WD Elements Desktop
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WD Elements Desktop

Western Digital External Storage
WD Elements Desktop
WD Elements Desktop External Hard Drive, 5 TB
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Overview:

Instant, add-on storage

WD Elements desktop storage with USB 3.0 offers reliable, add-on storage, ultra-fast data transfer rates and universal connectivity with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 devices. The sleek design features up to 5 TB capacity, renowned WD® quality and it includes a free trial of WD SmartWare™ Pro backup software for local and cloud backup.

USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
With this single drive you get compatibility with the latest USB 3.0 devices and backward compatibility with USB 2.0 devices as well.

Free trial of WD SmartWare Pro backup software
WD Elements desktop storage comes with a trial version of WD SmartWare Pro backup software. This backup software allows you to back up your files to your WD Elements drive or to the cloud using your DropBox™ account.

Sleek drive, massive capacity
The sleek design offers up to 5 TB capacity, making WD Elements desktop storage the ideal solution for easy, add-on storage for all your important photos, music, videos and files.

Improve PC performance
When your internal hard drive is almost full your PC slows down. Don't delete files. Free up space on your internal hard drive by transferring files to your WD Elements desktop storage and get your computer moving again.

Features:

Transfer files faster than ever
Transfer files faster than ever

When connected to a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port, WD Elements lets you access and save files faster than ever. Transfer a 2-hour HD movie in just 3 minutes instead of 13 minutes.

* Performance may vary based on user's hardware and system configuration.

Free trial of WD SmartWare Pro backup software

Download the free trial of WD SmartWare Pro automatic and cloud backup software and start protecting your files today. Back up to your WD Elements drive or to the cloud using your Dropbox account.

Free trial of WD SmartWare Pro backup software

Plug-and-play simplicity

Formatted to work right out of the box with your Windows® PC. Just connect the power and plug the drive into the USB port on your computer to instantly add more storage.

Plug-and-play simplicity

Massive capacity

With up to 5 TB capacity, there's plenty of room for all your important files and precious memories.

Massive capacity

Improve PC performance

When your internal hard drive is almost full, your PC slows down. Don’t delete files. Free up space on your internal hard drive by transferring files to your WD Elements desktop storage and get your computer moving again.

Universal connectivity

With this single drive you can connect to the latest USB 3.0 devices or to your USB 2.0* devices as well.

USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility.

 

* Data transfers will occur at USB 2.0 speeds when connected to a USB 2.0 port.

WD qualityWD quality inside and out

We know your data is important to you. So we build the drive inside to our demanding requirements for durability, shock tolerance and long-term reliability. Then we protect the drive with a durable enclosure designed for style and protection.

WD SmartWare ProWD SmartWare Pro:

Backup software you'll really use.

WD SmartWare Pro offers options for how, when and where you back up your files.

How do you want to back up?

Select File and folder or Category backup. File and Folder backup lets you choose the files and folders that you want to protect with your chosen backup mode.

How do you want to back up?

Where do you want to back up?

WD SmartWare Pro lets you back up to your local external hard drive or to the cloud using your Dropbox* account. For double-safe protection, you can also back up the files in your Dropbox account to your local external hard drive.

Where do you want to back up?

* Dropbox account required for cloud backup. Cloud services may be changed, terminated or interrupted at any time and may vary by country.

It's easy to bring back lost files.

If you ever accidentally delete an important file or need to get an earlier version of a file, WD SmartWare Pro helps you retrieve the file in seconds with the easy-to-use retrieve interface. WD SmartWare Pro maintains the file structure that you have set up on your computer so it's easy to locate the file once you have retrieved it.

It's easy to bring back lost files.

When do you want to back up?

Choose from automatic, continuous backup or scheduled backup. Automatic, continuous backup runs quietly in the background and backs up your files every time you add or change and save a file. With scheduled backup, you choose the day, time and frequency of your backups.

When do you want to back up?

Back up to any external USB drive.

With WD SmartWare Pro, you can back up your computer to any external hard drive whether that drive is from WD or from a third party.

Back up to any external USB drive.

Visual interface shows backup progress

WD SmartWare Pro features a visual interface with gauges that display how much data you have to be backed up in each category. And as your backup progresses the gauges change color, showing you the backup as it happens.

Visual interface shows backup progress

Protect your precious memories and important filesWhat's your backup plan?:

Protect your precious memories and important files

You've taken the time to create it or capture it — everything that matters to you, from financial to sentimental. But you're just one system error, one spilled latte, one stolen backpack away from losing it all.

If it matters to you, make a second copy!

