WD Elements 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive
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- Easy to Use - Just plug it in and it's ready to receive your data.
- USB Powered - These drives require no power adapter--they are powered directly through the USB cable.
- Compact Design - Weighing in at only a few ounces, these tiny drives fit easily into pocket or purse.
- All WD drives, even our most basic products, are designed to protect your data
- Easy to Use - Just plug it in and it's ready to receive your data
- USB Powered - These drives require no power adapter
- Compact Design - Weighing in at only a few ounces
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Western Digital WDBAAAR5000ABK Elements Portable External Hard Drive - 500GB, USB 2.0, Black
From the Manufacturer
WD Elements™ Portable Hard Drive - Simply affordable. Easily portable.
Western Digital's WD Elements Portable USB 2.0 hard drives are the right answer for simple, reliable portable storage. Simply plug one in to a USB port and start saving your photos, music, video, and files.
Plug-and-play simplicity - Just plug the WD Elements Portable drive into a USB port to instantly add more storage to your computer.
USB powered - These drives require no power adapter because they are powered directly though the USB cable.
WD quality inside and out - Designed with the same commitment to quality that made WD external drives the number one selling drives in the world.
Packaging - Packaged in a minimized way and recyclable packaging made from recycled materials.
Preformatted for PCs - Designed for use with Windows-based computers. Can be easily reformatted for use with Macs.
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 2.0 portable hard drive, USB cable, Quick Install Guide.
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The design of this hard drive is so stylish that I feel that even Apple designers admired this beauty and simply copied it with their Apple TV Apple TV MC572LL/A (2010). The bottom and top are matte black which makes it less of a fingerprint magnet, while the sides have a glossy finish which adds a nice touch to it. The top part has a nice glossy WD logo. The bottom has little rubber feet to prevent vibrations. Overall, I don't think you will find anything more stylish and with such a practical design than this hard drive. It's very tiny and thin.
It's very simple to use - just plug it in the USB and THAT'S IT, no extra AC adapters or cables. There is a white LED light next to the USB which blinks when the hard drive is in use (it is solid if it's just connected to the computer doing nothing).
The one thing that I don't like about this hard drive is the speed. Because it is a USB hard drive - it may take a few hours to back up 320GB of data. But I can't complain as it is a portable drive and I knew the drawback. So if you need a fast external hard drive for backups at home - please consider the one with FIREWIRE. You may have to have it plugged in the wall outlet when using it, but it will be faster.
Easy to Use - Just plug it in and it's ready to receive your data.
• USB Powered - These drives require no power adapter--they are powered directly through the USB cable.
• Compact Design - Weighing in at only a few ounces, these tiny drives fit easily into pocket or purse.
• All WD drives, even our most basic products, are designed to protect your data
I've been using this drive for several weeks now as a media drive for an LED LCD TV. It's been functioning very well for that purpose. When I opened the package, the drive itself was smaller than expected. The last portable drive I owned was a Toshiba, purchased perhaps 3 years ago, and the Elements drive is much smaller than that was. It requires no additional power source other than whatever device it's plugged into, which is a great feature for portability or, in my case, transportability from living room to computer. Both the computer and the TV recognized the drive quickly.
Based on the ever so helpful comment from Tyler I received on this review, I'll admit that the 7-10% functional decrease from the advertised size is not entirely due to the formatting of the drive and the read/write space that is subsequently reserved. Thanks for the clarification, Tyler. In short, yes, the majority of the space is due not so much to formatting (my mistake) as it is due to the base system.
But to those who are purchasing the drive, what I originally said still applies, even if the reason or explanation for it was not accurate. Don't expect the available space on this 640GB drive to actually be 640GB when you take it home and plug it in. You'll see the drive mounted and you can expect to see about 93% of that space available (ie, approximately 595G). This is true of just about all hard drives, even from other manufacturers.
While I'm at it, here's an update on the actual performance of the hard drive (as of 1/20/11):
Still functions like new. I continue to use it mostly for storing and watching media on my TV, and for that purpose, it's been great. I have had no read or write errors, even after consistent use and a couple of reformats.
It completely froze while downloading, before i was encouraged to format the thing - which wouldn't work - before it finally stopped working altogether. When i plug it in it either won't be recognised, or will completely slow down my computer.
A compete waste of money. Read the other negative reviews and follow their advice - don't buy this piece of rubbish.