Reviews and Problems with Western Digital Elements Desktop (WDBAAU series)
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Was good while it lasted
Marcus Tavarez, Amazon
7 November 2015
Summary: worked flawlessly connected to my router(through a USB port on the router) as a shared wireless drive up until the warranty period, a few weeks after the warranty ended the power cable melted while plugged into the drive and melted part of the board when i opened it up unscrewed the board and tried...
Summary: One day it just randomly died on me. I then took it out of the external case and unscrewed the drive from the power supply. Then manually connecting it to the pc. It shows up as disk is not initialized and is unknown and would not allow to do anything. Im assuming this is now dead??
Pros: managed to get 4 years out of it lots of space
Summary: I don't know if there's still bad stock out there, but as a precaution I would suggest you avoiding this particular model. I really like WD drives (I have 5 others), but I guess you wind up with a loser now and then.
Pros: Performed well for 9 months. I use WD drives exclusively and this one was great, just like the others. But then it crapped out.
Cons: Mostly dead right now. Not usable. Like many others, I got one from the batch that seemed to have problems. Used this particular one as a backup, so I had to salvage what little I could off of it and recreate the rest from elsewhere. Took me almost 6 weeks.
Pros: Worked fine, 2TB storage great, until it died.
Cons: Failed spontaneously after 2 years (will not turn on or respond to power at all). I'm optimistic that we can put the HD in an enclosure to use it again, but pretty disappointed. You would think an external backup drive would be more reliable even once it is out of warranty. It's not the most comp...
Cons: The security sticker over the flap on the retail box was clearly opened before it got to me. Sup with that? The contents look brand new but there is something shady about it. Did a quick scan of the drive and no bad sectors or anything though.
Cons: poor durability. It suddenly died after 1.5 yrs of very light usage. As I read other reviews, it seems clear that WD drives are like playing Russian Roulette: great if you don't get the bullet, but once in a while you'll get shot. Time to explore another brand!
Pros: - Large storage solution - Great as a network storage solution - Lasted for a year and some change - Black and stylish looking
Cons: Died on me not too long ago, while it worked it worked great, but began noticing intermittent connections to it from various computers, assumed it was my router it was connected too. But disconnected it from the router and connected to one of my PC's and found I can't access anything on it either...