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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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At first sight, it's not much to look at. It is a plain black box, with four little rubber feet on one side. There is a USB socket, power socket, and tiny white LED at on end, and that's about it. It comes with a nice long USB cable and power unit. The power is much smaller than in the past - a bit bigger than a mobile phone charger. It's one of those things with a clip-on UK plug adapter. I don't like them much, but they seem to work fine. The case is of boring black plastic, but does the job. I have to say that they are more hard-wearing than they look. One of my WD drives took a tumble 3m down onto concrete and, despite the corner of the plastic case being smashed off, the drive worked fine - diagnostics found no errors. I don't store anything important on that drive these days though!
I have been transferring all my data onto this new drive today, from a few other WD drives. I'm getting about 17Kb/sec, but that's with my computer's anti-virus package interfering. The drive is formatted NTFS, which saved me the bother of reformatting from FAT32. It is very quiet. It has been receiving files all day and I have to glance at the LED (which flashes during activity) to see if it's still going.
I am a bit disappointed that the drive is not pre-loaded with software. The usuall WD diagnostics are available for download, but I've got those already with my other WD drives. I would have liked to see some updates to the utilities, but there appears to be none.
Not much more to say about it, really. It solves my data backup problem (for a while anyway), it's quiet as a mouse, and unobtrusive on my desk. If it could just get its power via the USB port, and get rid of the mains supply, it would be perfect.
I bought this desktop Hard Drive to back up a lot of important files that could be moved between office locations. Although it is a desktop Hard Drive it is quite small and can be carried about easily. There are only 2 wires - one power adapter and the other USB 2.0 connection. It is quiet and hardly noticeable when running. It is also only on when connected to both the mains and the computer/laptop via USB. Furthermore there is only a small light beside the USB input that indicates that it is in use - I find lots of flashing lights distracting so I am glad this just looks like a little black box and is easy to ignore!
The full capacity of the empty Hard Drive was 931GB.
I understand from other reviews that people have had issues with the power supply. The power supply included in this box was a UK adapter.
Just a general note as with any hard drive it is important to follow proper steps when disconnecting/removing the hard drive from the laptop or computer (e.g. do not just yank it out!). Also, try to place the hard drive in a place it will not be knocked, nudged or bumped! Furthermore, if you have really important and irreplaceable data then do not rely on one storage method alone, save it to numerous places and then you are less likely to suffer if one of the drives/computers fails or breaks down.
I would highly recommend this Western Digital Elements 1TB Desktop External Hard Drive. It is quiet, reliable and it does what it says on the tin - it stores your data!
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