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WD Elements 500GB Portable Hard Drive USB 3.0/2.0 - Black

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  • Transfers data at maximum speed with USB 3.0
  • Also compatible with USB 2.0 devices
  • Perfect for adding extra storage for your videos, music, photos, and files
  • Built to demanding requirements for durability, shock tolerance, and long-term reliability
  • Formatted NTFS and compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7

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Size Name: 500GB

Product Information

Size: 500GB
Technical Details
BrandWestern Digital
Item Weight209 g
Product Dimensions25 x 15 x 20 cm
Batteries:1 Lithium ion batteries required.
Item model numberWDBPCK5000ABK-EESN
SeriesWDBPCK5000ABK Elements Portable SE
Screen Size2.5 inches
Hard Drive Size500 GB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
Lithium Battery Energy Content50 watt_hours
Lithium Battery Packagingbatteries_packed_with_equipment
  
Additional Information
ASINB005A97A86
Best Sellers Rank 20,935 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight381 g
Date First Available4 Aug. 2011
  
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Product Description

Size Name:500GB

Product Description

WD Elements SE portable hard drive with USB 3.0 offers maximum data transfer rates, universal connectivity, and massive capacity for value-conscious consumers who are looking for reliable, high-capacity storage to go.

USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility

Universal compatibility for connectivity today and tomorrow. Works seamlessly with USB 2.0 now and with your USB 3.0 devices when you’re ready.

Maximum transfer rates

When connected to a USB 3.0 port WD Elements SE portable hard drive delivers maximum performance for data transfers. Transfer a full-length HD movie in a fraction of the time it takes with USB 2.0.*

*Based on transfer rates as high as 5 Gb/s with USB 3.0 vs. 480 mb/s with USB 2.0. Performance may vary based on user’s hardware and system configuration.

Improve PC performance

When your internal hard drive is almost full your PC slows down. Don’t delete files. Free up space on your internal hard drive by transferring files to your WD Elements desktop hard drive and get your PC moving again.

Massive capacity in a small enclosureThe small, lightweight design offers high-capacity storage, making WD Elements SE portable hard drives the ideal companion for value-conscious consumers who want to take their important files with them.

WD quality inside and out

We know your data is important to you. So we build the drive inside to our demanding requirements for durability, shock tolerance, and long-term reliability. Then we protect the drive with a durable enclosure designed for style and protection.

Formatted for Windows

Formatted NTFS and compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7. It can even be reformatted for a Mac.

Box Contains

portable hard drive
USB cable
instructions booklet


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Customer Reviews

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Size: 1TB Verified Purchase
First of all the product picture made me think this hard drive was the same size as the older WD Elements USB 2.0 1 TB hard drive, in actual fact its a similar size to the WD Passport range, much much smaller and a great surprise when it arrived. USB 3.0 is obviously this hard drives main focus point, I use this hard drive with my laptop mainly, as it has native USB 3.0 connectivity, but as always the hard drive is backwards compatible and will work off any USB 2.0 port but of course you won't get the increased transfer rate. Read/Write speeds of the drive are great with USB 3.0 and it can function in pretty much any scenario i.e. Backup, Storage, Portable hard drive for college/work etc.

My only bad point I would mention about this drive is the USB connection on the drive enclosure itself seems a bit flimsy and brittle. When the cable is plugged in, I felt as though I had to be really careful with it. (Not that I'm careless with hard drives in the first place). I think the problem is the USB 3.0 Data cable supplied isn't very long or flexible, so if your not careful the cable is going to put the connector under stress and possibly break.

This could be attributed to some of the negative comments regarding the drive failing, the connector itself seems to be easily damaged if your not careful. This doesn't mean however the drive itself has failed, you can often rescue external hard drives like this one if you were willing to crack open the casing. (Not for the faint of heart, its messy sometimes).

A longer and more flexible USB 3.0 data cable could be a possible workaround to this issue. I personally haven't had any problems and have had the drive for over a year and its working like it was since Day 1 but its something to be aware of.

Overall though the drive is a great performer, nice form factor, solidly built but do take note of the possible issues with the connector/cable above.
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Size: 1TB Verified Purchase
I had originally planned to buy a desktop external hard drive, but didn't want to be carrying that around with me. I wanted something smaller and lighter, and this is absolutely perfect.

It's much smaller than I expected it to be, which is wonderful. It's not much bigger than an iPod Touch.

It's fast, and took no fuss to get running. A review on a desktop version of this product stated that it was designed for Linux only -- I'm using Windows 7 and it runs just fine. Another stated that it's slow and malfunctions often, but I've encountered no problems at all.

A great product, well worth the money. It also arrived two weeks before the estimated delivery date!
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Size: 1TB Verified Purchase
This is an excellent little hard drive. I plugged it in and the PC found it straight away. Copying files and drives is very easy.
I like the fact that it gets its power from the USB port so no extra power supply aneeded. The supplied cable isn't very long but it's adequate enough if plugging into a laptop or front port on a desktop PC.
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Size: 500GB Verified Purchase
A small fast USB3 Harddrive that just works.
If you own a USB3 laptop / desktop then this is an essential compatible storage accessory.
If you are still on a USB2 laptop / desktop but planning an upgrade then USB3 then the Western Digital still makes a sensible purchase.
If you are stuck with only USB2 with no plans to upgrade then buy a cheaper USB2 Harddrives.
For my new USB3 laptop, this Harddrives works brilliantly.

++++++++++++IMPORTANT UPDATE+++++++++++++++++++
I bought this drive on the 1st of October.
I did my 1st Mac Laptop backup on the 4th of October.
Every 10 days I do an incremental backup.
The drive died today on the 3rd of June!!!!!!!!!!!
9 months life for a drive used once ever 10 days, terrible!
To be fair other similar drives from different manufacturers have similar 4-8% fail rates.
This is the 1st Harddrive failure I've had.
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Size: 500GB
Hooked it up and it worked! Can't say how easy it was to back up my two computers with this hard drive. All in all I am pleased with this item.
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Size: 1TB Verified Purchase
I purchased this for my new MacBook Pro. It took seconds to reformat and I purely use it for TimeMachine.
Very quick neat little HDD
Totally recommend
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Size: 500GB Verified Purchase
This was a perfect gift for my father who. He always panicking what if her laptop fail to boot and one day will stop working and will lose all his very important documents and files what he's using for his job.

'Box Contents'

This item came in a plastic box well sealed, inside was one WD 500 GB portable HDD, an ultra fast 3.0 USB cable to connect with the computer or other devices which one are compatible. Also include user manual booklet too.

'Set-Up & Functionality'

It is very easy to use, this is a Plug and Play device, once you plug into your computer after a few seconds will be recognised by your OS and ready to use. 3.0 USB connectivity gives you the opportunity to upload or download any documents and files with fast speed. It is working with Windows, mac OS, Linux etc.

'Build Quality'

For me doesn't look very stylish. Looks like a brick to be honest and not as slim I was expected but still really small and compact you can carry easily with yourself anywhere. Durable black plastic cover and only 209 g in total. The price for this item is a bit high you can find cheaper ones on the market or with bigger capacity for the same price but to be honest it is a WD product so worth to pay more because this portable HDD will not let you down.
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