WD 3TB Elements USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive

WD 3TB Elements USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive

WD 3TB Elements USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive

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Product Highlights

  • 3TB Storage Capacity
  • Micro-USB 3.0 Interface (USB 3.1 Gen 1)
  • USB 2.0 Compatible
  • Up to 5 Gb/s Data Transfer Rate
  • Plug-and-Play Compatible
  • Reformat Required for Use with Mac OS X
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  • 1Description

The 3TB Elements USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard 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 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) or USB 2.0 port and begin transferring data at speeds up to 5 Gb/s when using the integrated micro-USB 3.0 interface.

This external hard drive comes preformatted to work with computers running Windows 10, 8.1, and 7, and can be reformatted to work with computers running other operating systems, such as macOS.

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 3TB 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: 718037812069
In the Box
WD 3TB Elements USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive
  • USB 3.0 Cable
  • AC Adapter
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    WD Desktop Specs

    Storage Capacity 3 TB
    Connection Interface 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB Micro-B)
    Pre-Format NTFS
    Internal Interface SATA (Unspecified)
    Type Hard Disk Drive
    External Enclosure
    Environmental Resistance None
    Dimensions (L x W x H) 5.3 x 1.9 x 6.5" / 13.5 x 4.8 x 16.5 cm
    Weight 2 lb / 0.9 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.0 x 6.9 x 5.5"

    WD Desktop Reviews

    3TB Elements USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 337.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Speedy and Dependable I use this hard drive to make a cloned backup of my iMac's internal hard drive. By cloned I mean I can now use this hard drive to start my computer instead of the built in drive - it is bootable. I've tested it and it works great! I also use it to back up all the apps and other files I have stored on the internal drive. Lately, I even formatted it for Windows and backed up the hard drive on a PC notebook I own. That worked great too. For the price, it is a must buy, and B&H is the place to get it. The price is right, and delivery was on schedule. I have purchased many items form B&H, and they are an excellent firm to deal with
    Date published: 2014-11-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent value and tons of storage!! I ran out of space on my 1 TB computer drive and needed external storage.... fast! I searched for a balance of reliability and cost. From my research, WD has a much lower failure rate than Seagate and the price wasn't much higher. This 3TB drive was a nice balance of $$/TB, so I went for it. Plugged it in and it was recognized immediately! I will be using this primarily for photo storage and didn't need password protection that the My Book offers, so I was able to save a few bucks there. I plan to store all my RAW files on here and use the Smart Preview option with Lightroom as part of my new workflow. I'm back in business! Thanks B&H and WD!!
    Date published: 2014-11-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far.. so good Received it very quickly and it works just fine. I have Windows 7 64 bit and am using this external HD for backup. My PC is a Dell, with a WD hard drive. Since I have never used an external HD larger than 2TB, I did not know that I had to reformat the HD before doing my first backup with a system image. After my first backup attempt and receiving an error code, I did some research and found a solution on the Microsoft community forum... It was posted by dave6670 on 3/25/13. I downloaded the WD Quick Formatter from the WD site and used the WD Quick Formatter to format this external hard drive. After completing these steps, it was all good....
    Date published: 2014-09-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from USB 3.0 fast Using the USB 3.0 capabilities makes this hard drive really fast. It is a bit larger than the WD Elements 1 and 1.5Tb drives, but stands up vertical so footprint is smaller on desk. This drive takes a second to wake up, which also seems different than the older Element drives which didn't seem to have a 'sleep mode'. I use this through a USB 3 hub and it doesn't seem to compromise speed at all. Of note, FAT32 initializing doesn't work on 3TB drive, so can't get PC/Mac simultaneous usage. WD makes a great hard drive and I have been impressed with the longevity of WD drives. Would recommend highly.
    Date published: 2014-06-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from better luck with WD Over the years I've used several brands of external hard drives for mostly photo back up. The WD has always been more reliable. as a matter of fact I've never had a WD hard drive fail. I just bought this 3tb to replace another brand that failed after a year which I paid a lot more for. I keep a bank of three on hand and switch them out and all of that paranoid stuff. The price at B&H was more than competitive so how could I not resist buying something more reliable at a cheaper price. The download speed seems the same as the unit that it replaced. I use this on a mac which only takes minutes to reformat.
    Date published: 2014-11-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent for its dual-purpose function I purchased this external drive to (1) back up uncompressed CD-quality and high-resolution (24/96 PCM through DSD128) music files on my Windows 7 desktop's internal drive and (2) act as a music server source drive for an Ethernet-networked computer located in another part of the house. Installation was plug-and-play with the drive's nominal 3 TB (actually 2.72 TB) capacity fully available without the necessity to reconfigure or reformat the product. The drive's access speed is excellent--music stored on it that's sent across the network is reproduced at the second computer without any burps, stutter, or gaps during playback. Even working full tilt in this function, it's dead quiet in operation. I've not found any nits to pick with it.
    Date published: 2014-03-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Would buy again if needed Best price per terabyte with Western Digital's reliability. It's used to backup multimedia. I have it formatted to Mac OS and can only use the usb 2.0 connection on a 2008 macbook. My only complaint is how, unlike the MyBook line (I own 2), this hard drive does not connect through my ac-powered usb 3.0 hub. It is possible that there's something wrong on my end, but I followed all the troubleshooting protocols to no avail. Even so, it's a small inconvenience for the price. I would recommend this to anyone who needs needs quality digital storage on a budget.
    Date published: 2014-10-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 3TB Elements External Hard Drive I use my 3TB external hard drive to back up both laptops. I have a lot of music on two laptops and a desktop, pictures, videos, and games. It is great because its quiet when it backs up files. Its convenient as well to my needs. The only thing that I can point out about this hard drive is that since its larger it has to remain plugged in to an outlet while the files are being backed up so that you don't loose any data. I do have a smaller external hard drive that I don't have to plug into an outlet but its just a small adjustment. Overall thus far I have enjoyed my product and B&H provides good service.
    Date published: 2014-08-29
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    question

