WD 8TB Elements Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

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WD 8TB Elements Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive
Key Features
  • 8TB Storage Capacity
  • Micro-USB 3.0 Interface (USB 3.1 Gen 1)
  • AC Powered
  • USB 2.0 Compatible
Preformatted NTFS for systems running Windows 11, 10, 8.1, or 7, the 8TB Elements Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive from WD provides users with up to 8TB of add-on storage for their photos, videos, music, documents, and other files. It features a 5 Gb/s micro-USB 3.0 interface, which is also known as USB 3.1 Gen 1, and is compatible with 480 Mb/s USB 2.0. It is powered using an 100-240 VAC power adapter, includes a USB cable, and may be reformatted for use with other operating systems.
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WD Desktop External HDD Overview

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Preformatted NTFS for systems running Windows 11, 10, 8.1, or 7, the 8TB Elements Desktop USB 3.0 External Hard Drive from WD provides users with up to 8TB of add-on storage for their photos, videos, music, documents, and other files. It features a 5 Gb/s micro-USB 3.0 interface, which is also known as USB 3.1 Gen 1, and is compatible with 480 Mb/s USB 2.0. It is powered using an 100-240 VAC power adapter, includes a USB cable, and may be reformatted for use with other operating systems.

General Features

High Capacity in a Compact Design

The compact design offers a capacity of 8TB, making WD Elements desktop storage the ideal solution for easy, add-on storage of all your important photos, music, videos, and files.

Improve Performance

When your internal hard drive is almost full, your system slows down. Don't delete files. Free up space on your internal hard drive by transferring files to your WD Elements desktop storage and get your computer moving again.

Plug-and-Play Simplicity

The WD Elements drive works right out of the box with Windows 11, 10, 8.1, and 7. Just plug it into a USB port to instantly add storage to your system.

USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Compatibility

With this single drive, you get compatibility with USB 3.0 devices and backward compatibility with USB 2.0 devices.

WD Quality Inside and Out

WD knows your data is important to you, so they built the drive inside to their demanding requirements for durability, shock tolerance, and reliability. Then, they protect the drive with a durable enclosure designed for style and protection.
UPC: 718037863658

WD Desktop External HDD Specs

Storage Capacity8 TB
Connection1 x USB 3.2 / USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB Micro-B)
Read SpeedNot Specified by Manufacturer
Write SpeedNot Specified by Manufacturer
Pre-FormatNTFS
Internal InterfaceSATA (Unspecified)
TypeHard Disk Drive
Form Factor3.5"
BufferNone
External Enclosure
Power SourceIncluded AC Adapter
AC Input Power100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
DC Input Power12 VDC
MaterialPlastic
Cooling SystemPassive
Operating Temperature41 to 95°F / 5 to 35°C
Storage Temperature-4 to 149°F / -20 to 65°C
Dimensions (L x W x H)5.3 x 1.9 x 6.5" / 13.5 x 4.8 x 16.5 cm
Weight1.9 lb / 0.86 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.75 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.95 x 7.95 x 3.6"

WD Desktop External HDD Reviews

So far so good

By Christopher
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-28

I have had this for about a week and it is doing everything as expected, so far very happy

Great for the $

By Jacob
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-21

Great TB value for the buck. Solid drive for archive, backup.

Great Product

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-15

It's a great and affordable product. Happy with the packaging as well, having to travel thousands of kilometres away and arriving intact.

Installed and great

By John
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-14

The instruction should read that the software on the Drive should be installed before you attempt to install drive.

Works well - great for the price

By Daniel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-13

I have used this style of Western Digital external drives for backup for years. They work great. Never had one failure.

Fast R/W. Solid box. Quickly received.

By Paul
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-10

Time will tell, but this unit is performing well.

Fast and easy.

By Lj
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-27

To store large photo files this External Hard Drive fit my needs. It is fast and easy to use.

Large capacity Backup Drive

By Jeffy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-27

I am backing up two 8TB drives plus a 4 TB drive. It work as is is suppose to work,

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Date published: 2022-01-23
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