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Western Digital Elements 1TB Desktop External Hard Drive
  • USB 2.0
  • 3.5"
  • 1 year limited

3 out of 5 eggs Calculate and compare 06/19/2010

This review is from: Western Digital Elements 1TB Desktop External Hard Drive


I got two of these from the local store with the Bull-Eye logo. Price was good. They are USB, so it's plug-n-play. The electrical plug is the adapter, no brick.


One died after a few hours of use. It powered up and then powered down. I guessed it was a low voltage issue. I exchanged for another one, arg. WD-Seagate-Hitachi, they all have quality control problems. These have a one year limited warranty. WD doesn't seem to show longevity faith in these drives (same can be said for other manufacturers with one year limited warranty drives).

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I won't be buying these again. You'll be better off paying a few more dollars and buy one with a 3 year limited warranty on sale. Manufacturers have faith in those. Buying these drives (with the one year limited warranty) and paying for an additional 2 year extended warranty would cost you just as much, if not more. Do your own due diligent, calculate and compare your cost before you buy – I learned my lesson.
Buy an inexpensive (on sale) hard drive enclosure with an OEM drive and put it together yourself. You can reuse the enclosure you buy when the hard drive dies. I had a hard time trying to open these Element enclosures. It’s made from plastic; I didn’t want to break it so I gave up. If someone can figure how to open the enclosure without breaking it, please post the procedure.

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