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Western Digital Elements Desktop (WDBAAU series)
6.8 out of 10

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 4
4.0

Worked for 3.5 yrs and then died

Darryl K., Newegg
8 December 2013
  • Summary: Is 3.5 years a good lifetime? Seems a bit short to me. Next time I'll probably look elsewhere for an external HD.
  • Pros: worked great for about 3 yrs and then started having problems when I connected it to a Windows 8.1 PC.
  • Cons: Seemed to be a little slow transfer rate even with USB 2.0. As it started to die, the computer wouldn't see the drive.
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Overall 4
4.0

Bought this in March, Dead in September

Charles F., Newegg
17 September 2013
  • Pros: It had plenty of space.
  • Cons: Worked from March 17, 2013 to September 17, 2013 ... unreal! I woke up this morning and it was making some weird sounds and then I disconnected and did all the steps to try and troubleshoot and still it did NOT show up in windows at all and made the awful grinding sounds. I am annoyed that I paid...
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Overall 4
4.0

2.0 barely...

David M., Newegg
13 June 2013
  • Pros: 3TB storage
  • Cons: Barely transferring data at 1.8MB/s (vice 12 or 480MB/s) technically it is at rates required for USB 2.0, but condensing I'm running a high end laptop and have it plugged into a 3.0 slot I don't think the laptop is the limiting factor.
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Overall 4
4.0

Wrong Information

Rudeeez, Amazon
2 February 2013
  • Summary: I was about to purchase this item when I noticed its a mini 2.0 cable and not a micro 2.0 cable that I need.SELLER can you please change The Product Features and The Product Details so that the buyers know its a mini 2.0 cable and not a micro 2.0 cable like you have listed.Thanks.
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Overall 4
4.0

not satisfied

Alexander B., Newegg
28 November 2012
  • Pros: Good price, lots of space
  • Cons: Takes forever for window 7 to recognize it. Sometimes never works, data is corrupt transferring, overall its now a paper weight.
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Overall 4
4.0

Disappointed

Russell F., Newegg
9 July 2012
  • Pros: Inexpensive, works well when it works
  • Cons: Went out of warranty on 6/03/12, died 6/10/12
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Overall 4
4.0

fail

Adolf B., Newegg
7 February 2012
  • Summary: been manually backing up data to this Elements and a 2TB My Book, the Elements is dead and the My Book health is <70%...
  • Pros: bought it June 2011 for one forty nine, a great price for 3TB external USB
  • Cons: Complete failure Jan 2012, out of warranty, no recoverable data
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Overall 4
4.0

Newegg disappointed me

JAIME L., Newegg
12 December 2011
  • Pros: I've never had issues with Newegg before. I bought a 1.5TB drive just like this one (same manufacturer) in the past and it's still serving me well. This drive does work, but didn't come with the proper parts to run it.
  • Cons: Just like many other reviews here, it only came with european power adapters. Newegg was disappointing in the sense that they were willing to take the whole thing back and ship me a new one, but weren't willing to just replace the power adapter. It's 2 weeks before christmas, it took over 2 weeks...
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Overall 4
4.0

Worked for a while

Jonathan C., Newegg
10 November 2011
  • Summary: i did got it for $89.99 on a special... still almost a 1TB of data lost.
  • Pros: Worked great for a while. little more than a year.
  • Cons: Just 11/09/2011 i started getting errors while trying to copy files into it. Now i cant even create a folder in it. Did not work long enough to fill those 1.5TB ... So sad right now as im doing back up and error checks...
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Overall 4
4.0

Not for secure data

Wayne S., Newegg
4 November 2011
  • Summary: Stay away from this drive. I still have 3 working, but don't have a good feeling about any of them and won't use them for secured data anymore... which means they are worthless really. Good swap drives and that's it. I have several 2tb western digital drives and they are tanks.
  • Pros: - Size (3tb is a lot of space!!) - Form Factor (much smaller in actual size than equivalent priced segate drives - it's a Western Digital - I have owned all types of drives from all of the manufactures and I prefer WD and Seagate because of reliability. When it comes to hard drives, reliability m...
  • Cons: I bought 4 drives (1 from newegg and 3 from another source, sorry newegg.... other sources are beating you on price more often these days). Of the 4 drives, I did not beat them very hard, but I formatted the drives to verify all sectors and all worked out of the box. To date (about 1.5 months lat...
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