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WD Elements Desktop WDBAAU0010HBK - Hard drive - 1 TB - external - Hi-Speed USB

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      29.01.2013 01:43
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      Great Value For Money - Highly Functional

      Introduction:-


      It was Christmas 2012 when I received this Western Digital 1TB Desktop Hard Drive as a gift having mentioned to my brother how handy one would have been after my laptop crashed not long before last Christmas with the loss of a lot of music, documents and pictures; all of which I was well aware that I should of have backed up in one way or another. So after putting off the purchase of this much needed bit of kit for quite some time I was more than happy that this had been my brother's choice of gift so that I could back up all of my newly acquired files.

      This is more a desk top hard drive than a portable hard drive which doesn't concern me at all, but at this point some may want to know that this hard drive needs mains power to operate and will not run solely from USB power, as I am well aware this will be a make or break feature of this particular hard drive for some so thought that I would mention this first and foremost.



      Price and Stats:-


      OK so I must admit the last thing that I had on my mind was trying to find out the price of this item after receiving it as a gift but a quick look around the internet shows the 1TB Western Digital Hard Drive to be coming in at around the £80 mark which I do not consider to be bad at all, when the prices of external hard drives cost twice this amount with and only supplied half the amount of storage space not very long ago at all.

      The hard drive stats are as follows:-

      Disk Space:- 1TB (3.5 inch hard drive)
      USB:- High Speed USB Connection x 1 (USB 2.0)
      Power:- Mains powered only
      Max Data Transfer Rate:- 480 Mbps
      Energy Star Rating:- 4 Star (More about this later)
      Dimensions:- 18cm x 12cm x 3.5cm
      Weight:- 1kg
      Installation:- Plug and Play
      Warranty:- 2 years
      Compatability:- Both PC and Mac



      Appearance:-


      My Western Digital hard drive was supplied in a green and white box with a picture of the product on the front. I was not overly impressed with the box as it did not really seem to reflect the value or quality of what I was expecting to find inside, however it was sturdy enough and also easy to get into. The fact that this was easy to get into was a challenge that I was looking to see if the product stood up to as Western Digital actually advertise this packaging as being easy to open as well as environmentally friendly. So the box wasn't actually all that different from an ordinary box with a slide out middle which housed the hard drive but it was easy to access the product inside. Overall the packaging was suitably robust to house a fragile item securely and my dislike of the packaging is simply my own personal taste.

      Looks wise this Western Digital Hard Drive gives very little to write home about however in my opinion this is exactly what it is supposed to look like. It is simply a shiny black box with a USB port on the front, a port for the power cable and 1 very small LED light to show that the hard drive is working, the letters WD are embossed on the top and this is literally the only branding or writing on the product. There are 4 little rubber feet on the bottom to stop it sliding off of smooth services and prevent it getting shoved off a desk too easily. So as far as looks go I would not be ashamed to have this on display on my desk but given the nature of the product it is usually tucked away in a corner with the USB cable available to plug into whichever device I'm using. This is most certainly a device that is out of sight, and out of mind until it is needed to back up those all important files, then it becomes a tardis supplying large amounts of storage.

      This hard drive weighs in at around the 1kg mark so is equivalent to a bag of sugar which actually makes it feel quite heavy due to the relatively small size of it. Size wise it is a little on the large size when compared to other hard drives of the same size however these tend to be quite a bit more expensive; the size of an item such as this doesn't overly concern me but if I was to buy it for myself the competitive pricing of this Western Digital hard drive would get my vote over the smaller size and style of the more expensive items every time as I purely want it to be functional. Despite the size and weight of the hard drive it can still be easily packed up into a bag or rucksack to be transported.



      Functionality:-


      First use of my Western Digital hard drive was pleasantly simple experience without the instructions being used at all. It was simply a case of plugging the hard drive in then connecting the USB cable from the hard drive to my laptop and I was ready to go. When I plugged the device into my computer the driver updates installed automatically and my hard drive was ready to use in less than a minute. Everything I needed to get my hard drive up and running as well as to start using it was supplied in the box along with it.

