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WD 2TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive

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Product Highlights
  • Storage Capacity of 2TB
  • USB 2.0
  • Power Saving Technology
  • Mac & Windows Compatibility

The 2TB 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 2TB
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 2TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive
  • USB Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • Quick Install Guide
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    WD2TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive
     
    4.6

    (based on 548 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (380)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (142)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (10)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Large capacity / good size (477)
    • Easy to use (470)
    • Easy to set up (445)
    • Quiet (412)
    • Attractive (256)

    Cons

    • No power switch (131)
    • Slow (39)
    • Unreliable (11)
    • Difficult to use (5)
    • Heavy / bulky (3)

    Best Uses

    • Back-up (430)
    • Additional storage (408)
    • Photo storage (334)
    • Video (269)
    • File transfer (172)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Power user (315), Casual user (218)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (423), Business (111)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (111), Mac (59), Other (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Very Good Hard Drive So Far

    I bought this hard drive to replace a Seagate 1.5 that appears to be dying after about a year of fairly heavy use. The ease of use straight out of the box lent a...Read complete review

    I bought this hard drive to replace a Seagate 1.5 that appears to be dying after about a year of fairly heavy use. The ease of use straight out of the box lent a great deal to the otherwise hassle and fear associated with this task. The act of restoring my 850GB volume of music took about 30 hours, pretty good for a USB connection, with no pauses, no errors, and NO pre-installed WD backup software to muck things up.The appearance of the drive is quite simple, smaller than expected with a shiny cover on the sides that is typical for WD cases. I would rather the cases be flat to avoid finger smudges though that did come in handy once when pulling fingerprints after a robbery. The drive is silent as far as I can tell and it stays warm at best, though there is no ventilation that I can see. I touch tested the temparature several times during the 30 hour restore and it was cooler than the other drive that I was backing up, never uncomfortably hot even after a full minute.The box is made to sit flat, not upright and has four rubber feet that barely lift the case off the surface, but apparently enough to not cause significant temparature issues. Some might find the resulting footprint less desirable, but I prefer to sit my drives flat anyway when the case design offers the choice, as I don't like hard drive stands, don't trust them. Anyway, I would feel comfortable stacking the drives without the fear of overheating, since no hot air is being forced out of the casing to contribute heat to the other drive(s).I have since begun using this drive as my primary music library, which I use for my internet radio show. The Seagate in its prime would pause at times when I would click play for a song (slow startup after not in use for several minutes). So far this WD drive has not displayed any lag in access times, boots up quickly and can remain connected to the PC for days without any degragation in speed or access.My current computer does not support SATA or other higher speed connectors, so this drive right now was the perfect choice for my needs, especially at the great price. If I had to make a complaint about anything, it would be that the activity light is in the back of the drive where it can't be seen. As long as the drive performs like it has so far, I won't need the warm fuzzy of the blinking light to assure me that it is working, but it is helpful to be able to see it when the system slows down or becomes unresponsive. The other possible negative is the short USB cable, though I just swapped it out for a longer one I already had.On a side note, this is my first experience with B&H and I have zero complaints. [...]and were in flawless condition. I am usually hesitant about electronics stores out of NYC due to the massive amount of cheap product stores out there, but this company proved my usual stereotype completely wrong. [...] and the opportunity to shop somewhere other than[...]

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    I think it is slower than the 1.5TB

    I purchased the 1.5TB version of this drive model maybe ten months ago and have been very happy with it. I recently bought the 2TB version and have been experiencing some problems - I...Read complete review

    I purchased the 1.5TB version of this drive model maybe ten months ago and have been very happy with it. I recently bought the 2TB version and have been experiencing some problems - I am concerned it isn't really adequately 'fast' for playing/encoding video files, despite its advertised usefulness as a media drive. I'm not sure I'll ever know whether or not this is what's been causing problems for me, so I feel I wouldn't have better insight with further usage time, frustratingly. But my impression is that video files that played fine from the 1.5TB model aren't playing smoothly from this 2TB one. I recognize that other factors could be at work instead, but I am disappointed with the 'vibe' I'm getting. Take it for what it's worth -- maybe not much, but maybe something.

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    5.0

    Perfect for photo storage

    By One Shot

    from Big Bear CA

    About Me Casual user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Additional Storage
      • Backup
      • Photo Storage

      Comments about WD 2TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

      I bought this unit to backup my photo files. Simple to use. Just what I wanted.

      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

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      1.0

      CRASHED after one year

      By Photo Gurl

      from Portland, Oregon

      About Me Power user

      Pros

      • Easy to use

      Cons

      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

        Comments about WD 2TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

        I've always used Lacie drives, and say what you will about them --but I've never had an issue.

        This drive is failing after only a year of use.

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        5.0

        Great product, great price

        By Reuven

        from Los Angeles

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup

          Comments about WD 2TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

          This is my 4th WD Elements drive, and they all perform as expected. I feel confident that my data backups are safe.

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

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          5.0

          Love the no-frills

          By dsm55

          from Sussex, NJ

          About Me Power user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • No Power Switch

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about WD 2TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

          While I haven't had this installed very long and therefore cannot speak to longevity, everything else was just as expected.I love that it is a no-frills device. Some of us just need storage without streaming video, backup, etc and this is a perfect fit.Being WD I do expect it to last a good long time. It's super quiet and is truly plug and play. No drivers to install, nothing to configure. Perfect.If you need an external drive and don't need all the bells and whistles some drives include, save a few bucks and get this device.

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

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          5.0

          Easy to use

          By PhotoBill

          from Maryland

          Comments about WD 2TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

          I have a Dell XPS laptop. I pulled the 2TB out of its box, plugged it in and it was ready to use . It was like it came with the compute .

