Western Digital External Hard Drive

Princeofnubia By Princeofnubia, 11th May 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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External hard drives provide a very convenient solution for extending the storage capacity of computers. This article is a review of one of the best models of external hard drives that is available in the market now.

Western Digital Elements Desktop WDBAAU0010HBK 1 TB

Because my 320 gigabyte (GB) of memory on my laptop was not enough and sometimes because I format my laptop, I have an external hard disk. I went for the brand WD Elements. WD stands for Western Digital. They sell external hard drives in different shapes and sizes. My WD Elements contains a Terabyte (TB),equal to 1000 GB of memory. There are also several WD Elements with 1 TB of memory, but with a different name code. My Elements 1 TB WD answers to the name WDBAAU0010HBK

The external hard drive comes in a box about 12 cm wide,22 cm long and 15 cm high. On the white box you see a clear picture of the external hard drive. In several languages you can find the general information on the back of the box. On both sides you can find the compatibility of the external hard drive with Windows. The box is easily opened and closed at the top.

The external hard drive is about 17 cm long, 12 cm wide and 3 cm high. The top consists of matte black and has a grainy texture. The WD logo is on the front. The sides are shiny black and have a smooth texture. At the rear are two openings and a little light can be seen. The bottom looks the same as the top but without the logo and it has a sticker with the code of the product and all corners of the bottom have rubber "feet" for more grip. The included adapter is about 7.5 cm long, 4.5 cm wide and 2.5 cm high. The adapter cord is over 150 cm long. Another cable connects the hard disk with the PC. This cable with its 115 cm shorter.

As mentioned above, the device has a memory of 1 TB, but effectively you can only set up 931 GB. The connection to such as a standard PC goes with an USB 2.0 version. The external hard drive is compatible with Windows XP, Vista and 7. For the Apple Macintosh operating system it hard disk must be formatted. The 1 TB offers space for about 120 hours of HD video recordings, 250,000 MP3 songs or 200,000 JPEG photos.

Actually you do not need the manual because installation is easy, although the clear images of the manual can be very handy for some. The external hard drive has an back entrance where you that connects with the PC. If both devices are connected, then you connect the adapter to the other opening of the hard disk. When this is done, you must pair it with a socket. You can hear the hard drive make noise and the connection to the PC is automatically created. You do not need to install software. My Avira antivirus incidentally always gives a warning if the connection is made. A pop-up window will appear and you can then open your external hard drive. You can use Windows Explorer to find the external hard drive called Elements, and by your PC disk name assigned. In my case Elements (E:).

When you first use the hard drive he's empty. Just like a normal folder in Windows can now drag files to the external hard disk. If you move data over a pop-up window with the expected processing time and the amount of data will come up. Moving files can sometimes take some time; it took me 2 hours to move 180 gigabytes of data from my PC to my external hard disk. While transferring you will see a flashing white light on the back of the hard disk. The expected transfer time is displayed immediately when you start to transfer, but as often with transferring data, the expected time can go down and up again. So this is not very reliable. However, this is Windows not the external hard drive. Deleting files on your external hard drive is very fast. Working in the folders on the external hard drive is slower than the average hard drive on my PC. There is no on and off switch on the external hard drive, so you must unplug the adapter if you want to remove him from power.

The WD Elements 1 TB external hard drive is quite compact and fairly light, it looks simple but stylish. Connecting and using it is simple and if you use Windows. It would sometimes be useful if you could switch it on and off, but removing the adapter isn't really a problem. It's difficult for me to say how fast moving the data goes and compare it to other external hard drives because this is the first one I own. TB is a large amount and will for the most people be sufficient for their movies, images, music or other forms of data. I am also pleased with the price, because for 60 pounds you have 1 TB more space!

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1Tb, Data Storage, Hard Disk Drive, Hard Drive, Storage, Storage Device, Usb, Video

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