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WD Elements 1TB External Desktop Hard Drive USB 2.0 - Black
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WD Elements Desktop External Drive - simply affordable
Western Digital's WD Elements Desktop USB 2.0 external hard drives are the right answer for simple, reliable add-on storage. Simply plug one into a USB port and start saving your photos, music, video, and files. Designed with the same commitment to quality that made WD external drives the number one selling drives in the world, the WD Elements comes with plug-and-play simplicity, meaning you just have to connect the power and plug it into a USB port to instantly add more storage to your computer.
Designed to save power
The WD Elements Desktop turns on and off with your computer and enters idle mode when not in use - it also utilises a WD drive with power-saving WD GreenPower Technology and an EnergyStar compliant power supply. Environmental sustainability is important to us at Western Digital. One of the best ways we can make a positive impact on the environment is to offer products that consume less electricity. To that end, WD has designed eco-friendly hard drives with WD GreenPower Technology for WD desktop, enterprise, CE and external hard drive products.
Based on extensive customer input toward supporting ENERGY STAR 4.0 compliance and incorporating the latest in engineering technology, we developed this platform to bring more energy efficient hard drive options to our customers.
As hard drive capacities increase, the power required to run those drives increases as well. Currently available 1 TB hard drives have a typical power consumption rating greater than 13.5 watts. WD has designed the first 3.5-inch hard drives that deliver power savings as the primary attribute. IntelliPower and IntelliPark are two examples of technologies that enable the WD GreenPower Technology platform.
A fine-tuned balance of spin speed, transfer rate, and caching algorithms designed to deliver both significant power savings and solid performance. For each drive model, WD may use a different, invariable RPM.
Drives featuring WD GreenPower Technology consume less current during start up, allowing more drives to spin up simultaneously resulting in faster system readiness - a big plus for enterprise customers.
IntelliPark delivers lower power consumption by automatically unloading recording heads during idle periods to reduce aerodynamic drag, and disengages read/write channel electronics.
Packaged in minimised, eco-friendly, recyclable packaging made from recycled materials, the WD Elements Desktop is pre-formatted for PCs. Designed for use with Windows-based computers, it can also be easily reformatted for use with Macs.
For additional storage capacity, check out the WD Elements Desktop 1.5TB.
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The drive is very smart, with a textured top and glossy sides and has rubber feet. Both connectors (power and usb) are at the back, next to a white activity light, so there's nothing flashing at the front. The power lead is fairly compact (compared to my Lacie FA Porsche drive), with the transformer built in to the plug rather than halfway along the lead. Even the USB cable is well designed, with moulded easy-grip ends.
The drive is almost completely silent and runs very cool despite having no fan. I've probably moved about 1TB on and off it over the last 24 hours and it's never even been warm. Transfer speeds seem to be around 1GB/minute for both large files (a 200GB SuperDuper sparseimage) and many small files (my 50GB iTunes library), which is about standard for a USB hard disk as far as other reviews say. This equates to about 130Mb/s - USB is apparently capable of 480Mb/s, but I've never seen those speeds.
The drive has a two year warranty in the UK/Europe, which I think is the same as other drives in the WD range (although the My Book Elite has 3 years).
All in, for a budget external drive this is a great buy with solid build and performance to match any decent USB drive.
In use, it works, but not fast. It's a usb, that's the hold up, nothing wrong with the drive. If you want fast, you should have a firewire or ePCI interface drive and pay at least double for it, otherwise this unit does the job. I flogged this drive using various methods to make sure it wont fail under heavy use, no problem at all. It's ideal for overnight backup, perfect in fact. google comodo to get a free backup util, basic, but works and easy to understand.
If you want a cheap, reliable external hdd, not worried about looks and speed, get it. If you want something that looks pretty, faster, and costs much more, buy something else. Western Digital robed themselves of the fifth star because the did not include the documents that they said should have been there, and the crappy casing, it could be a bit better, even at this stupid low price.
I like it.
Implementation is immediate and does not affect the performence of the laptop.
I am very pleased to own one and have found further uses than the ones I bought it for
I backed up data from my PC and, whilst I was initially informed that 16 GB would take 35 minutes to download, everything had been successfully downloaded in around 15 minutes without any glitches. The unit has been plugged in on occasion for several hours without getting hot and it is perfectly quiet; I only know it is switched on because of the little light flashing whilst it worked away.
With a storage capacity of 1TB, it provides a decent amount of storage space, coping admirably even with my large photographic album and various videos. It is certainly one to consider.
This sleek, little black box from Western Digital Elements holds a whopping 1TB (a terrabyte; a thousand gigabytes). Hard to believe. In a few years this kind of memory space will probably be the norm but for the moment it blows my mind. It also transfers files pretty fast so don't worry about waiting for ages like you do with USB sticks or media players.
A lot of people here have complained that the drive comes with a European two-pronged plug. Mine's didn't. Maybe it was just the first batch or something. If there was a problem with the plugs it has been sorted. And since UK/Euro adapters are for sale for £1 in nearly every hardware store in the country it wouldn't have been that much of a deal in the first place.
The drive, however, is only compatible with Windows or Mac. It might be possible to make it work with Linux through trickery but I wouldn't take the gamble. Just make sure you don't place it somewhere where it will overheat (there is no fan in this device) and don't let the lower ratings and negative reviews put you off.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Been using this hard drive since 2011 brilliant bit of kit easy to set up and use can highly recommend it .Published 27 days ago by davej
Broke after less than 6 months. Couldn't have treated it any better, it was sat on a table with no bumps or jolts and just stopped working in the middle of watching a film. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ashley Pullen
Received in perfect condition. Excellent item works well, thank you.Published 2 months ago by Chalkie