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Pros: Affordable storage. Above average RMA service if within warranty period.
Cons: It's not much to look at. Multiple failures. Poor thermal design which may pose problems when first loading data on, which is usually hours worth of time on USB 2.0, depending on your files. I suggest taking a break between file loads to let it properly cool back down. Poor customer service with a serious communication barrier. USB controller board seems faulty and prone to failure.
Overall Review: I've owned about 4 of these hard drives over the years from 1TB to 3TB in sizes. When they work they work great. When they fail Western Digital is usually fairly quick and reliable with their RMA service IF your failure occurs during the warranty. If not, expect a lot of grief and a lot of communication issues. They usually outright ignore anything you say and give you a canned response for about three times before they actually respond directly to your concerns. If you're looking for troubleshooting help, forget it. Also they don't extend the warranty of your RMA'd drive, which they should. When you buy a product you shouldn't have to hope that you won't have multiple failures after multiple replacements simply because the company won't make good on their own replacement.
I've had two failures with this model on two separate drives. The first time the drive just stopped powering up. I suspect the usb controller board was faulty but I didn't want to open the drive and void my warranty. The second time, on a different drive, my files were suddenly corrupted, without warning, and the partition table was totally out of whack. It basically reversed my empty space and used space. Their customer service help was 100% useless in addressing my concerns. After a reformat and bad sector checking, the drive came back with clean results. It was the USB controller board that caused the issue since usually a drive will act unusual once it starts having bad sectors, outside of physical damage, drives rarely die overnight from bad sectors. Since the drive was out of warranty I took it out of the enclosure and plugged it in via SATA. It's still working to this day and no further corruption or any issues. Of course, WD insisted I was wrong and that it was drive issue and not USB. In both cases my hard drives came clean with S.M.A.R.T data, no physical damage or sensor trips.
When the weakest link in your product is the biggest selling point, well you have to readdress said product.
Due to WD's RMA service, I wouldn't say they're not worth purchasing, just be mindful and don't use their external drives as your first back-up choice. Also don't expect someone with technical knowledge to address your concerns.
Pros: WD customer service more than makes up for defective drive.
Overall Review: This is an update to the negative review I wrote on 8/23/12. I was very disappointed that my WD Elements drive was failing with bad blocks after only 18 months.
After I posted the review I forgot all about it until I got an email from Newegg telling me that WD had responded to me and wanted me to call them to discuss the problem. Both of the support people I spoke to were excellent and they decided to replace the drive even though it was six months out of warranty.
They even paid for shipping both ways! And when I got the replacement drive it was USB 3.0 even though the drive I was returning was USB 2.0.
This has been one of the best customer service experiences I've ever had. Thanks WD and Newegg! I doubt any other retailer could have gotten WD's attention the way my review on Newegg did.
Pros: -1 TB of external storage for pretty cheap
-Runs very cool
-Have had no problems in over 1 year using this as a daily backup drive
Cons: -Too slow to be anything other than a Backup drive. Even then, you are probably better off trying to find a USB 3.0 Drive if you can.
-If you have a lot of data, you'll need more than 1 TB to handle daily backups. I have < 250 GB of data and have Windows 7 handle the backup daily. Every month or two so I have to clean out some old backups.
None of this was a big con - I don't have much data, and I don't have a USB 3.0 mobo.
Overall Review: I highly recommend this drive to anyone who wants to do backups for < 500 GB of data, or who just needs a big external drive to stick music/pictures/videos on.
If you need to run daily backups on 500GB+ of data, I would recommend getting at least a 2TB backup drive.
If you have a mobo to support it - get a USB 3.0 HDD instead of this.
Pros: Love these drives. I use them for all my media storage. The description doesn't really give you any specs on the drive... It's a WD Green drive, so it's a low power 5400rpm drive. Definitely wouldn't use this as a boot drive.
I bought this because it was the cheapest 2TB drive at the time, 69.99. I took the drive out of the enclosure and mounted directly in my computer. I ended up taking out one of my 1TB drives and putting it in the enclosure to use as a backup drive. Worked out pretty well, I'm happy :)
So the highlights of this drive are:
Great price point
Lot's of space
Cons: Not really any cons associated with this drive. Even if you do have a problem with it, WD Warranty support is fantastic. I guess I would like to see better speeds out of this, but at the same time I paid 69.99 and I'm only using it to store media... so it works great :)
Pros: got it today. lightweight. small footprint. plugged into win7 64 bit system and recognized and worked.
transferred a 610mb file pretty fast over u.s.b 2.0
noticeably faster than u.sb 1.0
now, we will see it's durability
Cons: does not bake cookies
Pros: Reliable work a day external hard drive. Spins down when not in use. Quiet in operation. Relatively zippy for a USB 2 drive. Cures the common cold.
Cons: Activity light may be a bit too bright. Nothing a bit of electrical tape won't fix.
Pros: Big, fast, stable. Nice thing about desktop sized external backups is that they have their own power supplies, so no worries "does my USB port have enough power" or any of the associated flakiness sometimes coming w/ self powered laptop size external drives.
Western Digital reliability.
Cons: Big physically. Only USB2 in a world that is moving to USB3.
Overall Review: At this point, if you are buying a desktop (3.5in) drive for external backup you are probably buying larger than 1TB, since you can get a laptop 1TB external for about a hundred dollars when on sale.
So probably you should have a reason to get this for (1) you prefer a desktop size drive and/or (2) its on sale for a really good price.
Pros: Bought this for a client that needed external space with their Mac Book Pro. Hooked it up and formatted it as HFS+ in no time. Hasn't had any problems moving over the clients work from the internal drive. He opens up projects (photoshop) files and works from the external drive without problems. Would purchase myself.
Cons: No vents are on the model. Possible heat issues if put under heavy load for extended periods of time.
Overall Review: Great back up device, great price.