WD Elements 640 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.
- Designed to protect your data and put through a comprehensive battery of tests before they are ready for market
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|Item Dimensions||3.1 x 5 x 0.6 in||1 x 1 x 1 in||3.1 x 4.3 x 0.55 in||3.2 x 4.4 x 0.6 in||2.99 x 4.47 x 0.38 in||3.21 x 4.33 x 0.64 in|
|Item Weight||7.04 ounces||1 lb||5.28 ounces||4.8 ounces||5.28 ounces||0.54 lb|
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Simply affordable, easily portable. Designed with the same commitment to quality that made WD external drives the number one selling drives in the world, Western Digital’s WD Elements™ USB 2.0 portable hard drive is simple, easy-to-use, light and easy to carry. No need to carry a bulky power adapter; this drive get its power from the USB cable. Just plug it in to any USB port and start saving your photos, music, video, and files. Simply affordable; Easy to use; USB powered; Kit contents: 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.
The cardboard packaging uses a minimal amount of materials and therefore reduces waste.
The injection-molded plastic allows the users to open and reassemble the internal components easily.
There is not a single screw involved in this unit.
Inside of this drive is a WDC Scorpio Blue drive with the standard SATA connector. This is not to be confused with the WDC Passport Essential. The Essential aims for smaller footprint, so instead of a standard SATA, the printed-circuit board on the hard drive only provides a direct USB 2.0 socket plus a few leads for SATA connection. However, if components on that PC board malfunction, then you'd have to find an identical drive and 'borrow' or 'harvest' the working PC board just to get your data off.
The Elements, if the USB 2.0 bridge is bad, the drive doesn't go down entirely. You can easily pop the drive out and put it into a USB 2.0 enclosure and read your data. This is a good side effect of having a slightly bulkier footprint.
Voiding the warranty or not, no one in the right mind would use a brick (refurbished) provided by the manufacturer as a warranty swap, so I highly recommend those who are still using 320GB or smaller to pull this drive and install it internally, and take the 320GB or smaller out of the notebook and put it into this case and use it as a backup drive.
I then came across (surprisingly hidden) this extremely simple 500Gb Essential WD hard disk and immediately liked it. The device is extremely simple : just a mini-usb interface and a flashing led on the outside. No on-off button, reset, backup, power outlet, back-up software : Nothing. It is a plain (very small) NTFS partitioned hard-disk, pure and simple. You plug in the mini-usb chord to connect to your machine, transfer data, plug it out. It is extremely small, fitting comfortably in the palm of my hand and pretty fast (I've been using it for routinely transferring and backing up several Gb files : for a 2 Gb file takes roughly a minute). Till now I've not experienced any reliability problems ( I routinely carry it around with me), but time will tell : its only been 2 months since I bought it. But in sampling the unreliability issues across the reviews for various disks, this was the one product that seemed to stand out with a very small number of reviews regarding disk crash. The default partition is NTFS, so Linux users may have to re-partition it for their liking to ext3 (or FAT32 for cross-compatibility). I haven't tried that so can't comment on it.
However, overall, I have been suitably impressed by its small size, no-frills simple approach which is pretty much what I expect in a hard-disk. The mini-USB interface is a 2.0 interface and as mentioned above, I've found the transfer speeds to be reasonably satisfactory (I use the disk for backup and occasional transfer of data).
When it died, I could see the files on the drive, but they refused to transfer. The LED just blinks, eventually Windows says it can't read from the drive after a couple minutes trying on different PC's.
No way to erase the personal information to send it in for repair.
Searching for answers on the web resulted in poor opinions of portable HDD's. Many commented that the plastic case traps heat.
Disassembly shows the drive is suspended in the plastic case by rubber bumpers. There is no way for the heat to directly escape. So if you run it a long time (i.e. backup files), the innards can get pretty hot.
I really like the self-powered drive, but I guess they just aren't reliable.