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WD - Elements 2TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Black

Back up your computer's data with this WD Elements portable hard drive. USB 3.0 connectivity delivers fast data transfer times, and the 2TB storage capacity stores your photos, videos and documents in one place. With its compact size, this WD Elements portable hard drive fits conveniently in your briefcase or backpack.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Elements 2TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive
    • Software
    • USB cable

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (176 out of 183)

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    Features


    2TB storage capacity

    Provides ample space for storing documents, photos, music and more.

    USB 3.0 interface

    Offers an easy-to-use connection to devices. Backward-compatible with USB 2.0 for simple connection to your computer.

    Data transfer rates up to 5Gbps with USB 3.0

    Ensure rapid updates.

    Local and Cloud backup

    Provide versatile options for protecting your critical system files, along with WD SmartWare Pro, automatic backup software.

    Portable design

    Lets you take your data on the go.

    Compatible with Mac and PC

    For flexible installation options.

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    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 183 reviews

    96%
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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Does the Job, But Confusing Setup

      Posted
      gkinfla
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      The hard drive comes in a box. On the side, the contents are listed as: Portable Hard Drive USB 3.0 Cable WD Discovery Software with WD Backup and WD Drive Utilities Quick Install Guide When I opened the box, I discovered the hard drive and the cable, and a small card that listed the URL for WD support. There was no software or install guide. Needing installation instructions, I went online and found and downloaded the “easystore Portable Hard Drive User Manual” from the WD website. Under “Kit Contents”, it lists the same four items, but this time it clearly implies that the software is loaded on the hard drive and not a separate item. It also continues to list a Quick Install Guide as a separate item, but that item is not in the box. (Note: I found out later that the user manual is stored on the drive, but WD keeps it a secret.) The User Manual told me to plug in the drive. The manual describes three software applications: WD Discovery, WD Backup, and WD Drive Utilities. However, it does a poor job of explaining what each of these does and why I need them. To get started in Windows, the manual says to run “WD Discovery.exe” to install the software. You won’t find anything labeled “WD Discovery.exe”, but you will find something labeled “WD Discovery”. Click on it and things progress reasonably well, but you have to occasionally guess what the next step should be. The user interface/dashboard is primitive and barely informative. WD should spend some time developing something that is more elegant. WD Discovery contains nine third-party applications. The WD user manual says nothing about the apps, in fact it seems to put great distance between WD and the third-parties. At least you can hide the apps from view. I have yet to explore them. The drive worked well, once you figure out what the user manual is trying to tell you. WD should get a non-engineer to take a look at the user manual and see if the text can be converted into English. At the same time, try to coordinate the language on the package with the language in the user manual. Finally, an actual Quick Install Guide would be very useful – I never did find one.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      This is why I prefer WD

      Posted
      M3n2c3
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Bought this as an external storage expansion for my PS4. Worked perfectly right out of the box, and had about 1.8 TB available once formatted, as expected. The drive is fast (I don't really notice a difference between loading from the internal or external drive, though I haven't run a timed comparison) and reasonably quiet. I have a number of WD hard drives still in use (including a couple of ~15 year-old internal drives that still see occasional use in an old desktop, a ~5 year-old 1TB external for general backup, and a ~7 year-old 320GB external currently in use with my Wii U) which have been very reliable. My only criticism with this one is the activity light; it's a bit on the bright side. No big deal, though.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Using this with my Playstation 4 Pro

      Posted
      dc857
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This is my review regarding use with the Playstation 4. If you need an external hard drive for your PS4 and don't want to overspend on bundled software with it, this is the way to go. Been using the 2TB version of this drive for 2 months now and it works great. My only complaint is that in the end, it is still a mechanical drive which means it won't be anywhere near as fast as say, an SSD. For what it does, it does an excellent job. Just plug in, format, and move your games. This drive doesn't make any unusual or loud noises and so far I'm pleased with it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Reliable portable hard drive (gaming approved)

      Posted
      MPreble
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      These drives have always been reliable for us so far. We have a couple that are presently in use for various purposes. We needed to expand our Xbox Ones storage capacity. These were on sale (deal of the day) and ended up being cheaper than buying the 1TB version. All drives (regardless of brand) have a chance of failing, but we have had a good experience with these and will continue to use them. Also, if you are a gamer; games will run off of these drives well and the playing experience will be just as smooth as if you were playing them from the internal drive. Hope this review is helpful.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great for PS4

      Posted
      WickedLeprechaun
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I bought this to use with my PS4 after new update. Works great I kuat pluged in & the PS4 formatted by itself. Now all my games im playing are installed & can play without wait. Where before you could only have 3-5 installed and would have to keep deleting something to add new. I've only had this about a month so I'm not sure how it will work in the long run, but I believe it's an excellent choice for the right price

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent buy on a 2TB drive. Works as expected.

      Posted
      bill
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      What can I say, so far, no problems at all. Very small, little bigger than a credit card, maybe twice as thick. I replace my externals every few years regardless of capacity. I suggest you do the same, rather than lose data. Copy over the current stuff, shelf the rest until needed (on the old drives) to reduce mean time to failure, and risk losing data. The pricing makes it affordable. Don't wait until your drive fails.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Exactly the Backup I Needed

      Posted
      JimmyD
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I bought a Western Digital MyCloud NAS last year and realized that while it was a great solution to centralize the pictures, files and videos from around my family's computers, laptops, phones and tablets, what would I do if it died? Luckily, it has a USB 3.0 plug on the back so I bought this portable HDD and plugged it in. In the MyCloud menu the new USB drive was instantly acknowledged and I was able to setup a scheduled backup to the USB. I went to bed, got up and checked my computer and it had a notification that the backup was completed. Very easy!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great Portable Hard Drive For A College Student

      Posted
      Beanie
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      My daughter needed a portable hard drive to backup her college files from her MAC. This was an awesome deal on a Best Buy Deal of the Day. We researched the product before purchasing and our daughter has been very pleased with it. I was so surprised how little it was great size for a college student to be able to carry with her laptop when she is going to classes or traveling.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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