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Western Digital Elements 1TB USB 2.0 External Desktop Hard Drive

by Western Digital
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • 1TB USB external desktop hard drive
  • High-speed USB 2.0 - For maximum performance
  • Backward compatible with USB 1.1 ports
  • Plug and Play Storage - Just plug it in, connect the cable to add high-speed storage for both desktop and notebook computers
  • Rugged Metal Case - Compact, durable metal case for extra data protection
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Technical Details
BrandWestern Digital
Item Weight1 Kg
Product Dimensions26.6 x 17.6 x 13.4 cm
Item model numberWDE1U10000U
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 56,455 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.6 Kg
Date First Available24 Jun 2008

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Manufacturer's Description

WD Elements USB 2.0 external hard drive is an easy-to-use, reliable way to add more storage to your PC or Macintosh. Simply plug it in to a USB port and start saving or backing up your photos, music, video, and files. It's preformatted for immediate use so there's no software or CD to load. The compact, durable metal case provides extra data protection helping keep data safe from loss.

Plain, simple, reliable add-on instant storage.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid FAT32 Formatted External Drive 23 Nov 2008
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I bought this drive to replace a Seagate FreeAgent 500GB disk with a faulty USB2 interface (I had to break out the disk to rescue the data).

On receipt, the disk was FAT32 formatted (gives write compatiblity with Mac OS-X and with Linux). I was going to store DVD backups so I re-formatted the disk as NTFS (about 5 minutes with quick format) before using it.

First impressions - the drive is very good. The case is aluminium with plastic shock absorption and mine was supplied with robust power and USB2 leads; in fact, everything necessary to get started.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Risking WD again, despite several failures . . . 14 Nov 2008
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It's difficult to find reliable hard drives, external or otherwise; having lost everything from two failed WD My Book 1 TB drives (despite being mirrored), plus one LAN drive with a WD 1 TB disk, a couple of Lacies and several Maxtor/Seagates (which, frankly, have been the worst of the lot) there were two ways of looking at where to go next. Either avoid WD at all costs or hang on to the premise that lightning cannot continue to strike in the same place . . . my network. So, needing a replacement back-up for my backed-up back-up, I decided to risk WD once more and went for this Elements USB drive. With no time to consider the ramifications of having to format and mess around, this drive went straight onto one of my Macs and is accepting everything quite happily from my lone remaining SMB LAN back-up. Unlike the My Book, it doesn't sound like someone's operating a chain-saw by my desk -- it's completely silent and, although it's not Firewire or LAN, it'll do as long as it doesn't collapse and die like its earlier counterparts. Truth is, if you've got valuable data, one back-up device isn't enough. Short of storing everything off-site, external drives should now be reliable enough. We'll see how this one copes . . . In terms of usability, this gets five starts; as for durability, only time will tell.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Western Digital 1TB Hard drive 10 Oct 2008
Since buying this product I have used it to back up all four of our home computers. Two running on Windows XP and two on Vista. As it says on the box this device is a plug and play. And it is. I had no problems at all using this device, in fact it was a joy to use. Money well spent.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money 18 Oct 2008
At the time of writing this is good value for money and works fine. The removable plastic covers at each end look a bit tacky but then most will have this drive tucked away somewhere anyway. Note that if reformatting to NTFS you should select "quick format", it'll then only take a few minutes at most.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Western Digital 1TB Hard Drive 26 Nov 2008
Having read what others wrote about this product and knowing that I had files to save that were larger than 4GB the first thing I did on getting this hard drive out of the box was to format it (as it comes in FAT32 format). This did take 13 hours but you only do it once, so I left it on all night. Once done though I have been able to download everything I own on both XP and Vista systems. This drive does not have a fan so is quiet to use and is plug and play. Cheaper than many others out there but still a reliable drive. I consider this purchase money well spent. Buy one.....
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Failed in under a week from purchase 30 Dec 2008
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Having bought an WD Elements 1TB before and had no problems with it, I thought I might as well get another one, to dump all my files from a smaller (500gb) drive which I was then going to pass on to a relative.

