With modern USB storage only stretching to sizes of about 256GB, it really is difficult to move around large amounts of data without an external hard drive. That said, a 256GB USB would set you back an eyewatering £400 whilst external hard drives hover around the £75-£300 mark depending on the capacity. Although an external hard drive is much larger than a USB it makes up for that by being able to store more data, at a lower cost and generally giving better speeds. But another drawback to consider is the Western Digital elements 1TB external hard drive is a standard desktop grade hard drive, so it consumes around 10W of power meaning it needs an external power source to run: i.e. it cannot simply plug into a USB 2.0 port and “work” without external power.
The Elements 1TB external hard drive is essentially a 3.5″ 1TB hard drive with a special case that allows for the conversion of the SATA interface into a convenient USB 2.0 input. Today we take a look at the Elements external drive solution from the hard drive giant Western Digital and see if it performs well enough to warrant its price tag. But more importantly we give you an honest opinion on whether we think you should consider this drive or not.
Lets see what Western Digital have to say for themselves:
WD, a storage industry pioneer and long-time leader, provides products and services for people and organizations that collect, manage and use digital information. The company designs and produces reliable, high-performance hard drives and solid state drives that keep users’ data accessible and secure from loss. Its storage technologies serve a wide range of host applications including client and enterprise computing, embedded systems and consumer electronics, as well as its own storage systems. Its home entertainment products enable rich engagement with stored digital content.
Designed with the same commitment to quality that made WD external drives the number one drives in the world, WD Elements Desktop USB 2.0 external hard drives are the right answer for simply affordable add-on storage. Just connect the power and plug the drive in to a USB port to start saving your photos, music, videos and files.