Western Digital Elements 2 TB External Desktop Hard Drive (USB 2.0, Black) @ Amazon
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Western Digital Elements 2 TB External Desktop Hard Drive (USB 2.0, Black) @ Amazon

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Found 15th Dec 2010Made hot 15th Dec 2010
One of the best external hard drives have been just reduced further to this excellent price!

446 amazon reviews totaling to 4.5 stars!
Bargain!

21 Comments

great price!

now that is hot!!!

agatha

great price!



Debatable....Personally, I would never recommend this harddrive or any Western Digital Drive for as long as I have a pulse..... I bought a a 500 GB and this one on two separate occasions respectively and both just suddenly died on me. They had been bought as back up for my music files and pictures which where held on my 5 year old Freecom basic drive (Drives have evolved sice then). I've been ragging it about everywhere when doing gigs but it's still working, through now making a reading noise which is a sign that it's on it's way out. So I copied my files a well as new files to my new western digital drive/s and shelfed them and would get them out every week or so to update the back up. After about 6 months they would not boot up and register on my PC bearing in mind they were not even used regularly. I am back to the start now and still nee a solid, reliable drive. I will be going freecom again....reviews on Amazon second my opinion.

Good pice for 2TB, but a disposable one where u would find yourself at the very start of your harddrive search or probably worse off as you woul have now lost your data????
Heat Added reluctantly for price n nothin' more.

Great price for 2 TB but I've just gone for this for a little extra you are getting USB3.0 and a unit that sits nicely on the shelf like a book!

Can't fault WD drives, I have had 2 x 1tb My Books for a few years now with no issues.

Will this work with a Wii?
I'm tech-savvy and have a specific reason for asking this question: I have a friend who says that, in his (extensive) experience, only USB 1.1 HDs will work.
Replies from people with experience with Wiis only, please!
Good deal BTW.

Edit: to clarify, he says that the HD should have the square-type USB connection on the external HD.

Edit: Just found this compatibility list, but I'm still looking for more feedback . . .
wiki.gbatemp.net/wik…ist

Edited by: "simonspeakeasy" 15th Dec 2010

simonspeakeasy

Will this work with a Wii?I'm tech-savvy and have a specific reason for … Will this work with a Wii?I'm tech-savvy and have a specific reason for asking this question: I have a friend who says that, in his (extensive) experience, only USB 1.1 HDs will work.Replies from people with experience with Wiis only, please!Good deal BTW.Edit: to clarify, he says that the HD should have the square-type USB connection on the external HD.Edit: Just found this compatibility list, but I'm still looking for more feedback . . .[url=http://wiki.gbatemp.net/wiki/USB_Devices_Compatibility_List]http://wiki.gbatemp.net/wiki/USB_Devices_Compatibility_List[/url]



Do you really need 2TB for the Wii? That's a hell of a lot of games and time needed to play them all.
I would use the tiny (but more expensive) Passport 500Gb WD USB 3 (USB 3.0 passport works with Wii at regular speeds) and transfer a months supply of games across at a time leaving your favourites on there. Looking at over 200 games.

QuidzzUp

Debatable....Personally, I would never recommend this harddrive or any … Debatable....Personally, I would never recommend this harddrive or any Western Digital Drive for as long as I have a pulse..... I bought a a 500 GB and this one on two separate occasions respectively and both just suddenly died on me. They had been bought as back up for my music files and pictures which where held on my 5 year old Freecom basic drive (Drives have evolved sice then). I've been ragging it about everywhere when doing gigs but it's still working, through now making a reading noise which is a sign that it's on it's way out. So I copied my files a well as new files to my new western digital drive/s and shelfed them and would get them out every week or so to update the back up. After about 6 months they would not boot up and register on my PC bearing in mind they were not even used regularly. I am back to the start now and still nee a solid, reliable drive. I will be going freecom again....reviews on Amazon second my opinion.Good pice for 2TB, but a disposable one where u would find yourself at the very start of your harddrive search or probably worse off as you woul have now lost your data???? Heat Added reluctantly for price n nothin' more.




