WD Elements SE Portable 500 GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive
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- Maximum capacity in a small design
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|Digital Storage Capacity||500 GB||1 TB||1 TB||1 TB|
|Hard Disk Description||External||Portable||Portable||Portable|
|Hard-Drive Size||500 GB||1 TB||1 TB||1 TB|
|Hardware Connectivity||USB||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0|
|Item Dimensions||3.1 x 5 x 0.6 in||3.2 x 4.4 x 0.6 in||0.6 x 4.8 x 3.2 in||3.1 x 4.7 x 0.59 in|
|Item Weight||0.55 lb||4.8 ounces||6.4 ounces||0.51 lb|
|Memory Storage Capacity||500 GB||1 TB||1 TB||1 TB|
Western Digital 500GB Elements USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive A simple, high quality portable drive that is light and easy to carry. Simply plug it in to any USB port and start saving your photos, music, video, and files. Plug-and-play simplicity - Just plug it into a USB port and you're up and running instantly. USB powered - These drives require no power adapter; they are powered directly through the USB cable. Preformatted for PCs - Designed for use with Windows-based computers. Can be easily reformatted for use with Macs. Type: Hard Drive External: Yes Capacity: 500GB Interface: USB 2.0 Speed: 5400RPM Form factor: 2.5" Model: WDBABV5000ABK Included items: WD External Hard Drive, USB Cable Dimensions: 5" L x 3.1" W x 0.6" H Weight: 0.50lb
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.
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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.
I called WD's customer Service, and they gave me no hassle at all and suggested that I request an RMA through their web site ( a pretty easy process) - so customer services gets some kudos.
Hopefully the third time will be a charm, because I'ven had absolutely no problems with their 250GB model and I like the idea of getting just a plain drive with nor extraneous software on it.
OK - here it is November 11th, and after two bouts of trouble and reformatting the drive, the replacement exibits many of the faults expressed here. It isn't recognised for the second time on my XP computer and, while the Windows 7 computer will mount it, it slows down both computers to a crawl. Copying files to it is impossible.
I called WD's customer service, and the technician gave me no hassles about the situation and recommended that I get it replaced through the on-site RMA process, which was pretty easy. So service gets kudos.
We'll see if the third time's a charm.. Hoping for the best because I haven't had a spec of trouble with their 250GB model.
2-15-2012: After three months of solid use, the third one (a refurbished unit) is still running great. Although it's a different pattern than the other unit, there is a difference in how the light flashes when the drive is being accessed than when it's not, which was not the case with the other two unitsit was admittedly a frustrating time having to return two units, but I feel that WD handled the situation very well, and I now have a unit that is a good hard drive. Would rather have not had to go through having to return two units, but am pleased with the purchase - especially the Customer Service at WD.
i like how the design is clean and simple, very similar to that of an apple tv.
the drive started having problems after 3 months, it would get into a stuck state, where it would still register on the computer but time machine would have problems reading/writing data to it.
so every couple days i would have to unplug and replug it into the computer, very annoying
i requested a warranty replacement from western digital, their warranty service was impeccable
everything was done online, i received the replacement only after a couple business days with instructions and a box to send back my old drive. i had to pay for shipping (~$5) they received and processed my old drive about a week after i shipped it. the replacement drive has been good so far (4 months and counting)
First, for a great price, you get the full 1 TB of space - no WD backup software that I don't want to use as on the Passport series. I can dedicate the entire drive to the files I want to put on it without having the constant WD backup taking up valuable space. I bought this drive in the hope that this would be an unfettered portable hard drive, and I was correct. I have a myriad of information on this drive without a single backup in sight.
Second, this thing runs like a charm. Although I never have an occasion to take it anywhere as a truly portable drive, it's better than having some big chunk of hardware taking up real estate space on my desk. This external hard drive is compact and sits behind my laptop, out of the way. Transferring files to and from the disk is quick and easy. No long waits when moving large amounts of data (mostly pictures and music) from my computer to this hard drive, and vice-versa.
I liked it so much that I bought another after only a few months. The second has performed as flawlessly as the first. The cables fit tight and they run very quietly. All in all, I couldn't ask for a better investment to back up and protect my data.