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WD 500GB Elements Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBUZG5000ABK-NESN

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  • Ultra-fast USB 3.0 data transfers.Massive capacity - 500 GB
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WD 500 GB WD Elements Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive Storage (WDBUZG5000ABK-NESN)

WD Elements Portable – Simple, fast and portable.

WD Elements portable storage with USB 3.0 offers reliable, high-capacity storage to go, ultra-fast data transfer rates, universal connectivity, and massive capacity. Includes a free trial of WD SmartWare Pro automatic backup software.

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

WD Elements Portable

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

WD Elements Portable

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

WD Elements Portable

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 portable storage and get your laptop moving again.

WD quality inside and out - We know your data is important to you. So we build the drive inside to our demanding requirements for durability, shock tolerance, and long-term reliability. Then, we protect the drive with a robust, all-metal enclosure designed for style and protection.

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

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 backup software
  • Using with Windows PCs
  • Keeping all your files with you wherever you go

What's in the box
Portable storage, USB cable, Quick Install Guide.

Compatibility
Formatted NTFS for Windows 8 or higer, Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP
Can be reformatted for Mac OS X
Note: Compatibility may vary depending on user's hardware configuration and operating system.

Features at a glance

  • Plug-and-play simplicity
  • Maximum file transfer rates
  • USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
  • Free trial of WD SmartWare Pro auto and cloud backup software
  • Formatted for Windows

WD Elements Portable


Portable Storage for PC
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Premium Storage

WD Elements Portable My Passport Ultra My Passport Slim
Perfect for Adding more storage. Added storage and backup
when you're on the go.
Stylish storage and backup
when you're on the go.
Available colors Black Black, White, Blue, Red, Titanium Navy, Silver, Gold
Connection USB 3.0, USB 2.0 USB 3.0, USB 2.0 USB 3.0, USB 2.0
Capacity range 500 GB - 2 TB 500 GB - 2 TB 1 TB - 2 TB
High-capacity for all your photos, music and videos
Automatic backup with WD SmartWare Pro Free trial
Cloud backup with Dropbox
Password protection
256 bit hardware encryption
Metal design

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Hard Drive 500 GB Portable
Brand Name Western Digital
Item model number WDBUZG5000ABK-NESN
Hardware Platform Mac
Item Weight 4.8 ounces
Product Dimensions 4.4 x 3.2 x 0.6 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 4.4 x 3.2 x 0.6 inches
Color Black

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Additional Information

ASIN B00CI3BISU
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 stars 279 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #369 in Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > External Hard Drives
Shipping Weight 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First Available May 24, 2013

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By Chuck Bittner TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 27, 2014
Be sure to check the prices of the different sizes because of the time of writing this review the 1 TB hard drive was only five dollars more than the 500 GB version. Doubling your space for only five dollars is a no-brainer. As always I recommend getting the largest hard drive you can afford because at some point you want/need more space.

This is an "portable" hard drive meaning all it needs is a USB plug into your computer to transfer the data and get power from. That means you don't have to plug in an AC adapter to your wall socket. I prefer these hard drives over the kind that require an AC adapter every time. This will also work with USB 2.0 adapters the speeds for 2.0 transfers are still fast enough for most users at about a gigabyte of data every 30 to 40 seconds. At the time of writing this review to terabyte drives or the highest capacity could find for a portable hard drive. If you want to get a 3 or 4TB hard drive those are the kind that require a wall AC adapter.

This hard drive is Mac compatible just follow the steps below to format the hard drive for your Mac. If you're a Mac user setting up or erasing this drive up with your computer is super easy follow these steps.

1. Plug in the the drive
2. Open up disk utility found in your applications folder inside the utilities folder
3. Next select the newly plugged in a drive and on the right-hand side you should see partition click on that.
4. Then inside that screen on the partition layout drop-down choose how many partitions you'd like to set up. I generally go with one partition and just use folders to organize my files.
5. Then on the right-hand side you can name the partitions and select the format.
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I ordered this hard drive to start a digital collection of Wii U games and it works well for that purpose. The drive wasn't even recognized with the included USB cable and required a Y-cable in order to be formatted and used. It has a tendency to go to sleep when not in use for a few minutes, as when using Netflix or Wii mode, but this isn't a problem during gameplay, where the drive is actively read and written to.

I measured the read speed on PC at about 80mb/s (sequential) when using USB 3.0. Using the same USB 2.0 Y-cable connection Wii U uses, the speed dropped to 34mb/s for a sequential read and 23mb/s for a random read, both of which are faster than the 22.5mb/s speed of Wii U discs.

In-game, I saw an average reduction in loading times of 6 seconds for Mariokart 8 tracks and 1-2 seconds for Pikmin 3 trials (there was no change in the initial game boot time in either case). In general, the drive is fast and performs better than using a disc, but it does read very slowly at system startup, which reduces the usefulness of Wii U's "quick start" feature. It's also not as fast as the Wii U's internal flash memory, which loaded Bit Trip Runner 2 and Nano Assault Neo levels about 3-4 seconds faster (but that's to be expected from a SSD).

It's a shame that the full USB 3.0 speed capabilities of HDDs can't be utilized on Wii U, but this drive still loads faster than an optical disc and works reliably. Aside from the sluggish performance at boot-up, I'm very happy with this drive.
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This is a very nice little compact storage device. Inexpensive and convenient for sharing large files with friends and family by mail. Quickly formats to FAT32 for use on both PC and iMac.
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It is very small in size and very quiet. This has far exceeded my expectations. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to use it with the Wii U which is what I have it for
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By achaybee on February 26, 2014
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While I am satisfied so far with this item, the reason I selected this over the Seagate model was based on the statements of other users who selected it because of the better warranty (3 years vs.2 years). When I received it I read the warranty and found it to be just one year in the U.S. as opposed to three years in other countries. Oh, well
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When I had received this product, I was so happy to finally be able to plug it into my computer, and store all of my files. Only to find that the device couldn't be detected. I tried troubleshooting this for a couple of days. I even was on-call with a representative of Western Digital to figure out the problem, but even they couldn't help me. I will try to order one, one more time, to see if it was a one time defect.
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My experience with this small and practical WD Elements external disk drive is that I have to wonder what is going to happen this time. I've been using an assortment of external drives for several years now, including WD, Corsair, Transcend, Seagate and also a wonderful Iomega that is now unfortunately out of production. I have never experienced problems with any of them until I started using this WD Elements with USB 3.0.

Its downfall is probably related to the USB 3.0 specification. Ever since I connected it the first time, it has been a source of uncertainty, and I have decided that it will be delegated only for temporary junk files. I flat refuse to store any multimedia on it or anything that is considered important. Actually I am wishing it experiences an early self-destruction just so I can be rid of it.
As stated, it might not be the unit itself so much as the USB 3.0 cable, but the very first time I used it for storing a video file, playing that video back became so erratic I had to stop it, and then ultimately deleted the video. As I later discovered with intermittent use over an expansive time period that included many more disappointments, I may have finally pinpointed the source of the problem. And that would be in the cable that connects it to the PC.

Best to use the 18" cable provided with the unit, and whenever I happen to locate one, I will be using an adapter that bypasses any need for a cable entirely. If necessary to stretch out a longer cable, then best to use another drive and not this one. If not, then you may also discover some of the things I have been forced to observe lately, like the PC's gradual worsening behavior and refusal to bring up anything on the Internet, erratic page openings and closings, and a refusal to play music and videos.
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