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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): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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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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  • Michael M.
  • 9/21/2014 11:56:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSpacious...

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

Pros: 2TB in such a small portable drive, how nice. So far, no failures and no problems. Benchmark shows 38 write and 42 read.

Cons: No carrying case. This should be included. Would be nice if these products came with longer warranties. 1 year is not acceptable.

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3 out of 5 eggsHungry

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

Pros: Small, light weight

Cons: POWER hungry, can pull over 700ma, so the 500ma for USB 2 ain't gonna cut it.

Other Thoughts: having trouble achieving USB3 speeds despite using different cards/ports. The Sammy drive is much better.

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  • Joyce S.
  • 4/3/2014 7:21:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome!

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

Pros: - Smaller than it looks (which is good).
- Quiet, and fast transfer speeds.
- Got it on the promo for $110.

Cons: None so far!

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  • Jamie S.
  • 1/9/2014 10:04:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsIssues with Drive Firmware

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

Pros: When I first got the drive it worked well and transfers averaged around 70MB/s.

Cons: Issues with disconnecting during transfers
Firmware Update software does not work and you can not download firmware manually.

Other Thoughts: A year or so later and I am having trouble with the Drive not completing transfers. During a transfer there is always at least a couple files that it has problems transferring. Usually a Try Again works for the file, but that is highly irritating to have to do over and over. And then there is should I trust this drive with my backups if it is having this problem now. Noticed there was a firmware Update that says it will correct this problem. Tried there Firmware Update program and I get a Failed to download check your internet connection message...tried my work internet, home internet, and via cell phone tethering with same error message. Searching on the internet and it seems this issue has been going on three years now with their software. No way to download the firmware update manually and now I have a unreliable drive. I should have stuck with Seagate, my 500GB Seagate drives are still going strong after 5 years.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Blitz,
Our apologies for the inconvenience you have experienced with the WD Elements drive. Please be aware that this device in particular does not currently have any firmware update available. If available, all applicable software or updates for this device can be found at the following support page.
“WD Elements Portable”: http://support.wd.com/product/download.asp?groupid=306&lang=en

It appears as though you may require a replacement cable, as disconnects during transfers should not be occurring. We are happy to assist you with this at no further cost in the interest of troubleshooting. Please contact us at your earliest convenience via phone or email at the below information and mention this Newegg review.
(800) 275-4932
http://support.wdc.com/rs

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