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For years I kept worrying about losing all my photos and music off my laptop so the IT guy at work recommended I get and external hard drive.
I found an offer on a Western Digital for £35 on eBay (new) and as the reviews were good along with the price I purchased it.
The hard drive arrived in a cardboard box with the compatibility status on there, how much it holds and product name. Once inside the box the hard drive was wrapped in a plastic bag with the cable next to it tied tightly with an elastic band.
The portable hard drive is a very manageable size at 12cm x 8cm x 3cm approximately and black in colour. It came with a flimsy material case which was suitable for me as this hard drive was only ever going to be kept in a draw but if you were transporting back and forth to work /school/University you would require something more substantial to prevent external damage to the box.
I'm not the most computer literate person but I do use a computer daily and to use this was incredibly easy. There is an instruction manual included which I have yet to open. It was literally a case of just plugging the cables in to the hard drive and laptop/desktop via the USB port. The computer then recognised a new folder so you can copy and paste all files/pictures/music for back up.
I cannot find fault in this unit it is small and compact which is great for transporting; the cable is approximately 40 cm long go more than long enough for easy connection. 1TB is more than you think. On mine I have 250 word documents, 3'800 photos and 15'000 songs and I have only filled 38% of the drive. Every time it has transferred data without error or hesitation, I am really pleased with my choice.
If you're in the market for a portable hard drive I would strongly recommend a Western Digital.
Definitely worthy of 5 starts
An external hard drive is an item that stands alone, away from your computer/laptop, that holds data and files such as videos, photos, work, music etc. It is a good way of backing up your stuff in case anything happens to your computer, or if you need a little extra space.
After a laptop recently failed on me and I lost years worth of photographs and video memories, I decided it was a good idea to invest in an external hard drive to keep copies of everything on. I was recommended the Western Digital by a friend, and found it on Amazon for roughly £70. For the amount of space on the hard drive and compared to other brands, I thought this was a very good price, and so went ahead and bought one.
The external hard drive is very simple in design, a small block shape that is all black. It is not very big and therefore doesn't take up much space, useful for sticking it to the side of your computer/laptop.
The 2.1 USB cable that comes with the hard drive means that you can plug straight into your computer's usb port, making it very easy to transfer your files.
The hard drive powers up when you plug it into your computer, and as soon as you remove it it powers off. Very easy!
This particular hard drive holds 1TB of data, which is more than enough for most people to keep a lifetimes worth of photos, videos and music.
The most important thing to remember is that if a hard drive gets knocked or dropped, it is a possibility that it will fail and you will lose the files on it. So be very careful when handling it and make sure you don't put it too close to the edge of a desk, etc.
The 1tb hard drive is not that much more expensive than the 500 mb version and for the amount of storage you are getting here it is great value. The product is sleek in design, lightweight and easy to use. The cable is detachable so easily portable. The device is not so big its a pain to carry around but also not so small that you lose it, and it really is quite incredible the amount of data you can fit on this thing.
The only possible down side is that when you get it it will most likely be formatted to work on PC, which means that if you need to use it on MAC you can only transfer data from the disk and not onto it. This is remedied by simply reformatting it, but you have to clear the disk first which can be a pain if you have a lot of stuff on there. If you get this device remember to format it for both PC and MAC if you will need it for both to save on hassle later.
Other than that, it does the job well, with huge storage and a good price relative to other comparable options. The unit looks and feels like its good quality and has durability. Mine has had a few knocks but still works perfectly after over 6 months of being in the bottom of my bag every day.
Seeing the almost every thing we do nowadays is on our computer it is not surprising that I needed an external hard drive to try and deal with it all. Since digital cameras, both the photo and video kind have become the norm my computer has been bursting at the seams. This is the result of thousands of photos and videos taken on Holidays and special family occasions and countless numbers of photos of people I don't even know from party's and nights out that I don't even remember. Then add in on top of that thousands of songs and movie downloads and my poor PC was on its last legs. Furthermore add on the literally millions of pages of medical text that I have accumulated over the years, my computer was fed up and rightly so.
