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WD 500GB WD Elements Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive Storage (WDBUZG5000ABK-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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  • Chris M.
  • 4/29/2015 10:35:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Great

Pros: Works great in Ubuntu 14.04

Cons: Doesn't make dinner

Other Thoughts: I'm using this to air gap my backed up photos and such in unlikely chance of a Linux ransomware attack. Paranoid? Yes, but who doesn't enjoy having extra hard drives?

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  • Kenneth B.
  • 2/8/2015 10:32:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Fast, quiet and small. It comes with the cord. What's not to love?

Cons: I don't use the enclosed backup software, so I cannot comment on that.

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  • Nicholas W.
  • 2/4/2015 1:03:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat value

Pros: I love this portable hard drive. I can backup my entire PC on it and then take it over to a laptop and keep working on anything I need... like homework for college and not miss anything. It is pretty durable as well.

Cons: none

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  • Kerri T.
  • 12/9/2014 9:46:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOS to go

Pros: versatile and quite durable. Easily reformats without any issues, and runs my favorite Linux OSs quite nicely. Makes for a great portable OS drive.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: Bought to run Linux wherever I go, have more room than a thumb drive and last longer.

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  • Martin G.
  • 12/2/2014 7:36:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHappy

Pros: Small, well build, the plug is rock solid thigh MicroB 3.0 ... no loose over time, Seem fast for a mehcnical drive

Cons: Nothing so far ...

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  • Gina H.
  • 7/1/2014 12:10:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLike a Breeze

Pros: Small, gets the job done. There's a bright white light that let's you know it's operating.

Cons: None yet!

Other Thoughts: I've had this for a year, but haven't had a chance to use it until this month when I did a clean install for Win 7. Plugged it in and used it right away. Good stuff.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/6/2014 10:58:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: fsst. small. convenient

Cons: no free potato

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  • Jonathan M.
  • 2/25/2014 4:55:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsConvenient Small Device

Pros: Convenient small design. Write & transfer speed is excellent

Cons: N/A

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  • Regan F.
  • 11/11/2013 4:01:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust The Elements

Pros: This drive doesn't come with any bloatware, which was the number one thing I was looking for. There is a trial for Western Digital's back-up software on it, that you can promptly delete and never see again. Just plug this into your computer, and start saving whatever you want on it, just like a thumb-drive. It's quite thin and light, and while I haven't been abusive to it, it seems it can handle traveling.

Cons: Once you plug it into a computer, it will start spinning, and it won't stop spinning until you unplug it, even if Windows has safely removed it. If you're using a laptop like I am, this will suck battery power from it for no reason if you leave it in after dismounting it, so just be careful and unplug it when you're done with it.

Other Thoughts: I just wanted a hard drive that I could centralize all of my computer science school work into one location, instead of having it across 2 laptops and a desktop. I also wanted it to just work like a thumb-drive. Plug it in and go. This hard drive does all of that for me, so I'm pretty happy with it.

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  • Rod M.
  • 9/24/2013 11:39:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood drive, but upon further review

Pros: I had purchased one of the 500GB models to use on my WHS2011 server as the server OS backup drive. This drive worked fine for that, but after using it for a couple of days, I took it out of service for this particular task.

I noticed the head park (load/unload cycle) was generating over 100 hits a day. Typically you see errors around the 300K mark and most drives are rated to 600K. For what I was using it for, I probably would have seen errors within a years use.

Comparatively, I was using a WD AV-GP 320GB drive that has the head park time limit disabled, after over 6 months of use in the same situation, there were only a little over 3000 load cycles, so I switched back to dual 320 GB drives, internal.

Cons: None, other than the drives used in this device apparently have the 8 second idle time head park feature that plagued some of the earlier green drives. Not an issue for a typical external USB drive use, but to be left on continuously might create and issue.

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