|Hard Drive||500 GB Portable|
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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
- For Mac compatibility this Hard Drive requires reformatting. Refer to Application Guide for guidance on this
- Free trial of WD SmartWare Pro auto and cloud backup software
- 1-year limited warranty
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|Digital Storage Capacity||500 GB||1 TB||1 TB||1 TB||1 TB||500 GB|
|Hard Disk Description||Portable||Portable||Portable||Portable||Portable||Portable, Desktop|
|Hard-Drive Size||500 GB||1 TB||1 TB||1 TB||1 TB||500 GB|
|Hardware Connectivity||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0|
|Item Dimensions||3.2 x 4.4 x 0.6 in||1 x 1 x 1 in||3.21 x 4.33 x 0.64 in||3.1 x 4.3 x 0.55 in||3.2 x 4.4 x 0.6 in||—|
|Item Weight||4.8 ounces||4.59 ounces||0.54 lb||5.28 ounces||0.54 lb||—|
|Memory Storage Capacity||500 GB||1 TB||1 TB||1 TB||1||—|
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WESTERN DIGITAL 500GB WD ELEMENTS USB 3.0 . NOT ELIGIBLE FOR WESTERN DIGITAL REBATES OR REPORTING. NON-CANCELLABLE AND NON-RETURNABLE
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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.
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. Although this might seem to be a result of a virus, all this goes away immediately when the drive is disconnected and then reconnected using a short cable. The drive is squeaky clean and has been completely long formatted for NTFS twice.
Search the Internet, and I'm sure you will find plenty of references to the conditions others are experiencing with this drive as well.
I back up my Mac laptop every couple of weeks and today the process didn't work. The hard drive makes a "clicking" sound when I plug it in to any power source, and it no longer registers on my Macbook or my roommates PC. Looking online, this seems to be a sign of hard drive death. As a student I don't have $50 to spend every half year to keep my documents safe. I will never purchase another item from this company.
This WD Element has been in use none stop for a month backing up 3 different Dell latitude D610 Laptops and a Toshiba NB205 Netbook.
I thought about maybe getting the 1TB but that would just caue me to save more stuff where as with this 500gb I have to delete stuff that is not that important to keep on the drive.
Videos, games, old software programs and other misc stuff I don't care about anymore.
With the 1TB I would just say "Oh well I'll just keep it a little while longer?"
I think a bigger external storage drive would be much slower on my old laptops so i'll just by another WD 500gb seeing how well it's holding up.
I like this backup storage drive because it's not like the Passport I have that you cant access if your doing a system restore.
Most system restoring is done in the DOS environment and you would need an option to enable the drive from a DOS prompt.
The Passport is a great external HDD with it's security to keeping nosy ones out of your personal things.