    is there a warrenty?
    Asked by: Jack D.
    This Elements External drive by Western Digital includes a one year WD warranty.
    Answered by: James B.
    Date published: 2018-08-28

    question

    Does this work with Xbox one?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes, this should work just fine. As long as the external hard drives is more than 256GB and USB 3.0, it should work.
    Answered by: Geoffrey N.
    Date published: 2018-08-28

    question

    I just received my order for the 3Tb WD Elements External Desktop Hard Disk Drive from B&H and before taking the shrink wrap off I noticed the info on the box said it was preformatted for Windows 8, 7 and Vista, but did not mention XP. B&H info on its website included XP. My computer runs Windows XP. So before I take the shrink wrap off, I'd like to know will this Hard Drive will function okay connected to my XP running computer?
    Asked by: Jerry S.
    The drive will be compatible with Windows XP, however you will need to repartition the drive to use two partitions. The maximum size a single partition can be on Windows XP is about 2.2TB.
    Answered by: James B.
    Date published: 2019-03-18

    question

    Can this drive be used with windows 2008 R2 formatted 512e?
    Asked by: randy m.
    Why not. it is a external hdd like the rest. Never tried.
    Answered by: Cipriano C.
    Date published: 2018-08-28

    Will this run on USB power only (without power ...

    Will this run on USB power only (without power adapter)?
    Asked by: Donald
    The WD 3TB Elements USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive B&H # WEBWLG0030HB does not work over USB bus power, it requires the included power supply to be connected at all times.
    Answered by: Miguel
    Date published: 2019-03-19

    question

    Can i connect the WD 3TB Elements External Desktop Hard Disk Drive to my WD My Cloud USB 3.0 port as a backup for my WD My Cloud data? If yes how do I transfer (backup) data from the WD My Cloud to the HDD?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    I'm sorry I don't know the answer.
    Answered by: JOHN H.
    Date published: 2018-08-28

    question

    Can this be used to connect to a DISH DVR and transfer movies to it?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes it can if the Sat. box supports USB. The movies can be stored on the drive but they cannot be connected to another device and played back...Only played back on the Sat. box it was originally connected to. Digital Licensing Laws prohibit it from being played in another receiver.
    Answered by: Charles M.
    Date published: 2018-08-28

    question

    Can I plug this drive into my router and access it from multiple computers either Ethernet connected or wifi?
    Asked by: Jon
    Yes, absolutely. That's how I use it.
    Answered by: James C.
    Date published: 2018-08-28
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