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I recently bought a WD Elements 1.5TB USB 3.0 from a friend, as I needed a small (pocket) external drive for college.

I bought it unused/sealed, and registered it on WD's site for Warranty. One thing I noticed, is when moving files, the highest I've seen using USB 3.0 is ~85MB/s. Is that normal speeds for these drives?

I was expecting ~125MB/s like my other external USB 3.0 drive(Toshiba Canvio 1.5TB). I tried googling for reviews of this drive, but can't seem to find information about it, is it a bad drive? Why can't I find reviews from this one? frown.gif
    
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With USB 2.0, nearly all drives were being limited to around 30 MB/s by that. With 3.0, it's the other way around.
If your drive is powered by a USB cable alone with no external power plug, it's probably a low-energy/low-performance drive.

Run a benchmark on it, typical copy/paste file transfers are a pretty bad way to measure drive performance unless you're doing the same files to multiple drives and seeing which finishes first.
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I recently bought a WD Elements 1.5TB USB 3.0 from a friend, as I needed a small (pocket) external drive for college.

I bought it unused/sealed, and registered it on WD's site for Warranty. One thing I noticed, is when moving files, the highest I've seen using USB 3.0 is ~85MB/s. Is that normal speeds for these drives?

I was expecting ~125MB/s like my other external USB 3.0 drive(Toshiba Canvio 1.5TB). I tried googling for reviews of this drive, but can't seem to find information about it, is it a bad drive? Why can't I find reviews from this one? frown.gif

That seems like normal speed for WD portable HDD's. That's around what I get for my WD Passports (basically fancier version of the Elements). Those are the latest in the Elements and was just released recently that's why there haven't been many reviews.
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