Firstly what is an external hard drive? Well to put it simply every computer has a certain amount of memory space built in and that soon fills up and when that happens, or before that happens you can buy an external hard drive that simply plugs in to your computer, lap top, note book or even games console and works as an extension of the device itself. Now instead of saving stuff on the computer it saves on to the external hard drive. I find this great as it not only makes my memory space bigger but it means I can save to this device and then take it with me where ever I'm going. This can make a huge difference as it means I don't have to bring my expensive and fragile laptop with me, instead I can have everything I need on here.
Another great use for this is to BACK UP important files. This is very important as no computer is crash safe and there is nothing worse than an error message or the screen just going blank and the panic that sets in when you realise that your whole life could just have been wiped. Ahhh I shudder at the thought.
I always back up my files on to this device just for safe keeping and it's also recommended that you make hard copies of really important documents but remember to keep them safely locked away out of reach from prying eyes.
This particular external hard disc drive is by the very well know and trustworthy Western Digital and is an impressive 1TB in size and can be bought for as little as £69. This IS compatible with Macs unlike a lot of these drives. One terabyte of storage is great as it means I can store up to 120 hours of HD footage, so that was far more than I needed for all my nonsense party photos and holiday videos and left more than enough room for everything else that I needed it for with loads of room left for more. There is a simple to understand instruction manual with the device and there is also a USB cable provided which is what you need to use to connect this to your computer or whatever you are connecting it to. The instruction manual isn't really necessary but it's good that it's there. All I did was simply plug it in and off I went, the computer detects that there is a storage device connected, I simply click on that and go from there. There is literally no fuss with this devise it really is plug and go.
It's very quite when operating, has a huge memory, looks sleek and works fast with no effort or extra computer knowledge needed, for me I think it's great.
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Western Digital are on the cheaper side of branding, usually price = quality but thankfully it is not the case here.
Here we have a 1tb harddrive. To put that in perspective, that's equates to about 2 modern computers space or 3 laptops worth.
The WD HD features a USB port to plug into your computer and is then just an easy step of dragging and dropping the files from your computer to your harddrive (remember to delete them from your computer as they remain on both the harddrive and computer!). A power supply which is small and looks susceptible to damage but so far I have had none, and finally, we have a little white LED to indicate that the power is on and that data is being transferred.
It's light and slightly smaller than an A5 book, portability is probably its strong point (although there are now even smaller harddrives). I'd highly recommend keeping it safely in one place as it looks and feels quite plasticy and I'd rather not buy a new one.
I've used this harddrive for the past 3 years for various audio/video related projects easily filling up the harddrive to near its brink, having said that, it's taken me 3 years to nearly fill it!
There have been no problems with recognising the harddrive, it really is just a case of plug and play.
A cheap harddrive with lots of storage and definitely benefits from being a permanent solution in an office/study room
After a disaster on my desktop where I lost all my files and hundreds of photographs (although I had made some half hearted attempts to put some on CD's) I realized it was time to take backing up seriously.
I spoke to friends who are more experienced in computers than me and researched storage devices on the net. This led me to buy the Western Digital Elements SE Portable WDBABV0010BBK 1 TB from Amazon.
It does not require a lot of know how to use and as it is 1TB has more than enough space for myself and my husband to use. All you have to do is plug it into your PC and power socket on the wall and it is ready to go. Great for a non techie like me.
It is not small enough for carrying around all the time but for our use, storing things from our PC's and laptop and occasionally taking it with us when we visit relatives, to delight them with our holiday snaps it is ideal
Although not the cheapest it is a well priced and very sturdy piece of kit
I bought this external HD to store and backup files. It was one of the lower priced 1TB models. It comes with adequate documentation and leads. It is small, plain, solid, sits unobtrusively on the desktop and is about the size of a fat paperback, so generally all good in those areas. At this price I would definitely consider buying more than one of them to stack if I needed the storage.
It is USB 2 and doesn't have fan but seems to run very cool which is a plus. It is Energy Star qualified, which is a symbol for energy efficiency on products which meet certain criteria (in the US). It is also very quiet - much more so than my other external storage drive which it is replacing. It doesn't have an on-off button which is a slight annoyance as I like to switch mine off when I'm not using it and I have to unplug it, which I am not sure is good for it. It doesn't come with any automatic backup software either, but that isn't a problem in my view as most people with high storage needs will probably already have or know where to get backup software if necessary.
