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A good price for a branded 2TB external hard drive.
The WD Elements External Hard Drive offers an impressive 2 terabytes of storage space, which can hold up to 400,000 digital photos, 500,000 mp3 songs, 50,000 uncompressed CD-quality songs, 150 hours of Digital Video (DV), 770 hours of DVD-quality video, or 240 hours of HD video.

The WD Elements External Hard Drive offers plug-and-and play simplicity for Windows-based PC users: just plug the drive into the USB port and its power adaptor, and start transferring files! Mac users will have to first reformat the drive, but after this easy step is done, the drive is just as easy to use.

Whether you want to store masses of personal data, keep a secure backup of your internal hard drive, or even share huge files with other computer users, the WD Elements External Hard Drive is an essential pick at this price!
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1 Like #1
wouldn't touch WD with a barge pole. Very unreliable
2 Likes #2
My 500gb WD has lasted 3 years without fault.
#3
Got one of these. Can't fault it. Have also had a WD 320gb lifebook for about 9 years. Still works a treat.
3 Likes #4
WD are the most reliable, Fact...
3 Likes #5
Western Digital are recognized for being one of the most (or the most) reliable hard drive manufacturer.
#6
Okay, I was waiting for someone to post one of these deals again so I could ask something. For the past couple of days I've been looking to get a 2tb drive. I already have an enclosure so can just stick it in there. I was about to go for this one or one of the Samsung ones, but then I read about this firmware problem where (don't know the specifics) it would "do something" every 7 seconds or so that would cause it to fail very quickly compared to other drives. Also remember reading something to do with the S.M.A.R.T. feature where, if this occured while the drive was in use, it could cause data loss.

Because of all this, I was going to pay a tenner or more so for a Seagate Barracuda drive. For the time being though, I have ordered the Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid 2.5" drive for my laptop. Would like to get a drive like this though so I can use it as an external for more storage. I'll be using it for my laptop and my PC is so old it uses the old IDE drives, and therefore I don't think it will be possible for me to upgrade the firmware of these drives if I need to.

So, I was wondering, has this issue been sorted out with these eco friendly WD and Samsung drives?

Thanks in advance
#7
Western Digital has been acquired and rebranded Western DixonsGroup
1 Like #8
I've had to send one of these back about 3 times since January.
#9
chris2010uk
Okay, I was waiting for someone to post one of these deals again so I could ask something. For the past couple of days I've been looking to get a 2tb drive. I already have an enclosure so can just stick it in there. I was about to go for this one or one of the Samsung ones, but then I read about this firmware problem where (don't know the specifics) it would "do something" every 7 seconds or so that would cause it to fail very quickly compared to other drives. Also remember reading something to do with the S.M.A.R.T. feature where, if this occured while the drive was in use, it could cause data loss.

Because of all this, I was going to pay a tenner or more so for a Seagate Barracuda drive. For the time being though, I have ordered the Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid 2.5" drive for my laptop. Would like to get a drive like this though so I can use it as an external for more storage. I'll be using it for my laptop and my PC is so old it uses the old IDE drives, and therefore I don't think it will be possible for me to upgrade the firmware of these drives if I need to.

So, I was wondering, has this issue been sorted out with these eco friendly WD and Samsung drives?

Thanks in advance

The firmware problem which applied to Wester Digital Caviar green internal hard drives has a fix, where you can run DOS-based utility, and change the park timer from every 7 seconds to something like every 300 seconds. More information about it here : http://www.ngohq.com/news/19805-critical-design-flaw-found-in-wd-caviar-green-hdds.html
#10
As far as I am aware from personal use of WD drives and majority of others, they are very reliable and good drives overall. Although each make has there own failure rates, some higher than others. I need a new drive so might just take this up. Cheers OP! =]
#11
djabs786
chris2010uk
Okay, I was waiting for someone to post one of these deals again so I could ask something. For the past couple of days I've been looking to get a 2tb drive. I already have an enclosure so can just stick it in there. I was about to go for this one or one of the Samsung ones, but then I read about this firmware problem where (don't know the specifics) it would "do something" every 7 seconds or so that would cause it to fail very quickly compared to other drives. Also remember reading something to do with the S.M.A.R.T. feature where, if this occured while the drive was in use, it could cause data loss.

Because of all this, I was going to pay a tenner or more so for a Seagate Barracuda drive. For the time being though, I have ordered the Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid 2.5" drive for my laptop. Would like to get a drive like this though so I can use it as an external for more storage. I'll be using it for my laptop and my PC is so old it uses the old IDE drives, and therefore I don't think it will be possible for me to upgrade the firmware of these drives if I need to.

