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WD1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive
 
4.8

(based on 487 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (391)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (86)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (344)
  • Easy to use (330)
  • Portable (321)
  • Easy to set up (278)
  • Large capacity / good size (273)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Back-up (294)
  • Additional storage (259)
  • Photo storage (246)
  • File transfer (171)
  • Video (160)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual user (194), Power user (180)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (279), Business (93)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (251), Mac (115), 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 Mak Evans

from Laredo Texas

Verified Buyer

Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

Very good materials

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1.0

Not so good

By Alfred

from New jersey

Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

Hard drive unreadable

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5.0

Mini vault for big images

By LMN

from CT USA

Verified Buyer

Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

This Elements Portable Hard Drive is the fifth in a group of hard drives which hold my collection of digital images. It is reliable and simple to use. Good insurance if you have important information to backup and transport.

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5.0

Nice

By Bicyclingbarb

from Peacthree City, GA

Verified Buyer

Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

I bought this to store my raw file format photos. Easy, just plug it in. It's small, lightweight and a good price.

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5.0

It's the only drive I will purchase

By Chuck

from Princeton Junction, NJ

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
    • Video

    Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

    This is the third WD drive I have purchased for my clients. I'm a film director and editor for the Princeton Community TV station and I use the drives for my clients to hve a backup of their shows because they are very dependable.

    I have a 1TB, 2TB and 3TB drives and I'm please with each of them.

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

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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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      4.0

      Good

      By ctp22

      from Charleston, SC

      About Me Casual user

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about WD 1TB Elements Portable Hard Drive:

      Good external for the price. Had to do some Google searching to format it properly with my Mac.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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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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