I am not too concerned about transfer times, but this model is definitely faster than my old one. It is plug and play so all I had to do once unpacking it was to plug it in and drag and drop. Mac users will have to format it, but apparently this is an easy and automatic matter.
I am very happy with this drive and as the price has gone down since I bought mine, it is even better value. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants competitively priced gigabytes of storage. Maybe if your data is extremely precious, you might want to go for a more expensive model, but for a normal day to day user, its an absolute bargain. Buy and backup!
I bought my Western Digital 1TB External Hard-drive because of the thousands of pictures i have taken over the years, i filled my laptop to the rim with pictures and videos and decided i should find a way to remove them and place them onto something bigger and more portable.I chose Western Digital because my dad has one of their 250GB hard drives which i found was sturdy and had quick download speeds. It also looked good.
This product fits and exceeds my needs, the price for 1TB was unbeatable, i never knew that amount of storage would become this cheap so quickly... It was a great surprise when i managed to find one for only £55!! I am very pleased with my choice, and glad i chose the 1TB version as i have already filled it a quater of the way and ot should be just right and last me for a few more years to come and allow me to carry on filling it with my work.
It is of a good size but the only problem, but which is probably the same with most big hard-drives, is that it needs to be plugged into a wall socket, unlike my dads 250GB which used the power of the laptop. This makes it slightly less portable and you always need to find somewhere with two free double plug sockets for the laptop and the drive.
OVERALL A GREAT BUY AND I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!!!
As some of you may know, I have recently started a graphic design course at university. When we started it was advised to get an external hard drive to back up our work. Believe me, I would not want to waste my time re-drawing and editing the work I've lost! This was the main reason I purchased the Western Digital 1TB external hard drive.
I was looked specifically for one compatible with Mac, therefore my choice was initially limited. Sadly, most hard drives are only compatible Windows! After reading many reviews myself, the Western Digital brand was the top choice.
=== Packaging ===
All the packaging is eco-friendly and made from recycled materials.
The WD hard drive comes in a box measuring roughly 21.5 x 12 x 12.5 cm. I always like to keep the hard drive in the box when it is not in use and away from anything potentially harmful to it. Hence, this box is small enough to store away with ease.
There is an image of the hard drive on the front (minus the wires) and essential information including the contents, compatibility and what it can hold. The packaging states that the 1 TB version can hold up to 120 hours of HD film or 250,000 MP3 files or 200,000 JPEG images. Of course, this was more than enough memory for my needs!
Inside, the hard drive is packaged in a plastic bag and sandwiched between two plastic protectors on either end. This keeps it in place and prevents damage really well. In a separate compartment, you will also find a USB 2.0 cable, a plug adapter and instruction manual.
=== Set Up ===
The instruction manual states where everything will need to be plugged in. However, I did not even have to use this manual so it is pretty much common sense! The hard drive is a plug in and go device. It requires no software input, therefore it is really easy to use.
If you, like myself, require this device for Mac it will need to be reformatted before use. This is really easy and requires a few clicks on screen when the device is plugged in. I use the Time Machine app to configure this.
=== Word of Warning ===
Although the device is compatible with Windows and Mac, there is no way of splitting the device into two halves and using it for both versions.
For instance, when I bought this, I wanted to back up my university work from my Mac and my MP3 and images from my PC. You are NOT able to do this. It is one or the other!
=== The Hard Drive ===
This is not particularly the most beautiful device in the world! It is simply a black box with the WD logo on top and curved edges. It really doesn't blend in next to my white Macbook, but hey, it's not something I have on display all the time! However, I know most people store theirs on top of computer towers and I doubt it would look out of place there!
This is a solid piece of kit. The strong outer casing is durable enough to protect the precious contents inside! It would be easy enough to clean because it is simply black plastic.
The wires are long enough to reach far plug sockets/USB ports and would simply require a few cable ties should they become too messy! If, like me, you use this device once a month, the cable length is not a problem!
The hard drive is extremely quiet, to the point where you do not realise it is even on! Furthermore, the outer casing does not get overheated easily despite being on for a long period of time the first time I used it! The hard drive is also environmentally friendly because it turns on and off with your computer and enters idle mode when not in use. According to the manufacturer, other 1 TB hard drives have a typical power consumption rating greater than 13.5 watts. Western Digital aim to reduce that.
