WD Elements 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Drive Overview:
The WD Elements USB 3.0 Portable Storage is an on-the-go hard drive that can store data up to 1TB capacity. It has a lightweight and sleek design that you can carry easily and a USB 3.0 connectivity (with USB 2.0 compatibility) to ensure stable, reliable and fast data transfer.
The WD Elements 1TB Portable Drive available in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB data storage. It can be used to USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports. It also includes free trial version of WD SmartWare Pro backup software, so you can back up files to local WD Elements drive or to the cloud.
Package contains: Portable Hard Drive, USB Cable and Quick Install Guide
The WD Elements 1TB has a simple and sleek design with easy-to-use portable storage, just plug it into Windows PC USB port then you can instantly transfer files on it.
WD Elements 1TB Portable Drive Specifications:
Data transfer rate: Up to 5 Gb/s with USB 3.0 | Up to 480 Mb/s with USB 2.0
Operating temperature: 5°C to 35°C | Non-op. temperature: –20°C to 65°C
Formatted NTFS for Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
* Requires reformatting for Mac OS X
Height: 0.60 in (15 mm) | Depth: 4.40 in (111 mm) | Width: 3.20 in (82 mm) | Weight: 0.30 lb (0.13 kg)
USB 3.0, USB 2.0
Crystal Disk Mark
The read speed is up to 94.82 MB/s and write speed is up to 95.91MB/s via USB 3.0 port.
HD Tune Pro
Minimum read speed of 53.3 MB/s, Maximum read speed of 117.9 MB/s and an Average read speed of 88.6 MB/s.
From here, another picture on how the WD Elements 1TB Portable Drive performs on its read/write speed.
Real World Application
For actual usage, we used the file transfer app Teracopy to determine the maximum read/write speed of its transfer. For this test, we used 0.98GB file size.
SOURCE FILE FROM (WD ELEMENTS 1TB) AND DESTINATION TO (HDD 7200RPM)
The actual read speed reaches at 85 MB/s with time duration of 11.713 seconds.
SOURCE FILE FROM (HDD 7200RPM) AND DESTINATION TO (WD ELEMENTS 1TB)
The actual write speed reaches at 86 MB/s with time duration of 11.618 seconds.
VERDICT: The WD Elements 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Drive has a solid 4.5/5 rating, for having simple and sleek design, big storage at a low cost, great warranty and good transfer speed/performance. While remain at a low cost portable drive, you need to reinforce the drive with security features and backup software. However, if the security and backup software doesn’t mind you, then this might be an excellent deal for you.
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