Reviews and Problems with Western Digital Elements Portable 500GB USB 2.0 (WDBAAR5000ABK)
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Almost one year later, still going strong!
J. Clark "Jen", Amazon
29 November 2011
Summary: This drive has been used to backup my iTunes library over the past year. It sees weekly use and has been very solid. It's tiny and stays out of the way. I would definitely recommend this drive. I use it with my MacBook Pro, and have had zero problems with it.
Summary: I purchased this external usb hard drive to keep a portable backup of my important data. It works fine for six month. One day when I tried to open a file from it my computer all of the sudden stopped and a message came out: "your hard disk needs to be formatted". I restart the machine thinking that there was a momentary error. But it was permanent. The drive was faulted and all the data was lost. Windows does not recognize the unit as a hard drive.
Summary: This was a great little hard drive, and it did everything it promised to do, for about 10 months. This hard drive lived on my desk, wasn't banged around, was treated gently and after 10 months it just stopped working. Good thing most of my stuff is backed up somewhere else, because this device is UNRELIABLE. It works great, but you can't trust it to work great for long.
Summary: I bought this drive to add external storage to my Wii for game back-ups. I was skeptical at first only because I wasn't sure if the Wii would supply enough power for this drive to power up properly. After setting everything up and plugging it into my Wii, it works flawlessly. The bast part is, I don't have to have an extra cord plugged into my surge protector. I've been using this drive for over a month and have had no problems thus far.
Summary: Installation on my Mac Mini was fast and easy. The device works seamlessly with the Apple Time Machine software that came with the computer. The first backup took a long time, but subsequent backups are quick. Time Machine backs up frequently (every 15 minutes, I think). Since I cannot change the time interval, I turn off Time Machine in System Preferences, then turn it on every few days to let it back up to the external hard drive.
Summary: I got this external drive to work as my "Time Machine" backup for my Mac Mini. All I had to do was plug it into the USB port, and the Mac went on its merry way creating a backup. I have had to use this drive to recreate my files about 5 times in the last 3 months (because my Mac had system problems), and I haven't had a problem with it doing its job. It works as "set it and forget it.
Summary: The first WD Elements 500Gb external hard drive I received made a repeated clicking sound as soon as I plugged it in. My computer didn't detect the drive. I called WD customer service and they said to return the drive because the clicking indicated it was broken. Amazon promptly sent me a replacement drive which suffered from the ***exact*** same problem.
Broke after less than three data transfers and three weeks
2 February 2011
Summary: I bought this Drive as a back up to my online storage. It worked at first, allowing me to perform a full back up of my Acer netbook. Initially this was the only action i performed, before attempting to download separate music and picture downloads. Halfway through this attempt, the drive stopped working. It completely froze while downloading, before i was encouraged to format the thing - which wouldn't work - before it finally stopped working altogether.
Summary: I was hunting around for a 500Gb-1Tb hard drive quite a bit and came across several reviews on amazon for both portable and desktop hard-drives. Across all the reviews what struck me was a) the unreliability of the disks and b) a ton of bloatware on the disks c) issues with appearance, and d) the plethora of interfaces available on these disks. I then came across (surprisingly hidden) this extremely simple 500Gb Essential WD hard disk and immediately liked it.
Summary: How easier can it be to connect and start using this product then doing just that. Let's say you need to transfer a home HD DVD and you need lots of space to make all the adjustment and fine tuning before you finish it. An external hard drive is the answer. Back up your computers contents for safe keeping. Put all those pictures you take but never print. This drive will be used every time I promise you.