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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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Very quick neat little HDD
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
1 TB off storage excellent device, well packaged, came next day, very well made, ive dropped this a few times and it still works with no errors!, highly delighted and recommended. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ian longstaff
Excellent quality hard drive! Have had this for a few years now and still going strong. Have connected to my TV which means is used on a daily basis and have no problems with it! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pato
In daily use for personal data storage & back-up. Works perfectly.Published 4 months ago by A. Turney