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          5.0

          Great deal

          By Joe O

          from Akron Ohio

          About Me Casual user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about WD 2TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

            I use this hard drive to store video and audio files. It has worked flawlessly since day one. It's super easy to use. Requires power to use (doesn't work off usb power, you have to plug it into a wall socket) so it's not the best for portability. I would definitely recommend this to a friend.

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

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            5.0

            good product, truly plug and play

            By LPK

            from Hightstown, NJ

            About Me Casual user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Additional Storage
              • Backup

              Comments about WD 2TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

              use this product to back up two laptops and store large files. used 1 TB version previously, and it was reliable and efficient. the new one works as advertised -- easy setup, plug and play, quiet and efficient.

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

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              5.0

              WD makes rock solid drives

              By Brewmaster

              from Hinckley, Ohio

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • No Power Switch
              • Slow

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about WD 2TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

              I have been using WD external and internal hard drives for may years with no failures. I am using this drive for entertainment storage, movies etc.
              Transfer rates are a little slow around 15 mb per second using the 2.0 usb

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

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              4.0

              Simple and effective

              By Tom

              from Longview, TX

              About Me Casual user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Slow

              Best Uses

              • Additional Storage
              • Backup

              Comments about WD 2TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

              Primarily as a laptop backup as well as photo storage.

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

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              4.0

              Not the fastest but a good buy

              By David S.

              from Central Florida

              About Me Power user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • No Power Switch
              • Slow

              Best Uses

              • Additional Storage
              • Backup
              • Video

              Comments about WD 2TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

              Good USB Hard drive for the costs. Could be a little faster but works great for media & entertainment files.

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

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              5.0

              Perfect piece of hardware.

              By Mark

              from Gilbert, AZ

              About Me Casual user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to use
              • Portable
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Additional Storage
                • Backup
                • Photo Storage
                • Video

                Comments about WD 2TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

                This is a great product for me as a casual user who needs to back up material. I purchased this on sale, because I needed additional storage for my ever growing mp3 and picture collection. 2TB seemed like enough storage in addition to a portable 1TB that I already owned.
                The drive is super quiet and without the light on the back illuminating when the power is connected, you might almost think it wasn't running.
                Very easy setup out of the box. I highly recommend this drive.

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

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                5.0

                2TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive

                By WKMPellucid

                from Rochester, New York

                About Me Power user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Additional Storage
                  • Backup
                  • Photo Storage

                  Comments about WD 2TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

                  I use these Western Digital hard drives as back-ups for digital photographs. They have been reliable and inexpensive to use.

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

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                  5.0

                  Good Quality. Clean drive

                  By BIG Jesus

                  from San Francisco.CA

                  About Me Power user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about WD 2TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

                    I have owned 8 WD external drives ranging from the first WD portable 120GB drive to 1TB My Books and element externals. I use these drives for entertainment and document storage.

                    Of all the WD drives I have owned some for 5+ years only one has failed the 120GB external which was not even hard drive failure but the SATA to USB interface. I added to my collection and have been using a 2TB Elements drive for about 4 months now and a so far pleased that it has been to my previous WD experiences.

                    The only think that I wish WD would do is produce a cord that has an extension similar to laptop power options or wall warts that have a slimmer profile, (when you own 6 desktop externals plugging space is limited with the current design).

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

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                    5.0

                    Seems excellent

                    By Canon Fodder

                    from Albany, N.Y.

                    About Me Casual user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about WD 2TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

                          I got this to use as a backup hard drive for an aging Mac.

                          Seems like everything I want, very simple to use. I don't do anything complicated with it. I will set up Time Machine to run on it shortly.

                          Initially formatting it for Mac was easy once I found the right set of instructions. My first attempt failed.

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

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                          5.0

                          Installation & use is painless

                          By wyocoyote

                          from Pinedale, WY

                          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

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

                          Comments about WD 2TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

                          I use the drive mostly to store digital photos as well as back-up of files. It came ready to use, and almost installed itself. It makes no sound, and sits unobtrusive on the desk. The only con I'd have is that it has no on/off switch, though those don't always last forever, so that's not a big gripe.

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

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                          5.0

                          So far so good

                          By tinman8

                          from Mount Prospect, IL

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • 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 WD 2TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

                            I bought atleast 5 of these for myself and my friends to store music and data and I haven't had a failure or a glich yet. Everything has been positive.

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

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                            5.0

                            Works well!

                            By Matt

                            from College Station, TX

                            About Me Power user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Easy to use
                            • High Capacity
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Backup

                              Comments about WD 2TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

                              I have 2 of these - I keep one at home and the other at the office as backup. Works well and data transfer speed is good.
                              Would be good if the HDD had a switch to turn on/off the drive rather than turning on as soon as you plug it in.

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

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                              5.0

                              External hard drvie

                              By BAI

                              from Knoxville, Tn

                              About Me Power user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • High Capacity

                              Cons

                              • NA

                              Best Uses

                              • Additional Storage
                              • Backup

                              Comments about WD 2TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

                              Just what i was looking for, greaTR PRICE, FAST DELIVERY.

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

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                              5.0

                              excellent purchase

                              By rich

                              from steubenville, oh

                              About Me Casual user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Additional Storage
                                • Backup
                                • Photo Storage
                                • Video

                                Comments about WD 2TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

                                I use this for photo and video as well as documebt backup. The drive is quick and easy to use. Cant beat the price ooint for what you get ...especially from western digital.

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

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                                5.0

                                So easy to install - just plug it in..

                                By Marj

                                from Seattle, WA

                                About Me Power user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • No Power Switch

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about WD 2TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive:

                                Great little external harddrive. I bought it because of so my good ratings. Glad I did.
                                Thanks!

                                • Computer Platform:
                                • PC

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