      The maximum transfer speed of this hard drive as mentioned above is 480 Mbps however this doesn't mean it will perform at this speed all of the while especially whilst copying a continuous stream of data to or from the hard drive. I have never had a problem with the speed of this hard drive with word files transferring almost instantly and music tracks taking 5-10 seconds each with a transfer of around 30GB taking just over an hour if my memory serves me correctly which I thought was a bit lengthy until I stood back and thought about just how many files and folders had been transferred in that time.

      1TB is certainly a whole load of storage for £80 and despite the fact that I am constantly adding photos and music to my hard drive, as well as my partners contributions, we have only managed to fill just under half of this hard drive in a year. I feel that with a little spring clean and disposal of unwanted files this hard drive will not be full for another 18 months at least. I feel that for the price difference between say a 500GB and 1TB hard drive it is definitely worth paying the little extra and doubling the storage space available.

      The fact that this hard drive uses more power than smaller hard drives does unfortunately as previously mentioned mean it needs to be plugged into a mains power supply in order to be used. However Western Digital do not mis-sell this in any way as this is actually sold as a desktop hard drive which means this cannot really be held against it. Don't usually need to remove my hard drive from where it resides so it is usually left plugged into the same extension lead as my computer so is turned on whenever that is which means it is always there to use without having to think about it. The length of the power lead is on the generous and I cannot see many people struggling to get to the point that they would need to from the plug socket.

      Being 4 star energy rated is something that Western Digital really seems to push in their item descriptions and advertisements online so figured it would be worth a mention here. Basically this means that this device is super efficient due to having this efficiency built in every step of the way, these hard drives come with Greenpower Technology which makes the hard drive work more efficiently with ideas such as reduced drag by disengaging the recording heads when the hard drive is switched on but not being used, and using optimum spin rates for data transfer, all very confusing stuff but Western Digital assure us it's all in the name of being environmentally friendly. Actual power savings will probably be negligible and save me next to nothing but I feel that the amount of these products about if each one uses a tiny bit less power that has to accumulate to something useful somewhere along the line. Whilst the energy efficiency isn't of great importance to the overall functionality of the product it may well give some peace of mind to know they are buying from a company that are at least making an effort to be as green as possible.

      So overall functionality wise the Western Digital 1TB external hard drive performs reliably, and at a decent enough speed to transfer quantities of files at a time. In short it does exactly what it says on the tin with a couple of good energy saving features thrown in for good measure.



      In Conclusion:-


      There is only one real conclusion I can come to about this Western Digital 1TB desktop hard drive based on its very competitive price, and sheer basic functionality, and this conclusion is the fact that this has to be one of the very best on the market. Whilst there are many different external hard drives on the market and the options can be confusing, I would say that you wouldn't go too far wrong a Western Digital model.

      This one has certainly provided excellent value for money coupled with great functionality with the only thing letting it down being its size. If you are looking for an external hard drive to sit on your desktop and only move occasionally then this product would be for you, however if style or portability are further up your list than cost I would suggest checking out some of Western Digital's more expensive products.


      Overall a great product with the only let down being the mains power supply, despite this I do not feel that this detracts from this great functional product enough to stop it getting anything other than 5/5 stars.



      Thanks for reading and I hope this has been of some use.

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        19.01.2012 18:47
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        Brilliant piece of kit

        The western Digital 1TB Desktop External Hard Drive provides an ideal solution to many data storage problems that are encountered with computers. I myself own a laptop which has a 250GB hard drive but after a while i found that the computer was slowing down and found that one way of keeping it fast was to have a free hard drive. This piece of knowledge led me to go and spend £50 on this 1TB (1000GB) external hard drive and i copied over all of my data to it.
        It was as though i had bought a new computer, the difference it made. It knocked time off both startup and opening programs when multiple items were open.

