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WD 500GB Elements Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBUZG5000ABK-NESN

  • High-capacity in a sleek design
  • Free backup software trial
  • USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
  • Formatted NTFS

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Tim R.
  • 12/30/2015 7:12:36 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsShort Life!

This review is from: WD 500GB Elements Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBUZG5000ABK-NESN

Pros: Easy to use

Cons: Short Life!
After having this product for only two years and only accessing it a couple dozen times the drive has failed (dead sectors and inaccessible by multiple means-windows, mac, and linux- all failed) . I have other external drives that are three times as old as this drive and accessed hundreds of times and have had no issues with those. I would recommend looking for another drive that has a better track record of lasting if you are going to be backing up your files.

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  • Dominique D.
  • 11/21/2015 12:38:33 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLifesaver

This review is from: WD 500GB Elements Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBUZG5000ABK-NESN

Pros: Small, lightweight and easy to access! Makes a nice and easy back up of all my computer files.

Cons: Not any so far.

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  • Michael A.
  • 9/14/2015 9:14:20 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat drive. Faster than USB 2.0

This review is from: WD 500GB Elements Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBUZG5000ABK-NESN

Pros: Great drive. Much better than purchasing a HDD enclosure and "making" your own external drive.

Cons: I would say that the USB 3.0 is not as fast as other drives I own. But mine writes at 60MBps or so. So not shabby but I do own faster writing drives.

Other Thoughts: Great deal love this drive. Quiet too.

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  • alan m.
  • 9/3/2015 5:54:11 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsWorks great! once...

This review is from: WD 500GB Elements Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBUZG5000ABK-NESN

Pros: Fast little HDD, USB 3, Slim

Cons: Only let me use it once, then corrupted.

Other Thoughts: I bought this to back up my work server to keep a copy off site. I backed up once (~80GB) then brought it home, and put it in my safe. a month later I bring it back to work for the next backup and I open it and see my last backup, so I begin to run a new back up and it says 1.5 hours remaining, then 9.5 hours remaining... then freezes. the light on the portable HDD is still blinking, then a window pops up saying that the device path no longer exists, but the light is still on. I try a new usb cord and a new usb port with the same result. then I go to remove my old file off and it says it cannot find the files inside the folder on the portable HDD. so now i have a brick with a flashing light.

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  • Chris M.
  • 4/29/2015 10:35:43 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Great

This review is from: WD 500GB Elements Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBUZG5000ABK-NESN

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
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: WD 500GB Elements Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBUZG5000ABK-NESN

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
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat value

This review is from: WD 500GB Elements Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBUZG5000ABK-NESN

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
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOS to go

This review is from: WD 500GB Elements Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBUZG5000ABK-NESN

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
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHappy

This review is from: WD 500GB Elements Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBUZG5000ABK-NESN

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
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLike a Breeze

This review is from: WD 500GB Elements Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBUZG5000ABK-NESN

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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