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WD My Passport Essential 500 GB USB 3.0/2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Midnight Black)

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  • Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
  • Connectivity today; speed tomorrow
  • Up to 3x faster transfer rates with USB 3.0
  • Automatic, continuous backup
  • Hardware encryption, password protection
  • Dual USB 30 and USB 20 compatibility
  • Up to 3x faster transfer rates with USB 30
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Technical Details

Color: Midnight black
  • Brand Name: Western Digital
  • Model: WDBACY5000ABK-NESN
  • Hard Disk Size: 500 GB
  • Hardware Platform: PC, Mac
  • Hard Disk Description: portable
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Product Details

Color: Midnight black
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 3.2 x 0.6 inches ; 5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0041OSAZS
  • Item model number: WDBACY5000ABK-NESN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (423 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 5, 2010

Product Description

Color: Midnight black

From the Manufacturer

My Passport Essential – Next generation storage to go.

Put your digital life on the stylishly small My Passport® Essential™ portable hard drive. With WD quality and USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connectivity, this drive is designed for today with tomorrow in mind.

WD quality inside and out
My Passport portable drives are the world's best selling drives. There's a reason. We've been making hard drives for 20 years and we know how to protect your data.
WD My Passport Essential - Quality
USB 3.0 plus USB 2.0
A single drive with universal compatibility today and next-generation speed for tomorrow. Use it with USB 2.0 now and step up to USB 3.0 speed when you're ready.
WD My Passport Essential USB 3.0
Ultra-small portable drive
Lightweight, stylish and easy to carry, this drive is powered directly from the USB port on your PC. No separate power supply is needed.
WD My Passport Essential - Ultra-portable
Features at a glance

  • Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
  • Up to 3x faster transfer rates with USB 3.0
  • Automatic, continuous backup
  • Password protection and hardware encryption
  • 2-years limited warranty

Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 interface- A single drive with universal compatibility today and next-generation speed for tomorrow. Use it with USB 2.0 now and step up to USB 3.0 speed when you're ready.

My Passport Essential

Up to 3x faster transfer rates - When connected to a USB 3.0 port this drive lets you access and save files up to 3 times faster than USB 2.0. Transfer a 2-hour HD movie in just 5 minutes instead of 13 minutes.*

*Performance may vary based on user's hardware and system configuration.

WD quality inside and out - For over 20 years, millions of people worldwide have trusted their data to WD hard drives. We are successful because we understand the importance of your data and our first concern is keeping that data safe.

WD SmartWare™ software - You're in control of your backup. Install all the features, select just the components you need, or if you prefer, choose not to use the software at all.

Automatic, continuous backup - Works quietly in the background to protect your data using minimal PC resources. Whenever you add or change a file it's instantly backed up.

Password protection for privacy - Gain peace of mind knowing that your data is protected from unauthorized access with password protection and encryption.

USB-powered - Powered directly from the USB port on your PC. No separate power supply is needed.

Planet friendly - We designed a small box that uses recycled material and minimizes waste. We encourage you to recycle it.

WD My Passport Essential Box

Ideal for

  • Connecting with your USB 2.0 port today and using with USB 3.0 when you're ready
  • Transferring files up to three times faster when connected to a USB 3.0 port
  • Protecting your data with automatic, continuous backup
  • Adding extra storage space for photos, videos and music
  • Securing private or sensitive data with password protection and hardware encryption

What's in the box
Portable hard drive, USB cable, WD SmartWare software, Quick Install Guide.

Compatibility
Formatted NTFS
Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows 7
Mac OS® X Leopard®, Snow Leopard™ (requires reformatting and will work in USB 2.- mode)
Note: Compatibility may vary depending on user's hardware configuration and operating system.

 


Portable Storage
Comparison Chart
My Passport Essential My Passport Essential SE My Passport Elite My Passport for Mac My Passport SE for Mac My Passport Studio
Next generation storage to go.
Next generation high-capacity storage to go.
Premium backup and storage.
Smaller, smarter, Mac-ready.
Maximum capacity for your Mac.
Pure performance for Mac.
 
Interface
USB 3.0, USB 2.0
USB 3.0, USB 2.0
USB 2.0
USB 2.0
USB 2.0
FireWire 400/800, USB 2.0
 
Capacity range
250 GB - 640 GB
750 GB and 1 TB
250 GB - 640 GB
250 GB - 640 GB
1 TB
320 GB - 640 GB
 
WD SmartWare
 
Automatic backup
 
Password protection
and hardware encryption
 
Ultra-portable form factor
     
 
Capacity gauge
       
 
E-label
         
 
USB dock
         
 
Highest capacity
       

Product Description

Put your digital life on the stylishly small my passport essential portable hard drive. with wd quality and usb 3.0 and usb 2.0 connectivity, this drive is designed for today with tomorrow in mind. visual backup software and password protection with hardware encryption ensure your data is protected. lightweight and easy to carry, this drive is ideal for fast storage to go.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Very small and compact.
'BOYEJO Ayo
The one thing you want to know when you buy a hard drive is that you can rely on it - you want to know that you can access your data.
Diana Cioffi
Included backup software that is easy to use.
Bryan Cass