In my experience, all my files have been backed up with no problems and it performs its job relatively quickly. Obviously this depends on the number of files you are transferring initially! The hard drive also comes with a 2 year warranty should any problems arise, which is also the same for other hard drives from Western Digital.
=== Price ===
I bought my hard drive from Amazon for £49.99 back in December. This is excellent value for money regarding the size of the device and its compatibility advantages! I have seen Mac external hard drives costing around the £70 mark for the same amount of memory.
Since I purchased my hard drive the prices have lowered even further. On Amazon, this hard drive is:
1TB - £44.89
1.5TB - £60.50
2TB - £74.44
The packaging also states you can get a 500GB, 640GB and 750GB version, although I am yet to find prices for these!
=== Overall ===
I am really pleased with my choice. It does the job it is meant to for a fraction of other brand's costs! I have no worries regarding its performance, although I wish it was able to accept Mac and Windows on the same device!
I only wish I had got a smaller memory because to date I have used up 30GB... a fraction of the memory this device is capable of storing! Oops!
I would thoroughly recommend you consider this device if you are thinking of getting a larger memory storage space for your data. I give this external hard drive a big 5 out of 5!
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External Harddrives are a quick, easy and now very cheap way to add additional storage capacity to your PC. There are many reason for adding one to your system. For me, I like to use them as backup for digital photographs and movies so if my main PC every suffers a total failure, my family photos going back 6 years and more are safe.
This drive is attached to my Windows 7 PC, but I know it does work fine with Macs too. 1TB is massive and will keep all my photo's and movies safe for a long long time.
As can be seen this particular dive lies flat, not upright, has a textured top and glossy sides and rubber feet. You need to think about whether a flat or upright unit is ideal for your own particular set up.
The power and usb connectors are at the back, to be expected. However the activity light is also at the back, when usually you might expect, and want, to see it at the front, or even the side.
In use the unit is almost completely silent due to having no fan and runs nice and cool.
Transfer speeds might be important to some people, but to me not so important as I am only using it for backups. If you are going to be using this drive in anger though, you can be reassured by the claimed USB speed of 480Mb/s.
In summary then, nice and quiet, excellent price, huge storage and backed by the big big name in storage.
I use this at work as my external hard drive, and also a place to put my coffee mug. First of all i want to talk about the ease of use because its not just a case of plugging into your pc and that's it.
You need to turn it on, then let your pc recognize it, and if you don't have any idea what you are doing, you will need to run a wizard for help.
Its 1TB which equals 1000GB. It gets hot very quickly though, and i would not recommend touching the bottom of it after it has been on for more than 20 minutes.
Mine now has 325GB used and works perfectly. Takes a little time to transfer files to it, and then back again but this is expected with an external hard drive of any memory.
I need to transport this around along with my laptop so it cant be big and bulky, or even too heavy, and this is none of those things.
It is perfect for carrying around, and you can buy bags for these, with straps. I however just store it under my desk in a drawer when I'm not using it.
It can crash and has done before. You need to click "remove hard drive safely" as the balloon in the bottom right corner of the screen, or your data can become corrupt and wiped.
This is also in the manual. Click "stop device" to safely remove it. This can be annoying and a hassle, especially if you forget.
I would recommend this to anyone who needs extra space, but if you don't need 1TB look at the smaller range of external hard drives.
I bought the Western Digital 1 Terabyte External Hard Disk Drive (WD 1Tb EHDD) so that I could store my movies and play them on my Playstation 3. The problem I found is that the WD 1Tb EHDD is formatted to NTFS and the Playstaion 3 will not recognise it. Fortunately there are programmes which enable you to reformat the WD 1Tb EHDD into FAT32 format (which is what most USB Sticks/ Flash/Pen Drives are formatted to) so that the Playstation 3 can read it.
The design of this External Hard Disk Drive is very basic, but this is also a benefit because if like me you purchase more of these EHDDs they stack up brilliantly on top of each other and take up little space.
The speed of load up is slightly longer than some other big name EHDDs, but with the 2.1 USB Flash Wire that comes with it you save time on transferring files from your computer to your WD 1TB EHDD.
