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WD1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive
 
4.8

(based on 481 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (387)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (85)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (343)
  • Easy to use (329)
  • Portable (320)
  • Easy to set up (277)
  • Large capacity / good size (272)

Cons

  • No power switch (18)
  • Difficult to use (5)
  • Slow (5)

Best Uses

  • Back-up (293)
  • Additional storage (259)
  • Photo storage (246)
  • File transfer (171)
  • Video (159)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual user (193), Power user (179)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (279), Business (91)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (250), Mac (114), Other (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Portable Hard Drive!

Purchased to transfer data from old computer to new computer and use as ongoing backup. I was amazed at all of the pictures and video I had accumulated on the old computer and how...Read complete review

Purchased to transfer data from old computer to new computer and use as ongoing backup. I was amazed at all of the pictures and video I had accumulated on the old computer and how fast this device allowed me to transfer them to new. Very small, very fast, very cool!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

1st one failed first day

Being a big wd fan I purchased this to store a cloned copy of my main drive. During my first use it disappeared from my computer. I am a very experienced user and first...Read complete review

Being a big wd fan I purchased this to store a cloned copy of my main drive. During my first use it disappeared from my computer. I am a very experienced user and first tried windows snap in tools to restore and rename the drive but it did not even show there. I tried many different approaches in DOS but never could restore communication with the unit. I was disappointed to find that my replacement from Western Digital was a "referb" with only a 90 day warranty. So far it is working well but I am suspect about the quality of the elements line now.

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5.0

excelent

By yazuac

from mendoza, argentina

About Me Casual user

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Additional Storage
    • Backup
    • Photo Storage

    Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

    just what i was looking for, very fast
    i would recomend it to a friend
    cant find a con yet

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

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    5.0

    Nice hard drive!

    By octavmih

    from Washington

    Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

    This drive is very small. I have test it after it arrived and it works well. It is small enough to enter your! I'm happy i bought it!

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    5.0

    Highly Recommend this hard drive!

    By TonyShaker

    from New York

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Photo Storage
    • Video

    Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

    It was so easy to use this hard drive right out of the box. I formatted it into two partitions, and I am running MacOS 10.11, and Windows from the same hard drive! Did I mention that it has plenty of space too?

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

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    5.0

    Great item in a small package

    By Birdman

    from Rome, NY

    About Me Power user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Additional Storage
      • Backup
      • Photo Storage

      Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

      To store pictures & get them off my lap top to make more room on it.

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

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      4.0

      I use it as a portable jukebox

      By Cisco

      from Springfield Massachusetts

      Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

      It has plenty of room for more information to be stored there's really no insulation to it it just plug in download and it's ready to be used

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      5.0

      Simple, Solid

      By Two Hawks Photo

      from Southern Indiana

      About Me Casual user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Compact
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy to use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Photo Storage

        Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

        I back up photo files with these. They are easy to use (plug in and go) have a simple, compact design, and have yet to fail me. I usually buy in sets of two and back everything up with both.

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

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        5.0

        Couldn't ask for better!

        By Grey Eagle

        from Philadelphia, PA

        About Me Casual user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Additional Storage
          • Backup
          • File Transfer
          • Photo Storage

          Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

          I needed an external HD for recovering data from a blown drive. The price was unbeatable, arrived the next day, & functioned perfectly! It's a solid, compact design powered by the usb, so no "wall wart" adaptors.

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

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          5.0

          Good

          By Mike

          from Charlotte NC

          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 WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

            Use this as an external drive on an older Windows laptop. So far so good, it is very compact and quiet.

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

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            5.0

            great

            By david

            from Miami

            About Me Casual user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Easy to use

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

                easy to use and very portable

                only potential con is the USB connection cable is not a standard or micro-usb cable, and if it breaks you will need to buy a new one from the company instead of just using any spare cable

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

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                5.0

                Good hard drive and good price

                By Jim

                from Ct

                About Me Casual user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Additional Storage
                  • Backup

                  Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

                  Backing up was easy with this portable hard drive. 1Tb is plenty of space for me. I bought another Element hard drive for a windows PC.

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

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                  5.0

                  Cost effective back up.

                  By Andykins

                  from Middle TN

                  About Me Casual user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Additional Storage
                    • Backup
                    • File Transfer
                    • Photo Storage

                    Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

                    I needed a portable hard drive to back up my photo's and this one is ideal. Data transfer is fast and the drive is very slim.

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

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                    5.0

                    Nice

                    By Veronique

                    from Paris

                    Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

                    Very nice

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                    5.0

                    Excellent quick backup

                    By Barta 4

                    from Wake Forest NC

                    About Me Casual user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • File Transfer
                      • Photo Storage

                      Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

                      I needed to make two backups for my photos, one for on-site and one for off-site. So far the 1TB Element drives have been perfect. Fast transfers and very portable. I re-formated them for the Mac and they have been humming along just fine.

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

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                      5.0

                      A must have

                      By Laura

                      from SC

                      Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

                      Great and affordable storage

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                      5.0

                      reformatted for Macintosh

                      By The Aristocrat

                      from Kansas City, KS

                      About Me Casual user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • No Power Switch

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup

                      Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

                      For Mac users, this sleek compact drive is VERY easy to reformat. Just use your Mac's "Disk Utility.app". Bim-bam-bum, you're done!

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

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                      5.0

                      a pleasure to use

                      By Donna

                      from Corvallis, Oregon

                      About Me Power user

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Additional Storage

                        Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

                        I've had this drive and its 2TB sibling for about 9 months, and I love them both. Compact, sturdy enough to carry about in my backpack, fast. They are the most convenient external drives I've ever used.

                        I use this one for storing video files and rips of DVDs that I want to watch on my computer. The other I use for backups and archives that won't fit on my MacBook's SSD drive. I read/write both regularly. The USB 3.0 interface is as fast as expected, and I've had zero glitches with either one.

                        This may sound odd, but they're also just a pleasure to handle. Fit my hand well, rounded corners, a slightly soft texture. Given that I carry one of them with me to and from work, the tactile excellence is a nice bonus.

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

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                        5.0

                        Love the size and speed

                        By MC

                        from Boston, MA

                        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
                          • File Transfer

                          Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

                          VERY compact and fast. Just what i needed for quick backups and data dump transfers.

                          • Computer Platform:
                          • PC

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                          5.0

                          Love it.

                          By Lisaatheni

                          from Alhambra

                          Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

                          Works really well and reasonable price. Shipping is fast too!

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                          5.0

                          What a Life-saver!

                          By Tired of Playing Catch Up

                          from Durham

                          About Me Power user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup
                            • Photo Storage

                            Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

                            Our server has crashed several times. I finally gave up and purchased this hard drive. Only had it a week, but so far it has been working great.
                            After spending 2 weeks catching up financial data that was lost from over a period of a month plus, I hope never to have to go through that again.
                            I lock this up every day in my fire proof safe.
                            It is a great size and easy to use!

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

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                            5.0

                            Solid and affordable

                            By AnninaR

                            from Brooklyn

                            Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

                            I just bought a pair of the WD 1TB and they look even slicker than the previous model with the matte black finish. The plus is that they run USB 3.0. Originally formatted in NTFS for Windows, I just had to plug it in my Mac and reformat it in FAT via the Disk Utility. Already the previous WD models so I know I can count on their reliability, that's why I will use these new ones to keep back ups of my work.

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