So, I was wondering, has this issue been sorted out with these eco friendly WD and Samsung drives?

Thanks in advance
The firmware problem which applied to Wester Digital Caviar green internal hard drives has a fix, where you can run DOS-based utility, and change the park timer from every 7 seconds to something like every 300 seconds. More information about it here : http://www.ngohq.com/news/19805-critical-design-flaw-found-in-wd-caviar-green-hdds.html

Thanks for the response. Read the link u posted but I'm still unsure on whether this can be achieved with an external hard drive or if it is only possible by using it as the main drive on a pc? (which isn't an option for me)
#12
sweet price
#13
Have been backing up my business photos for several years on WD MyBook and elements drives plus loads of important data and they have been fine. Also have WD in my Synology NAS, again, they are fine.

This is a great price for a 2TBdrive. I posted a deal 'in store' at PCW a few days ago at £69.99, which is good to walk in and collect.
#14
Awesome find op heat added
1 Like #15
Xia-hime
I've had to send one of these back about 3 times since January.

stop dropping it then! :p
ive never had trouble with WD (currently have 4 wd externals), they are the only drives i buy now. worked in IT for years and ive learned the hard way.
1 Like #16
jonnypb
wouldn't touch WD with a barge pole. Very unreliable

you are dreaming, most reliable brand by MILES. Read reviews.

love the way people have 1 drive fail (often due to their own fault) then deem the whole brand crap oO
#17
I just bought one, but it comes as NTSF format.
Wanted it to be in Fat32 for xbox and ps3 use....
Is it possible or easy to convert??
#18
i bought one also . great drive , can`t fault it
#19
Just ordered thanks, dont forget 6% quidco too!

whackydre
I just bought one, but it comes as NTSF format.
Wanted it to be in Fat32 for xbox and ps3 use....
Is it possible or easy to convert??


Yes should be easy, hook it up to PC right click, hit format and choose fat32.

Edited By: trouty500 on Apr 28, 2011 08:33
1 Like #20
whackydre
I just bought one, but it comes as NTSF format.
Wanted it to be in Fat32 for xbox and ps3 use....
Is it possible or easy to convert??

You can format it to FAT32 in Windows, If there no option in the format window, you'll have to do it in cmd command or use a free software like SwissKnife.
#21
I'm a complete ignoramus about these things. I have an old PC, it works fine, but I'm running out of disk space so do I need something like this? I have a new lappy on which I keep my music and photos. Any advice would be most welcome.
#22
nice find op hot from me
#23
brill - I have one of these which I paid around £90 for 6 months ago - was waiting for it to drop to buy another one :)

cheers,
worto.
#24
whackydre
I just bought one, but it comes as NTSF format.
Wanted it to be in Fat32 for xbox and ps3 use....
Is it possible or easy to convert??


Just head over to download.com and get easeus partition manager.

It'll convert the drive for you. Plus it's free and very easy to use.
#25
Ordered :)

It allowed me to specify Wednesday 4th for a free delivery, might help if you want to know what day your delivery will happen.
#26
Got two of these a few weeks ago (when it was the wdigit5 code), also quidco tracked for an extra 4.43 off.

Transit packaging was terrible, for some reason Dixons seem to think that two boxed hard drives should be put in a plastic courier bag with no extra protective packaging. Both arrived looking battered and strangely enough one of the drives failed after 5 days. Dixons wanted me to call their premium rate tech support number to help me (the drive caused Windows to hang and smart data showed critical count of sector reallocations).

Noticed that the tech support number was same as PC World and so popped into local branch where they were happy to swap over.
2 Likes #27
I ordered the 1.5TB version from Pixmania on Monday for £48.99 delivered! Plus you get 5% Quidco too. The drive comes with a 2 year warranty which I assume is standard.

CLICKY
#28
Looks a good price. Remember if your data isn't in 3 separate places it doesn't exist!
#29
Ah crap just ordered the 1.5TB for £50 from Amazon yesterday. Oh well, it was for a friend, otherwise i'd send it back.

I have 5x WD drives and not a single failure in years, will continue to use these.
#30
sollas001
Looks a good price. Remember if your data isn't in 3 separate places it doesn't exist!

Please explain. Thanks.
#31
He means back your **** up.
#32
Great price.
#33
This particular model was THE most reliable 2TB external drive (at consumer level, at least) a couple of months ago when I was doing research for a purchase of my own (and no problems so far).

Of course as with all hard drives there's a high likelihood that it will fail at some point, so keep everything backed up!

