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WD Elements SE 1 TB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive

4.2 out of 5 stars 281 customer reviews
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  • Reliable - All WD drives, even our most basic products, are designed to protect your data and put through a comprehensive battery
  • Compact Design - Weighing in at only a few ounces, these tiny drives fit easily into pocket or purse.
  • Easy to Use - Just plug it in and it's ready to receive your data.
  • Maximum capacity - Store all your favorite videos, music, photos, and important files. Still sleek and compact to load it up and carry
  • USB Powered - These drives require no power adapter-they are powered directly through the USB cable.
  • USB Powered - These drives require no power adapter--they are powered directly through the USB cable.
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Product Features

Capacity: 1 TB
  • Hard Drive: 1 TB
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Windows Vista Business Windows Vista Home Basic Windows Vista Home Premium Windows Vista Ultimate Windows XP Home Edition Windows XP Professional Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
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Product Description

Capacity: 1 TB

Product Description

Western Digital Elements WDBABV0010ABK-NESN Hard Drive WDBABV0010ABK-NESN Hard Drives - External

From the Manufacturer

WD Elements™ Portable SE Hard Drive - Maximum capacity storage in a compact design.

Western Digital's WD Elements Portable SE 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 high-capacity storage
  • Plug-and-play
  • USB 2.0 interface
  • WD quality inside and out
  • 1-year limited warranty

Maximum capacity, compact design - Store all your favorite videos, music, photos, and important files. But it's still sleek and compact, so you can slip it in your pocket and take it with you anywhere.

Plug-and-play simplicity - Just plug the WD Elements Portable SE 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
Comparison Chart
WD Elements Portable WD Elements Portable SE My Passport Essential My Passport Essential SE My Passport Studio
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:1 TB
Product Dimensions 5 x 3.1 x 0.6 inches
Item Weight 12 ounces
Shipping Weight 3 pounds
ASIN B003B8PPEY
Item model number WDBABV0010BBK-NESN
Customer Reviews
4.2 out of 5 stars 281 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,188 in Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > External Hard Drives
Date first available at Amazon.com March 6, 2010

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By Q. Fischer on April 19, 2010
Size: 1 TB Verified Purchase
WD does listen to its customers. As proof I give you their new 1TB SE portable hard drive. No nasty bloatware gumming up the works, no unreliable connectivity. Just a plain simple drive that holds a massive amount of data in a suprisingly small unit. See we consumers can make a difference! WD congratulations on recognizing that "the customer is always right" even if it took a while for it to sink in. I'll be buying more WD products again, starting with another one of these.

UPDATE: I have had 2 of these drives for about a month now and decided I could offer more input to those of you trying to decide on a storage solution. We'll start with the CONS: I bought 2 of these drives and felt I had to return 1 because it had a loose usb port on the drive. The mini USB cable fits very snug in this port and perhaps WD over compensated for early reviews that the stability of the cable was a problem. The drive still functioned, but I was uncomfortable with the fact that the port was not solid after several uses. This is why I've changed my rating from 5 to 4 stars. (By the way return through Amazon was simple and pain free.) Now the PROS: I have kept the second drive and it is performing flawlessly. I'm hoping the port issue was just that particular unit, because I REALLY like this drive. The best thing about it is that WD kept it SIMPLE. There is no bloatware, just a vast amount of storage space! I considered Seagate, but all of their portable drives now appear to have a backup bloatware preinstalled and I don't need or WANT that. The WD elements se 1tb drive is perfect for storing my music, pictures and video to bring with me anywhere I go, and it won't fill up any time soon! Finally, it is the SMALLEST 1TB DRIVE I have seen measuring only about 3" x 4.5" x 0.9".
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Size: 1 TB Verified Purchase
Warning: as mentioned by a few other reviewers, the USB cable design on this unit is too easy to come loose, thereby impacting file backups. I've purchased dozens of external USB drives from Amazon over the past several years, from many different manufacturers. Some have been slightly better or worse than others. Out of all of these, this has been the first that has been too-bad-to-use. Stay away from this design until they fix the usb connector!
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Size: 1 TB
I bought this at newegg and received it today (I mostly buy Amazon stuff but newegg had a much better deal this time). It's just what I wanted, small footprint (3"x 4.38" x 0.75"), very quiet, looks neat. I was going to buy the Seagate portable 1TB ext. hard drive (expansion) weeks back for a pretty good deal at Costco but decided to wait for something that's less in size. I saw two days ago at newegg for a deal on this new item and couldn't wait so took the plunge, wishing WD would have released an improved device after all the user feedbacks on the WD 1TB passport portable version. Looks like WD did. This one is still using micro USB connector, a minor disappointed at first upon opening package but none now with the very steady connection once plugged in. There is no extra software at all on the drive, pre-formatted in NTFS. Nothing more nothing less. Typical USB 2.0 speed. Very satisfied now and will update later when I use it more.
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Size: 500 GB
The USB connector on the HDD has been gradually getting worse. It got to the point where moving anything in the vicinity of the cable would cause the drive to disconnect from the PC. Then - scary! - the PC had trouble recognising the drive... finally got it to connect. I'll be copying my data off and taking it back to the store. Now to find a disk with a rock solid USB connector! Any tips?
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Size: 1 TB
We bought two of these drives for our video clips for live VJing (video DJing), as they were the first 1TB USB-powered mini drives we could buy.

Unfortunately for us, the power-saving function of these WD drives means that the platter stops spinning regularly (every minute or two) and there are 6-second freezes in the video. We thought it must be possible to turn this 'function' off, but we've just been advised by WD that it can't be disabled.

Apart from that, they're great little drives - just unfortunately of no use to us, or anyone else that requires constant access to data on the drive without 6 seconds of lag now and then.

I'd warn other VJs, and possibly DJs, to buy a different brand of drive.

If you're just editing to it, or using it for data storage or backups, I would still recommend it.

(kat from VJzoo)
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Size: 1 TB Verified Purchase
Love this little hard drive. Its small, compact and usefull in carrying all my movies, music and photos. I'm glad western digtal released a better version of there 1TB portable external hard drive after hearing the bad reviews of the previous model. Well done western for listening to the customers!!
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Size: 1 TB Verified Purchase
I purchased this item and got it in a very, very short time, so Amazon's shipping gets cudos!

However, when I hooked it up, the drive light flashed steadily at about 2 flashes per second and would'nt become steady like my other WD Elements SE drive, so I suspected some trouble. I downloaded WD's diagnostics software, and although it passed all the tests, the "Quick Test" (which should have taken about 5 minutes) took over 10 hours.

I wasn't comfortable, so I went through Amazon's return procedure, and must say that it was a VERY pleasant experience - identify what you want to return, tell them your concerns, print the lable and you're set to go - no postage neccessary!

I have a WD Elements 160GB that I've been using for about 4 months both at home and at work and am very pleased with the performance and reliability. The light is steady when not being accessed and blinks when accessed - just as it should. It's VERY quiet, just the right size, not encumbered with extra software and simply works. No cable issues, but then again, I don't disconnect the drive side when packing it up to go to or from work.

Bottom line is that every manufactured item has a few items that arrive in less than ideal condition, and we'll see if the replacement is better. If so, I'll update this review and perhaps change the overall star rating.

Would I recommend this item to a friend? At the current time, yes, but cautiously.

11-11-2011 Downgraded my stars to a one-star - after 5 months, very little usage and having to re-format the drive twice, it still refuses to be recognised on my XP machine and, wjile my Windows 7 machine will mount the drive, it slows both computers to a crawl. Copying files to it is impossible.
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