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WD 1.5TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive

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Product Highlights
  • Storage Capacity of 1.5TB
  • USB 2.0
  • Power Saving Technology
  • Mac & Windows Compatibility

The 1.5TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive from WD is a high-capacity desktop hard drive with a no-frills design. The disk is housed in a compact metal enclosure, and boasts the ubiquitous USB 2.0 interface.

The drive is preformatted for use in Windows, and can be reformatted for use with Mac OS X using Apple's Disk Utility application. The drive is ready to use right out of the box -- you won't have to load any software from a CD to get the drive to work. It is an excellent option for users who would like to add storage capacity to their system.

Designed with the same commitment to quality that made WD external drives the number one selling drives in the world
Plug-and-play design allows you to connect the power and plug the drive into a USB port to instantly add more storage to your computer
Turns on and off with your computer. Enters idle mode when not in use. Utilizes a WD drive with power-saving WD GreenPower Technology and an EnergyStar compliant power supply
Packaged in a minimized eco-friendly, recyclable packaging made from recycled materials
Designed for use with Windows-based computers. Can be easily reformatted for use with Macs
Performance
Capacity 1.5TB
Interface 1x USB 2.0 (mini B)
Drive Speed Not Specified by Manufacturer
Buffer Not Specified by Manufacturer
Average Seek Time Not Specified by Manufacturer
Sustained Data Transfer Rate Not Specified by Manufacturer
System Requirements Windows XP, Vista, 7; Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5, 10.6
USB 2.0 port
General
Mounting Desktop
Power Requirements AC: 100-240VAC, 50-60Hz
Environmental Requirements Operating Temperature: 41-95°F (5-35°C)
Storage Temperature: -4-149°F (-20-65°C)
Dimensions 4.59 x 7.01 x 1.42" (11.65 x 17.80 x 3.6 cm)
Weight 2.2 lb (1kg)
WD 1.5TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive
  • USB Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • Quick Install Guide
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Western Digital1.5TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive
     
    4.6

    (based on 330 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (229)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (89)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (7)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (289)
    • Easy to set up (272)
    • Large capacity / good size (266)
    • Quiet (263)
    • Attractive (161)

    Cons

    • No power switch (90)
    • Slow (18)
    • Unreliable (6)

    Best Uses

    • Back-up (261)
    • Additional storage (257)
    • Photo storage (204)
    • Video (160)
    • File transfer (108)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Power user (161), Casual user (158)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (269), Business (52)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (82), Mac (27)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    So far So Good

    I bought this hard drive to use with my MacBook Pro Time Machine. The drive had to be reformatted first, which was easy using the Mac Utility program. I found a video on...Read complete review

    I bought this hard drive to use with my MacBook Pro Time Machine. The drive had to be reformatted first, which was easy using the Mac Utility program. I found a video on YouTube on to use the program. Once it was formatted, is was just a matter of plugging the drive to my computer and the back up began. Finally, the price for a 1.5 TB was great.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Works as claimed

    I use this as a tertiary backup for video files - mainly as a convenience so in case something goes wrong with my primary storage I don't have to reconstitute my working files from 160...Read complete review

    I use this as a tertiary backup for video files - mainly as a convenience so in case something goes wrong with my primary storage I don't have to reconstitute my working files from 160 back-up DVDs. I would NOT use this for primary video file storage as it is USB 2.0 or as primary back-up without some other back-up solution.

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    4.0

    Clean and quiet, nice for backup storage

    By Thomas Graves

    from Washington, D.C.

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Easy to use
    • High Capacity
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Additional Storage
      • Backup
      • Photo Storage

      Comments about Western Digital 1.5TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

      Seems to do what it's designed to do, and do it well.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      5.0

      Works like a charm

      By Don

      from CT

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Compact
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy to use
      • High Capacity
      • Quiet

      Cons

      • No Power Switch

      Best Uses

      • Additional Storage
      • Backup
      • Photo Storage
      • Video

      Comments about Western Digital 1.5TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

      I just plugged it in to my usb port and the wall outlet and it does what it is supposed to. I use it to back up selected files from my C drive. I use Cobian free backup software, which is simple and quite effective, to facilitate the backup process. The Western Digital 1.5TB external hard drive is a real value. It feels solid and after using it for several months now, I feel confident that it was the right purchase for me... low cost, solid, easy to use, and does what it is supposed to. I will likely be buying another one soon.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

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      5.0

      Definitely satisfied

      By Kat the mac user

      from Connecticut

      About Me Casual user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy to use
      • High Capacity
      • Portable
      • Quiet

      Cons

      • No Power Switch

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Photo Storage
      • Video

      Comments about Western Digital 1.5TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

      I just started using this hard drive as the backup device for my Macbook. I use it with the Timemachine application, so it was really easy to backup my entire laptop hard drive. It reconfigures itself for Mac once you authorize the reconfiguration, so I definitely recommend it for Mac users. It was really easy to start up and now I just store it in its original packaging between backups. The main IT person at my university recommended this model for me because he has used it for many university staff and faculty without having any problems reported. He told me it is very reliable and a good amount of storage for the price.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      5.0

      excellent and affordable

      By mike

      from michigan

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy to use
      • High Capacity
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Additional Storage
        • Backup

        Comments about Western Digital 1.5TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

        i use mine as a time machine backup disk. i had to reformat it first but it works perfectly.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        4.0

        What can I say? It works!

