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WD - Elements 1TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 642 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    External XBOX HDD...

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    CinemaDenizen
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    Well, I don't usually do too many reviews, but I felt the need on this one... for those who might need the info. I was dangerously low on memory for my XBOX 360, and after wading through endless reviews trying to figure out if this WD ELEMENTS 1TB External drive was acceptable as an extended memory supply for my 360, I realize that I wasn't finding a straight-forward enough answer. Only comments pertaining to the next-gen systems where popping up. And, knock me for being out-of-date, but I honestly prefer and play more of my 360 games over the newer stuff that's currently out there. But, I don't have anymore memory left to download all the super-cheap deals XBOX LIVE is having on their "old" titles. So, I figured, for the AWESOME Deal-Of-The-Day price($34.99) that Best Buy periodically throws these drives up for on their site, it was well worth the gamble. Well, all in all, IT WORKS GREAT! Plus, simple USB Plug-N-Play functionality, too! No software needed(or included). It just takes a quick reformatting before use, then you are good to go! Also, being a 3.0 drive(as well as 2.0 backwards compatible), when needed, it will be a good source of extra memory for my XBOX ONE as well. :) Highly recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good product for good price.

    Posted
    AM1972
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    I use this ext hard drive to backup photos and videos from my wife's various mobile devices. We have constantly updated sizes of sd cards and they keep getting full and hurt the performance of the devices. So I decided to get all the data off the devices and save it on this portable hard drive. It works well but it transfers data a bit slow. With my experience, it was anywhere between 10mbps to 25mbps on average. When there are multiple gigabytes of data to transfer, it can take quite a while... but the device never stumbled or stuttered. Not until after I received the device did I realize it was a 5400rpm hard drive. For "high speed USB 3.0" as it says in the description, that isnt completely correct. However the price should have been the biggest hint at was I was getting so I am not going to penalize it more than 1 star. That is why I gave it a 4 star rating. It is SOLID but Slow. It is a USB 3.0 at USB 2.0 speeds. It could have been the drive format that the mobile device needed that caused this I am not sure.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    PS4 Compatible

    Posted
    dudeky
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    I purchased this 1 TB external hard drive as a $40 Deal of the Day for my Playstation 4. The hard drive has functioned well without issue. I did not realize the PS4 did not have a USB port in the back and had to plug the USB cable into a front port, but the USB cable was just long enough to allow the slim designed drive to tuck right in behind my PS4. I have purchased more downloadable games than expected since I purchased the drive. In retrospect I wish I had purchased at least a 2 TB or larger, and would recommend you purchase at least the next size up hard drive for your PS4 than you think you might need, of course limited by what you can afford, but the price of external hard drives continues to go down. Gaming storage trends continues to move more toward downloads and less on physical hard copy discs of games. Good gaming everyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best hard drives money can buy.

    Posted
    marco
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    Note: I HAVE tested this hard drive on BOTH PC & MAC operating systems, and they both work immaculately well. If need be, sometimes it is recommend to partition your hard drive BEFORE you test your hard drives on different platforms.* This hard drive is a steal. Not only is it compact, but it gets the job done when it comes to placing files within the hard drive, and making life a breeze. Be mindful that sometimes older computers cannot detect 3.0 based usbs for devices, but this one is quite helpful in both 3.0 and 2.0 ports. If you're not sure that the device isn't being read by your computer, simply shut down the computer (Not just the restart button), and power your computer back on. I can guarantee you, your issues will be resolved. So far, have had this 1TB drive for well over a month, and I can confidently say, that Western Digital is not only one of the best company's out there today, but the do make quality products.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Product

    Posted
    KShah
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    This particular product extends and surpasses the expectation of storage, connectivity, and size. I use this product to store my pics and videos. I have very large database of pics and it keeps adding every week. It is very easy and fast to transfer pics from laptop to this hard drive. This portable hard drive is very sturdy and works perfectly fine even after a drop on the floor. It does come with the Cable. Great price and great customer service from WD. When you buy this particular product from the best buy make sure about the return policy (If you ever have to return or if you don't like this product, which might be unusual) for this product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works great for my Xbox One!

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    dperk
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    Had a gift card and found this at a low price, and it's perfect for my Xbox One. I had it linked with someone else that liked to download all of the free games, try them, and then uninstall them, which means that they also download on my system, inundating me with an endless queue of games that don't have enough room to install. Not anymore! Plugged this baby in, formatted it (or formatted first... can't remember the instructions, but you'll find them somewhere) and I was good to go. I still uninstall things that I don't want, but I haven't yet had the constant notifications due to lack of space. Has worked great for a month or so now and I couldn't be happier. For the price, I definitely recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    XBOX HDD Expansion...

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    IJSCreations
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    Bought this External Hard Drive for the sole purpose of expanding the memory on my XBOX(both 360 and XBox One), and it does just that! Works great, transfers files quickly, and it's fast enough to play the games directly off of the external drive. Simple Plug-N-Play functionality(with provided USB cable), and a quick reformatting, makes the drive very easy to use, as well. No software is provided, or needed, for that matter. Highly recommended for those wanting the add more memory to their gaming system(s), and more. Also, Best Buy puts this particular 1TB model up for a cheap $39.99 from time to time on their Deal Of The Day specials... so, keep an eye out! :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    There was a problem, but...

