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WD 2TB Elements External Desktop Hard Disk Drive

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Product Highlights

  • 2TB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 Interface
  • Up to 5 Gb/s Data Transfer Rate
  • Plug-and-Play Compatible
  • Reformat Required for Use with Mac OS X
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The 2TB Elements External Desktop Hard Disk Drive from Western Digital is an external hard drive designed to fit easily onto your desktop. Simply plug this drive into a compatible USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port and begin transferring data at speeds up to 5 Gb/s when using the integrated USB 3.0 connection option.

This external hard drive comes preformatted to work with computers running Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and can be reformatted to work with computers running Mac OS X. You also benefit from a free trial of WD SmartWare providing integrated cloud backup of your data via Dropbox.

Transfer Files Faster
When connected to a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port, WD Elements lets you access and save files faster. Transfer a 2-hour HD movie in just 3 minutes instead of 13 minutes.
Performance may vary based on user's hardware and system configuration.
USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Compatibility
With this single drive you get compatibility with both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 devices.
Free Trial of WD SmartWare Pro Backup Software
WD Elements desktop storage comes with a trial version of WD SmartWare Pro backup software. This backup software allows you to back up your files to your WD Elements drive or to the cloud using your Dropbox account.
Dropbox account required for cloud backup. Cloud services may be charged, terminated or interrupted at any time and may vary by country.
Sleek Drive, Enhanced Storage Capacity
The sleek design offers a 2TB storage capacity making this drive a viable solution for easy, add-on storage for nearly all of your important photos, music, videos and more.
Improve PC Performance
Free up space on your internal hard drive by transferring your files to your WD Elements desktop storage.
WD Quality Inside and Out
This drive has been tested for enhanced durability as it has undergone shock tolerance for long-term reliability. Additionally, this drive comes inside a durable enclosure designed for style and protection.
Plug-and-Play Simplicity
Formatted to work right out of the box with a Windows based PC. Just connect the power and plug the drive into the USB port on the computer to instantly add more storage.
Reformat required for use with Mac OS X
Interface USB 3.0
USB 2.0
Capacity 2 TB
Data Transfer Rate USB 3.0: Up to 5 Gb/s
USB 2.0: Up to 480 Mb/s
Operating Temperature 41 to 95°F / 5 to 35°C
Non-Operating Temperature -4 to 149°F / -20 to 65°C
System Compatibility Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Requires reformatting for Mac OS X
Dimensions (HxDxW) 6.5 x 5.3 x 1.9" / 165.8 x 135.0 x 48.0 mm
Weight 2.00 lb / 0.91 kg
WD 2TB Elements External Desktop Hard Disk Drive
  • USB 3.0 Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • Limited 1-Year Manufacturer Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    WD2TB Elements External Desktop Hard Disk Drive
     
    4.3

    (based on 18 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Quiet (13)
    • Fast connection (12)
    • Reliable (12)
    • Durable (9)
    • Versatile (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Back-up (14)
      • Multimedia (10)
      • Large projects (6)
      • Laptops (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Tech savvy (7), Multimedia professional (5), Tech professional (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (10), Business (4)
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC (7), Mac (6)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Extra Storage

      Bought as a replacement for an older WD 500MB My Book being used for extra DVR storage on a Dish Hopper Unit. Lots of extra storage at a reasonable price. The USB 2 connection...Read complete review

      Bought as a replacement for an older WD 500MB My Book being used for extra DVR storage on a Dish Hopper Unit. Lots of extra storage at a reasonable price. The USB 2 connection to the Hopper seems slower than most USB 2 connections though I suspect this is more related to the Hopper a I have an older WD My Book I use with my laptop and that runs much faster. This unit seems to stay cool and my prior units have lasted more than 5 years.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Great price Poor performance

      Originally bought the 3TB Element. Had to return because 3TB does not support system Image, devicve could not complete a successful backup. . Has to be no more than 2.0 TB/ Exchanged for...Read complete review

      Originally bought the 3TB Element. Had to return because 3TB does not support system Image, devicve could not complete a successful backup. . Has to be no more than 2.0 TB/ Exchanged for 2 TB. The 2TB completes a backup and image except the device constantly comes up as USB device not recognized. Constantly have to re-boot commputer to get recognition...Not reliable to do auto backups. No instructions with device. Call their tech support, responder was in Korea, and you spend hours dealing with individual who is clueless, and then has to refer you to a higher level of tech support. Internet search reveals these USB problems have been noted for years without any satisfactory solutions. Blame game between device maker and Microsoft. This not unique to Western Digital devices . Would recommend you do a thorough search before purchasing...