Like a jet plane with more than one engine you need a backup. If your files are backed up and an important file is lost, you can relax because you have a copy.

Make it automatic. Set it and forget it.

You don't have to think about backup everyday if you use automatic backup software that does the work for you.WD offers WD SmartWare Pro automatic backup software that makes it easy to back up your important files on your schedule. With WD SmartWare Pro you can select one or both of the following two options:

  • Automatic, continuous backup to back up files as soon as they are added or changed and saved
  • Scheduled backup that allows you to pick the time, day and frequency that you back up your files.

Make it automatic. Set it and forget it.

Upgrade to WD SmartWare Pro!

Upgrade to WD SmartWare Pro for even more backup options. WD SmartWare Pro allows users to back up files to their Dropbox account or even to a non-WD external hard drive.

Upgrade to WD SmartWare Pro!

* Dropbox account required for cloud backup. Cloud services may be changed, terminated or interrupted at any time and may vary by country.

Be selective

Protect the files you create yourself whether they are text documents, e-mail messages, pictures, music, videos or game saves. If you made them, you want to save them and keep them nearby.

You don't have to back up your entire system – a time consuming task that duplicates the issues you've built up over time on your hard drive. If your system fails, use the original copies of your software programs and reinstall your operating system to get a fresh start.

Protect the files you create yourself whether they are text documents, e-mail messages, pictures, music, videos or game saves.

Back up to an external drive.

You can back up to CDs or DVDs, but this is a slow, manual process. And contrary to popular belief, most CDs and DVDs are not permanent. Low-priced CDRs may not be readable in as few as two years and thumb drives are small, lower capacities, and easy to lose.

The best backup medium is an external hard drive. It takes stacks of CDs or DVDs and handfuls of thumb drives to back up all the data that could be stored on a single external hard drive. WD SmartWare Pro makes it easy to back up to an external hard drive. High-capacity external drives are fast and allow you to keep all your backed up data in one place. For extra safety, get a two-drive external storage system and dedicate half the capacity for mirroring to automatically and instantaneously back up your backup every time. WD's external hard drives are sleek, stylish, made for your grab-and-go lifestyle and most come with our easy-to-use backup software... so let WD be your backup plan!

Back up to an external drive.

Specifications:

Examples of the number of photos, songs, videos and any other files that can be stored on a hard drive are provided for illustrative purposes only. Your results will vary based on file size and format, settings, features, software and other factors.

Photo: Figures represent the average number of photos taken with a 6 megapixel camera in high-resolution JPEG mode with an average file size of 3.5 MB per photo. The actual number of images will vary by camera model and compression setting.

Hours: The DV format, regardless of its mode (miniDV, DVCAM, DVC-Pro) has a data rate of approximately 25mb/s (mega-bits per second). In storage terms, this translates to approximately 3.5MB/s (Megabytes per second) or 13GB/hr (Gigabytes per hour)

Song: Music capacity is based on 4 minutes per song. MP3 capacity is based on 128 Kbps bit rate and 11:1 audio compression ratio. Uncompressed CD quality is based on 1:1 audio compression ratio.

WD Elements Desktop Size

What It Holds

As used for storage capacity, one megabyte (MB) = one million bytes, one gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes, and one terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment. As used for buffer or cache, one megabyte (MB) = 1,048,576 bytes. As used for transfer rate or interface, megabyte per second (MB/s) = one million bytes per second, megabit per second (Mb/s) = one million bits per second, and gigabit per second (Gb/s) = one billion bits per second.

Drive Size 5 TB 4 TB 3 TB 2 TB
Model Number WDBWLG0050HBK WDBWLG0040HBK WDBWLG0030HBK WDBWLG0020HBK
Interface USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
Data transfer rate1 Up to 5 Gb/s in USB 3.0 mode
Up to 480 Mb/s in USB 2.0 mode 480 Mb/sec
Operating temperature 5° C to 35° C (41° F to 95° F)
Non-operating Temperature -20° C to 65° C (-4° F to 149° F)
System Compatiblity Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
Requires reformatting for MAC OS X
Height 6.5 in (165.8 mm)
Depth 5.3 in (135 mm)
Width 1.9 in (48 mm)
Weight 2.0 lb (0.91 kg)
Limited Warranty 1 year
Package Contents
  • External hard drive
  • USB cable
  • AC adapter
  • Quick Install Guide

1A USB 3.0 host and USB 2.0 certified cable are required to obtain Hi-Speed USB performance.

Drive Views:

Front View
Front View

Rear View
Rear View
Left Angle View
Left Angle View
Package
Package

Documentation:

Download the WD Elements Desktop Datasheet (PDF).