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The Western Digital WD Elements Portable is a mid-grade external hard drive.

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Pros

affordable price

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2.5" laptop drive - consumes less power, gets less hot than a 3.5" desktop equivalent, only requires USB connection to power it

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lightweight and compact

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easy to set up and use (plug and play)

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enclosure/drive made by Western Digital - a leader in hard disk manufacturing

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short USB cable - doesn't get in the way, designed for mobility / use with a laptop

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durable build quality

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Cons

only a 1-year warranty

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included USB cable is extremely short

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USB 2.0 only - does not include faster connectivity options such as FireWire, USB 3.0 or eSATA

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extremely bright LED

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The Western Digital WD Elements Portable is a mid-grade external hard drive. It is designed specifically for portable, on the go use. Designed with a slim and compact body that is encompassed in a case made out of durable metal, it features 320GB, 250GB, 160GB, 120GB, or 80GB storage capacity, a 2mb cache and a 5400rpm spindle speed. The WD Elements Portable hard drive comes with support for safe shutdown software which prevents the hard drive from being shut down while files are being transferred, energy efficient functionality that automatically turns the hard drive on and off with the connected computer, and plug and play storage functionality which means that it is compatible with all PC's and Mac's without any lengthy installation. Western Digital claims the Elements Portable hard drive is very reliable and was put through a rigorous series of tests to make sure the device is durable and in working order under many different conditions.

Features
  • Slim, compact body design surrounded in a durable metal case
  • Safe Shutdown software
  • Automatic, install-free, plug-in support for both PC and Mac computers
  • Energy efficient functionality
  • Reliable and durable build; tested under rigorous working conditions
  • USB 2.0 interface support
  • Drive Size: 320GB
  • Drive Cache: 2mb
  • Drive Speed: 5400rpm
  • Transfer Rate (Max): 480Mbits/ sec
  • Weight: 0.34 lbs
  • Dimensions (H x L x W): 0.70" x 4.89" x 3.09"
  • Operating Temperature: 41° F to 104° F 
What It Holds (320GB Drive)
  • Up to 91,000 digital photos
  • Up to 80,000 MP3 songs
  • Up to 8,000 songs (uncompressed CD quality music)
  • Up to 24 hours of digital video (DV)
  • Up to 140 hours of DVD quality video
  • Up to 38 hours of HD video 
System Requirements
  • Available USB port
  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista
  • Mac OS X 10.3 or later
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