Updated 4 Sep 2015

WD

Elements Desktop WDBWLG 0030HBK

Snapshot: The WD Elements Desktop WDBWLG0030HBK is a 3TB external hard drive without a Thunderbolt port. How fast does it work?

Elements Desktop WDBWLG 0030HBK
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$186

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Test results

Overall score
56
Performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Software versatility
?/10

Good points

  • Good performance.
  • Good average read speeds.
  • Easy to use.
  • Has hardware encryption but requires WD Smartware Pro software at extra cost.
  • Has a physical power switch.

But

  • Slow average write speeds.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Performance (50%): tests the time and speeds of writing data to the hard driving and reading data from the hard drive. We test using USB 3.0 and 5GB files on a Windows 7 PC. We also test any Thunderbolt connections the same way but using an Apple iMac. The test computers are re-imaged before testing the next hard drive.
Ease of use (25%): assesses the setup time and ease as well as the ease of performing common tasks. It also includes the ease of restoring a particular version of a backed up file.
Software versatility (25%): is made up of a 50% assessment of backup, 40% of security and 10% of support. A software versatility score of 0 means there is no software.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$186
Type
Desktop external hard drive

Specifications

Stated capacity (GB)
3000
Formatted capacity (GB)
-
Default file format

NTFS

Weight (kg)
1.0
D x W x H (mm)
135 x 50 x 166
Write rate (MB/sec)
746
Read rate (MB/sec)
779
Write time (seconds)
81
Read time (seconds)
59
Wireless protocols (802.11)
n/a
Wireless bands (GHz)
n/a
Claimed number of concurrent wireless connections
n/a
Battery life (hh:mm)
n/a

Features

Thunderbolt port
No
Encryption type
Hardware requires WD Smartware Pro at extra cost.
Supplied backup software
No
Online storage

n/a

Kensington lock
Yes
Ethernet port
-
Internet sharing for Wi-Fi (GB)
-
Internet sharing for 3G/4G
-
Android AVI
-
iOS AVI
-
Android MKV
-
iOS MKV
-
Android MOV
-
iOS MOV
-
Android MP4
-
iOS MP4
-
Android WMV
-
iOS WMV
-