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WD Elements 1TB External Desktop Hard Drive USB 2.0 - Black

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BrandWestern Digital
Item Weight1 Kg
Product Dimensions18 x 3.5 x 11.5 cm
Item model numberWDBAAU0010HBK-EESN
SeriesWDBAAU0010HBK Elements Desktop
Hard Drive Size1000 GB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
  
Additional Information
ASINB002E7HEVU
Best Sellers Rank 17,881 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.2 Kg
Date First Available14 Aug. 2008
  
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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.

GreenPower technology from Western Digital
GreenPower technology is designed with the environment in mind.
IntelliPower

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

IntelliPark delivers lower power consumption by automatically unloading recording heads during idle periods to reduce aerodynamic drag, and disengages read/write channel electronics.

Earth-friendly packaging

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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I bought this hard disk primarily for use with Apple Time Machine from two Mac laptops - a Macbook and a Macbook Pro. The drive comes formatted for Windows but a reformat only took a few seconds. Usable space on the drive is 931.5GB - I have the drive partitioned, 600GB for Time Machine and 330GB for general usage.

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.
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By i.pod VINE VOICE on 21 Feb. 2010
I Have 3 of the previous model and they have not been a problem once - So I picked up one of these new version's and it worked out the box and so far it's been 100% reliable and I'm very happy with it. If you're after some cheap extra storage then I would recommend this Drive - 1TB is more than enough for 90% of everyday users
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I needed a 1TB usb backup drive fast. The WD Express came in timely fashion, and for a 1TB external drive, lets face it, it's cheap. Packing was OK, but could be better, 'nough said. Out of the box, correct UK power adaptor, the HDD itself, USB cable, and a few bits of crappy paper (quick-start guide, maybe?)There was supposed to have been either a CD or soft-copy of the manufacturers documents, there were neither. Don't fret, I've looked them up on the 'net for you, and there is nothing to be missed at all, it's a hard drive, it wont explode, just plug it in and use it. Quality of the case shouts CHEAP, I looked to see where it was made, I was expecting to see China, but it's made in Taiwan, apparently. The casing looks as though it would break easy, but I would reckon if you abused it to that point, the drive would probably fail anyway, as any drive would, including those costing much, much more. So the case is adequate and fit for the purpose.

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.
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A very robust box which performs silently.

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
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By Dolphin #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 19 May 2010
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This Western Digital storage device is a moderately sized unit that feels robustly constructed. There is no software to install, you just plug it in straight from the box and you are ready to go; it is just nice and easy to use. It came with a UK power lead and a USB connector.

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.
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Hard drive space has always been a big problem for me. From my old computer, to my new-ish laptop and my measly 40GB PS3 I have always struggled to make space for big files. And when your into sound mixing and saving MP3 files at massive bitrates you'll be surprised how quickly an ordinary hard drive can fill up.

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.
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