        By tennexican

        from Fort Worth, TX

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy to use
        • High Capacity
        • Portable
        • Quiet

        Cons

        • No Power Switch

        Best Uses

        • Additional Storage
        • Backup
        • Photo Storage

        Comments about Western Digital 1.5TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

        I have a 640GB MyBook that hasn't given me a lick of trouble...except for the power supply blowing out twice. As a result of that, I needed another external drive to provide a duplicate backup, just in case the 640 went south.

        As a result of the latest reviews on the current generation of MyBook externals, I was reluctant to buy another one. Besides, I didn't want the automatic backup software that's pre-loaded on current MyBook drives.

        I finally settled on the 1.5 Elements based on many reviews and the fact that it is a plain jane drive. No backup software. And the price was right. Less than $90 with no tax and free shipping! And it was also pre-formatted for XP Pro.

        It arrived in only a few days. I unpacked it, plugged it in, waited a couple of minutes for my computer to recognize it and I was good to go. That's all there was to it.

        The drive is contained in a simple, black plastic housing, has a green led on the back that let's you know it's working and that's it. This little puppy is so quiet that you have to put your ear directly against the housing to hear it spin. Alternatively, putting your hand on the housing allows you to feel the slight vibration of the spinning disc.

        I can't speak to the durabilty since I've only had it a week or so, but so far so good. Transfer rate is quite acceptable and I've already dumped several hundred (or maybe as many as a couple of thousand if you count thumbnails) photos onto it.

        Is there anything negative about this drive? About my only compaint would be the lack of an on/off switch. If you don't want to run it every time your computer boots up, you have to remember to disconnect the USB and unplug the power cord before you boot the computer.

        My conclusion at this time: This Western Digital 1.5TB Elements external drive provides high capacity at an astoundingly low price, isn't cluttered with unnecessary bells and whistles and does exactly what it is designed to do.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        5.0

        So far, so good.

        By NoNick

        from Rhode Island

        About Me Casual user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy to use
        • High Capacity
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Photo Storage

          Comments about Western Digital 1.5TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

          Needed a 2nd backup drive for redundancy. So far this one seems to be doing fine.. and the price was good too.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          4.0

          great price for lots of space

          By Ty C

          from Seattle, WA

          About Me Casual user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Easy to use
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Additional Storage
            • Backup
            • Photo Storage

            Comments about Western Digital 1.5TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

            I purchased this due to the great price and all the positive reviews. So far the drive is working great and I love how much space I have to back up everything.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • PC

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            4.0

            Massive Storage

            By Freddo2501

            from Buenos Aires, Agentina

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Compact
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Easy to use
            • High Capacity
            • Portable
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Additional Storage
              • Backup
              • File Transfer
              • Photo Storage
              • Video

              Comments about Western Digital 1.5TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

              If you don't want another built-in hard drive in your PC.
              It's portable, fast and with great storage capacity.
              But sometimes it takes a while to access the data. And even it says 1.5 Tb, it's actually 1.36.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              4.0

              It's okay...

              By Samantha

              from Massachusetts

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Easy to use
              • High Capacity
              • Quiet

              Cons

              • Unreliable

              Best Uses

              • Additional Storage
              • Backup
              • File Transfer
              • Photo Storage
              • Video

              Comments about Western Digital 1.5TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

              The device is just about perfect minus the fact that it's very difficult (actually, impossible) to use with a MAC. You can't just plug it in and use it like you should be able to....I believe you have to format it but I'm not sure. Still figuring that out...

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              5.0

              Awesome for the Price

              By Jeff

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Casual user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Easy to use
              • High Capacity

              Cons

              • No Power Switch

              Best Uses

              • Additional Storage
              • Backup
              • File Transfer
              • Photo Storage

              Comments about Western Digital 1.5TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

              I needed an external hard drive to start backing up some of my files on my computer and opted for this one because of the reviews. For the price, it is without a doubt the best bang for your buck. I can't imagine myself using the entire 1.5 TB, but it's nice to know that it's there.

