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WD 2TB WD Elements Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive Storage (WDBU6Y0020BBK-NESN)

  • High-capacity in a sleek design
  • Free backup software trial
  • USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
  • Formatted NTFS
  • 1 Year Warranty
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • John S.
  • 2/25/2015 12:04:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSo far so good

This review is from: WD 2TB WD Elements Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive Storage (WDBU6Y0020BBK-NESN)

Pros: I bought this to store files that I need to use on more than one computer. It is small, has only a single data/power connector, fast (USB 3.0) and holds everything I need it to. I move between three different computers on a regular basis and this has been a great storage tool to do just that.

Cons: There is a noticeable hesitation before accessing the drive when I am using a software program - but this does not occur when I just use Windows file explorer. It is probably connected to the fact the drive will go to sleep after a bit if not in use. It's annoying, but not enough to outweigh the advantages of having a small package for 2Tb of data.

Other Thoughts: I use the Windows partition tool to assign the drive a specific drive letter - and then I make sure to plug it into the same USB port each time. This means I can set up shortcuts and links from software that will always work as they should. It makes switching between computers very easy. I also back up the data to another drive every day since I worry about the longevity of a drive that is so often on the move.

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  • Robert B.
  • 2/25/2015 7:21:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWD Elements 2TB USB External Hard Drive

This review is from: WD 2TB WD Elements Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive Storage (WDBU6Y0020BBK-NESN)

Pros: very convenient

Cons: a bit pricey

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  • timothy s.
  • 2/19/2015 5:23:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsawesom

This review is from: WD 2TB WD Elements Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive Storage (WDBU6Y0020BBK-NESN)

Pros: work awesom with the xboxone

Cons: i used it to expand my xboxone memory

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/28/2014 5:04:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsworks as advertised correction

This review is from: WD 2TB WD Elements Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive Storage (WDBU6Y0020BBK-NESN)

Pros: Same as in previous review.

Cons: Same as in previous review.

Other Thoughts: One minor correction to my previous review. To get smartctl to recognize the drive, pass -d sat, and not -d sata as I previously said. So, to get smartctl to recognize the drive, pass -d sat to it, as in "smartctl -a -d sat".

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/21/2014 7:52:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsworks as advertised

This review is from: WD 2TB WD Elements Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive Storage (WDBU6Y0020BBK-NESN)

Pros: Ditto the other 5 star reviews. Quiet, and compact. Works with win7 and GNU/Linux using USB 2.0. Speeds are what I would expect. No detectable lag in read/write when booting off this drive into a GNU/Linux system on it with gnome3 installed.

Cons: GNU/Linux spins down this drive if it is idle for more than 5 minutes. This is especially a problem when running an extended SMART test on the drive. To get around this, query the drive with something like "smartctl -a" every 5 minutes or so, and you should be fine. This isn't a problem if files are being written to/read from the drive.

Other Thoughts: To get smartctl to recognize the drive, pass -d sata to it, as in "smartctl -a -d sata". When querying the drive, smartctl reports that the extended test takes 255 minutes to complete. This is incorrect. My drive was done testing after about 8 hours. Use smartctl to check if the test is still running before you assume it finished.

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  • Patrik H.
  • 12/9/2014 9:08:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgood value

This review is from: WD 2TB WD Elements Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive Storage (WDBU6Y0020BBK-NESN)

Pros: inexpensive! (when on sale), portable.

Cons: none so far...

Other Thoughts: I manually back up, So I do not use the free trial software. Worked straight out of the box. Speed varies from (starting off at 140MB/sec) then averaging out to about 80-90MB/sec on USB 3.0 desktop.

Happy with he purchase so far!

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  • Richard W.
  • 12/1/2014 1:33:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsCharges you $$$ to back up data now!

This review is from: WD 2TB WD Elements Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive Storage (WDBU6Y0020BBK-NESN)

Pros: It was cheap

Cons: WD wont let you use this drive for backing up your computer unless you shell out MORE $$$$.
I had a 1TB passport and was able to use the included software on it to back up my PC. WD software will NOT let you back up to this drive. AVOID this SCAM!

Other Thoughts: I hope I can send this junk back without getting charged a restocking fee.

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  • Jeff W.
  • 11/11/2014 9:46:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggswarranty

This review is from: WD 2TB WD Elements Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive Storage (WDBU6Y0020BBK-NESN)

Pros: inexpensive for 2 tb

Cons: only a 1 year warranty

Other Thoughts: Something to think about..WD offers the 2TB Element with a 1 year warranty and the 2TB Ultra for a few dollars more. The 2TB Ultra has a 3 year warranty! Maybe WD has less faith in the 2TB Elements lasting very long or its quality?

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/5/2014 7:02:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsThe loyal companion

This review is from: WD 2TB WD Elements Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive Storage (WDBU6Y0020BBK-NESN)

Pros: Amazingly stable device. That's what I needed.
Moving it frequently between TV and PC - lifting, throwing, plug in, plug out...no problem.
A Durable piece.

Cons: None, Zero, Nada, Zip.

Other Thoughts: No questions, no doubts.

One of the best purchases I had ever made online.

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  • Martin C.
  • 10/29/2014 1:01:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNot as fast as advertised

This review is from: WD 2TB WD Elements Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive Storage (WDBU6Y0020BBK-NESN)

Pros: It is 2TB storage so plenty of space to store all the music I want (I am a DJ amd I got more than 1TB of music)
It works so far after 1 month

Cons: Transfer speeds are wayyyyy below the "up to 5 Gb/s" they claim it could reach.
I got transfer speed going between 35 and 50 Mb/s on folders averaging 250GB transfering them from my desktop to this HDD thru a PCIE USB3 card ... so ... not faster than a USB2 HDD.

Other Thoughts: I give it a 3 not because of poor quality or other quality issue.
I give it a 3 because I expected it to be way much faster ... it took me more than 6 hours to transfer all my files ... it's a shame since it took me less than 3 jours to transfer the same files from my desktop to a Phantom drives 2TB USB3 desktop external HDD.

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