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Western Digital Elements 1TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive - Black

by Western Digital
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (366 customer reviews)

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  • External hard drive
  • 1 TB storage
  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0
  • Data Transfer Rate of 480 Mbps
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 12.5 cm x 20.4 cm x 3.6 cm, Weight: 1.02 kg
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandWestern Digital
Item Weight1 Kg
Product Dimensions27 x 18 x 13 cm
Item model numberWDE1UBK10000U
Hard Drive Size1000 GB
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 26,496 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.6 Kg
Date First Available24 Nov 2008

Product Description

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 Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connection allows for speedy data transfer at rates of up to 480Mbps, so you won't waste time waiting. The compact, durable metal case provides extra data protection helping keep data safe from loss.

Box Contains

  • External hard drive
  • AC power adaptor

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    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    158 of 162 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great 2 April 2009
    Verified Purchase
    I have six of these, and I've ordered two more. I use them with a Popcorn Hour A-110 media player.

    They're not the quickest USB drives in the whole World, but they're reliable, reasonably priced, they look nice, they're quiet, they run cool, and they're stackable - if, like me, you have a spiralling media habit, when you need to add another drive you can pile it on top of the others.

    A testament to how good these things are - they're really, really hard to find. PC World, Currys and places like that get stock every two or three months, then they sell out in a couple of weeks. Even Amazon, with their enormous bargaining power, have to wait two months for stock... think about it!
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    57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money 25 Jun 2009
    I bought this to backup all the family's files. Transfering lots of data onto it was slow, but that's a one off event. It won't take long to sync a few changed files if I remember to do it regularly.

    It is solidly built and good value for 1TB of storage.

    Please note: if you want to store any files larger than 4GB then to need to reformat it to NTFS (it comes formated as FAT32). This is simple to do in windows - just right click the drive and select format to find the format window. It takes a long time to do but you only have to do it once.
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    293 of 303 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Great Capacity. Fantastic Price. Slow speeds! 12 Jun 2009
    Blinded by the cheap price. I impulse purchased this product.

    I felt a lot like the dude in the Burger King advert. The one where he dives through the shop window, leaps into his car & tells the misses "Go GO GO" LOL. because a price this good feels like your stealing. However..
    I have several External Hdd's including a WD 320GB passport & a 500GB WD My Book so trust me the WD elements 1TB is the slowest of the lot.

    Would I still purchase this product knowing about the slow data transfer..yes.
    The data transfer rate maybe slower than the average bear but I haven't noticed any speed loss acessing the data on the drive.
    I have Hi-Def Movies on mine that i acess using the PS3 without a single problem.


    It's Solidly built.
    Works out the box (FAT32) tested with Vista, XP, PS3 & OSX 10
    It's cheap!
    & It's quiet


    Slow data transfer speeds
    Power supply
    Ugly power supply
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    41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars even i can use this 21 Jun 2009
    Having decided I needed more memory on my laptop to save videos, I looked around and decided to order this product. It arrived really quickly and ... I was scared of it - it didnt have any instructions beyond a diagram on how to connect all the parts and it had a huge mind-blowing amount of memory. So it sat for 2 weeks and eventuall a pc literate colleague who couldn't understand my reluctance said it would be easy - so annoyed with myself - I connected it all up. It was really, really easy to use, I now have my I-tunes backed up, all my photos and the videos I have so far put on to the computer. I would recommend this product all you do is plug it in AND IT WORKS!!
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    54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Faulty Power Supply 20 July 2009
    At first I was very pleased with it. Having invested a very long time and effort transferring masses of data to it, the power supply has failed. In the search for a replacement power supply I find that many forums are also criticizing the fact that their power supplies have also failed and that it is impossible to replace them. As I have confidential data on the disc and cannot re-format it, returning the HDD for a replacement is not an option. I have ordered an external HDD case along with power supply (at an additional 22) in the hope that the disc is in good working order. I cannot understand how a supposedly reputable company like WD can supply what are clearly unreliable power supplies without easy provision for replacement once the problem is identified. I certainly will not be using Western Digital again.
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    51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good but watch for FAT32 27 May 2009
    A good drive.
    Comes pre formatted as FAT32. If you are going to use it with Windows XP, remember to format this drive as NTFS first. Otherwise you won't be able to put on any single file over 4 gig.
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    48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great (Works on PS3 too) 2 May 2009
    Verified Purchase
    I now have four of these. Two are six months old and two are new. So far no problems at all and they dont seem to get too hot. Easy to stack on top of one another and the rubber ends provide a small gap when you do. They are quiet but take a little while to spin up. Edit: I use all four of these on my PS3s (60gb launch model and 80gb new model) and they show up fine (You have to select show all on the drive to see the contents) but if you add too many files to one folder it will take a few minutes to list them all. For PS3 the drives have to be formatted to FAT32.
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    61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Neat and quiet 15 May 2009
    I use this as my main hard drive and use two 1TB Maxtor hard drives as backup. To be honest, there's not much to choose between the drives. Both makes power themselves on and off when required and have lightweight switched mode power supplies. The Western Digital drive is slightly smaller, is metal rather than plastic, and has the LED activity indicator at the rear. The Maxtor has a slightly longer USB cable, and has the activity LED is on the front. If I wanted another drive, I'd probably go for a Western Digital, but there isn't much in it.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great Value and fast delivery
    Published 6 days ago by Mr M W Fluke
    5.0 out of 5 stars But he says it's great non the less
    Never really got a chance to try it out, brother stole it. But he says it's great non the less.
    Published 8 days ago by jedd
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Good product and durable too.
    Published 12 days ago by Dhaval J. Sangani
    1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother.
    Pile of rubbish, failed after 2 years and lost so much data that I would not recommend to anyone if you value your data
    Published 2 months ago by Dread
    5.0 out of 5 stars quality
    quality product that has never let me down. very happy with it few years on. thoroughly recommend to anyone who needs
    Published 5 months ago by benny
    1.0 out of 5 stars Broke after 2 months!
    Initially this seemed to be what we needed. Stored all our photos thinking this was safe. Something went wrong inside and it has cost almost 300 to retrieve the lost data, which... Read more
    Published 6 months ago by Brecon Haggis
    1.0 out of 5 stars Not a quality prduct
    I am reviewing the product some 3 years after purchase. I remember it arrived on time and well packaged but the product only lasted 2 years before failing. Read more
    Published 6 months ago by K J MINNETTE
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good Drive
    Works great with Wii. A bit expensive at the time of purchase but has never missed a beat during it's use.
    Published 7 months ago by M. Stewart
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good back up unit
    This has been working away unseen in the depths of my computer cabinet since I bought it. As expected it is doing it's job well and without complaint.
    Published 7 months ago by John W. Martin
    5.0 out of 5 stars The item above
    The item above is exactly what I needed, is exactly what I expected and exactly what I got. Thank you!
    Published 8 months ago by Misty Jake
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