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Western Digital Elements Desktop (WDBAAU series)

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Reviews and Problems with Western Digital Elements Desktop (WDBAAU series)

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Overall 10
10

Back up is key!!

Liz, rakuten
14 November 2013
  • Summary: I'm a Photographer and a Graphic designer and I need tons of reliable backup. I've been using this machine for Time machine as a weekly secondary and it has been fast and reliable so far.
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Overall 10
10

On all the time; works great

Robert L., Newegg
22 October 2013
  • Summary: When the price is right, grab 1 or a few of these. Easy to make these into internal SATA drives also.
  • Pros: Packaged well. Formatted, then hooked up to of these to USB ports on Asus RT-AC66U. Works great with the router for cheap NAS. On 24/7 for 7 months and all is well.
  • Cons: I ask it things like, "What are tomorrow's winning lotto numbers?" and it refuses to answer. Stop holding out on me! SHARE THE DATA!
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Overall 10
10

Awesomeness

rakuten
22 July 2013
Overall 10
10

Great Price! Fast Delivery

Adam, rakuten
8 July 2013
  • Summary: I searched all over the internet to be a "smart shopper". I found this to be the best price & quality combination for the type of external hard drive that I was looking for. The delivery was very fast and I'm happy with the product.
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Overall 10
10

I'm Smiling

Richard, rakuten
11 June 2013
  • Summary: I wish Lightroom was as easy to use as this drive. I purchased this to do all my photo storage on. I just plugged it in and it was ready to go. I'm smiling.
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Overall 2
2.0

Two Out of Box failures??

Mark L., Newegg
29 May 2013
  • Pros: Shipped quickly.
  • Cons: Both 3TB HDD were INOP out of the box. Out of ten plus external drive purchased in the last 2 years, this is the first out of box failure and I got two of them at the same time??? On multiple computers... one HDD will crash windows explorer when I attempt to open it and the other doesn’t even show up in Disk Management. We attempted to format one of them and every time it tries it fails.
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Overall 10
10

Good Deal for a Desktop Hard Drive

rakuten
21 May 2013
  • Summary: I have purchased several of these and have had no problems. Of course, this is a desktop external hard drive and requires an AC adapter (not USB powered), but it's fine if you don't need to carry it around with you. The cost is good compared to others.
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Overall 8
8.0

WD Caviar Green drive for less

James W., Newegg
15 April 2013
  • Summary: Despite the rather sad enclosure, it's still a terrific deal, especially at $109.99 with a promo code.
  • Pros: As others have said, this is simply an OEM 3TB Green internal drive stuffed inside a cheap USB 2.0 enclosure. SATA 6Gbps, 64MB cache, the works. It seems silly to waste another $10-30 for the same drive without an enclosure. I imagine the drive is only covered under warranty while inside the enclosure, but it's easy enough to open with a putty knife without breaking any "void if removed" seals (there aren't any), and it's a snap to put back together. Inside you'll fin...
  • Cons: I would have given it 5 eggs if the enclosure was usable but the quality is just too poor. No ventilation, held together by plastic clips, only USB 2.0 with a mini-USB connector at that. It's easy enough to get into for a case that wasn't designed to be opened, but there's no quick and convenient way of swapping drives even if you wanted to.
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Overall 8
8.0

Saving a Hard Dive!!

Sebastien T., Newegg
12 March 2013
  • Summary: Due to the large volumes of data these drives store, it's irresponsible to encase them in a non ventilated case like what they come in. The moral, don't assume the drive is dead until you take it out and place it into a new enclosure. 4 eggs are for the drive inside the case and for the price. 0 eggs are for the horrible enclosure they come in.
  • Pros: + When opened up using a needle nose tweezer, and finding the clips in the case, what's in the case is a Western Digital desktop sized Caviar Green drive.
  • Cons: - The Western Digital Elements enclosures are terribly made, the cases are a heat trap and eventually overheat the poorly made Sata controller connected to the hard drive.
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Overall 10
10

Good Product

Anonymous, Newegg
21 February 2013
  • Summary: I have read that some people had problems with WD Elements drives on either the front or rear USB port. I have this 3TB unit and a 1.5TB unit and they both work on either front or rear USB port on the WD TVLive unit. I now have my collection of 15 years worth of video on hard drive and connected to the media center.
  • Pros: The unit is quite and works as expected. I have several USB drives on my system. I just went to the disk management utility and assigned it a drive letter and it came right up with 2.73TB of storage.
  • Cons: None really.
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