Western Digital Elements 1TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive - Black £55 @ Free delivery @ Amazon - HotUKDeals
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Product Features and Technical Details
Product Features

* WD quality inside and out
* Plug-and-play simplicity
* Designed to save power
* Earth-friendly packaging
* Preformatted for PCs

Technical Details

Performance Specifications
Serial Transfer Rate
USB 2.0
Serial Bus Transfer Rate (USB 2.0) 480 Mb/s (Max)
Physical Specifications
Capacity 1 TB
Interface USB 2.0
Physical Dimensions
English
Height 8.02 Inches
Length 1.42 Inches
Width 4.90 Inches
Weight 2.24 Pounds
Metric
Height 203.82 mm
Length 36.14 mm
Width 124.68 mm
Weight 1.02 kg
Environmental Specifications
Temperature (English)
Operating 41° F to 95° F
Non-operating -4° F to 149° F
Temperature (Metric)
Operating 5° C to 35° C
Non-operating -20° C to 65° C
Electrical Specifications
Current Requirements
Power Dissipation
AC Input Voltage 100-240 VAC
AC Input Frequency 50-60 Hz

All Comments

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#1
Got one of these paid a similar price from Pixmania :)
#2
There're some worrying reviews on amazon about the rig:

"...failed within two weeks..."

"This hard drive lasted just over one month before completely breaking. "

"Failed miserably after 3 days of backing up files!!!"

"...only lasted for three months..."
#3
Still more positives than negatives, though.
#4
Does anyone know what model they use inside the box?
#5
edit...
#6
There're some worrying reviews on amazon about the rig:


Mechanical hard drives are much of a muchness in reliability and portable one are often abused more than they should be. Hard drives are also much more likely to fail when new and WD are definately one of the better makes. It is a good deal.
1 Like #7
See, to me, if it does fail I'll just crack it open and plug the drive in. 90% of failures will be with the USB to SATA mechanism in all likelyhood - or simply because people think they can batter an external drive around.

I actually just bought the last generation of this drive from PCWorld - because the reviews on that seem a bit better.

On Amazon that would be THIS
I bought from PCW and with code 10HD you get 10% off so it's a shade over £53.

Up to you really! :thumbsup:

Edit: You can only use that voucher for home del and it's now unavailable for that. Sorry all!
#8
Have had one of these for over 6 months now - never any problems with it, also bought from pixmania for was £56 but that was when VAT was lower, but had voucher so even with postage worked out tiny bit cheaper. Have 2 friends who bought same drive at the same time and they too haven't had a problem. Great for backing up games for wi.
#9
With the amount of 1TB hard drives appearing on this site at around this price, at what point are we going to say this is now a standard price
#10
I've gone through 3 of the 640gb of the previous generations of these.

All failed due to hard drive faults. No overheating, no abuse, not the usb controller on the unit.

1st failed after 24 hrs, drive died replacement from the wholesaler
2nd failed after a month or so, drive died
3rd failed after another few months with excessive bad sectors which then caused the drive to be largely unreadable

These are a newer model and different drive so the same doesn't directly apply however just sounding a note of caution. Not voted either way on the deal.
#12
I would also be quite wary of most external hard drives. I've had a Western Digital in the past that failed. If you want to back up data solely, get rewritable dual-layer DVDs, or if you can afford it, a Blu-Ray writer and some blank Blu-Ray discs. (Depending on your needs really.) That way you'll have peace of mind knowing that your valuable data isn't dependent on a potentially instable external HD.
#13
Mantis;8501449
I would also be quite wary of most external hard drives. I've had a Western Digital in the past that failed. If you want to back up data solely, get rewritable dual-layer DVDs, or if you can afford it, a Blu-Ray writer and some blank Blu-Ray discs. (Depending on your needs really.) That way you'll have peace of mind knowing that your valuable data isn't dependent on a potentially instable external HD.


I think you just have to do your research and buy drives which have been out in the marketplace for quite a while.

My machine at the moment has 3 WD disks in it. No failures in 3 years (touch wood). But yes, research it and ensure the drive they're sticking in isn't known as having a bad rep!
#14
I have no problem with internals. Never had a problem with them. In fact, I think one of my internals is Western Digital. It's just externals that always seem to fail, for some reason. I wholly recommend internal drives over an external if possible. If you must get an external then you only need a small one like a passport drive.

It seems for every external hard drive you look at on Amazon for instance, there's a handful of complaints about failures. It does happen and there's always a risk. That's why I usually try to back up to DVD too.
#15
Mantis;8501597
I have no problem with internals. Never had a problem with them. In fact, I think one of my internals is Western Digital. It's just externals that always seem to fail, for some reason. I wholly recommend internal drives over an external if possible. If you must get an external then you only need a small one like a passport drive.

