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Colour Black Desktop (2016 Edition) - black Black
Data Transfer Rate 5 Gigabytes Per Second 5 Gigabytes Per Second 5 Gigabytes Per Second 5 Gigabytes Per Second
Speed 5400 RPM 7200 RPM 5400 RPM 7200 RPM
Hard Drive Size 2 TB 2 TB 2000 GB 2 TB
Dimensions 16.6 cm x 4.8 cm x 13.5 cm 3.7 cm x 17.6 cm x 12 cm 2.1 cm x 11.1 cm x 8.2 cm 17.1 cm x 4.9 cm x 13.9 cm
Item Weight 5 g 948 g 231 g 890 g
Model Year 2013 2015 2013 2013
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Size: 2 TB
Technical Details
BrandWestern Digital
Item Weight912 g
Product Dimensions4.8 x 13.5 x 16.6 cm
Item model numberWDBWLG0020HBK-EESN
SeriesWD Elements, 2TB
ColorBlack
Hard Drive Size2 TB
Software IncludedMac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Lithium Battery Weight5 Grams
  
Additional Information
ASINB00H7TBBSW
Best Sellers Rank 1,912 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.2 Kg
Date First Available7 Dec. 2013
  
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Size Name:2 TB

Product Description

WD Elements Desktop Storage

Instant Add-on Storage

WD Elements Desktop storage with USB 3.0 offers reliable, high-capacity, add-on storage, ultra-fast data transfer rates and universal connectivity with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 devices. The sleek design features up to 3TB capacity plus WD quality and reliability. It includes a free trial of WD SmartWare Pro back-up software for local and cloud back-up.

Maximum Transfer Rates
USB 3.0 connectivity delivers maximum performance for transferring files to and from this drive.

WD Elements Desktop Storage

USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Compatibility
With this single drive you get compatibility with USB 3.0 devices and backward compatibility with USB 2.0 devices as well.

WD Elements Desktop Storage

Free Back-up Software Trial
WD Elements desktop storage comes with a trial version of WD SmartWare Pro back-up software which allows you to back-up your files to your WD Elements drive or to the cloud using your Dropbox account.

WD Elements Desktop Storage
WD Elements Desktop Storage
Massive Capacity in a Sleek Design

The sleek design offers up to 3TB capacity, making WD Elements desktop storage the ideal solution for easy, add-on storage of all your important photos, music, videos and files.

WD Elements Desktop Storage
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 storage and get your computer moving again.

Free Trial of WD SmartWare Pro Back-up Software

WD Elements desktop storage comes with a trial version of WD SmartWare Pro backup software. This back-up software allows you to back-up your files to your WD Elements drive or to the cloud using your Dropbox account.

WD Quality Inside and Out

WD knows your data is important to you. So WD builds the drive inside to demanding requirements for durability, shock tolerance, and long-term reliability. Then they protect the drive with a durable enclosure designed for style and protection.

Formatted for Windows

Formatted NTFS and compatible with Windows 8 or higher, Windows 7, or Windows Vista. Can be reformatted for Mac.

At a Glance
  • USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
  • Maximum file transfer rates
  • Free trial of WD SmartWare Pro auto and cloud back-up software
  • Simple add-on high-capacity storage
  • Plug-and-play simplicity
  • Formatted for Windows
Ideal For
  • Adding extra storage for your videos, music, photos and files
  • Transferring data at maximum speed with USB 3.0
  • Backing-up files using the free trial of WD SmartWare Pro back-up software
  • Using with Windows PCs
Compatibility
  • Formatted NTFS for Windows 8 or higher, Windows 7, or Windows Vista
  • Can be reformatted for Mac OS X

Note: Compatibility may vary, depending on user's hardware configuration and operating system.

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Ideal for Adding more storage Adding more storage and backing up your
photos, music, videos and file
Quickly transferring, saving and double
protecting your entire media collection
Available colours Black Black Charcoal
Connection USB 3.0 USB 3.0 USB 3.0
Capacity range 2 TB - 3 TB 2 TB - 6 TB 4 TB - 12 TB
High capacity for all your photos, music and videos
Automatic back-up with WD SmartWare Pro Free trial
Cloud back-up with Dropbox
System-level back-up with Acronis True Image
Password Protection
256 bit hardware encryption
RAID 0/1
Capacity up to 12 TB
Double-safe storage and back-up

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Size: 2 TB Verified Purchase
This HDD has many possible uses, but this review is from the standpoint of using it as external storage on the XBOX ONE console.

After being thoroughly fed-up with having to manage the ludicrously-small internal drive of my XBOX ONE, the June 2014 system update that included the option to add external storage was extremely welcome. So, I decided to treat myself to an external HDD, and after a bit of research, decided on this offering from Western Digital.

Setting-up was very easy. Once connected, the unit was immediately recognised by the console and formatting it for use took just a few seconds. A word of warning about this though - I have read that once the HDD has been configured as an XBOX ONE device, it will no longer be usable on a computer, TV etc. Presumably, this is an anti-piracy measure or to prevent hackers & modders accessing game data and save files etc.