    Posted
    bobc
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    I have had many external drives over the years, but never one used attached to a DVR. It's installed on a Channel Master OTA DVR and so far it's only been tested once over a period of about three weeks. There are occasional blips where the recording "flips". But I must stress that I don't know whether to blame the hard drive or the DVR (which is also new). Hence the 4 stars instead of 5. I have used mostly WD drives in the many years that I have owned PC's and never had a failure, so I'm fairly sure that this is not an exception. I need to do much more testing before I'm sure if this combination of hardware is totally compatible.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Product...Terrible Instructions

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    TMS87
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    Easy to use but the software directions were difficult to understand. The file for them wasn't marked clearly and when I figured out which one it was, the directions were totally off about how to download the software. FYI: the software file doesn't come with the item like the directions say it should. I ended up going to the website to download that and even then the software needed for the particular model wasn't easy to find.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works great with Xbox One

    Posted
    stheophanous
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    I bought this to use as additional storage space for my Xbox One. Out of the box worked perfectly for my purposes. Plugged it in and it was recognized, completed the initial formatting so I could move my games to it. Transferred most of my stuff off my main hard drive to this. It seems to load things faster and I have freed up my internal storage, so my Xbox runs smoother. Overall a great buy when it was on sale for $40, would recommend this to anyone!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Right Item, right price

    Posted
    byyer
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    I missed the $39.95 sale on this by a day, and so took advantage of a coupon that reduced it to $44.95 - which is a good price for a TB of portable storage. Item just plugs in and works on Windows, no surprises; it transfers data at the speed I expect more or less, and just does what I want for my portable storage needs. This is my 3rd WD MyPassport, 500GB, 1TB and 1TB, and I use them on multiple machines in multiple locations, plus use them for backing up (routinely) and transferring data (when setting up a new machine)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works well as expected - my bar is low.

    Posted
    seniorcitizen
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    Lots of storage at a reasonable price, and works off USB power - no need for a separate power connection. I have had it for six months now with no problems. Note that I do not keep it connected all the time. I keep it offline and use it for regular backups in case my PC crashes or I get hacked. I do the backups with the internet off. It is faster than the older terabyte drives that I have, which require a separate power connection, but I don't ask for much by way of speed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Problems developed with computer after use

    Posted
    Worried
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    I'm not sure if tis was the cause, but as soon as I plugged this device into my computer, my computer started having problems, specifically it does not recognize the USB ports I plugged it into. I tried fixes I found online and now it sporadically recognizes the USB ports. This has been very annoying and problematic. I gave it a fair rating because when it is recognized by the computer, it does hold files. Not recognizing USB ports means it does not recognize ANYTHING I plug into the ports.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    You know you're just wha I needed

    Posted
    MickyFig
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    First off let me say that I am partial to WD drives, especially the "black" series. Now why this isn't in the black series I have been using these portable hard drives for a while. This one is to finally get ALL of my school/college stuff off of my Macbook Pro so I can put REALLY important stuff on it like music and guitar programs and possible a DAW program. Oh, an I also want to upgrade the OS so I definitely need to back up everything I don't want lost cause ya jes nevah know!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Incompatible

    Posted
    JML123
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    This external hard drive is not compatible with Windows XP even though the information on it at the Best Buy web site specifically stated that it was. I bought it based on that information and ended up returning it. My intent was to offload files from my XP machine to upload to a current Windows PC. Obviously I was unable to do so. My no recommendation is if it's being purchased for the same reason I did. Otherwise my recommendation would be neutral as I really don't know.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Drive so Far!

    Posted
    DJWestTexas
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    So far, this Western Digital drive has been great. Very fast. I use it on my macbook pro - just reformat it and start using. It seems a little noisier than some other drives I have. Not much, just a little. Also, the cable that comes with it is very short. I love that the WD drive comes with a 3 tear warrantee. I'll give an updte in 3 years to see if it really lasts that long.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great external memory for gaming...

    Posted
    IJSnyder
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    This unit was purchased solely for the purpose of gaining some extra memory for my XBOX 360... and, it does its job handsomely! Being that it's 3.0, it is fast enough to play saved games straight from the drive on both the XBOX 360 and the XBOX ONE(which requires a 3.0 speed, by the way). I will DEFINITELY be buying another, as my XBOX ONE HDD is now full, as well. :) Thanks WD, for this awesome product!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works well with Tablo Dual Lite

    Posted
    KateWalker
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    This HDD was recommended by Tablo users, so I bought it to attach to my OTA DVR (Tablo Dual Lite). Upon USB connection, Tablo reformatted the HDD, and it's been recording since. No hiccups, no issues. I did, however, set the HDD on top of a small electronics fan which I run 24/7 - just in case. I would recommend this HDD if you're purchasing an OTA DVR - Tablo.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sleek Finish

    Posted
    TechyDude
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    Initially, I purchased the Western Digital hard-drive for backing-up photos, but ended up using on my PlayStation 4 console. When plugging in the drive, a screen prompt appeared saying the hard drive is unreadable, but it still worked without issue. I use it to save games, as the PS4 doesn't provide much memory. The black finish makes the encasing look high-end; The hard-drive is compact and easy to carry. Overall, it was a great deal I couldn't pass.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    WD 1TB Drive

    Posted
    Tazman
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    This drive is primarily used on the back of TV, so I can stream media from it. Works perfectly in that aspect. Once again the warranty is lacking, as the older WD had two year or more warranties. I will keep hoping that I come across another portable drive with a longer warranty, maybe a Toshiba is next in my future.

    I would recommend this to a friend