Here are my thoughts about WD Elements 1.5TB Portable Hard Drive (WDBU6Y0015BBK) on how it works connected to usb 2.0. My notebook does not have a 3.0 usb port, so a lower speed is expected.
As a freelance photo retoucher / graphic designer I need more and more local space on my hard drives. I started looking on portable options since it's easier for me to work on multiple windows computers, keeping all the files in one place.
I have decided to try Western Digital because of a "funny" story. A while back I dropped my dell notebook on the floor while it was on. The drop was from ~1m and pretty violent. I thought everything was lost. I really didn't expected that notebook to continue working, especially the hard drive. But it did. I downloaded a bunch of hhd test and repair tools from the internet and they found a few bad / weak hdd sectors, marked as bad but no data was lost! This situation got me thinking: "This must be a strong hard drive". I verified and it was a Western Digital. This is how they bought my sympathy.
Back to the WD Elements 1.5TB Portable Hard Drive: it's a really small drive, a little bigger than a pack of cigars I would say.
The cable included is a bit short, only 30 - 40 cm. There are no buttons on this HDD, but there is a light showing the hard drive is functioning.
After I've connected this to my old laptop with windows xp and usb 2.0 - it was recognized and ready to use in a few seconds. Very easy to install also in Windows 7.
Speed is usually ~15 MB/ second on USB 2.0 which is great for what I need. Probably on USB 3.0 the speed would be twice or more. But my laptop has usb 2.0 so that's it for me.
The maximum speed is when I copy one big file close to 25 MB / s.
This is when I copy from my notebook to the WD Elements 1.5TB Portable drive.
Fonts are a big part in graphic design. I have thousands of fonts downloaded in my computer. Some of them are free, some are paid. Some are organized in folders like commercial use, personal use, free etc.
I wanted to see how is this hard drive dealing with thousands of small files. And it is very good: 7 MB / S.
when copying from internal disk to WD Elements 1.5TB Portable disk.
When I copy and read using same internal drive on my laptop I get 2.5 MB / s so probably I could get more than 7 MB with a faster internal drive.
As a final note, I'm quite happy with my WD Elements 1.5TB Portable Hard Drive. It's quite interesting that it has no visible ventilation system, although it does not get very hot.
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