to NTFS. The case got quite warm in this time, as you would expect for continual drive access.

    The Good:

    - Cheap

    - Large capacity (465GB formatted)

    - Has a standby mode:

    - Powers on and off with your machine (but it is mains powered)

    - Powers down when you do "Safely remove hardware" from XP

    - Blue LED for Power/Disk Access

    - Not overly noisy

    The Bad:

    - Perhaps not the fastest drive out there (however it's still quick enough as a major backup drive)

    - No separate power switch (I prefer to have one rather than pull the power lead out)

    The Ugly:

    - Not the most attractive drive imho, but then again, that's subjective anyway

    Overall:

    - Definitely worth buying: the cheapest 500GB out there.
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    59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By C. W. Swallow on 21 July 2007
    First time with an external hard drive. Did not require any advanced technical knowledge to install. Found it fast and quiet. Recognised immediately by Windows XP. Already formatted to NTFS.
    Would recommend this to all levels of user. Cheap data storage ideal as a back up.
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