I'd say this drive at this price is a scorching deal.
#34
Bought this a month or so ago for £70 and was a bargin then, knowing that it could fail at any time resulting in my week being ruined has made me buy another, and even cheaper this time, cheers!
#35
Jelly
He means back your **** up.

Thought so thanks. Got my data on a mirrored set, backed up to external drive and an online service so I guess that's 3!
#36
I have about 9 of 10 10 of these, use them for archiveing HD video,

I testes ALOT of different 2tb drives (both external, and internal + caddys)

This drive (WD elememts 2tb) came out top.

Highly reccomended.

(even dropped one down a flight of stairs and it was fine)
#37
chris2010uk
djabs786
chris2010uk
Okay, I was waiting for someone to post one of these deals again so I could ask something. For the past couple of days I've been looking to get a 2tb drive. I already have an enclosure so can just stick it in there. I was about to go for this one or one of the Samsung ones, but then I read about this firmware problem where (don't know the specifics) it would "do something" every 7 seconds or so that would cause it to fail very quickly compared to other drives. Also remember reading something to do with the S.M.A.R.T. feature where, if this occured while the drive was in use, it could cause data loss.

Because of all this, I was going to pay a tenner or more so for a Seagate Barracuda drive. For the time being though, I have ordered the Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid 2.5" drive for my laptop. Would like to get a drive like this though so I can use it as an external for more storage. I'll be using it for my laptop and my PC is so old it uses the old IDE drives, and therefore I don't think it will be possible for me to upgrade the firmware of these drives if I need to.

So, I was wondering, has this issue been sorted out with these eco friendly WD and Samsung drives?

Thanks in advance

The firmware problem which applied to Wester Digital Caviar green internal hard drives has a fix, where you can run DOS-based utility, and change the park timer from every 7 seconds to something like every 300 seconds. More information about it here : http://www.ngohq.com/news/19805-critical-design-flaw-found-in-wd-caviar-green-hdds.html


Thanks for the response. Read the link u posted but I'm still unsure on whether this can be achieved with an external hard drive or if it is only possible by using it as the main drive on a pc? (which isn't an option for me)


I take it no one has encountered this issue then? Seems like a massive thing, so I'm surprised no one else has mentioned this yet. Before buying this drive people should take this into account.
#38
ellieboo
I'm a complete ignoramus about these things. I have an old PC, it works fine, but I'm running out of disk space so do I need something like this? I have a new lappy on which I keep my music and photos. Any advice would be most welcome.

You would have 2 options this being the easiest the 2nd upgrading the internal harddrive in your pc.

Note though depending how ancient your "old" pc is you might not even have the USB ports to use this lol :)
#39
4 Western Digital drives here, never a problem.
Hot price.
#40
chris2010uk
chris2010uk
djabs786
chris2010uk
Okay, I was waiting for someone to post one of these deals again so I could ask something. For the past couple of days I've been looking to get a 2tb drive. I already have an enclosure so can just stick it in there. I was about to go for this one or one of the Samsung ones, but then I read about this firmware problem where (don't know the specifics) it would "do something" every 7 seconds or so that would cause it to fail very quickly compared to other drives. Also remember reading something to do with the S.M.A.R.T. feature where, if this occured while the drive was in use, it could cause data loss.

Because of all this, I was going to pay a tenner or more so for a Seagate Barracuda drive. For the time being though, I have ordered the Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid 2.5" drive for my laptop. Would like to get a drive like this though so I can use it as an external for more storage. I'll be using it for my laptop and my PC is so old it uses the old IDE drives, and therefore I don't think it will be possible for me to upgrade the firmware of these drives if I need to.

So, I was wondering, has this issue been sorted out with these eco friendly WD and Samsung drives?

Thanks in advance

The firmware problem which applied to Wester Digital Caviar green internal hard drives has a fix, where you can run DOS-based utility, and change the park timer from every 7 seconds to something like every 300 seconds. More information about it here : http://www.ngohq.com/news/19805-critical-design-flaw-found-in-wd-caviar-green-hdds.html


Thanks for the response. Read the link u posted but I'm still unsure on whether this can be achieved with an external hard drive or if it is only possible by using it as the main drive on a pc? (which isn't an option for me)


I take it no one has encountered this issue then? Seems like a massive thing, so I'm surprised no one else has mentioned this yet. Before buying this drive people should take this into account.


Its affects most WD green drives, people don't know because it doesn't cause a problem till much later, if you use it as an external it isn't as big of a proble.
All drives these days have issues.
you here alot of the following for each brand

Seagate click of death
Hitachi dead on arrival
Samsung data just disappeared
WD lcc

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