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WD 1.5TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBU6Y0015BBK-NESN

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  • High-capacity in a sleek design
  • Free backup software trial
  • USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
  • Formatted NTFS

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2/ 5
Barely OK 11/24/2018 3:42:47 PM

Pros: Compact; worked for a while

Cons: Failed. No warning, just would not be read any more. WD would not do anything about the fact my backups were on this drive. Have to seriously reconsider buying WD again. 2 eggs because it DID work for a while.

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Manufacturer Response:
Hi michael b,

We’re sorry to hear your experience for WD Elements Portable and appreciate your time providing this review. please know that WD Elements Portable is a precision rotating platter device. Although they are designed to be portable, reasonable care should be exercised to avoid drops from any distance.

Best practice is to run diagnostics with Data Lifeguard Diagnostics for windows when a drive is behaving abnormally. We recommend avoiding USB hubs for external hard drives and therefore connect the drive directly to the computer. We have placed a few helpful links below providing more information for your convenience.

Testing a drive for problems using Data Lifeguard Diagnostics for Windows:


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How to physically connect, disconnect, and install a WD external drive on a Windows PC or Mac

We would be happy to help replace the drive for you, or you can follow the link below to an article explaining how to replace a defective drive under warranty.

How to Get an RMA to Replace a Defective Product, Obtain a Power Supply, or USB Cable for a WD Product

All our products must pass our stringent quality standards before leaving our factory to be free from defects in materials and craftsmanship. We stand behind our products throughout the device's factory warranty period; and would be happy to help determine the root cause of this abnormal behavior and help replace your in-warranty drive for you. You can contact us and mention the Support Case Number below for assistance.

Support Case Number: 112718-13421730
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2/ 5
Not Great... 4/27/2017 8:14:41 AM

Pros: great as a portable drive; used to store & transfer photos

Cons: just up and died on us after a year and a half. looots of lost pictures.... sucks

Overall Review: get what you pay for
going to try a smaller sized SSD this time around

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1/ 5
Terrible 4/17/2017 9:19:00 PM

Pros: works when you first get it

Cons: Started having connection issues by the 2-3 use. Only had it since february and already it reads as faulty. threw it in the trash what a waste of money. barely even used it

Overall Review: I don't recommend buying this this

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1/ 5
Died 1 month after warranty expired. 4/9/2017 7:45:42 PM

Pros: 2TB of storage

Cons: 1 year warranty
Died after 13 months and 2 uses.
USB controller is soldered onto the board of the hard drive

Overall Review: I used this to backup my computer. When I needed to access the backup a year later, the drive wouldn't spin. I can't remove the drive from the enclosure because the usb connector is soldered to the hard drive. The drive was sitting on a shelf in a temperature and humidity controlled environment with other hard drives (that still work fine to this day that are 20+ years old).

**PLEASE, buy a drive that has a longer warranty.**

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5/ 5
Awesome drive for backups and as an alternative Steam Library location 2/3/2017 8:56:01 PM

Pros: Even over USB 2 these things are blazing fast. Couldn't ask for more, really.
The size is more than enough for system image backups with enough space left over for other misc. stuff.
I've been running 2 of these for about 6 months and routinely forget they exist because of their stability and they are almost zero-noise thanks to the little rubberized feet.

Cons: Not 1TB at the same price? lol.

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5/ 5
These are absolutely great little portable, USB bus powered drives. 11/4/2016 4:46:53 PM

Pros: They're not as fast as 7200's, but you usually need separate power for those kinds of drives. I'll take these and the portability.

Cons: They can be a bit slow, depending on what you're doing.

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1/ 5
Waste of money 8/26/2016 1:09:23 PM

Pros: None

Cons: Lasted one year, then it died out on me. Clearly it's cheap quality.

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5/ 5
plug and play super portable 7/15/2016 4:44:39 PM

Pros: i use them all the time for single projects
they are inexpensive and small and light wight so they are super portable
i have found they are quite durable
i used to buy the tough grade ones for work sites
after one took a 1 story fall and worked as if it never happened i was sold

Cons: the usb cable is short

Overall Review: great for on the go or even plug and leave environment
i have many customers that back up all their data and put this in their safe
love western digital

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