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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): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Gina H.
  • 7/1/2014 12:10:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsLike a Breeze

This review is from: WD 500GB WD Elements Portable USB 3.0 Hard Drive Storage (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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  • Anonymous
  • 6/6/2014 10:58:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggs

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

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
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4 out of 5 eggsConvenient Small Device

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

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
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5 out of 5 eggsJust The Elements

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

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
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5 out of 5 eggsGood drive, but upon further review

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

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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  • Rod M.
  • 9/12/2013 11:53:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggsWorks like my others

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

Pros: Bought a 500GB model to use as my server OS backup drive with WHS2011. Works as it should. The mobo in the server is an ASRock A55M-HVS, which doesn't have USB 3.0 support, so I added the Koutech 4-Port SuperSpeed USB 3.0 PCI Express (x1), and this drive, along with my other two 1 TB element drives fly with this USB 3.0 card.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: The add in USB 3.0 card is in the top PCI slot of my Fractal R4 case. The short USB cable included with this drive is plenty long enough for the drive to rest on the top of the server, and connect to the card in the back.

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  • edith b.
  • 9/11/2013 9:17:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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5 out of 5 eggsgreat!

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

Pros: works great small very quiet

Cons: none

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  • John C.
  • 7/28/2013 8:42:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggsLike WD

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

Pros: Have had a lot of luck w/ WD products...the physical size has gotten way smaller on these drives which is a plus..price was good...<3 newegg

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Cloud backup is good but have to wonder with sensitive data...remember once its gone its gone so back it up now!

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