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Western Digital WD Elements 1 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive WDE1UBK10000N (Black)

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  • Fast, reliable storage
  • Plug and play
  • Compact design
  • Aluminum enclosure
  • Backing up photos, music, video, or any files

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Power Consideration: This desktop class hard drive requires the use of a power adapter (included) to operate. It cannot be powered by a USB cable alone.


Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Western Digital
  • Model: WDE1UBK10000N
  • Hard Disk Size: 1 GB
  • Hardware Platform: PC
  • Hard Disk Interface: USB 2.0
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Product Details

  • Item Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001JTQCU8
  • Item model number: WDE1UBK10000N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 1, 2008

Product Description

Manufacturer Remedy Information

This hard drive requires external power (cables/adapter included).

Product Description

WD Elements Black USB 2.0 external hard drive is an easy, reliable way to add more storage to your PC or Macintosh®. Simply plug it in to a USB port and start saving or backing up your photos, music video and files. It's preformatted for immediate use. The compact, durable metal case provides extra data protection.

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Customer Reviews

No-nonsense looking, matt-black finished, metal case.
Chong Lee Khoo
Western Digital makes great hard drives internally and externally.
Vincent Hun
Overall this is a very quiet,fast and so far reliable drive.
J. Morenus

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

443 of 449 people found the following review helpful By A. Dent #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 13, 2009
Size Name: 1 TB Verified Purchase
This is, by far, the most robust external hard disk I've ever owned. And, when I say solid, I mean almost 3 lbs. solid (I didn't put it on a scale but it feels that way), 100% metal casing, likely to survive a building collapsing on top of it. Given that I bought it for backups, not for travel, I actually like it this way. I like it very much.

It's probably helpful to enumerate the features I feel are worth being aware of before one buys it (and I shall answer any additional questions if you drop a comment, to the extent that I can):

# Heavy, solid build, almost bullet-proof enclosure.
# 8"x4"x1" rectangular prism (these are not exact measurements but I'm confident it's close.
# USB port for data transfer, cable included.
# External power supply.
# Silent run - you can't hear it spinning unless you place it close to your ear.
# Cool - after one night of uninterrupted operation it was barely warmer than room temperature.
# Not a speed demon but I backed up 50GB in something like 20-30 minutes.
# Formated as FAT32.
# Comes with no software but it was instantly recognized by both Vista and my PS3 (more about that later)
# There is no manual to speak of - and no manual is needed.
# One year warranty.
# 30-day free tech support during the warranty period where the clock starts running after the first call to WD.
# Lacks the (to me annoying) carnival lights that some other drives have these days - only one blue LED, on the back, blinks when read/writes are performed.

I can't think of anything bad to say about this device. I went for the 1TB size because I wanted to back up several smaller computers on it and my 320GB PS3.
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124 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Chong Lee Khoo on January 14, 2009
Size Name: 1 TB
Aragorn's review is spot-on.

Plain and simple.

No-nonsense looking, matt-black finished, metal case.
The texture of the finish is high-quality: very fine, yet industrial.

It feels really solid.
While not an ultra-portable, I actually feel more secure carrying it around than my other lighter enclosures.
I would say it is 'substantial', rather than 'heavy'.

No fancy and flashy LEDs to distract from its purpose.
That one blue LED at the back does it job without fuss and works very nicely for me, thank you very much.

Note that no sync, encryption or backup software is supplied.
Take a look at My Passport Elite if that's what you need.

Quiet and cool.

While not absolutely silent during access (and especially on start-up), you'd be hard pressed to hear it otherwise.
The one way I can be very sure it is spinning at the moment is to put my palm on it to sense the tiny vibrations.

It gets only warm to the touch after long and heavy access.

Power efficiency.

No power switch to bother with. Just connect power adapter and USB cable.
It powers up automatically when connected via USB to a running computer, and auto shuts-down when disconnected.

When connected, it auto spins-down after 10 minutes of inactivity and auto spins-up when accessed again.
These are out-of-the-box with my XP and NSLU2 devices (uNSLUng 6.10 firmware on flash drive).
No need to install any utilities or write spin-down scripts.

Great value.

I am getting a second one to backup the first one serving its duties as my always-available network storage and server (via the NSLU2).

Amazon's price for this is extremely competitive, and I do love buying my gadgets here (with Prime and no-hassle returns, you can't go wrong)
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81 of 83 people found the following review helpful By C. LARSON on January 8, 2009
Size Name: 1 TB
I bought the Elements 1TB external hard drive and hooked it up. It was ready to go out of the box. It has a small footprint and looks rugged. Note that my drive came formatted with the FAT32 file system - that limits the size of files you can store on the drive to under 4 gig. This is an issue only if you have large files (I have some huge home video files that exceed the FAT32 size limit.) I reformatted the drive using NTFS and that took care of the problem. If you need a USB 2.0 external, this one is a great value.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By GeoGuy on February 12, 2009
Size Name: 1 TB Verified Purchase
This is a very reasonably priced TB hard drive. (It was $110) It's nice that it doesn't come with any software because I'd rather put all my money towards the hard drive itself rather then to software that I'd be deleting anyway.

The hard drive is nice and quite. I have a 500GB hard drive too that makes tons of noise while using it.

Based on the recommendations of other reviews, I went ahead and formatted it with in NTSF with the "quick format". (Without checking, "Quick Format" it'll take about 9 hours!) It comes formatted in FAT32, which only allows up to 4 GB file sizes. NTSF allows much bigger file sizes

You only get a USB cable with this. So if you want a hard drive that transfers data fast, pay the extra money and get one with a fire wire. But this suites my needs because I'll be hardly transferring data directly. I'm using it for video editing and when I upload videos from my MiniDV camera to it, it's enough for the USB cable to handle.

I'd like to point out that instead of getting 1024 GB's, you get 931 instead. It's because advertisers like to thing there are exactly 1000 bytes in KB, 1000 KB's in a MB, etc... When the number is actualy 1024.

(6 Months Later)
I just bought another one so I could make full backups from my previous one. This one also works great! & my first hard drive is still going strong.

Also, I remember my first hard drive was delivered cold. I once started up a computer that was also cold & it didn't sound right. So I waited for my new hard drive to warm up to room temperature before using it. I recommend you do the same.

(About 1.5 years later from 1st purchase)
Well I am sad to say that my first hard drive pretty much died a little while ago.
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