It seems for every external hard drive you look at on Amazon for instance, there's a handful of complaints about failures. It does happen and there's always a risk. That's why I usually try to back up to DVD too.


But it just seems so odd. The USB > SATA controllers are not destructive - they are a transitional layer, not one that would cause physical defects. Therefore in my mind it can only be that companies are:

1) Putting shoddy drives into externals (so probe for the model no etc)
2) People are bashing them around and not respecting the fact you can't just drop the things
3) Cases are choking the drives of cooling - lowering the MTBF

Of course I am speaking as a man who is going to try and get rid of his desktop, has just bought an external drive, and is trying to convince himself everything will be okay :)
#16
i bought this drive from Pc World a few days ago for £60.

seems fine, no problems with the drive so far (touch wood)

one thing to note though, some older pc motherboards dont like external USB hard drives connected when you boot the pc. If i turn on the pc with the drive connected, it wont boot up. from what ive read there's nothing i can do about it.
#18
DJBucko2009
With the amount of 1TB hard drives appearing on this site at around this price, at what point are we going to say this is now a standard price


Good question.
banned#19
Grimulus
Still more positives than negatives, though.

what a total stupid thing to say !!!:x

1 bad review is enough

One failure and you lose all your data

I wouldnt touch this with a bargepole - my pictures and music is too valuable to me
#20
Peggy Bedford
what a total stupid thing to say !!!:x

1 bad review is enough

One failure and you lose all your data

I wouldnt touch this with a bargepole - my pictures and music is too valuable to me


Any suggestions as to a better 1?

Like you send all your/mine/our data is way to valuable to lose.
#21
Hi,
I bought the same one from Amazon a month ago. It is working fine.
I am an intensive user of hard drivers. I had been uncompresseing about 100 GB files the another day.
It stopped functioning after 50 mins. It was not detected. I then tried after 2 mins . It all worked fine again.
Since then I have had no problems.

I have ordered one more jst to back up the valuable stuff, not plugged in always.
I use Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 1TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive for daily use.
#22
Peggy Bedford
what a total stupid thing to say !!!:x

1 bad review is enough

One failure and you lose all your data

I wouldnt touch this with a bargepole - my pictures and music is too valuable to me


Another genius Peggy post. I guess that means you never buy anything. There will always be one bad review :whistling:
#23
All electronics have at least a %10 fail rate so to not buy one cos one persons died is mental Peggy
#24
You should never trust any single media store for your valuable pictures / music. Always make regular backups to DVD and to be ultra cautious, store them at a different location. Your home could always be caught in a fire or ransacked by thieves.
Having a hard drive fail on you should be more an inconvenience than a total disaster.

I've just had a 12 month old iomega 320gb drive fail on me and have ordered this one as a replacement whist the other is being sent back under (3 year) warranty. The contents were Xbox360 stuff for my lads JTAG Xbox, which I also have fully backed up to another 'cheap' 1TB drive.
#25
Which is the better?

This 1 or this WD Elements External Hard Drive - 1TB - http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/656555/wd-elements-external-hard-drive-1tb?page=5

Just about to buy so need to know!

Many thanks! :thumbsup:
#26
Ordered. thanks!
#27
Mantis
I would also be quite wary of most external hard drives. I've had a Western Digital in the past that failed. If you want to back up data solely, get rewritable dual-layer DVDs, or if you can afford it, a Blu-Ray writer and some blank Blu-Ray discs. (Depending on your needs really.) That way you'll have peace of mind knowing that your valuable data isn't dependent on a potentially instable external HD.


The organic dyes used in DVDRs are very sensitive to the humidity are temperature they are stored at. They last longer in dry room temp. Avoid extremes of heat / cold / damp.

DVD RAM has the best life dye 25 years+

If you have backup on optical disc make new copies every 2 to 4 years.

Modern high density HD 250g and above use continuous error correction to mask defects in regular operation. If you get the chance run Spinrite on a direct attached HD note the error count rise on good drives!

Google have a good paper on hard disk mortality.
http://labs.google.com/papers/disk_failures.pdf
Worth a read if you are interested in this topic

Amazing 1tb for this price!

I notice the Samsung eco green units have 2 arm cores on the embedded controllers there is a lot going on on these drives.
Worth looking at eSATA / USB3 interfaces and docking units that support this. I use a bunch of Sata docks and bare drives.
#28
Now £59.07 :x
[Moderator]#29
Bristle Hound;8528867
Now £59.07 :x

Its still available for £55 :thumbsup:

Voted hot :)

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