Western Digital Elements Desktop External Hard Drives are the right answer for simple, reliable add-on storage, simply plug one into a USB port on your PC, MAC or Laptop and start saving your photos, music, video, and files instantly. Designed with the same commitment to quality that made WD external drives the number one selling drives in the world, this 2.5TB WD Elements Desktop drive comes with plug-and-play simplicity, meaning you just have to connect the power and plug it into a USB port to instantly add more storage to your computer.
IntelliPower and IntelliPark
A fine-tuned balance of spin speed, transfer rate, and caching algorithms designed to deliver both significant power savings and solid performance. For each drive model, WD may use a different, invariable RPM. Drives featuring WD GreenPower Technology consume less current during start up, allowing more drives to spin up simultaneously resulting in faster system readiness - a big plus for enterprise customers. Additionally, IntelliPark delivers lower power consumption by automatically unloading recording heads during idle periods to reduce aerodynamic drag, and disengages read/write channel electronics.
Designed to save power
The WD Elements Desktop turns on and off with your computer and enters idle mode when not in use - it also utilises a WD drive with power-saving WD GreenPower Technology and an EnergyStar compliant power supply. Environmental sustainability is important to Western Digital. One of the best ways we can make a positive impact on the environment is to offer products that consume less electricity. To that end, WD has designed eco-friendly hard drives with WD GreenPower Technology for WD desktop, enterprise, CE and external hard drive products.
Based on extensive customer input toward supporting ENERGY STAR 4.0 compliance and incorporating the latest in engineering technology, we developed this platform to bring more energy efficient hard drive options to our customers.
As hard drive capacities increase, the power required to run those drives increases as well. This 2.5TB hard drive has a typical power consumption rating greater than 13.5 watts. WD has designed the first 3.5-inch hard drives that deliver power savings as the primary attribute. IntelliPower and IntelliPark are two examples of technologies that enable the WD GreenPower Technology platform.
Packaged in minimised, eco-friendly, recyclable packaging made from recycled materials, the WD Elements Desktop is pre-formatted for PCs. Designed for use with Windows-based computers, it can also be easily reformatted for use with Macs.
The Western Digital Elements Desktop Hard Drive Holds:
Standard Warranty: 2-Years
(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.) One gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes. One terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment.
What is an External Hard Drive?
An external hard drive is the same type of drive you'd find inside a PC or laptop, except that it is mounted in a separate enclosure. It can be used to store data permanently or temporarily, in the same way as a computer's hard drive.
External hard drives (the actual drive itself) come in two main sizes (physical size), 2.5" and 3.5". The 2.5" drives are the same as you would find in a laptop computer, whereas the 3.5" drives are identical to hard drives found in desktop PCs. The difference is in the interface that connects the external hard drive to your computer.
Usually, external hard drives connect to the computer via a USB/Firewire cable and often come with a separate power supply. Most modern operating systems will automatically recognise the hard drive as a storage device and assign it a drive letter.
The fact that external hard drives are simply placed in an enclosure, means you can usually change the actual hard drive itself without too much effort. This allows you to swap drives between enclosures, so you only have to buy one enclosure for many drives of the same type.
The storage capacity of these drives currently store up to and beyond 2TB (TeraByte) worth of data.
When shopping for your new external hard drive, bear in mind the explanations below for common terms used in the products descriptions.
Hard Drive Capacity: This figure, quoted in GB (GigaBytes), indicates the storage capacity of the hard drive. Your choice will depend on your requirements. As a guideline, a 160GB (GigaByte) hard drive will hold over 40,000 MP3 songs or 133,000 digital photos.
Spindle Speed: This refers to the speed at which the drive rotates - the higher the speed the better. The speed will be stated in RPM (revolutions per minute), 5,400RPM is around the average speed of portable drives, whereas 7,200RPM (and above) is common in desktop hard drives.
Interface: This indicates how the hard drive is connected to the computer, usually USB and/or Firewire (IEEE 1394).