WD 5TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive Review

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In this article we’ll put the spotlight on the WD 5TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive.

Let’s see why it’s such a popular product.

Our rating: 9 / 10

Cost: $$

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I've always had my doubts about hard drives for laptops, but with the release of this WD 500GB external mobile drive, things are definitely looking up. The hardware and the software are very capable and this portable drive is multiple times faster than my internal one. There is no doubt that this drive will dramatically speed up my work, and it does a great job of looking like a normal, but connected, hard drive without any obvious signs of being an external drive. It connects to my Macbook Pro through a USB 3.0 port and my Windows desktop through a USB 2.0 port.

Compared to others, the WD Elements Portable is 10 times faster than USB 2.0 and USB 1.0 devices and is quicker, at 2.5 megabytes per second (MBps) when in USB 3.0 mode.

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