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

Western Digital Elements Desktop (WDBAAU series)

Western Digital's WD Elements Desktop USB 2.0 external hard Read more

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

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Overall 4
4.0

User Review

Garan B., Newegg
9 June 2015
  • Pros: Good size, was a good price at the time.
  • Cons: After less than 3 years of use, encountered multiple bad sectors, drive died. Lasted years less than other Western Digital drives I've had over the years which I've mostly been able to use for 5+ years.
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Overall 4
4.0

AVOID

Craig C., Newegg
29 March 2014
  • Summary: Remember when Western Digital (briefly) was considered the best quality? It seems every label has its turn at the top. Western Digital's turn as "the reliable drive" has ended.
  • Pros: It's a hard drive, about average cost, you can store things on it... temporarily anyway.
  • Cons: Not a year old, purchased from Newegg in late May 2013. Has lad light use, sitting in a nice cool spot. Just plain quit this week. Dead. Just remember, you're going to die someday, you didn't really need all that data, did you?
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Overall 4
4.0

User Review

FLORIN I., Newegg
27 March 2014
Overall 4
4.0

Doesn't Last.

Joshua A., Newegg
16 February 2014
  • Summary: I'm probably going to shy away from buying Western Digital drives for backup in the future.
  • Pros: When it's new, it's great...
  • Cons: When it's new, it's great... but it doesn't last. I was using this with Time Machine for backups and it just up and died and went into "read only mode" for no reason. I've seen this online and apparently there's nothing you can do. If you need a drive that will last longer than a year, 9 months a...
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Overall 4
4.0

Died :(

Meredith C., Newegg
29 January 2014
  • Summary: After about 6 months of usage (for storing movies and pictures) this drive started giving me errors. It's gotten worse and is almost unusable now. It's unfortunate, but I guess it could happen with any brand. I'll be searching for a Seagate next.
  • Pros: Got it on sale for $69.99
  • Cons: Drive is slowly dying.
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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

worked initially, then issues appeared

Benjamin T., Newegg
12 October 2013
  • Summary: The hard drive was taken care of and the unit fails. I was lucky to transfer his files onto another drive before it became unusable.
  • Pros: Capacity
  • Cons: I bought this for a relative and and less than a year of usage, the unit will not consistently show up in windows. It will sometimes tell me to format the drives and sometimes it will load it correctly with my files. I ran the WD diagnostic tool and it failed not even a min. into the test.
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Overall 4
4.0

Bought this in March, Dead in September

Randy B., 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

One dead, one sick, one good

Glenn B., Newegg
28 June 2013
  • Summary: Look, I take the blame for being cheap. I have learned my lesson. The HD manufacturers know something we don't know. If you want a HD you can trust, you should probably look for at least a 3 year warranty. Lessons learned.
  • Pros: Cheap and worked . . . for a while.
  • Cons: I own at least 30 active hard drives. 3 were WB Elements 2 TB. Just after one year, two died. That is when I discovered the new fangled "1 year warranty" that I did not know existed. One I was able to extract 80 percent of the data after a week and a half. The other was resurrected after strippin...
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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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