There is no on/off switch so there is no need for a mini panic thinking you might lose all your files and data. Once a wire is disconnected from the WD 1Tb EHDD it automatically shuts down.
The only thing that some people might not like is that the WD 1 Tb EHDD is a bit heavier than some other External Hard Disk Drives, but not much.
I have also dropped mine a few times when moving them and they all still work perfectly. Bonus!
(I don't advise dropping them though!)
With the vast amount of photo's I take, My hard drive quickly becomes clogged up and conjested with overwhelmingly large jpeg files. I upload many to Flickr but then their quality becomes impared, so I needed a solution to keep my photos safe, intact in full quality, and able to be transferred.
I bought the Western Digital Elements SE Portable 1TB based on the reviews from dooyou. I've had several External Drives in the past and found that they've all been far too unreliable to be trusted, especially in the earlier days when they often corrupted all my data.
*Fast; the device can transfer files between itself and the computer remarkable quickly, certainly quicker than my 16GB USB pen drive, at times windows records file exchange at upto 800MB/Second. Remarkably quick, even If this does seem a bit exaggerated
*Noise; I had expected this to be a bit on the noisy side, I dont know why, I just remember that a few years ago I had a similar product and it made quite a loud whurring sound when It was in use. I was also pleasantly surprised that the device does not get overly-hot after hours of being plugged in to my laptop.
*Sturdy; It feels well built, Whilst this device isnt one of the mega-tough indestructable ones that are seen, the sort which can withstand floods etc, this does feel like it could stand up to some pretty harsh force (not that i'll be trying)
*Power; I was pleasantly surprised that I didnt need an individual power lead, a teacher of mine had a 500GB hard drive which needed both USB and DC connections to work. This does not.
*Price; At only around £45 now on amazon you cant beat it. Its tempting to go for a £30 alternative from PC world but they dont seem as reliable
*Size; compared to other 1TB devices, western digital have made this one really quite large, I personally dont mind since it just sits next to my laptop allday, but If you were thinking of using it for a portable storage device, think again.
If you;re looking to backup your harddrive, for extra storage, or for fear of hard disk death, then this Western digital device is a keeper. The Terabyte of storage is more than most laptops have anyway so there should be ample space. It feels well built and should last you for years to come for a modest price. Happy shopping
My husband purchased the Western Digital Elements SE Portable WDBABV0010BBK 1 TB after my glowing recommendation of the 500GB model (which I have also reviewed). He uses a lot more storage space than I do with photos, movies, music and large work files, and 1TB is enough to back his essential files up too.
The model to look at is identical to the 500GB version to the point where we had to put a sticker on it! It is sleek and black with a black stand and USB cable. Like the 500GB model this is very well made and survives being carried around in my husband's work bag (it isn't too heavy at all despite it's storage size) and plugged in to five or six different computers.
The USB transfer speed is good and the plug and play element ideal. It is something which you can use with ease and not have to worry about. I have recommended this to a few people and all who have bought it have been equally impressed with the price, build quality and durability of the Western Digital. In comparison to a few other portable hard drives we have had, both branded and own branded, this has been the best hands down.
We now have two Western Digital portable hard drives in our office and can highly reccomend both - for ease of use, speed of transfer and build quality they are the first brand I would look to if I needed another.
Now that I have a macbook that will run time machine it seems silly not to have a backup of the system. I have suffered the dreaded hard drive death before and losing that much hard work is a humbling event. So now I have to choose between the many options on offer. With prices so low now its seemed silly to opt for a physically tiny (if convenient) pocket drive. I'd only lose it anyway. Instead I chose this rugged 1TB model from western digital. As a previous owner of a MyBook I knew the quality was good so for £51 this unit was mine.
Unlike the Mybook predecessors this unit is encased in metal rather than plastic with tactile rubber grips to keep it still. It feels well made and is very unassuming on the desktop.
Discrete and quiet are the words of the day here. Functionally it is perfect, Complete plug and play had me up and running in no time. Once hooked up with the provided usb cable Time machine prompted me to mac format the drive then went about backing up my whole system very quickly.
I cannot recommend this drive enough, if your after a stylish sleek unit that wont break the bank look no further.