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Western Digital 1TB USB 3.0 Elements 2.5 inch Portable Hard Drive (External) Black

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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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