WD 4TB Elements External Desktop Hard Disk Drive

WD 4TB Elements External Desktop Hard Disk Drive

WD 4TB Elements External Desktop Hard Disk Drive

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WD 4TB Elements External Desktop Hard Disk Drive


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Product Highlights

  • 4TB 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 4TB 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 4TB 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
UPC: 718037832340
In the Box
WD 4TB Elements External Desktop Hard Disk Drive
  • USB 3.0 Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description
    Interface USB 3.0
    USB 2.0
    Capacity 4 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
    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
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.0 x 7.0 x 5.4"
    4TB Elements External Desktop Hard Disk Drive is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 269.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great if not for Windows This is my fourth or maybe fifth Western Digital external harddrive, and I always recommend them to anyone who needs extra storage. They are easy to install, relatively cheap and reliable. The only issue with them is more an issue with Windows than with the external drive themself. For backing up Windows 7 computers, drives larger than (2TB?) have to be reformated to use Windows backup or you need to purchase a special program. Its not hard to do, but if you bought the drive to do a backup, it can be frustrating as the drives don't warn of this issue.
    Date published: 2015-07-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Acceptable performance at a good price I ordered a couple of these disks to consolidate data from older drives, and have only had them for about a week so cannot vouch for their longevity. They are quiet (there's no fan), but also don't give off noticeable heat even while running for hours transferring terabytes of data. There's a small white LED that blinks during disk activity but it's unobtrusive, and the power switch on the back is a welcome addition. I'm getting 129MB/s write and 157 MB/s read speeds over USB3, and system profiling reveals it to be a WDC WD40EZRX Green drive inside (as of 2/2015). The disk has met my expectations for my uses. We will see how it holds up over time.
    Date published: 2015-03-11
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from USB 3.0 functionality failed after a few months I bought this drive for use in a research project where I am transferring a high number (hundreds) of very large (up to 1GB) data files between various systems and processing them. The fact that the drive has a USB 3.0 interface was attractive for the added speed, and at the time I bought it (June, 2015), the drive was about the same price as buying an OEM drive of the same capacity (4GB). For the first few months, the drive worked great. Transfer speeds were what one would expect from USB 3.0, and the drive was portable and reliable. After a few months (as of October), the drive stopped being recognised by any system (multiple computers, various OSes) when plugged into a USB 3.0 port. It was still recognised when plugged into a USB 2.0 port, and in these cases it worked fine. My laptop, as it turns out, has only USB 3.0 ports, though its port replicator has only USB 2.0 ports. But the port replicator is big and bulky, so in order to use the drive away from home with my laptop, I got a cheap USB 2.0 hub. This solution works fine, albeit a bit slow, but I get random disconnects from the drive when I use it through the hub. These disconnects are probably the fault of the cheap hub, since the connection has been pretty stable through the port replicator. In general I'm reasonably satisfied with the product so far, but when USB 3.0 functionality only works for a few months, and then fails to the point that the device is unusable on USB 3.0 ports, I can't give it a satisfactory rating.
    Date published: 2016-02-11
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Loud & Slow Bought this as my 3rd WD external drive. The first two were the older models that laid flat and did not have the air vents in the case. This one is very loud in comparison to those - the fan is always blowing and I can hear the disk spinning every time I access it. My older drives are completely silent. It functions just fine - plenty of storage at a great price and no trouble accessing the files.
    Date published: 2016-01-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heat Kills Heat is a major factor in hard drive longevity. Both WD and Seagate offer an assortment of USB hard drives in passively ventilated plastic boxes that do a poor job of keeping the drives cool. The big win for WD is that their plastic box is much better ventilated. There is a 1/4 in. gap between the top of the drive and the lid of the case and its vent holes are relatively large and numerous compared to Seagate's case which has very little space on either side of the drive. Nevertheless, all these plastic boxed drives run substantially hotter than when installed in actively ventilated enclosures or well designed thermally conductive ones like the superb but expensive G-Technology G-DRIVE boxes. I like to sit these WD drives on top of an AC Infinity MULTIFAN S3, Quiet 120mm USB Fan.
    Date published: 2015-11-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a great hard drive This 4 TB hard drive is fantastic for my applications. I edit video and the transfer speed of this device is amazing when I transfer the video files to this drive. The USB 3.0 speed is great and the amount of space is perfect. I would recommend this drive for anyone who is into video editing or high res media. All of my files are in 1080p soon to be in ultra HD and fitting all my files on this device is a breeze. If you want to shut it off using the power button on the back, just make sure you unplug the device from the computer. if it's plugged in the computer it will not turn off unles your computer is off (this isn't a con but something worth mentioning).Go get one ASAP.
    Date published: 2015-11-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does the Job! I have this drive plugged into my Macbook Pro every day. I have it partitioned so part of it is used for a Time Machine back-up and the rest is for storage for art, photos and videos. So far it's doing the job I need it to do, and it's small enough that it doesn't intrude too much on my desk space which is at a premium. I had been concerned it might be larger based upon the photo on the site, but it is smaller than I was expecting which is excellent. For Mac users, you will need to reformat the drive using disk utility, but it is easy and quick and you will be ready to go in under a minute.
    Date published: 2016-03-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Protect you images! This is an economical way to insure you will have your pictures forever. I use two, one as main storage and one as backup. I only keep programs on my computer hard drive. If one fails, (and, eventually, it will), you have the other one with your shots. It happened to me once with the 1TB drive. The only drawback is that it is slower opening files through a USB connection than it would be off your internal drive. Many pros keep one at a remote site to insure there pictures will still be safe if a calamity befalls their workplace.
    Date published: 2015-10-22
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