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The Western Digital 1tb external hard drive is a Usb 2 hard drive, first available June 2008. The enclosure has a silver metal finish, and it feels solid and heavy, weighing 1kg. It's among the smaller 3.5" hard drive enclosures I've had. It's 12.5cm x 20.4cm x 3.6cm. It comes with 2 rubber pieces that go around the ends of the enclosure. I'm not sure if the purpose of these is to absorb shock, should the drive fall down or to lift the drive up from the surface for cooling purposes. The power adapter comes with interchangeable end pieces, so you can switch between the connector type used in UK and the rest of Europe. This is a very nifty invention, and I always take a product that comes with this technology that bit more seriously. However, it can be pretty hard to remember where you put those end pieces for the power adapter. The drive comes pre-formatted using the FAT32 file system, and is compatible with both Mac and PCs (Windows, Linux). There is no power button on this drive.
This is a plug and play drive, as should be the case with any external hard drive. I powered it up, plugged it in, and left it on top of my PC. It's a silent running drive, responsive and well made. All you could want from a cheap external hard drive. Solid performance and fast operating speeds.
I paid £78 for this from Amazon January 2009. Today the price would probably be closer to £50. It seems Western Digital have vome out with another version of the Elements 1TB drive, which is black and costs about £55.