All drive makes have problems. The seagates get bashed on here but there are more positive reviews on Amazon than WD.

The important thing to remember is the drives have 2-3 years warranty and data can be recovered from corrupt or damaged drives. Seagate actually paid for data recovery for one model.

You should have 2 copies of everything. Either backup your PC to a USB hard disk like this . Or back up your streaming disk to your main PC.



simonspeakeasy

Will this work with a Wii?I'm tech-savvy and have a specific reason for … Will this work with a Wii?I'm tech-savvy and have a specific reason for asking this question: I have a friend who says that, in his (extensive) experience, only USB 1.1 HDs will work.Replies from people with experience with Wiis only, please!Good deal BTW.Edit: to clarify, he says that the HD should have the square-type USB connection on the external HD.Edit: Just found this compatibility list, but I'm still looking for more feedback . . .http://wiki.gbatemp.net/wiki/USB_Devices_Compatibility_List



I have the same type of drive but 1tb and it works perfect on the wii. half for the wii and the other half for pc backup...Never had a problem. This is a good price...

QuidzzUp

Debatable....Personally, I would never recommend this harddrive or any … Debatable....Personally, I would never recommend this harddrive or any Western Digital Drive for as long as I have a pulse..... I bought a a 500 GB and this one on two separate occasions respectively and both just suddenly died on me. They had been bought as back up for my music files and pictures which where held on my 5 year old Freecom basic drive (Drives have evolved sice then). I've been ragging it about everywhere when doing gigs but it's still working, through now making a reading noise which is a sign that it's on it's way out. So I copied my files a well as new files to my new western digital drive/s and shelfed them and would get them out every week or so to update the back up. After about 6 months they would not boot up and register on my PC bearing in mind they were not even used regularly. I am back to the start now and still nee a solid, reliable drive. I will be going freecom again....reviews on Amazon second my opinion.Good pice for 2TB, but a disposable one where u would find yourself at the very start of your harddrive search or probably worse off as you woul have now lost your data???? Heat Added reluctantly for price n nothin' more.



You can't base hard drive on your own experience alone, you need to look at MTBF and warrany return rates in vast volumes, though data from 2009, WD do alright:-

- Western: 1.2%
- Hitachi: 1.4%
- Seagate: 1.6%
- Samsung: 2.8%

behardware.com/htm…009

Yeah, a statistical sample of 1 ain't a statistical sample :-)

in fact here are some updated figures for 2010

1 TB Mechanical Drives:
- 5,76% : Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.B
- 5,20% : Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C
- 3,68% : Seagate Barracuda 7200.11
- 3,37% : Samsung SpinPoint F1
- 2,51% : Seagate Barracuda 7200.12
- 2,37% : WD Caviar Green WD10EARS
- 2,10% : Seagate Barracuda LP
- 1,57% : Samsung SpinPoint F3
- 1,55% : WD Caviar Green WD10EADS
- 1,35% : WD Caviar Black WD1001FALS
- 1,24% : Maxtor DiamondMax 23


2 TB Mechanical Drives:
- 9,71% : WD Caviar Black WD2001FASS
- 6,87% : Hitachi Deskstar 7K2000
- 4,83% : WD Caviar Green WD20EARS
- 4,35% : Seagate Barracuda LP
- 4,17% : Samsung EcoGreen F3
- 2,90% : WD Caviar Green WD20EADS

SSDs:
- Intel 0,59%
- Corsair 2,17%
- Crucial 2,25%
- Kingston 2,39%
- OCZ 2,93%

macobserver.com/tmo…es/

the 2tb failure rate isn't good (i don't know what model drive WD use in these external enclosures, hope it's not the WD2001FASS!), but as always, don't use one of these as your sole backup.

p.s. i bought one of these last week on amazon when it was £81
Edited by: "sbadger" 15th Dec 2010

Bought to back up my files on the PC thanks! does any ne know if I need anything else to play movies stright off this onto the TV? Yes I am a techno phobe, I also have a wii and see you can use it for that?

