I got my first USB 3.0 drive yesterday, a Western Digital “Elements” 1 TB 2.5-inch model. The Toshiba 640 gig that I brought along started making some weird noises, so I figured I’d better be safe than sorry. I’ve been transferring files over to the WD and so far, so good. Note that the USB 3.0 interface probably doesn’t make much difference for this type of drive, which is probably a 5400 RPM model.
The model is WDBPCK0010BBK-PESN, which appears to be an Australian version and varies slightly from the WDBPCK0010BBK-NESN offering on Amazon.com. The Amazon model is also called WD Elements “SE”. Maybe there’s a faster drive in that one.
I paid HKD$880, or about USD$113. Not too bad, and it has a 3 year warranty as well!
Overall, I’m happy with my purchase.