Reviews and Problems with Western Digital Elements Desktop (WDBAAU series)
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WD Caviar Green drive for less
James W., Newegg
15 April 2013
Summary: Despite the rather sad enclosure, it's still a terrific deal, especially at $109.99 with a promo code.
Pros: As others have said, this is simply an OEM 3TB Green internal drive stuffed inside a cheap USB 2.0 enclosure. SATA 6Gbps, 64MB cache, the works. It seems silly to waste another $10-30 for the same drive without an enclosure. I imagine the drive is only covered under warranty while inside the enclosure, but it's easy enough to open with a putty knife without breaking any "void if removed" seals (there aren't any), and it's a snap to put back together. Inside you'll fin...
Cons: I would have given it 5 eggs if the enclosure was usable but the quality is just too poor. No ventilation, held together by plastic clips, only USB 2.0 with a mini-USB connector at that. It's easy enough to get into for a case that wasn't designed to be opened, but there's no quick and convenient way of swapping drives even if you wanted to.
Summary: Due to the large volumes of data these drives store, it's irresponsible to encase them in a non ventilated case like what they come in. The moral, don't assume the drive is dead until you take it out and place it into a new enclosure. 4 eggs are for the drive inside the case and for the price. 0 eggs are for the horrible enclosure they come in.
Pros: + When opened up using a needle nose tweezer, and finding the clips in the case, what's in the case is a Western Digital desktop sized Caviar Green drive.
Cons: - The Western Digital Elements enclosures are terribly made, the cases are a heat trap and eventually overheat the poorly made Sata controller connected to the hard drive.
Summary: previously owned a 2.5 TB version and needed a backup for my "backup" so got the 3TB refurbished one - this one seems a little heavier (obviously!! -- more stacks) and is a little slow in response compared to the 2.5 TB (Brand new/ Non Refurbished) but not by much; All in all, a great deal if you are looking for a cheap backup solution for your media/data.
Summary: Good value for 3 TB drive. USB 2.0 is a bit slow for backups. I don't see any screws to open the enclosure in case I want to install the drive in a PC. The unit was refurbished - some minor scratches - but works just fine. Very quiet and runs cool. It has a white LED activity indicator. The LED flashes about 1/sec if the disk is active, but it doesn't show the actual disk access like some drives.
Summary: So far so good on running and recording backups. Comes with no docs which means you need to search the manufacturers site for the correct installation info and maintenance software to check the disk and update if necessary. But it's straightforward - just took longer to startup than expected so I'd give it a 3 for ease of use - didn't expect oem power supply though.
Summary: 3TB of space. Great backup drive. don't get the full 3TB but it all drives calculate space differently then what the OS calculates a TB to be. Sits on my Desktop and ever moves has to be plugged into the wall so portability is down but if you wanted to you could still move it around. just have to take all the wires with you.
Summary: This is plugged into my HTPC that is on 24 hours a day. I always have new movies and shows being copied to and from it, and I can watch my 1080p rips at the same time just fine over the network or from my HTPC. That being said, whomever said it's not fast enough to stream from is a nut.
Pros: Cheap, nice looking, no crazy bright led on the front that blinds me whenever I get near it, lots of storage.
Cons: No power switch or auto off. If it is plugged in, it is on. No USB 3.0.