- 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
WD Elements SE 1 TB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive
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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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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.
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.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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".
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)
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.Read more ›
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