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      4.0

      Great Buy and Affordable

      By Directly Chance

      from Tucson, Arizona

      About Me Filmmaker, Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Affordable
      • Fast Connectivity
      • Quiet
      • Reliable
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Plastic construction

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Indie Budget
      • Laptops
      • Large Projects
      • Multimedia

      Comments about WD 2TB Elements External Desktop Hard Disk Drive:

      This Drive is a cost efficient beast. As a filmmaker this is the product I use most frequently and refer most ambitiously.

      The affordable pricing allows you to purchase these drives in sets of two. This is a must for data storage. Every hard drive will crash, It's not a matter of if but when.

      I personally buy 2 WD drives for the price of a G-tech and have all my files backed up on 2 drives for ultimately a more secure storage.

      These are not only cost efficient but also have amazing fast transfer rates with the USB 3.0. The construction is plastic and that is undoubtably its largest set back. But Hard drives should be handled and moved with intense care as anyways.

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

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      4.0

      Inexpensive way to backup

      By NickS

      from East of Pittsburgh PA.

      Comments about WD 2TB Elements External Desktop Hard Disk Drive:

      Had the 1TB external drive, but filled it up. At this price and size, it will hold a lot of RAW files.

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      5.0

      Western Digital 2tb external harddrive

      By BlackBear

      from Bonita Springs, Fl

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast Connectivity
      • Quiet
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Laptops
        • Large Projects
        • Multimedia
        • Travel

        Comments about WD 2TB Elements External Desktop Hard Disk Drive:

        Purchased this to use in our RV with Dish TV to record movies, ect. Works great!

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

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        5.0

        Good Performer

        By binque41

        from Asheville, NC

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Quiet
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Large Projects

          Comments about WD 2TB Elements External Desktop Hard Disk Drive:

          I use this drive as a photo archive. This is the second WD Elements I've bought, the first one almost 3 years ago - still performing well. Added advantage to the newer drive is USB 3.0 interface.

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

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          5.0

          Works great

          By None

          from Vermont

          About Me Technically Challenged

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast Connectivity
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup

            Comments about WD 2TB Elements External Desktop Hard Disk Drive:

            I'm an amateur and I had this running on my Mac in about ten minutes.

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

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            5.0

            Awesome hard drive for the money

            By Cheeps

            from Phoenix, AZ

            About Me Multimedia Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Fast Connectivity
            • Quiet
            • Reliable
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Large Projects
              • Multimedia

              Comments about WD 2TB Elements External Desktop Hard Disk Drive:

              I have been using WD hard drives now for quite some time and there is a reason why I continue to buy them, because they are extremely reliable and this one is no different. It's definitely a great buy and super cheap.

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

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              4.0

              Great Buy

              By Brad Wolak

              from Greater Philadelphia Area

              About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Fast Connectivity
              • Quiet
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Large Projects
                • Multimedia

                Comments about WD 2TB Elements External Desktop Hard Disk Drive:

                I needed a large desktop drive for video editing and photo storage and this was the right size for the right price.Pros:great valuefastquieteasy to useCons:needs to be reformatted for macIf you don't mind having to reformat for native mac use, then you will love this drive.

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

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very capable product

                By Dennis the Satellite Man

                from Greater Nashville TN.

                About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Professional, Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Fast Connectivity
                • Quiet
                • Reliable
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • Multimedia

                  Comments about WD 2TB Elements External Desktop Hard Disk Drive:

                  I used this 2TB external hard drive to connect to my Hopper w/Sling from DISH network. This is a perfect way to double my DVR storage and archive my favorite shows in the case of something rare like a receiver swapout.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Other

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                  5.0

                  Excellent as usual

                  By Ron

                  from Shrewsbury, PA

                  About Me Technically Challenged

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Fast Connectivity
                  • Quiet
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Multimedia

                    Comments about WD 2TB Elements External Desktop Hard Disk Drive:

                    Works magnificently, just like all previous WD external HD's I've purchased. I use them to store my large collection of movies and songs which would overwhelm my not-so-big internal. The only negative thing about it is that it doesn't like to be knocked about 2 and half feet off the table onto the carpeted floor but I guess that could be said about Seagates or any others as well.

