View Full Version : Where to buy WD 1TB Elements in USB 2.0?

08-05-2013, 01:45 AM
Does anyone know where I can buy the USB 2.0 version of the WD 1TB Elements portable (2.5") HDD? I can only find the 3.0, even pricespy doesn't show any 2.0s.

08-05-2013, 02:06 AM
USB 3.0 is USB 2.0 if it's plugged in to a USB 2.0 port...


08-05-2013, 02:21 AM
I know, already bought a 3.0 but it's not compatible with my TV, unlike my 2.0 one. Emailed Samsung, they confirmed it.

08-05-2013, 12:51 PM
You sure its not just coz of the filesystem you're using? They'll say that coz they're lazy and don't actually know....

08-05-2013, 03:35 PM
both NTFS and FAT32 work on my TV. My 2.0 HDD is all in NTFS and so is the 3.0, but only the 3.0 isn't working and I've tried 2 of them.

08-05-2013, 05:58 PM
Weird problem. I can't find 1TB ones but the 2TB isn't that much more than the USB 3.0 models you mention http://www.pp.co.nz/products.php?pp_id=AA22179
Actually I did find a few on pricespy but not from any retailers I'm familiar with and not really that cheap.

08-05-2013, 06:13 PM
I wouldn't mind a 2TB but there aren't any in 2.5", I don't want a desktop sized HDD, just the portable USB powered one.

08-05-2013, 06:25 PM
I wouldn't mind a 2TB but there aren't any in 2.5", I don't want a desktop sized HDD, just the portable USB powered one.Errrrrrrrrr yeah there are. An example from Ascent 2 TB USB powered USB drive 2.5" (http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=412572) All they are is basically a Laptop HDD in a case with a USB connection :)

08-05-2013, 06:27 PM
whoa $255, I'm not that desperate. I'd prefer the WD Elements as they're the best value for money.

08-05-2013, 06:36 PM
Looking at the suppliers site, elements only go to 1 TB


Looking at the price between the elements and Passport, the passport are only roughly $20 more ( 1 TB size)

08-05-2013, 06:44 PM
still $50 more than a 3.0 elements, yet all I want is the inferior 2.0 one. I'll keep looking for a cheaper one.

08-05-2013, 06:53 PM
The USB3 are backward compatible with USB2.

Be careful buying "cheap" they are cheap because they are crap usually, get what you pay for and often fail due to poor quality.

08-05-2013, 06:55 PM
like I said the 3.0 elements isn't compatible with my TV even if it is compatible with 2.0, so I specifically want a 1TB WD Elements in 2.5" USB 2.0 and nothing else.

08-05-2013, 07:02 PM
So the problem is the TV not the drives :D

08-05-2013, 07:05 PM
yes I confirmed that in my 2nd post, enough.

08-05-2013, 08:04 PM
You can always look at Transcend StoreJet , they do 2.5" USB 2 ---- 500GB and 1TB to quote the specs "High-speed USB 2.0 compliant and backwards compatible with USB 1.1 "

If they don't work nothing will. And they are slightly cheaper than Western Digital.

Note: Transcend StoreJet have two version USB2 or USB3