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5.0 out of 5 stars Some geeky stuff, 30 Jun. 2010
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This review is from: WD Elements 1.5TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive - Black (Personal Computers)
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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Initial post: 12 Jul 2010 18:16:49 BDT
Fantastic review! Answered all my questions. Wish there were more link this on Amazon.

Posted on 21 Sep 2010 01:18:22 BDT
G. Morgan says:
Indeed - thanks - review has enough geeky stuff to answer my questions, without going all patronising and over-the-head stupid....brilliant review.
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