Default disk format isn't helpful - creates problems
Steven Saito "ssaito", Amazon
14 August 2009
Summary: Disk functions as advertised. Annoying thing is that it's formatted with FAT32 file format, rather than NTFS. Problem with FAT32 format is that it can't handle files larger than 4GB. This is an issue for people who do multimedia work. In my case, I transcode DVD files into H.264 format files which can be played on my iphone and only take 500MB (rather then 4-6 GB for DVD). I also bought the iOmega Prestige Hard Drive (1.5TB) and it does not have this limitation.
Summary: I picked the element because I wanted plenty of back-up room. As a USB 1TB unit, I find it very slow to write. That is my fault because I know the conbination of mega storage and USB results in slow saves. I also don't understand why the only power/activity led is in the rear of the unit. Other than that, the Element is well constructed and operates fine as the USB device it is.
Summary: This is a good hard drive for the price and size. (well, probably for just the next few months or so, anyway) It's quieter and takes up less space than my seagate 500gb and WD 500gb that i purchased 2 years ago. It does heat up but only slightly warm to touch. However, it's reading/writing speed comes nowhere near the previous two hard drives. It's good enough to have as extra backup space, but not quite as a partition(s) to access for daily use.
It is not readable with Media Players and TV's at the moment.
Romuald Vella "malteser", Amazon
15 December 2013
Summary: It's very good when using with a PC or Laptop, but plug it to a TV or Media player and it will not work, due to its 3TB memory. That's really bad, so I will not be buying any more 3TB untilol I can use them with a Media Player or TV.
Summary: Great little hard drive. Reliable. Lots of space. BUT every now and then, it seems like it's doing a full access to the drive, it seems to freeze everything I am doing on my Mac. Actually very very very frustrating. Not sure if anyone else has found this problem.
Summary: I wanted a larger external hard drive and opted for this WD. I was disappointed with two particular parts of this. 1) that the only light to indicate whether it is on/working is at the back where the power cable and USB attachment go in and 2) that it didn't have an on/off switch. My Iomega and Freecome external drives have both and make it that bit easier.
Summary: I already own Western Digital 2TB and have had no issues over 2 years, so expect this one to do the same. Disappointed that is not USB 3.0 as advertised in title (-only2.0), but have just kept it as it suits my purposes for now.