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WD Elements SE 500GB USB 2.0 2.5" Portable Hard Drive WDBABV5000ABK-NESN
  • Holds up to 100,000 photos, 38 hours of movies, and 125,000 songs
  • USB 2.0
  • 1 year limited

1 out of 5 eggs End of the line for WD 04/20/2012

This review is from: WD Elements SE 500GB USB 2.0 2.5" Portable Hard Drive WDBABV5000ABK-NESN

Pros:

Small, quiet

Cons:

First one was DOA. Second one had a sketchy USB cable. Third one had a USB port that was broken internally.
Unreliable piece of junk, basically, and before I gave up, it never ran at USB 2.0 speeds.

Other Thoughts:

I've bought WD drives pretty much since the beginning of time and never thought twice about picking up this and the 1Gb version. Big mistake. There's been a change in culture at WD and these SE drives show it. They're crapware built down to a WalMart price. WD's support is appalling now too. They don't even bother hiring people that can speak English at their Indian call centre. I gave up and junked both this and the 1Gb drive in the end - it was easier than trying to get WD to replace them.
The problems: 90% of the time none of my PCs would recognise them when plugged in. The 10% of the time they did register, after 5 or 6 minutes I'd get a delayed write failure, followed by a "USB device connected to this machine has failed" error. The ultra-short micro USB cord is a cheap 2c chinese item that breaks as soon as you touch it, and the drive connector seems to be held on to the PCB by willpower alone. Appaling products, appalling support. These two drives broke my allegiance to WD.

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  • Chris L.
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year


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