WD 2TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0, for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 - Black
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The Western Digital Elements portable external hard drive is a rapid and secure alternative to back up your important content. This hard drive comes with a storage capacity of 2TB, which enables you to store all your precious pictures, music collection, and official reports conveniently. You can make use of the free trial of the WD SmartWare Pro backup software to relocate data to this hard drive or the cloud storage. What's more, with USB 3.0 compatibility and backward compatibility to USB 2.0, you can use this WD drive with a host of devices
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High Speed Transfers
This Western Digital Elements hard drive is integrated with the advanced USB 3.0 connectivity, which facilitates quick and convenient transfer of all your important files and documents.
- 230 g
- 2 TB
Storage And Design
You do not need to worry about running out of space on this impressive portable device, which comes with a storage capacity of a staggering 2TB. Not only this, this hard drive is sleek in design and light in weight, which makes it easy to carry anywhere you go.
Free Trial Backup Software
With the trial version of the useful WD SmartWare Pro backup software available with this portable hard drive, you do not need to worry about losing essential data.You can conveniently save your content either on your WD elements drive or synchronize it with the DropBox cloud storage.
The Western Digital Elements hard drive not only lets you backup all your significant content with all the latest gadgets featuring USB 3.0, but is also backward compatible with devices equipped with USB 2.0.
Improved Computer Performance
This portable external hard drive can vastly enhance your computer performance by clearing up your internal hard drives. You can just relocate all your data to this handy hard drive to eliminate the time consuming hassle involved when attentively deleting everything one by one.
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Open Disk Utilities.
From the View menu, choose "Show All Devices."
Select WD Elements on the left side of the window.
Right click and choose "Erase" from the pop-up menu.
Create a name and choose "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" assuming you have a current vision of OS-X.
It will reformat the drive in about a minute.
I followed these directions, and it was effortless. I am using this as a Time Machine backup disk. I keep it plugged into the USB hub that I connect my computer to when it is on my desk. From reviews, I see that some people have had disk failures, but I also do a cloud-based backup. But that only backs up my most recent version of each file. Time Machine gives me hourly backups for the last 24 hours, so I can recover something I've inadvertently overwritten.
I was using an old Synology 212+ for Time Machine, but after moving, it asked me to reinstall, crashed in the process of doing that, and lost all my data. RAID is useless in that situation. I've thought about buying a newer, faster NAS, but that's expensive, and decided to go this route at least for the time being. Unlike the Synology, which was accessible by WiFi, this won't do backups when I take my laptop away from my desk, but I do my most critical work at my desk in any event.
I bought this rather than the $5 cheaper, newer version because I prefer the rounded corners to sharp edges. The rough surface doesn't seem to show fingerprints, a problem reported by users of the shiny newer version. Amazing that 4TB can fit into such a tiny form factor and be such a reasonable price. I am delighted.
While backing up and transferring files, without being moved, both drives would become unresponsive and lose connection. I thought it was both drives that were defective and almost declared them garbage. But I decided to try new cables before returning, and I'm glad I did. Both drives now work flawlessly.
So if you decide to buy this drive, you must not rely on the cable it comes with. I advise you to buy a good cable to go with it. For this, I decided to take 2 stars off.
Set up was SUPER EASY on PS4 as it already has the settings to format it. Not only that, it was quick in the formatting process. It's such a relief to know that I have so much extra space now. 500GB to 2TB? That's a nice jump I'll say.
Lastly, the price is right in my range of what I was looking for. I didn't want to go too expensive, but I knew I wanted something good. I knew about this external hard drive because of my roommate. He got it during Black Friday (I completely missed out; I regretted it) and has no issues out of it. The opportunity came for me to purchase it for myself and got it here at a nice price.
Overall, I definitely recommend it!