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WD1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive
 
4.8

(based on 310 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (249)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (58)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (228)
  • Easy to use (215)
  • Portable (209)
  • Easy to set up (190)
  • Large capacity / good size (180)

Cons

  • No power switch (11)
  • Slow (3)

Best Uses

  • Back-up (187)
  • Additional storage (174)
  • Photo storage (167)
  • File transfer (111)
  • Video (111)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual user (126), Power user (119)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (182), Business (63)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (168), Mac (74), Other (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

"Excellant portable HD by WD"

I use this for my backup on my pictures, as I am a photographer enthusiast! It works like a charm and give me exactly what is needed to backup everything! I don't see...Read complete review

I use this for my backup on my pictures, as I am a photographer enthusiast! It works like a charm and give me exactly what is needed to backup everything! I don't see anything that is wrong with it as Western Digital has been good for all my external hard drive needs!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good Drive, But Non-Standard Port

The drive is fine, but you have to take the proprietary USB cord with you wherever you go, as it's a non-standard port on the drive...one that I've never seen and I...Read complete review

The drive is fine, but you have to take the proprietary USB cord with you wherever you go, as it's a non-standard port on the drive...one that I've never seen and I have dozens of devices. Why WD felt compelled to do that, I have no idea.

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5.0

Does what it should!

By Brendan

from Brooklyn, NY

About Me Casual user

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy to use
  • High Capacity
  • Portable
  • Quiet

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Additional Storage
    • Backup
    • File Transfer
    • Photo Storage

    Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

    Has about 990GB formatted and it works. Cable is USB 3.0 and 2.0 compatible.

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

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    4.0

    So far so good

    By izzy

    from Washington, dc

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

        First time using a WD drive. Seems to work fine. Only issue is you need to reformat drive for a mac through disk utility. Never needed to do that on another external drive.

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        5.0

        Works Great

        By Lenl

        from Randolph NJ

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Compact
        • High Capacity
        • Portable
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

          I bought 2 and use them with an OTA DVR+.

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

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          5.0

          Simply Perfect

          By Taryn

          from Tampa, FL

          About Me Casual user

          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

            Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

            Simple, easy to use, plenty of storage for songs, photos and documents. Great compact size also.

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

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            5.0

            Fast and easy

            By JMP Studio

            from Asheville, NC

            About Me Power user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • File Transfer
              • Photo Storage

              Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

              I purchased this portable HDD to back up images for my photography when I travel so I can easily tranfer them to my main computer when I return. The USB 3.0 is super fast compared to previous portable HDD's I have used and the setup was really non-existant...I just plugged it in and it worked perfectly (Windows 7). It is real small so easy to carry in my travel/camera bag and/or carry on bag. Highly reccomended.

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

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              5.0

              Great experience

              By Bee

              from Brooklyn

              Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

              Great product Fast delivery service and best price all at B&H photo

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              5.0

              a lot of memory in a small package!

              By mcm

              from Vermont

              Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

              Excellent easy-to- use portable drive.

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              5.0

              1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive

              By Jian

              from Allen, TX

              About Me Casual user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Photo Storage
                • Video

                Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

                Compact and very portable. Easy to use.

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

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                5.0

                Great!

                By Fai

                from Los Angeles

                Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

                Awesome product! Easily formatted for mac!

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                5.0

                Low cost 1TB drive

                By Caleb

                from Dallas, Tx

                Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

                Low cost, high capacity, small footprint. It's not built quite as strong as the Passport line, but good enough for my uses.

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                4.0

                Good product

                By Hasley

                from Los Angeles, CA

                About Me Casual user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy to use
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Additional Storage
                  • Backup
                  • Photo Storage

                  Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

                  Good price, does just what I need it to do, which is serve as backup.

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

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                  5.0

                  Great Value

                  By Rob

                  from Bangor Maine

                  Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

                  Looking for a external hard drive to store old photos on. Cheaper than the cloud. B&H has always done well by me.

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                  4.0

                  Good filing system

                  By Serge Kay

                  from Bal Harbour, Fl

                  About Me Casual user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy to use
                  • Portable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Photo Storage

                    Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

                    I purchased this hard drive to file photos only. Small compact, dependable and most important reasonably priced.

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

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                    5.0

                    Best external Hard Drive I ever used

                    By Ricagino

                    from Suriname

                    Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

                    I am a photographer and IT consultant and have been using WD Passport since 2007 to store all my life work. I never had a failure. In the IT I worked with hard drives from different brands. WD is on the top of my list as the most reliable hard drive. If you are looking to get an external hard drive and haven't made aha choice as yet, go for the WD passport. It even has password protection capabilities.

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                    4.0

                    Works fine

                    By Carolc

                    from Southern AZ

                    About Me Casual user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Additional Storage
                      • Backup

                      Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

                      Use it for backing up files and system backup. Seems to work fine. It is small and light.

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

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                      5.0

                      Bought it for a back up

                      By njr13

                      from Statesville NC

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

                      Bought this for a back up drive for a mac. Had to format it, no problems so far. A good deal for what I paid for it.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent Product

                      By CHOPS

                      from santa clara, ca

                      About Me Power user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup

                        Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

                        This one is my second portable hard drive, i bought this for my son, this portable HD is very portable, easy to carry, very reliable

                        I bought this from B&H, excellent service and customer sanctification, i recommend this product to everyone

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

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                        5.0

                        Best portable hard drive

                        By Tony

                        from Chattanooga Tn

                        Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

                        I purchased this WD 1TB hard drive because I have used this brand before and they have always work very well with plenty of storage and connects with my PC with ease. When I saw this one on B&H Photo web site I didn't hesitate and it was at my door in a few short days. Thanks B&H.

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                        5.0

                        As expected

                        By Chas

                        from PA

                        Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

                        This is exactly as it is advertised. It won't change your life, but it won't hurt you either.

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                        5.0

                        Good product would buy again.

                        By Tee

                        from Anaheim, CA

                        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
                          • Photo Storage

                          Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

                          Received disk, formatted for use on a Mac Mini. Move data from older drive without any issues.

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

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