              Be aware that is it a bit bulkier compared to some of the other ones. If you plan to bring it along with you everywhere you go, you might want to opt for a smaller one. Since I leave this unit immediately next to my desktop, the size of the hard drive doesn't bother me at all.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              4.0

              i would recommend this product to anyone

              By The Smuff

              from Shenandoah, IA

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup

                Comments about Western Digital 1.5TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

                I use this product as a secondary back-up for all my photos. It was priced decent and it's easy to use!

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                4.0

                Good but annoying

                By Marisa

                from Connecticut

                About Me Power user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Color
                • Space

                Cons

                • Bulky
                • Not Easily Portable

                Best Uses

                • Additional Storage
                • Backup
                • File Transfer
                • Photo Storage
                • Video

                Comments about Western Digital 1.5TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

                I purchased this harddrive because I needed a bigger storage device since my 320gb finally reached its capacity. I purchased the 1.5tb WD I love it but there is one problem.... That is in order to use it properly I have to plug it into a wall outlet and then plug it into my computer via USB cord. I wish I could just use the external without having to find an additional power source. With my old 320gb WD all I needed to do was just use my USB plug and I was ready to go. Is this because there is more space on this external then compared to my older 320gb?
                Other than that its been working good. Although I did have to call technical support to help switch the external over to be used on my Mac.

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                4.0

                What I needed

                By tsj1102

                from Decatur, Georgia

                About Me Casual user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy to use
                • Portable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Photo Storage

                  Comments about Western Digital 1.5TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

                  I will using this hold my music and photo libraries.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  harddrive

                  By manuel g

                  from selma ca

                  About Me Power user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Additional Storage
                    • Backup
                    • Photo Storage

                    Comments about Western Digital 1.5TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

                    I use this product to store my valuable photos.This is not a hobby but a lively hood..Dependable products are a must..Thank you B and H for carrying reliable products. You never fail me regardless of purchase from beginning to end.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • PC

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                    5.0

                    1.5TB WD Elements

                    By Vlad

                    from Ashburn, VA

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Easy to use
                    • High Capacity
                    • Portable
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Additional Storage
                      • Backup
                      • Photo Storage

                      Comments about Western Digital 1.5TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

                      I knew in advance that B&H is the most trusted site. I recently purchased WD Elements, 1.5TB. Western Digital products have always been of the highest quality. High Capacity, Quiet, Keeps cool, and simple to store. This hard drive is a great build and I highly recommend this to everyone. It doesn't miss a beat. I love this device and would recommend it to anyone. Your store gives a customer a pleasant online shopping experience. It was also a great deal plus free shipping. Thank you.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      4.0

                      So far so good

                      By Tim

                      from Greensboro NC

                      About Me Casual user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Good price
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Photo Storage

                        Comments about Western Digital 1.5TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

                        I use this as a backup for my backup, and so far it has been fine.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac

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                        4.0

                        Smooth

                        By E T

                        from WC TN

                        About Me Casual user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attractive Design
                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy to use
                        • High Capacity
                        • Portable
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Additional Storage
                          • Backup
                          • File Transfer
                          • Photo Storage

                          Comments about Western Digital 1.5TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

                          I use the WD for music and photos. The setup and operation of this unit is child play. Plug and Play. It doesn't get any easier.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • PC

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                          5.0

                          Great External HD

                          By Andrew

                          from Queens, NY

                          About Me Casual user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to use
                          • High Capacity

                          Cons

                          • Weight

                          Best Uses

                          • Additional Storage
                          • Backup
                          • Photo Storage
                          • Video

                          Comments about Western Digital 1.5TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

                          This is my third external harddrive from Western Digital. And, they all work great. You plug it in, and it works right away. The price was very good for 1.5 TB.

                          I would say the only downside is that it is heavier compared to my other harddrives. But, it also has more space than the other two (0.5 and 1.0 TB). Not too sure if there is a correlation between the weight and memory.

                          Overall. It is great.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • PC

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                          5.0

                          Excellent service

                          By vla98

                          from C'ville, VA

                          About Me Power user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Easy to use
                          • Portable

                          Cons

                          • No Power Switch

                          Best Uses

                          • Additional Storage
                          • Backup

                          Comments about Western Digital 1.5TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

                          Excellent fast delivery. I like it. Thanks.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • PC

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                          5.0

                          Awesome.

                          By Fox

                          from Portland, ME

                          About Me Casual user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Easy to use
                          • High Capacity
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                          • None that I can think of

                          Best Uses

                          • Additional Storage
                          • Backup
                          • File Transfer
                          • Photo Storage

                          Comments about Western Digital 1.5TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

                          This is my first external hard drive, which I purchased after watching for a good price and good reviews for some time. The product arrived quickly and has worked flawlessly since I opened it. There is no installation, just plug in and go. Runs quiet and cool.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • PC

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