WD Elements SE Portable 1 TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive - WDBPCK0010BBK-NESN
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- USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connectivity
- Maximum data transfer rates
- Massive capacity in a compact design
- Plug-and-play ready for Windows PCs
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- Hard Disk Size: 1024 GB
- Hardware Platform: PC
- Hard Disk Description: portable
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From the Manufacturer
WD Elements™ SE Portable Hard Drive – Simple, fast, and portable.
WD Elements™ SE portable hard drive with USB 3.0 offers super fast data transfers, compatibility with USB 2.0, and high-capacity storage in a plug-and-play design.
USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility - Universal compatibility for connectivity today and tomorrow. Works seamlessly with USB 2.0 now and with your USB 3.0 devices when you're ready.
Maximum transfer rates - When connected to a USB 3.0 port WD Elements SE portable hard drive delivers maximum performance for data transfers. Transfer a full-length HD movie in a fraction of the time it takes with USB 2.0.*
*Based on transfer rates as high as 5 Gb/s with USB 3.0 vs. 480 mb/s with USB 2.0. Performance may vary based on user's hardware and system configuration.
High-capacity in a small enclosure - The small, lightweight design offers high-capacity storage, making WD Elements SE portable hard drives the ideal companion for value-conscious consumers who want to take their important files with them.
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 SE portable hard drive and get your PC 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 durable enclosure designed for style and protection.
Formatted for Windows® - Formatted NTFS and compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista®, Windows 7. Can be reformatted for Mac®
Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows 7
Can be reformatted for Mac OS® X Tiger®, Leopard®, or Snow Leopard™
Note: Compatibility may vary, depending on user's hardware configuration and operating system.
What's in the box
USB 3.0 + USB 2.0 portable hard drive, USB cable, Quick Install Guide.
Top Customer Reviews
As expected, I lost the original cable. Amazon sells one under its AmazonBasics label for around $8 or Radio Shack if you need it that day for around $12. Also the connection point on the unit itself started to get loose and wouldn't stay connected - prolly due to the aforementioned drops. The replacement cable actually fits better than the original. The drive itself still runs fine.
****Update: Sept 2012****
In the 18 months I've owned this, I've really unintentionally abused the heck out of it and it keeps on ticking. It's been dropped too many times to count, to the point where I had to practically put it back together. No problems. I don't recommend humming it to the floor, but under normal wear and tear it's been perfect.
Having 1TB of portable memory is worth the investment just for the peace of mind it brings me. Two minor misses keep me from giving it 5 stars:
1. USB cable. When I purchased the unit, I assumed it would be either a USB-to-USB or USB-to-MiniUSB connection. It is neither. The cable is a "USB-to-Micro B". Just keep that in mind before buying, as this type of cable is less common than others. WD's website sells the cable (Part#: WDCA042RNN) for $14.99 plus $2.99 shipping. I'm sure there are after-markets out there for less. The cable itself feels substantial and well built, but the Micro B connection on the unit requires an uncomfortable amount of force to plug in and out and appears to be the only weak link. But I've been less than careful with it on several occasions and so far it's all good.(Purchased Jan 2011) Also keep in mind the cable is relatively short. (About 18 inches)
2. There is some lag time when you first access the drive to retrieve or upload data.Read more ›
The drive is just that. A drive. A quick drive with a lot of space.
First and foremost I was shocked at how small it was. It is the first portable hard drive I've owned, and I was pleased with the fact that it can fit in the small zip top pocket on my computer backpack that was designed to hold a mouse, and still have room for that mouse. On top of that, if I really needed to, I could stick it in my pocket. It really is that slim.
The build quality is top notch, the case doesnt creak or rattle, its smooth to the touch without being so slick that you'd drop it, and it has nice rubber feet to prevent rattling during drive access when it is sitting on your desk.
The drive itself is very quick, I managed to transfer a 2 gigabyte ISO file to it in under 20 seconds, the drive averaged around 80 MB/s (peaking at about 100MB/s) on a USB3 interface.
If I really *HAD* to nitpick, I'd say that the USB 3.0 cable is a little too rigid, but honestly it doesnt bother me and I like the size of it, despite being only about 1ft long, as it is a perfect size to travel with the drive no matter where I put it.
I love the look of this drive. I didn't realize from the description that it comes with a USB 3 cable in the box - you should know the included cable is only about 15 inches but that's perfect for use with my laptop on my desk.
The price was very good but I try to avoid weighing the overall value of an item when reviewing it's merits as a device. So my opinion is based on my observation of the device for it's function not it's value.
The not so good:
My complaint is when copying a 5.09 GB file it is barely faster then my firewire 800 drive. Over firewire I can transfer at sustained transfer speeds of about 80 MB/s and bursts up to 84 MB/s. With this USB 3.0 drive it transfers at 84 MB/s sustained and bursts of 90 MB/s. Perhaps its a limitation associated with the 2.5" HDD but still I expected it to be closer to 100 MB/s. My basis for this expectation is what I get out of my old eSata drive on my four year old home built desktop with a 2.5" drive in a Rosewill enclosure from the same era.
I took a star for not being faster. With that said I'm happy with it and plan to keep it.
I noticed something beneficial with this drive versus my old 3.5" external drive solution. Spin up time. I use the drive for my aperture library and it's spin up time is not even noticeable in everyday use as opposed to my old WD 7,200 RPM drive which took several seconds to spin up which was enough to be annoying at times.
As it comes, you need to reformat it for use with a Macintosh computer, but with Disk Utility, this is not a problem, and the drive responds well to being reformatted. I set the drive up with two partitions, one for a drag and drop compatible with Windows, and one for Time Machine. Since the unit is very light, and yet feels safe and sturdy, I've been able to carry it around on occasion with no problems. Of course, it is a portable drive, so this is to be expected!
When I first set the drive up as a Time Machine, it needed to transfer approximately 42 GB of data, which took about 25 minutes. This corresponds to a relatively slow transfer rate (on the order of 25 MB/s or so), but as I've not noticed subsequent incremental backups, I'm very happy with the speeds under my usage conditions. In a test transfer of a 840 MB file to the drag and drop half of the drive, it took 29 seconds, or 29 MB/s, *while the computer was also continuously accessing the drive*, and this is acceptable for my usage patterns.
The cable is sturdy, though a little on the rigid side and the connectors at the end of the cable are both long (an inch or more), which shortens the nominally bendable range of the cable by a couple inches total. I don't have a ton of room on my desk, and so I'm glad that the cable loops easily.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It totally died on me about a year after I bought it. Warranty was gone my Music, Videos, photos, apps, and programs were all lost.. Never buying anything from them againPublished 2 months ago by j23rog
I've owned this external hard drive for over two years now and it's done a fine job of storing my files. The USB 3. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Alex
It's a hard drive. It works and the transfer speeds are pretty good. No complaints.Published 9 months ago by Jonathan G