        Use:

        I mainly use the hard drive for holding all of my photos, music and movies which now take up around 380GB worth of data. I also put any large programs such as plane simulators or music editing software on to it. They key is to make sure that the hard drive is connected via the USB cable before startup and this allows the user to quickly open a program or file in the normal fashion. 1000GB holds a lot of data, so maybe have a look at smaller sizes such as 750GB or 500GB before purchasing this one. Alternatively WD provide 2TB hard drives for around £80 however i have heard that the 2TB drive occasionally crashes for no apparent reason after around 6 months usage...

        Size:

        The hard drive is around the size of an english dictionary so takes up hardly any space on your desktop. The downside to this hard drive is that it needs a plug to power it up which means that if you have a laptop, it will be a real hassle taking the hard drive around the house let alone with you out and about as you will need a plug socket for it to work. However this is ideal for a desktop PC that is stationary.

        A word of warning: DO NOT copy all of your programs onto the hard drive. If you are not confident with what you are doing then just select the hard drive when you are installing a new program. If you try to copy parts of the operating system across to the hard drive and then start up the computer/laptop without the hard drive plugged into it, you may screw up the computer.

        Noise:

        The hard drive does not produce much noise however when it starts up you can hear whirring and such like which is completely normal. Compared to normal computer noise however, it is almost inaudible. It has a little light that flickers at the back when the hard drive is on and doing things.

        Overall:

        One downside i have found is that if you have been using your computer for a while and the hard drive has been left dormant then it can take a fair few seconds to start up again/eject but nothing major.
        This is ideal for any desktop PC that needs a new lease of life without forking out hundreds for an upgrade and it is compatible with both PC's and Mac's which isn't common enough when it comes to hard drives. I would highly recommend this to any computer/laptop user but i would also urge you to look around and see what your requirements are because this is a big drive to have and it is not portable.

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        03.05.2011 14:33
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        Good drive with huge storage space.

        As an avid downloader I quickly fill the internal harddrive of my machines and typically need to rely on external drives ofr cataloguing my files. I own several harddrives for this purpose, with one of the best being the WD Elements Desktop 1TB harddrive. Western Digital are long known for making reliable, and cheap, portable storage solutions.

        I picked up their 1TB elements model from a local electronics supplier for around £60. Opening the box I found a power cable, a usb cable and the drive itself, as well as the usual cardboard padding and reference manuals.

        Installation was as simple as plugging the drive into power and inserting the usb. The USB is relatively short (I didn't take a measurement) but the power cable makes up for this and I wasn't stuck trying to place the drive on my desk. After formatting through windows the drives capacity came to 930GB, a significant loss but that's what you get with drives this size.

        I tested copying about 20gb of small files (my music collection), which took about 12 minutes. Roughly a speed of 2gb/min. Not quite up there with what USB is supposedly capable of but then again I've never seen any USB device reach those speeds.

        The drive itself is in a black plastic shell which looks quite attractive sitting on the desk. Noise is fairly low due to the lack of an intrinsic fan (though it never gets too hot I've noticed), it's still much louder than the My Passport range however so be warned in quiet environments.

        The warranty is for two years from date of purchase but to be honest I can't see myself using it. I've already dropped it on a number of occasions and it's holding up just fine.

        Two thumbs up!

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          26.04.2011 19:47
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          A worthy investment

          INTRODUCTION
          The Western Digital Elements is a 3.5 inch external desktop drive, formatted to store all your data, be it photos, movies, music or documents. Connected via USB 2.0, you'll be able to attach the WD Elements drive to virtually any PC or Mac created in the past decade or so.

          APPEARANCE
          With the drive's dimensions sitting at a cosy 18cm x 11.5cm, the HDD is not going to take up too much room on your workstation. In a mix of gloss rim and matt-finish lid, the unobtrusive colour scheme will sit pretty in all but the most unusual of office environments.