Unfortunately, within five days of taking the new drive out of the box, it began making a clicking noise and is not recognised by my PC. I know I should have backed it all up onto yet another drive, but I'm now having to face up to the fact that I've lost 8 years' worth of files, some of them completely irreplaceable.

I still can't get over the fact that I haven't even had it for a full week, and it's already failed, and lost all my data. Terrible.

I'll definately think twice before purchasing any more Western Digital products in future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased 5 Dec 2008
By Pete V
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Delivered promptly, this drive is physically bigger than I imagined, being about 4 times the size of the other external (160GB) WD drive I have. My fault as I didn't take any notice of the products' dimensions. The other difference is that it has its' own power supply, so if power sockets are limited bear this in mind. I would not recommend this drive if you wish to take it around with you on a regular basis due to the size and weight.
The drive itself is quiet and has a blue light indicating power is on. There is no on/off switch, but this is not a problem.
The huge amount of storage space should last (me) until old age.
Over all I'm very pleased with this drive, which I found easy to install (plug & play) and easy to use. I've used it with my Windows Vista laptop PC and both my Windows XP desktop PCs, and it works fine with both operating systems.
Very good valuefor money.
P.S. The power adapter blew within 2 weeks, but was replaced no problem by Amazon.
N.B. Western digital weren't interested!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1TB for under 90 - 5 Sep 2008
Looking for more storage,i have had one of the elements Drives before - its a 1TB drive from the world leader in Hard drives ( My Data is importand,so i want to be sure its a good quality drive that i can trust. not keen on anything outside of Western Digital,Seagate or Samsung as these are the market leaders so i have been told ). it worked out of the box and has been running perfectly quiet now for 3 weeks so i can fully recommend this drive - and the fact it is sub 89.99 is a bonus. good job amazon !!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars WD make hard drives
A good solid hard drive for keeping all your documents on.

Just don't pull it off a chair by the USB cable and let it drop flat onto a tiled floor from a height of two... Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2011 by Gadget Fiend
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Warranty
I've had two of these now. There was a power issue with the first, but as the product comes with a year warranty I was able to get a new one delivered. Read more
Published on 25 Dec 2010 by Stacey
1.0 out of 5 stars Crashed after 1year and 4 months!
The drive seemed to work fine for the first year, but after the first year and 4 months it crashed - resulting in over 300GB of data being corrupted and lost! Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2010 by Snoopy Girl
1.0 out of 5 stars Dead after 15 months
This drive died after 15 months. I was using it as a "Time Machine" backup drive, so while it was being read/written to on a regular basis, it certainly didn't constitute heavy... Read more
Published on 16 May 2010 by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality hard drive
This is an absolute beast of a hard drive.

So much space on here ive only used a little under half of it and ive had it over a year! Read more
Published on 16 Mar 2010 by Geoff
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent piece of kit
I've had one of these for a year now and it has performed without any trouble - I even forget it's physically there. Off to buy another one as I need more photo back-up.
Published on 17 Jan 2010 by Psyber
5.0 out of 5 stars 1tb hard drive
i have stored over 1000s video on it good product good value.
Western Digital Elements 1TB USB 2.0 External Desktop Hard Drive
Published on 23 Dec 2009 by Rayb
1.0 out of 5 stars Western Digital Elements 1TB USB 2.0 External Desktop Hard Drive
It has taken over 14 hours to transfer 40GB. I don't like it as it is Very very very slow. File transfer takes too long
Published on 7 Aug 2009 by M. Mirza
1.0 out of 5 stars external drive
this is the second external drive i have had, not a replacement,
out of the two this one let me down taking all my photos with it, must have had over a 1000+ photo,s on not at... Read more
Published on 9 July 2009 by Mrs. E. A. Whitby
2.0 out of 5 stars Lost all data in 6 months
I bought this for my son for Christmas lasst year (6 months ago) He has put a lot of his work on this drive and backed up a lot of other information. Then it stopped working. Read more
Published on 17 May 2009 by Shaun
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