If, like me, you solely intend to use it as extra storage for a games console, and nothing else, then this is not a problem, but I figured it was worth mentioning in case potential buyers would expect to find multiple uses for the drive.

Design-wise, the case is visually appealing and more interesting than a generic box shape. Actually, with it's curved front and the position of the LED, it's quite reminiscent of the original model XBOX 360 when stood vertically, just on a smaller scale.

Functionality is excellent - Copying, moving and deleting games to and from the drive is nice and quick and the device is very quiet and will enter a stand-by mode (which is silent) when the console is switched off.
Along with increasing available storage space, the HDD will also significantly reduce loading times of any games installed.
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By Alien937 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Sept. 2014
Size: 2 TB
I got this hard drive to use with an Xbox One. The XB1's 500GB internal drive may sound quite capacious, but it fills up surprisingly quickly, especially when the basic installations of some games (such as Wolfenstein: The New Order) take up almost 45GB on their own. There's also a theoretical speed boost to be gained from using an external drive - the XB1's internal SATA II drive is limited to 3Gb/s, while USB 3.0 maxes out at 5Gb/s - though the gain is minimal in reality, especially when using a relatively inexpensive hard drive such as this one. Loading times may be marginally reduced, though you'd be hard pushed to put exact numbers on the reductions.

What you do get with WD's Elements is large capacity for all those games you'll be buying in the future, great build quality, flawless operation, and a look that goes very well with the Xbox One. Though the drive is more rounded than the XB1, the top of it sports vents that look very similar to the vents on the right-hand side of the console. Also like the console, the LED on the front of the drive is white (a more bluish shade of white, though it's really splitting hairs).

The final point in this hard drive's favour is its noise level. It's very quiet. In fact, when used with an Xbox One it doesn't seem to add any extra noise at all - or, at least, the noise it produces simply blends in with that of the console. If you're looking for an external hard drive to expand the capacity of your Xbox One, then you can't really go wrong with this one.
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Size: 3 TB Verified Purchase
Opted for Free Delivery.... Ordered Monday - Dispatched Tuesday - Arrived Wednesday, you just can't beat that.

Only had it a couple of days but I can't see any problems so far. Just plugged the USB3 cable in, powered it up, was immediately recognised by my Win7 machine and I was backing up my files in a matter of minutes.

Leave it switched on and it comes on when you start windows and powers down when you close down windows.

It's whisper quiet and very cool, if it wasn't for the power light (which is only the size of a pin head) you wouldn't know it was on.
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Size: 3 TB Verified Purchase
These drives aren't glamorous - we buy them to do an important job reliably and with a minimum of technical frustration. I got mine yesterday and was looking forward to a plug and play implementation on my win 7 64-bit pc. The absence of instructions with the drive seem to support this notion. But that is not what you get. After hours of research yesterday I now understand that the drive is not set up on delivery to work with win 7 using Microsoft backup. When I tried to do this the process ran for three hours and then failed, giving an I/O error message. You will need to download a format utility from WD and reformat the disk to 'factory default' before it will work. WD's reason for delivering the disk this way seems to be to ensure compatibility with older operating systems like XP - but I would have thought a substantial majority of today's users will be using current operating systems. Be warned - and make this change first so as not to waste your time. Subject to this irritation, the drive was well-priced and seems reasonably quiet.
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Size: 4 TB
I hope I'm not going to downvote my own 5-stars if / when the drive goes dead, but for now:
I have already got a good 4TB drive (Touro). By "good" I mean - it's worked for a year now, so hopefully, it won't die on me soon. I needed another one, and as the touro is gone or overpriced, I was tossed between the 5GB Seagate and 4TB WG (Seagate is currently, 10/12/2015 GBP 90 at amazon, and I found this WD 4TB elsewhere for 100 GBP). I know that all drive can, on relatively rare occassions, die, which is a concern for most people, who DON'T buy them in twos for backup, and when you lose your data... oh boy. So, the guarantee itself is pretty useless, because when it dies, at best you get a REPLACEMENT, never your old data. For data recovery you can use any free or paid-for software, or pay a specialist company an eye-watering bill (GBP 800 plus).
To the point: I have had both seagate and western digital (internal) drives die on me in the past, but it appears that WD is somewhat more reliable, judging by the reviews in various shops. That said, it could be that, as WD are generally more expensive, there are fewer reviewers, thus lower fail rate. In any case, those rare reviews of seagate 5TB with a simple message: drive died on me after x weeks, all data lost, I'm gutted" swayed me to go for WD. Fingers crossed.
On the drive itself:
1. it comes with a long enough (I'd say about 2 m long) power plug, with a lightweight plug, and with a longish (I'd say about 1.5 m) MICRO usb 3 cable (my previous 4TB hdd came with a regular USB 3 cable, which is chunkier.
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