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Western Digital Elements Portable 500GB USB 2.0 (WDBAAR5000ABK)
6.3 out of 10

Western Digital Elements Portable 500GB USB 2.0 (WDBAAR5000ABK)

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Reviews and Problems with Western Digital Elements Portable 500GB USB 2.0 (WDBAAR5000ABK)

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Overall 4
4.0

User Review

IAN S., Newegg
11 July 2014
  • Pros: Convenient. Nice size.
  • Cons: Cable becomes disconnected frequently. Slow. Spins down the platters (to save power) at the worst times.
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Overall 10
10

User Review

Anonymous, Newegg
12 June 2014
  • Summary: Have since made this my recovery drive for my laptop
  • Pros: Light weight, easy to stash in a laptop bag. Have been very please with the reliability of WD!
  • Cons: I bought a Seagate 2TB external HD, that is Much thinner in size. very minor one and not enough to mark it down - only USB 2.0
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Overall 10
10

Great buy

Timothy B., Newegg
26 June 2012
  • Pros: Just plug it in, let your computer see it and start storing files, pictures and games on it. Great for any average homeowner that uses a computer and doesn't want to store thigns on their hard drive.
  • Cons: None
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Overall 10
10

Great Little Drives

Peter P., Newegg
15 February 2012
  • Summary: I bought 2 for a backup project and they both work great
  • Pros: Works great No need for external power
  • Cons: small cable
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Overall 10
10

Great buy

Justin S., Newegg
8 February 2012
  • Pros: Solid external hard drive. As fast as it describes. Includes cables you need.
  • Cons: Slightly larger than some other HDs that are 500gb.
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Overall 10
10

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.
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Overall 2
2.0

HORRIBLE

James A., Newegg
7 August 2011
  • Summary: I hate how easy it is to lose so much valuable information. I'm never buying another external hard drive. It's a waste.
  • Pros: it came with a usb cord
  • Cons: I had to remove while it was unplugged because my computer froze. I wasn't writing or reading any data, it was simply plugged in. Once I unplugged it, I lost ALL of my data. I'm so upset right now. I had years of memories, important spreadsheets and documents along with bank account information. ...
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Overall 10
10

Great little drive. Ultra portable.

ADK "Adam", Amazon
23 February 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 10
10

Works Great!

Michael Armstrong, Amazon
19 February 2011
  • 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).
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Overall 10
10

Works fine.

Stanley J. Hasegawa "Movie Nut", Amazon
8 February 2011
  • 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.
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