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

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                    4.0

                    Great deal

                    By Joe

                    from Maryland

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about WD 2TB Elements External Desktop Hard Disk Drive:

                    Great drive. Lots of space. Grat price.

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                    5.0

                    Exactly What It Is Supposed to Do

                    By macczar

                    from Hebron, KY

                    About Me Multimedia Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast Connectivity
                    • Quiet
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Laptops
                      • Multimedia

                      Comments about WD 2TB Elements External Desktop Hard Disk Drive:

                      The best thing I can say about it is that it gives you peace of mind knowing that your files will be there.

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

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                      4.0

                      hard drive

                      By Jimmy

                      from wayne NJ

                      Comments about WD 2TB Elements External Desktop Hard Disk Drive:

                      Just wonderful

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                      4.0

                      Reliable hard drive

                      By Saritaka

                      from Los Angeles, CA

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast Connectivity
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup

                        Comments about WD 2TB Elements External Desktop Hard Disk Drive:

                        So far my WD Elements hard drive has been easy to use and reliable. Plus it stands upright so it doesn't take up a lot of space and the price was a steal for 2 TB. I had to reformat for use on my Mac, but it only took only 2 seconds. This hard drive is very simple and only has one USB 3.0/2.0 port. If you have an older Macbook Pro with only USB 2.0 ports, this would only be good for backing up and it's going to be slow as hell. But if you have a newer computer/laptop with USB 3.0, you should be fine.

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

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                        4.0

                        Good Hardisk

                        By Shambhu

                        from NJ

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Quiet
                        • Reliable
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Slow Connection

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup

                        Comments about WD 2TB Elements External Desktop Hard Disk Drive:

                        use it for backup.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        Great price Poor performance

                        By jerry

                        from Manalapan, New Jersey

                        About Me Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                        • Flimsy Construction
                        • Freezes Easily

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup

                        Comments about WD 2TB Elements External Desktop Hard Disk Drive:

                        Originally bought the 3TB Element. Had to return because 3TB does not support system Image, devicve could not complete a successful backup. . Has to be no more than 2.0 TB/ Exchanged for 2 TB. The 2TB completes a backup and image except the device constantly comes up as USB device not recognized. Constantly have to re-boot commputer to get recognition...Not reliable to do auto backups. No instructions with device. Call their tech support, responder was in Korea, and you spend hours dealing with individual who is clueless, and then has to refer you to a higher level of tech support. Internet search reveals these USB problems have been noted for years without any satisfactory solutions. Blame game between device maker and Microsoft. This not unique to Western Digital devices . Would recommend you do a thorough search before purchasing...

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

                        Share this review

                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Ja possuo um HD da western, muito util.

                        By Provase

                        from Sao Paulo/Sao Paulo, Brasil

                        About Me Uso Domestico

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Fast Connectivity
                        • Quiet
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Backup
                          • Multimedia

                          Comments about WD 2TB Elements External Desktop Hard Disk Drive:

                          Mantenho arquivos de fotos, vídeos e musicas. Bem como arquivos de minhas operações bancarias.

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

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Solid Drive

                          By T. John

                          from NYC

                          About Me Tech Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Fast Connectivity
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup
                            • Multimedia

                            Comments about WD 2TB Elements External Desktop Hard Disk Drive:

                            I use this drive on a Dlink NVR DNR-202L as the main drive to record video from 4 cameras to. From the moment I plugged it in, it has been running strong with no hiccups. Highly recommend this drive as a solid choice for non critical data storage and repeated access.

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

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Extra Storage

                            By CenCal reviews

                            from Merced, CA

                            About Me Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Fast Connectivity
                            • Quiet
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                            • Slow Connection

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup
                            • Laptops
                            • Large Projects
                            • Multimedia

                            Comments about WD 2TB Elements External Desktop Hard Disk Drive:

                            Bought as a replacement for an older WD 500MB My Book being used for extra DVR storage on a Dish Hopper Unit. Lots of extra storage at a reasonable price. The USB 2 connection to the Hopper seems slower than most USB 2 connections though I suspect this is more related to the Hopper a I have an older WD My Book I use with my laptop and that runs much faster. This unit seems to stay cool and my prior units have lasted more than 5 years.

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

                            Share this review

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