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Western Digital Element 1TB 3.5" Black External Hard Drive

  • USB 2.0
  • 1-year Manufacturer Warranty

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Mayur P.
  • 7/16/2014 12:15:02 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Hard Drive

Pros: Its a Western Digital, a brand known for reliability. Affordable, just works

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Western Digital drives are a safe bet, I have one that is 5 years old and has been used alot for video data, and it still runs like a champ

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  • Vincent C.
  • 5/1/2014 9:26:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat way to back up your files

Pros: Great way to back up your files and keep them safe and at the same time keep your hard drive clear,

Cons: No on off switch. If it's plugged in, it will turn on with computer so you need to unplug the power.

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  • JOHN L.
  • 3/19/2014 11:35:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt's a Western Digital...

Pros: Great for backups, doc files, etc., Quiet. Runs 24/7/365.
Reliable. I have 2 of these. Years later, like new.

It's a Western Digital, or as we used to call WDC years ago:
"The Western Dog". A long story....but a good one, trust me!

Cons: Cons? Hmmm...i don't know of any.

Other Thoughts: Beats "Seafoam' at every turn. ;)

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  • MR D.
  • 5/7/2013 9:15:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRELIABLE!

Pros: Tough tough tough. I take this HD to work on nights to watch movies and such. I carry it to homes for uploading software and troubleshooting PCs. I have had to open the AC Adapter to re-solder a wire but that was my fault. I am very rough on it. This thing could have survived a nuke! Wish they hadn't swapped to the plastic cases on the new ones.

Cons: The new ones have a plastic housing. But they still work great!

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  • Nathaniel B.
  • 8/10/2012 8:46:34 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDied

Pros: -Space
-Formatted FAT32, allowed me to connect to MACs

Cons: After a year and a half, Windows started to say it had a problem recognizing the drive, same on all PCs, the drive was no longer functional. Took the drive out of the enclosure and put it in another 3.5 enclosure, still no luck.

Other Thoughts: Mine died after a year. I know how to handle external hard drives and this one was not mistreated.

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  • Collin T.
  • 3/22/2012 3:40:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLOVE IT!!

Pros: I have enjoyed this drive for a while now. got it within a few days of ordering and it worked every time i used it. I carried it back and forth from home to school and even on a number of rather long trips with no problems. I did not treat it with kid gloves, but I didn't throw it around all the time. Unfortunately it's full and newegg doesn't carry it anymore or WD doesn't make it. If they were available, I would buy another in a heartbeat. I guess I'll have to make do with the Hitachi 3tb that I purchased recently.

Cons: none whatsoever

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  • Timothy V.
  • 2/28/2011 8:46:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFine... for the first 365.

Pros: It *did* look nice.
It *was* fast.

Cons: Lasted just over a year. Which is just completely ridiculous for a hard drive.

Other Thoughts: It was hardly moved and always kept dust-free. This was my first ever purchase of a WD, I've had many Lacie's over the past several years (which are all still working perfectly), so my choice has been made.
Money wasted, and over a million images lost (I am a photographer).

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/27/2010 10:02:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat External Drive

Pros: Great dependable drive made by an actual hard drive manufacturer.

It has a very simplistic yet functional design. The hard drive is contained within an aluminum shell which helps to dissipate some of the heat as well as give it a much sturdier feeling. The drive lays horizontal on rubber ends which help reduce vibration and noise as well as keep the drive from being pushed around.

Laying flat also eliminates the risk of accidentally knocking the drive over as is the case with most external drives.

The indicator access light is not too bright and out of the way so it won't be flashing in your face when you are trying to sleep.

Cons: No eSATA, but that's only a minor con in this case.

Other Thoughts: I've run this drive for over a year now and have had no troubles. It's very reliable as one would expect from a major hard drive manufacturer. It has even saved me from total data loss as I was able to copy everything over from a failing drive before it kicked the bucket a few months later.
I hope WD continues to use this design more instead of their "my book" design. Sometimes simplistic is better.

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  • David H.
  • 1/7/2010 11:08:39 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsJust a perfect backup/dump drive

Pros: I have been using this drive as a backup/dump drive everyday since Sep, 09. It is sitting behind my monitors and is totally out of sight. I don't hear while it is operating so it is completely quiet to me. It feels just a little bit warmer than body temp when backup is running; otherwise, it sits idle and nothing seems happening to it. It powers down when the computer is down or in sleep mode. It powers up when the computer is powered up.

Running daily backup onto this drive cannot be simpler. I use robocopy (free from Windows 7 ultimate, or free download from MicroSoft) and Windows 7 scheduler. I simply shutdown all apps and let Windows 7 goes to sleep. Scheduler wakes up at 5:00am and backups the data, then goes back to sleep. Totally painless operation.

Cons: As a backup device? No con.

Other Thoughts: Robocopy command to mirror a dir:

robocopy "D:\LocalLibraries" "z:\LocalLibraries_backup" /MIR /V /NP /R:10 /W:30 /MT:2

/MT:2 tells Windows 7 to fork 2 threads to copy files. Max 128.

/MIR is to mirror

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  • Aaron V.
  • 1/5/2010 8:19:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsA Fantastic External HDD, Especially For The PS3

Pros: This drive is the absolute fastest accessible external HDD I've ever owned and I've had a plethora of them - Buffalo, WD Passport, Iomega, Hitachi, Samsung, Seagate, Acomdata, etc. It has the most durable, cool casing I've ever seen and it's much better than the newer WD Elements models. It never gets hot like many HDDs and I keep it on for days without any issues as I hot swap it between computers.

Cons: It doesn't have a power button because it's automatic. However, I like to have both as most of my HDDs have had both options, but it's not a deal breaker.

If you have the power supply with the detachable prongs, make sure you go to Western Digital's website and request a replacement via email. The detachable one is faulty by design and needs to be replaced. Even though they say it's provided free for those who've purchased their WD Elements drives within the past 60 or so days, they will still send you a replacement free. It is after all defective and their responsibility.

Other Thoughts: I primarily use this drive to play movies through my PS3 and it is the fastest drive I've plugged into it. Usually it takes a few minutes for the movies and folders to appear on the XMB of the PS3 but this one appears almost immediately after the USB symbol that the drive is recognized shows up. I can pretty much instantly play video files that I have on the drive and it never hiccups like many drives I've owned before it. Steer clear of Seagate drives! They are disastrous! You can't go wrong with highly reliable Western Digital Drives. They are are brand you can count on and customer service that is top notch and highly professional.

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