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

120 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Jaroslaw Kaczynski on October 26, 2010
Color Name: Pacific blue
It was time to create fresh backup of my laptop, so I got this blue, 500GB WD drive because it was one of the cheapest and I know the manufacturer (used their products before).
The drive is definitely the smallest 2.5 inch portable drive I have ever seen personally. It was the first USB 3.0 device I have purchased, so discovering new, wider USB 3.0 connector on the drive side was a surprise to me. Please note that that the larger plug on the cable (the one you insert into the computer) is also USB 3.0, but fortunately it fits into any USB socket. If your computer does not have USB 3.0 hardware, you can use regular 'micro-USB' cable to connect: just plug it into the wider of the two sections of the socket in the drive.
First backup with the drive was successful, but lengthy as usual. I'm going to buy USB 3.0 express card for my laptop to speed up the process in the future.
One note about the software that comes with the drive - it is horrible! While my hardware experience with WD drives was OK in the past, their software was always of questionable quality. I decided to give it another try after 3 year break, but I had to uninstall and undo some damage manually pretty quickly. I have requested not to install backup part of the software (I'm using operating system facilities to backup), but the software installed 'shadow copy' and some other resident software on my machine anyway. Later on the software suggested firmware update, but could not detect the drive during update!. The worst offense was the change of drive letters on my machine: I have main hard drive with two partitions, DVD drive and flash drive - WD software stole D: letter drive from my DVD drive and turned it into G: drive. Of course uninstalling the software did not return the correct drive order, so I had to do it myself. Conclusion: DO NOT INSTALL THE SOFTWARE THAT COMES WITH THE DRIVE - only the driver that is required on Windows to avoid pop ups when the drive is connected.
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123 of 136 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence H. Bulk VINE VOICE on October 5, 2010
Color Name: Midnight black Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I recently received this Western Digital My Passport Essential 500 GB USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive WDBACY5000ABK-NESN (Midnight Black) from Amazon Vine and I am very pleased with it. It is the first USB 3.0-capable device I have owned. I am using this, and all of my other external hard drives, as storage units only (in other words, for backing up and storing my document files and folders, my music, my pictures, and my videos, not for backing up the computer itself). It is a nice large portable hard drive, as large or larger in capacity than most laptop computers. It requires no power other than that supplied by the USB port.

When it arrived I opened the box and retrieved the drive. Having done that, I gently shook the drive to make certain that nothing was loose inside. Then I physically examined it to make certain that the ports were properly fitted and aligned with the outer case. Everything was fine. At that point I inserted the supplied cable's plug into the (new-type) miniature USB port on the drive and inserted the regular USB plug into my computer. Both ends fit easily and perfectly.

As I am using the Ubuntu Linux operating system on my computer, the drive opened instantly. I saw the usual WD backup programs, etc., which are of no use to me and which I immediately removed. (From what I have read, many people do not need or want WD's backup programs. Fortunately, on this drive, they are easy to delete.) The drive now has 465.6 GiB of available space. (My system analyzer shows that 100 MB is being used for "something" but I don't know what it is.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By William Grose TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 8, 2010
Color Name: Midnight black Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
While USB 3.0 devices are slow to trickle out into the mainstream, Western Digital has released this 500GB USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) drive that works just as you'd expect it to.

Transfer speeds are what you'd expect over USB 2.0 (i.e. average), and the drive is very quiet. I suspect it's a 5400rpm drive inside...

Some things to note:

1.) The device itself is pretty small. Very, very portable.
2.) It has a plastic coating that scratches very easily, sadly.
3.) I don't see an easy way to open the casing to put in a larger drive in the future...
4.) The USB 3.0 cable is different from your normal USB 2.0 cable, but for USB 2.0 use you can use a standard MicroUSB cable, and I tested this to work perfectly. USB 3.0 is MicroUSB + an additional port next to it for USB 3.0 speeds, but you can just use the MicroUSB part for older systems!

Overall, this worked great on my 2009 i7 iMac formatted in HFS, and on Windows 7 formatted as NTFS. No issues with either.

It's a very solid drive so far, the price is reasonable for this new USB 3.0 technology, and I can't find any reasons not to give it 5 out of 5!

So.... 5 stars out of 5!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Biblioholic Beth VINE VOICE on September 24, 2010
Color Name: Midnight black Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I'm a Mac user, so my first concern was whether or not this would work with Mac. I ordered it on the assumption that other Western Digital external hard-drives did, so this one must also. The description didn't say. Anyway, while it does not right out of the box, and the instructions were almost non-existent, it took about 10 seconds to google it and find quick and easy instructions to reformat the drive.

The drive itself is nicely sized - a little bigger than an iPhone. It feels solid, and it was plug-and-play into my laptop for reformatting. I loaded all my photos on it (it will be used primarily for that) and it was quick and painless.

I'm not a tech guru - I can do the basics and a little more. I appreciate the ease of use for this hard drive, though I do wish the instructions had a LITTLE more to them. For example, how to reformat the drive for use with Mac ;) Otherwise, I would certainly recommend this drive for anyone looking.
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