          The drive features rubber grips on each of the four corners of the base. This will prevent the Hard disk from slipping around if knocked, and avoid any potential data corruption in the process.

          The LED indicator is a 'hot white' that sits at the back of the drive alongside the power supply and mini-USB connector. While it's unobtrusive and of suitably subtle brightness, the rear placement can make it a pain to see when data transfer is actually occurring.

          OPERATION
          Unlike several other desktop drives ranking in the terabyte range, the Elements disk contains no noisy fan or grinding armatures; near silent running is all you'll ever hear from this little box. Even during active transfer, the whisper quiet operation is rather refreshing, putting my laptops' rasping whirr to shame.

          Data transfer is suitably speedy, and USB 2.0 speeds mean a swift result each time. Although the drive suffers compared to internal disks, it's far from a disaster. Waiting for the WD to get up to speed can be a bore at times, taking 12-20 seconds in some instances; however, when activate, the lag is virtually seamless.

          The only real complaint, when it comes to operation, is the lack of power options. The drive requires a dedicated power supply, being unable to draw enough phantom power through the USB drive for continued operation. This means finding yet another socket alongside your tower, monitor, printer and router.

          Similarly, there's no on/off toggle, meaning you'll have to power the drive up from the socket directly. Those concerned about mounting electricity bills may want to invest in a more expensive 2.5" portable drive to avoid any 'power draw' issues.

          OVERALL
          With a mighty 1Tb of storage (or approximately 930Gb after formatting), you're not going to be stuck for space when it comes to the Western Digital Elements drive. Practical, inconspicuous and silent operation mean there's little to dissuade you from buying a very pragmatic drive.

          Having experienced no data loss in the 18 months since purchase, I can only recommend you give the Western Digital Elements range consideration when you're next on the lookout for extra disk space.

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          03.01.2011 15:51
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          A fantastic external hard drive

          Although I know a fair bit about computers and technology in general, I would by no means say I am an expert. What I can say though is I know good quality essential items when I see them. I think most people with computers more than three years old need extra storage and an external hard disk is a great way of getting extra storage, without having to open up your PC and fiddle around with putting new drives in.

          The Western Digital Elements 1TB is massive...but not in the amount of space in takes up on your desk at 18 x 11.5 x 3.5cm. The storage space is equivalent to 1000GB which is plenty of room, even if using it for storing large image files (I use it for storing my digital photos as well as music). The drive itself plugs into a USB port and runs off mains electricity. Both of these cables come supplied within the box and plug in at the back of the drive next to the power light. The drive itself is almost silent and does not really get warm, which considering there is no fan on-board is quite amazing.

          The drive comes formatted for use with Windows, but can easily be formatted for use with Macs as well as other systems. It is a very nice looking piece of kit, with rubberised feet and a textured top and glossy, sleek sides. The only minor niggle is there is no power switch and so needs to be unplugged, but this is really that big an issue.

          When transferring files the speeds are fairly good with most files being moved at 1GB/minute. I find this drive excellent to use, simple to set up (plug and play) and excellent value for money. I would certainly recommend this drive to anyone who needs to back up their data or have extra storage space. At present this drive is under £50 on Amazon, a fantastic price for such a large drive.

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            26.09.2010 18:51
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            WD Elements Desktop WDBAAU0010HBK 1 TB

            Because my 320 gigabyte (GB) of memory on my laptop was not enough and sometimes because I format my laptop, I have an external hard disk. I went for the brand WD Elements. WD stands for Western Digital. They sell external hard drives in different shapes and sizes. My WD Elements contains a Terabyte (TB),equal to 1000 GB of memory. There are also several WD Elements with 1 TB of memory, but with a different name code. My Elements 1 TB WD answers to the name WDBAAU0010HBK

            The external hard drive comes in a box about 12 cm wide,22 cm long and 15 cm high. On the white box you see a clear picture of the external hard drive. In several languages you can find the general information on the back of the box. On both sides you can find the compatibility of the external hard drive with Windows. The box is easily opened and closed at the top.

