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WD® external hard drives are an excellent way to store and transport all your music, videos, pictures, and other important files. Portable drives such as WD Elements are available in a variety of speeds and storage capacities. Staples® carries quality external hard drives that come with useful features and in various colors.

Choosing a WD External Hard Drive for Performance
Consider a drive with higher revolutions per minute (RPMs) for the fastest data transfers. RPMs are how fast the disc inside the drive spins. The two most common speeds for non-enterprise use are 5400 and 7200 RPMs. Another factor that increases transfer rates is the cache size. This part of the drive acts as a temporary storage area for the files you accessed most recently. When transferring large amounts of data between devices, the cache aids the drive in moving blocks of data around. These buffer sizes are available in 8 MB to 128 MB of space.

Connecting Your WD External Hard Drive to Another Device
A portable drive is a superb solution for working with computers, tablets, and Android phones that lack enough storage for your needs. With the 2.0 and 3.0 USB connections, they connect to any recent device that has a USB plug. Use a 2.0 USB for older devices and a 3.0 USB for newer ones. Some drives include a Wi-Fi adapter that lets you access data wirelessly. DVRs and video gaming systems also work with the drives. Most drives are plug-and-play with Microsoft Windows 7, 8.1, and 10. Apple operating systems need reformatting to run.

What Are the Different Capacities for WD External Hard Drives?
WD Elements are available in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities for portable models and up to 5TB capacities in desktop versions. A 500GB drive can hold up to 8,500 hours of music, 155,000 photos, 20 hours of video, or 250 hours of high-definition movies. For plenty of space, a WD 2TB external hard drive stores 2,000 hours of standard definition video, 34,000 hours of music, 1,000 hours of high-definition movies, or 620,000 quality photos.

How Durable Are WD External Hard Drives?
External hard drives withstand regular use and have tougher cases to protect the delicate disc. If you need more protection for the portable drive, consider a rugged drive that offers a thicker case. Also, some brands offer water- and drop-resistant drives.

What Are the Dimensions of WD External Hard Drives?
Most drives are small and can fit into a handbag, business bag or carry-on case. Rugged drives are slightly larger to accommodate the extra protection. Desktop models are larger still as they don't need to be as compact as a portable one. Portable WD elements drives are available as small as 3.2 x 4.4 x 0.6 inches.

Do WD External Hard Drives Offer Password Protection?
Most brands offer software that includes password protection to keep your files secure. A 256-bit AES encryption keeps data safe from other types of intrusions. The software also lets you add a message to the password screen with your name, address, or a phone number to return the drive if it's found.