Reviews and Problems with Western Digital WD Elements SE USB 3.0 (WDBPCK-series+ WDBBJH0015BBK)
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Good little hard drive - shame about the little lifespan though!
17 September 2014
Summary: I've been using this hard drive since 2012 with my MacBook Pro and didn't have a single problem to report...until now. It was super easy - just plug it in and time machine does the rest. Fairly quiet although does have a flashing light which can be annoying at night - a very minor complaint. Backed everything up quickly so was really pleased. However, I recently upgraded to a MacBook Air and all of a sudden the drive stopped working.
Summary: I have two of these. When I received the first one I was quite disappointed that it didn’t have a power supply. It was only after using it that I realised the advantages of no power supply. I can just pop it into the USB port and away I go. I like it so much I bought a second one. It is compact, seems sturdy and i am quite sure i will be buiying more of them.
Summary: It died after a year and out of Warranty. WD only offer a one year warranty on their Elements HDs, Seagate offer a three year warranty and get a higher ratio of 4/5 star reviews vs 1/2 star so I now use their hard drives instead of WD. Simples!
Summary: When we initially received this WD, we were pleased with the size, style and price. Unfortunately it has died, refusing to read/write or format, nine months after purchase. Now comes the question of whether I can get a replacement that could die again, or go with another manufacturer. A real shame, as the form factor and style are good, let down by the hardware.
Summary: I had to backup all my files when my hdd failed on me so while waiting for a hdd replacement I bought this one to back everything up. I am a photographer and those of you out there that work with big files know how things go when you transfer things like that from a location to another. Well, that was actually really fast. No errors, no trying again, just perfect. I plan on using this drive to work with Lightroom, having my catalogs directly on it.
Summary: It just did not want to work and my laptop failed over and over again to recognise the hardware. After several hours of fiddling about I managed to install it and even then it only works via a Norton backup system. Once I found out how to do it results seem fine but it was far from simply plugging it in and away you go.
Summary: I bought this because my previous external hard drive (desktop sized) is also a WD and it is still going strong after nearly 6 years of heavy use - I think it's time to start taking precautions! Although this is the same capacity I thought I'd rather get a pocked sized drive. I use this primarily to store my music for iTunes and as it is now a portable drive I free up a power socket and am also able to take it around with me.