            The external hard drive is about 17 cm long, 12 cm wide and 3 cm high. The top consists of matte black and has a grainy texture. The WD logo is on the front. The sides are shiny black and have a smooth texture. At the rear are two openings and a little light can be seen. The bottom looks the same als the top but without the logo and it has a sticker with the code of the product and all corners of the bottom have rubber "feet" for more grip. The included adapter is about 7.5 cm long, 4.5 cm wide and 2.5 cm high. The adapter cord is over 150 cm long. Another cable connects the hard disk with the PC. This cable with its 115 cm shorter.

            As mentioned above, the device has a memory of 1 TB, but effectively you can only set up 931 GB. The connection to such as a standard PC goes with an USB 2.0 version. The external hard drive is compatible with Windows XP, Vista and 7. For the Apple Macintosh operating system it harddisk must be formatted. The 1 TB offers space for about 120 hours of HD video recordings, 250,000 MP3 songs or 200,000 JPEG photos.

            Actually you do not need the manual because installation is easy, although the clear images of the manual can be very handy for some. The external hard drive has an back entrance where you that connects with the PC. If both devices are connected, then you connect the adapter to the other opening of the hard disk. When this is done, you must pair it with a socket. You can hear the hard drive make noise and the connection to the PC is automatically created. You do not need to install software. My Avira antivirus incidentally always gives a warning if the connection is made. A pop-up window will appear and you can then open your external hard drive. You can use Windows Explorer to find the external hard drive called Elements, and by your PC disk name assigned. In my case Elements (E:).

            When you first use the harddrive he's empty. Just like a normal folder in Windows can now drag files to the external hard disk. If you move data over a pop-up window with the expected processing time and the amount of data will come up. Moving files can sometimes take some time; it took me 2 hours to move 180 gigabytes of data from my PC to my external hard disk. While transferring you wille see a flashing white light on the back of the hard disk. The expected transfer time is displayed immediately when you start to transfer, but as often with transferring data, the expected time can go down and up again. So this is not very reliable. However, this is Windows not the external hard drive. Deleting files on your external hard drive is very fast. Working in the folders on the external hard drive is slower than the average hard drive on my PC. There is no on and off switch on the external hard drive, so you must unplug the adapter if you want to remove him from power.

            The WD Elements 1 TB external hard drive is quite compact and fairly light, it looks simple but stylish. Connectitng and using it is simple and if you use Windows. It would sometimes be useful ifyou could switch it on and off, but removing the adapter isn't really a problem. It's difficult for me to say how fast moving the data goes and compare it to other external harddrives because this is thte first one I own. TB is a large amount and will for the most people be sufficient for their movies, images, music or other forms of data. I am also pleased with the price, because for 60 pounds you have 1 TB more space!

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          • Product Details

            WD Elements USB 2.0 external hard drive is an easy-to-use, reliable way to add more storage to your PC or Macintosh. Simply plug it in to a USB port and start saving or backing up your photos, music, video, and files. It's preformatted for immediate use so there's no software or CD to load. The compact, durable metal case provides extra data protection helping keep data safe from loss.

            Technical Data

            Product Description: WD Elements Desktop WDBAAU0010HBK - hard drive - 1 TB - USB 2.0
            Type: Hard drive - external ( desktop )
            Capacity: 1 TB
            Interface: USB 2.0
            Data Transfer Rate: 480 Mbps
            Power Source: Included AC adapter
            Dimensions (WxDxH): 12.5 cm x 20.4 cm x 3.6 cm
            Weight: 1.02 kg
            Localisation: Middle East, Africa, Europe
            Microsoft Certification: Compatible with Windows 7
            Environmental Standards: ENERGY STAR Qualified
            Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years warranty
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