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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 6
6.0

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...
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Overall 6
6.0

Western Digital Elements life span.

David P., Newegg
18 February 2015
  • Summary: I would not buy another Western Digital Elements drive. They seem to be the cheapest made. I would upgrade to something that offered at least a five year warranty.
  • Pros: One of two is still working three years later. They did exceed their warranty dates.
  • Cons: The other died after two years. These drives are only used for backup one hour a day every other week.
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Overall 6
6.0

external drive stop working

Mr. W., Newegg
17 December 2014
  • Summary: good external drive but did not last near as long as inter wb drives
  • Pros: easy install
  • Cons: quit after 3 years windows 7 will not reconize it windows 8.1 or linux but getting a lot bad sections
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Overall 6
6.0

Get an internal

Jordan F., Newegg
1 December 2014
  • Pros: Large drive, not a huge cost, decent read/write speeds. Can handle some punishment due to its casing, but it's still just a hard drive.
  • Cons: Large, unstackable, and not even supposed to place on a desktop case. Also was a bit overpriced for an external drive, but the WD brand name was alluring.
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Overall 6
6.0

blinking white light at the back

Tuan H., Newegg
28 August 2014
  • 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
  • Cons: usb 2.0
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Overall 6
6.0

Would Have Been Good, But ...

Video D., Newegg
20 June 2014
  • 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.
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Overall 6
6.0

Lasted 2 Years, then died

Funk M., Newegg
2 September 2013
  • 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...
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Overall 6
6.0

Box had been opened before I got it

Brian R., Newegg
22 June 2013
  • Pros: Seems to work just fine.
  • 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.
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Overall 6
6.0

died after 1.5 yrs of light use

julian w., Newegg
21 June 2013
  • Pros: good while it worked
  • 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!
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Overall 6
6.0

Excellent for the time it worked

James O., Newegg
1 June 2013
  • 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...
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