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WD Elements 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive

4.2 out of 5 stars 305 customer reviews
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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
  • Reliable - All WD drives, even our most basic products

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Technical Details

Capacity: 500 GB
  • Brand Name: Western Digital
  • Model Number: WDBAAR5000ABK-NESN
  • Hard Disk Size: 500 GB
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 1 - Year limited warranty
  • Hard Disk Description: portable

Product Description

Capacity: 500 GB

Product Description

Item #: V55396. Plain and simple portable drives that are easy to use, light and easy to carry, and require no power adapter - they are powered directly through the USB cable.
Type: Hard drive - external
Dimensions (WxDxH): 3.1 in x 5 in x 0.6 in
Weight: 7.1 oz
Localization: Canada, Latin America, United States
Capacity: 500 GB
Interface Type: Hi-Speed USB
Data Transfer Rate: 480 Mbps
OS Required: Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 7, Apple MacOS X 10.4, Microsoft Windows Vista, Apple MacOS X 10.5
Power Source: USB bus
Vista Certification: Works with Windows Vista
Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty
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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.

Features at a glance

  • Simple add-on storage
  • Plug-and-play
  • USB 2.0 interface
  • WD quality inside and out
  • 1-year limited warranty

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.

Compatibility

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.

 


Portable Storage
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Simply affordable, easily portable.
Maximum capacity storage in a compact design.
Next generation storage to go.
Next generation high-capacity storage to go.
Pure performance for Mac.
 
Interface
USB 2.0
USB 2.0
USB 3.0, USB 2.0
USB 3.0, USB 2.0
FireWire 400/800, USB 2.0
 
Capacity range
500 GB
500 GB - 1 TB
500 GB
750 GB and 1 TB
320 GB - 640 GB
 
WD SmartWare
   
 
Automatic backup
   
 
Password protection
and hardware encryption
   
 
Ultra-portable form factor
       
 
Capacity gauge
       
 
E-label
       
 
Highest capacity
     


Product Information

Capacity:500 GB
Product Dimensions 5 x 3.1 x 0.6 inches
Item Weight 7 ounces
Shipping Weight 9.6 ounces
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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ASIN B002CZQ4GU
Item model number WDBAAR5000ABK-NESN
Customer Reviews
4.2 out of 5 stars 305 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,144 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > External Hard Drives
Date first available at Amazon.com June 15, 2009

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By Lawrence H. Bulk VINE VOICE on August 22, 2009
Size: 320 GB
I bought this Western Digital WD Elements 320 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive WDBAAR3200ABK-NESN (Black) last week at, I regret to say, Target - not Amazon. Target had it "on sale" at $59.95, an irresistible price. This unit works perfectly with Linux (both Ubuntu Linux - which is my main computer's operating system - and the modified-Xandros Linux found on the ASUS Eee PC 1000 10-Inch Netbook (1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 Processor, 1 GB RAM, 40 GB Solid State Drive, 20 GB Eee Storage, Linux, 6 Cell Battery) Pearl White which I own) and, naturally, Windows. (It is "pre-formatted" for Windows - it has some programs incorporated which I of course immediately deleted as I do not use Windows.) This unit will also work perfectly with the Apple Mac operating system (Windows and Mac compatibility are specified on the box.) As another reviewer has mentioned, it may be necessary to format the drive for use with a Mac.

Used with a Linux computer, no formatting or any other special operations are necessary. Just plug it in and you're instantly "on!" (Of course, this same comment about no formatting necessary also applies to Windows computers, though, the first time you use it, a Windows machine may take a few seconds to recognize the new drive.)

Packaged with the unit is a standard USB connection cord (supports v. 1.1 and 2.0 and, in addition to connecting to your computer for data transfer, it also powers the unit; no other external power supply is necessary) as well as the usual warranty, etc., information.
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Size: 500 GB
I retired my little Passport for use solely as a backup for my MacBook, since they had the exact same size hard drive. So then it was time to shop for a replacement to move data back and forth between my PC's and Mac's. There was a great deal for this little gem that I saw on [...] from Dell, so I scooped it up. It seems like a great drive. It is substantially faster than my Passport, so that was a plus. It moves back and forth from machine to machine, up and down the stairs, gets carried around in the briefcase and works like a charm. My only complaint was that I had to wipe it and reformat it in order to be able to have the Mac write to it, but that took only a few minutes.

Very happy with this purchase!
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Size: 500 GB Verified Purchase
This thing is the exact same width and length as the passport, but slightly thicker. It really is like a brick, and is not the slickest looking thing out there. But I LOVE the matte casing. My 500gb passport got so scratched up from the tiniest handling that I dread smooth shiny surfaces now. I don't know why this only has 1 yr warranty as oppose to the passport's 3 yrs. But hopefully it's of the same quality I've always been expecting from WD. The price was good, and amazon surprisingly delivered it super fast even with super savers s/h. Ordered on black friday and got it today on a Monday. Quite happy so far.
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Size: 500 GB Verified Purchase
I have also purchased Western Digital My Passport Essential 500 GB on Amazon. And I am extremely satisfied with both.

There are only few differences between My Passport Essential & this WD Elements:
1) My Passport Essential has 3-year warranty and WD Elements has only 1-year warranty
2) My Passport Essential is 0.6 ounces lighter than WD Elements
3) Different external appearance
4) Different software included
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Size: 500 GB Verified Purchase
I bought this around Christmas and it's been a great purchase. I simply unpacked it plugged it in and was backing up my files in no time. It's the easiest thing ever. I have had zero problems with it and would recommend it to anyone looking for a lot of space to back up their files with.
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Size: 320 GB Verified Purchase
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I used to have a 120 GB Western Digital hard drive similar to this one in size and function, it worked perfectly fine but my new laptop has 320 GB now so I had to upgrade. I liked the simplicity, reliability and stylish design of my previous Western Digital hard dive, so I did my research and when I saw this one online - I knew that's the one I was looking for.

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.
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