Reviews and Problems with Western Digital Elements Portable SE 1TB USB 2.0 (WDBABV0010BBK)
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Alfa Villa, Amazon
24 October 2013
Summary: Small, reliable, useful and easy to work with, I love the fact you don't need to plug it in to the normal electricity supply, it gets it's energy through the USB cable. Have bought a total of three of these little wonders and still use two of them, the other I sold. They've traveled with me and are used daily. Zero issues whatsoever. I can certainly recommend them for anyone needing a backup HDD or just as a storage system that doesn't waste space.
Cons: RMA first one after ~1 month due to loud clicking hard drive noise. Second one worked for 2+ years before the connector started to flake out, wish it would last longer. Its not abuse since we have other portable devices with same usb connection that work just fine after 3+ years. Wish MFG would make a product that meets expectation of their name, always thought WD had decent stuff... apparently not the case with this external hard drive.
Pros: Small, light weight & no power adapter needed.
Cons: The micro usb connector goes bad and disconnects the drive at the slightest movement. Eventually it disconnect without any movement. I assume that the plugs are not plugged in properly but after re-plugging the usb plugs on both ends it keeps disconnecting. In the end the drive is no longer recognized. Newegg sold me drive that is already out of warrantee when I purchased it. Purchase date: 10/15/2011 and warrantee expired on:09/03/2011.
Summary: Wish this was USB 3.0 like my other drivers, but it's an older drive, so no complaints. Would buy again in USB 3.0 flavor.
Pros: Great portable drive. No power cable required, so perfect for laptops. Great size. I get about 20-30 MB/s transfer between my computer and it.
Cons: Had some issues with it within the first year. Complete reformat and change of cable and I've had no issues since. I've since replaced it with a Seagate GoFlex drive, but I keep this one as a backup.