Western Digital WD Elements 1 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive WDE1UBK10000N (Black)
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- Fast, reliable storage
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- Compact design
- Aluminum enclosure
- Backing up photos, music, video, or any files
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WD Elements Black USB 2.0 external hard drive is an easy, reliable way to add more storage to your PC or Macintosh®. Simply plug it in to a USB port and start saving or backing up your photos, music video and files. It's preformatted for immediate use. The compact, durable metal case provides extra data protection.
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It's probably helpful to enumerate the features I feel are worth being aware of before one buys it (and I shall answer any additional questions if you drop a comment, to the extent that I can):
# Heavy, solid build, almost bullet-proof enclosure.
# 8"x4"x1" rectangular prism (these are not exact measurements but I'm confident it's close.
# USB port for data transfer, cable included.
# External power supply.
# Silent run - you can't hear it spinning unless you place it close to your ear.
# Cool - after one night of uninterrupted operation it was barely warmer than room temperature.
# Not a speed demon but I backed up 50GB in something like 20-30 minutes.
# Formated as FAT32.
# Comes with no software but it was instantly recognized by both Vista and my PS3 (more about that later)
# There is no manual to speak of - and no manual is needed.
# One year warranty.
# 30-day free tech support during the warranty period where the clock starts running after the first call to WD.
# Lacks the (to me annoying) carnival lights that some other drives have these days - only one blue LED, on the back, blinks when read/writes are performed.
I can't think of anything bad to say about this device. I went for the 1TB size because I wanted to back up several smaller computers on it and my 320GB PS3. For a stress test and if you are going to use it with XP or Vista you may want to reformat the disk as NTFS - Microsoft will be spinning your disk for many, many hours and, if you bought a dud, chances are it will stop working during the 10-12 hours format process. Or, you can check the 'fast format' option and the formatting will be done in less than one minute.
After the overnight test was passed, I partitioned the disk into 4 using Vista (no problem whatsoever) and I formated 3 of them as NTFS and one as FAT32 (get FAT32FORMAT off the Net because Microsoft's utility does not work on a 300GB partition). Backups ran flawlessly with Microsoft's backup interface and backing up the PS3 was incident-free too - it instantly recognized the FAT32 partition and I have a nice PS3 backup now.
I highly recommend this drive as a backup device that does not travel a lot.
P.S. - if my review seems to be coming from someone who uncritically gushes over little gadgets, do check my other reviews of electronics or my reviews in general. I am trying to be as objective and as factual as possible and, in this case, I believe, we have a good, solid device that fully meets expectations.
The hard drive is nice and quite. I have a 500GB hard drive too that makes tons of noise while using it.
Based on the recommendations of other reviews, I went ahead and formatted it with in NTSF with the "quick format". (Without checking, "Quick Format" it'll take about 9 hours!) It comes formatted in FAT32, which only allows up to 4 GB file sizes. NTSF allows much bigger file sizes
You only get a USB cable with this. So if you want a hard drive that transfers data fast, pay the extra money and get one with a fire wire. But this suites my needs because I'll be hardly transferring data directly. I'm using it for video editing and when I upload videos from my MiniDV camera to it, it's enough for the USB cable to handle.
I'd like to point out that instead of getting 1024 GB's, you get 931 instead. It's because advertisers like to thing there are exactly 1000 bytes in KB, 1000 KB's in a MB, etc... When the number is actualy 1024.
(6 Months Later)
I just bought another one so I could make full backups from my previous one. This one also works great! & my first hard drive is still going strong.
Also, I remember my first hard drive was delivered cold. I once started up a computer that was also cold & it didn't sound right. So I waited for my new hard drive to warm up to room temperature before using it. I recommend you do the same.
(About 1.5 years later from 1st purchase)
Well I am sad to say that my first hard drive pretty much died a little while ago. But I got countless hours of video editing off of it! The one thing that probably contributed to its death is that I took it on several rode trips. I made sure it was padded in the suitcase, but just that fact that it got moved around.
But the drive did not die without warning. I started noticing that it would not let me copy certain files off the drive. It said something like, "Cannot read source file or disk." I ran the error checking utility in Vista & it fixed all the files! But soon I started noticing the same problem with new files. I then decided to switch the positions of the 2 drives. I now used my newest one for video editing, & the old one for backups. But as I was doing my first backup on it, the drive became unresponsive halfway through it. It would not cooperate at all. Just now, I tried putting more files on it & it copied over at a measly 4MB/S (should go about 15) & it also makes a slight abnormal noise. I do not trust to work on it anymore.
However, this is a risk with all HDD's. If I am in need of another external hard drive, I would probably go for Western Digital again. I have already bought a replacement, but I decided to with internal this time. (Which is faster, more reliable, & cheaper.) I found out I could take out the DVD-ROM out of our small desktop, connect it through a SATA to USB converter, & replace it with the WD 1TB internal hard drive. Now I use my working external drive for backups.
It'll be nice when 1TB SSD's are this cheap!
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A good buy...using it to store movies and clips....transfer rate is decent.