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April 6, 2011 / senpul2006

Western Digital WD Elements 2 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive

Western Digital WD Elements 2 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive

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Western Digital WD Elements 2 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive

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  1. Sree V. Remella "Sree" / Apr 6 2011 3:23 am

    1,288 of 1,343 people found the following review helpful:

    Very good hard drive!, November 23, 2009

    By Sree V. Remella “Sree” (Tempe, AZ) –

    This review is from: Western Digital WD Elements 1 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive (Electronics)

    I work for Computing support at Arizona State University, and I have enough technical knowledge to be certified as a TECH JUNKIE :). I am a photographer too, so I have tons of Photos (about 160GB), Videos, Software, Movies and Documentaries. I was looking for a simple external hard drive without any backup software included, I am smart enough to do manual incremental backups with file tree structure intact (I use GOODSYNC to backup, its very simple and easy to use and free). I have looked at many many external HDDs and narrowed down to two models “Samsung Story 1TB – very good one too” and this one (I wanted it to be cheap too – got this for $85 on […]). I did not go with other WD models because of their annoying Backup Software. Coming to the WD Elements 1TB: Its much smaller than I expected. It is dead silent, I had to touch it to convince myself that it was running, when I first turned it on. Its not too heavy either. The indicator light is placed at the rear, which is a very good thing (I find these LED’s annoying, especially at night). After I did the first setup, I copied 383GB of data (931GB was total space). It took about 4hr 47min, speed varied between 20MBps to 37MBps. This is pretty good speed for USB 2.0. It was just a bit warm (my old segate hard drive would be very very hot for this amount of data transfer). I would recommend it to beginners or pros alike. I am very happy with this purchase! UPDATE: After about three months of heavy usage, it never gave up on me. Its still dead silent and works flawlessly. It never got even warm!! Follow these steps to get GOODSYNC for FREE: In the beginning GOODSYNC was free, later they made a paid version as it gained popularity.. but there is a way to get PRO version for free… 1. go to good sync website 2. signup for a trial offer and you get PRO serial for free (I signed up for eMusic trial) 3. Once you get the serial, end the subscription before the trial expires… NOTE: The above mentioned procedure may not work anymore :( UPDATE: 07-28-2010 I sold my WD Elements 1TB and got a 2TB one a couple of months ago(as my data is on rise all the time), couldn’t be happier :) I bought it from TigerDirect for [ … ] and got [ … ] cashback via [ … ] …awesome!!

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  2. Gaurav Kumar / Apr 6 2011 4:17 am

    286 of 295 people found the following review helpful:

    Excellent, well designed product for the money!, November 19, 2009

    By Gaurav Kumar (Union City, CA) –
      

    This review is from: Western Digital WD Elements 1.5 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive (Electronics)

    I bought this on sale at Fry’s for $99, way below the amazon price. I wanted something simple as most hard drives these days come with their annoying built in software which cannot be deleted (like WD Essential Edition). This is a hassle free drive and is not bundled with any of the extra software which is exactly what I wanted. You simply plug it in and it works. It can easily be formatted to work with macs as well. I’ve been using WD hard drives for years and I own several models of the “essential” and “passport” editions. They are very reliable. This elements hard drive has a sleek and sexy, minimalist design. It is well built overall and constructed of durable plastic. There is a slot for the USB cable, a slot for the power adapter and a tiny circular white light which blinks when it is in use (the light is not overwhelming as some hard drives can be). All three of these features are on one side/face of the hard drive (as shown in the picture), so if you have this plugged in and it is facing away from you, you won’t see the light at all. This doesn’t bother me but it may be a turn off for some people. When in operation, it is very smooth and quiet compared to other WD hard drives I own. This may be due to the fact that it is closed entirely and there are no holes for ventilation as in other WD models. But this doesn’t bother me because I just use this as a backup and don’t need it on all of the time. This could (emphasis on “could”) be an issue if you are constantly using your hard drive because it may become hot. I haven’t experienced this at all, just speculating. If you are just backing up files and, say, watching a movie on your computer which is stored on the hard drive, I think you’ll be fine and there won’t be any heating issues. More info here on WD’s website: […]

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  3. ScottW "Scott" / Apr 6 2011 5:02 am

    210 of 216 people found the following review helpful:

    Good value, no extra junk software!, December 2, 2009

    By ScottW “Scott” (Northwest Washington) –

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    This review is from: Western Digital WD Elements 1 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive (Electronics)

    I purchased the 1tb Elements (WDBAAU0010HBK-NESN) for use with a Dish DVR 622. Installation was was truly “plug and play”. I simply took it out of the box, plugged it in, and it was immediately recognized by the DVR. I have since transferred about 200gb of content to/from it, and have watched content directly from the drive. So far, it is working perfectly. It automatically spins down after a few minutes of non-use, as well as when the DVR is powered off. It also spins back up automatically (less than 10 seconds) when the DVR accesses it. One thing some people might not like: The case is designed to sit flat (as pictured), not on its side. There are four small non-skid pads on the bottom corners, but none on either side. There is no indication on the box, in the documentation, or on Western Digital’s web site as to whether the drive will work properly on edge. As a general rule, WD drives are designed to operate sideways or even upside down (any X,Y,Z orientation), so this one probably will too — but you’ll need to provide your own non-skid pads. Several similar Western Digital drives, such as the late model “My Book” series, now include a firmware-based CD-partition that is difficult to remove, and can cause compatibility issues with some devices. That partition contains backup software and utilities that are of questionable value in any case, and of absolutely no value when using the drive with a non-computer device (like the Dish DVR). The Elements — at least at time of this review — doesn’t include any of that junk. (Note: WD does have a downloadable utility to remove the partition from the other drives, but if you don’t want that junk then save yourself the time/trouble and just buy the Elements drive.)

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