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 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.
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).
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.
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...
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.
Summary: The reason I'm getting a new Western Digital Elements 500 GB is for a Christmas present. I have been using a Western Digital My Passport Essential 500 GB External Hard Drive for about 2 years now without any cover or case.
Summary: After receiving the HDD and formatting it to FAT32 (to work with my car stereo), it works exactly as I know and expect Western Digital drives to. Even bought a second one for my father. This is my 5th or 6th WD drive, and all of them are still working perfectly.
Summary: EZ hookup, no extra software, Windows recognized immediately, acted just like another hard drive (named Elements). Compact size and large capacity. Exactly what I was looking for; backup and large data transfers between desktop / laptops. Would buy again.