Heat added<3

does any ne know if I need anything else to play movies stright off this … does any ne know if I need anything else to play movies stright off this onto the TV?


No you can't play movies straight off this; you need a media player e.g.
Western Digital TV Live HD Media Player or the Sumvision Cyclone

I also have a wii and see you can use it for that?


It *looks* like you can use this with a Wii, though I would like to see some more responses supporting this.


Edited by: "simonspeakeasy" 15th Dec 2010

simonspeakeasy

[quote=] does any ne know if I need anything else to play movies stright … [quote=] does any ne know if I need anything else to play movies stright off this onto the TV?


No you can't play movies straight off this; you need a media player e.g.
Western Digital TV Live HD Media Player

You can use the hard drive to play movies if you have a USB input in your TV witch i have and watched movies from it. You do not need the Western Digital TV Live HD Media Player if you got a usb input in your tv. I have the latest Sony Bravia TVs and most brands kno have usb inputs.

I also have USB on my TV but it does not support movies of any format; JPGs only. I guess some TVs allow this although I'm confident that they will not support a broad range of formats e.g. MKV, VOB etc that are desirable when considering a device for this purpose
Edited by: "simonspeakeasy" 15th Dec 2010

simonspeakeasy

I also have USB on my TV but it does not support movies of any format; … I also have USB on my TV but it does not support movies of any format; JPGs only. I guess some TVs allow this although I'm confident that they will not support a broad range of formats e.g. MKV, VOB etc that are desirable when considering a device for this purpose



What make is your TV? Some times you need to format the harddrive to play on the tv. On my Sony Bravia TV there is a help file contained within which tells you what to do for external dives. Does your TV have a help file.

On mine it plays avi, mpeg and divx files.

Edited by: "BalSci" 15th Dec 2010

Panasonic Viera - about 1 year old.
Thanks for the comment; I'll look into it again when I get home.

My vierra supports USB hdd. Tx42g20b. Not sure about playback of own files put on there or if proprietary formatting by panasonic. I know you can watch recorded tv on any other device even if the same model of tv.

simonspeakeasy

Panasonic Viera - about 1 year old.Thanks for the comment; I'll look into … Panasonic Viera - about 1 year old.Thanks for the comment; I'll look into it again when I get home.




wildswan

My vierra supports USB hdd. Tx42g20b. Not sure about playback of own … My vierra supports USB hdd. Tx42g20b. Not sure about playback of own files put on there or if proprietary formatting by panasonic. I know you can watch recorded tv on any other device even if the same model of tv.



I would suggest you go on the Panasonic website for help.

Also you can update your TV via downloading a update from Panasonic website on to a usb pen drive and then conecting to the TV. I have done this for my Sony Bravia.

I also formatted the hardrive while connected to the PC in FAT32 format which is simple to do.

Good luck.
Gav

Gold Feet

I would use the tiny (but more expensive) Passport 500Gb WD USB 3 (USB … I would use the tiny (but more expensive) Passport 500Gb WD USB 3 (USB 3.0 passport works with Wii at regular speeds)



isn't that a 2.5" bus-powered drive - as far as i know the wii usb ports don't supply enough current (even using a y-cable) to power a hard disk.

also i thought there were various problems with WD drives going to sleep?
Edited by: "sej7278" 16th Dec 2010

What RPM & Cache buffer rate, Personally speaking from bad experience external hard drives are flawed .. I brought WD 1TB My Book for £95.00GBP It fell flat on it side onto laminates and is now broke after 9months to 1year use I managed to recover 95% of the Data with some damaged music files scattered in various folders was a night mare still catch the odd 1 now and its been a year since it happened
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