57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Case, hope I never have to test it's ruggedness.
I bought this and a Western Digital My Passport 2 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive -WDBY8L0020BBKNESN (Black). While I was waiting for my drive and case to arrive, I read on the WD site that the drive was not compatible with the 2 TB drive since it was thicker.
To my surprise, the case has two removable spacers with some rubber fingers on them. You can snap out the...
Published 17 months ago by scott
30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Integrated cable carrier?
It's well built. It's even kind of interesting as an object. I have a 2TB USB 3 My Passport drive and it fits just fine. I'm curious why there isn't an integrated cable carrier incorporated in the case. Unless there's a hidden compartment I haven't found yet... It's already fairly large and heavy so I don't imagine these were design concerns. It's a little silly to...
Published 16 months ago by S. Gabbay
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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Case, hope I never have to test it's ruggedness.,
This review is from: WD Nomad Rugged Case (Personal Computers)I bought this and a Western Digital My Passport 2 TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive -WDBY8L0020BBKNESN (Black). While I was waiting for my drive and case to arrive, I read on the WD site that the drive was not compatible with the 2 TB drive since it was thicker.
To my surprise, the case has two removable spacers with some rubber fingers on them. You can snap out the spacers and re-apply the rubber fingers, over the location where the spacers were installed. The drive will fit in the case and close with minimal effort. It does not feel like you are forcing it and if it were any easier to close, the drive would be lose and I would be concerned it would bounce around if it were to fall.
30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Integrated cable carrier?,
This review is from: WD Nomad Rugged Case (Personal Computers)It's well built. It's even kind of interesting as an object. I have a 2TB USB 3 My Passport drive and it fits just fine. I'm curious why there isn't an integrated cable carrier incorporated in the case. Unless there's a hidden compartment I haven't found yet... It's already fairly large and heavy so I don't imagine these were design concerns. It's a little silly to have a loose cable to deal with when it could easily be incorporated in the case.
54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best case IMO,
This review is from: WD Nomad Rugged Case (Personal Computers)A word to the wise....these cases sell quick I bought one from the last batch not more then a week ago and they are already out of stock again so stalk this product because it really is worth it. Now to the review. This is by far the best case available for this brand of hard drives. It also is reasonably priced especially with amazons discounts. This fits all of the my passport drives even up to the 1tb version that I currently have in the case. It fits perfectly snug and you wont be disappointed with the quality of the case. WARNING DONT PLAN ON USING THIS CASE FOR MULTIPLE DRIVES UNLESS THEY ARE THE SAME SIZE. The only major complaint I have with this case is the little rubber bumpers on the inside of the lid. Because there are two different sizes for drives that fit in this case they allow for the difference with this bumpers and the directions are not very great. FIRST, when you take it out of the package it is set up already to fit the smaller form factor drives. IF you have one of the 1tb drives or one of that same size but i think that is the only one, you have to pop out the bumpers already installed and PUT THEM TO THE SIDE AND LEAVE THEM ALONE. NEXT peel off the stickers on the other two bumpers and stick them to where the others were without replacing the things you popped out. So all your doing is popping the old ones out sitting them to the side and sticking the new ones where the old ones were. DO NOT peel the bumpers off the hard plastic you pop off. SO after you switch to the larger drives you can always go back to the smaller ones but this with cause you to remove the bumpers for the larger drives which will obviously make them lose there sticky which renders them useless.
I figured this out and I just wanted to warn everyone else to not buy this for more then one size drive. I know the description might make it seem like this is universally compatible with all sizes which it is but with the catch I mentioned above. Thats about it, thanks for reading.
39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great rugged case.,
This review is from: WD Nomad Rugged Case (Personal Computers)At work we deal with huge data files that we need to take offsite or mail to clients. The only way to quickly move this large amount of data around is on External Hard Drives. Over the years we have had some issues when thru rough handling or the hard drives being dropped they became damaged and stopped working. So, I am always on the lookout for a good priced case that provides top protection. I think these are the first I am completely satisfied with.
The case is about the same size as other External Hard Drive cases I have dealt with but a little heavier. Our WD Passport Essential's hard drive fit snug in the case, in fact it fits so well you might have trouble getting it out easily once in the case. One nice thing about this case is that there is an opening on the bottom for the USB cable to plug into the drive, so once you put a drive in the case you really don't ever have to take it out again.
I played around with it a little to test how much protection it really provides. We had some old Western Digital Passport Drives to play around with, so I put them in the case and dropped them from different heights. Anything dropped from 5 feet worked fine, even dropped them from around 8 feet and 2 of the 3 worked fine afterwards. So, I'm very happy with the level of protection the case offered, plus they are water and dust resistant.
Only bad thing I have experienced so far is there is no room for a USB cable in the case or ability to attach to case externally.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Western Digital WD Nomad Rugged Case,
This review is from: WD Nomad Rugged Case (Personal Computers)I very much enjoy this case. I feel much more comfortable letting the airlines gate-check my bag now that my HD is in this majorly rugged case.
I wish the USB cable was somehow integrated into the case so that I wouldn't have to open up a small rubber flap & compromise the seal, but compared to what else is available this case is fantastic.
Another want would be the ability to attach the cable to either the outside or the inside of the case. For now expect to find a place for the included cable as well.
About three months later and this case (and my hard drive) are still going strong. The case hasn't suffered any major damage although the textured paint on the top (The beveled area surrounding the WD Logo) has suffered a scratch. Between now and the first review, this drive as accompanied me on 20+ flights (Some quite turbulent) and about 75% of those where I had to gate-check the bag this case & drive was in. HD Tune health checks of the drive come up normal and the SMART information reports nothing abnormal. I did have one experience where this case/drive was connected to one of the front panel ports on my mid-tower while I though it was a good idea to reach "through" it to get to the rear of the case. This made the drive/case drop 2.5 to 3ft to the ground while plugged in, powered and spinning. My heart sunk into my stomach and I immediately pulled the USB 3.0 cable from the port.
Now if you're even moderately knowledgeable about how a hard disk works (Look it up, it's quite interesting, try [...] an impact like that while the platters are spinning can be a VERY costly mistake. My opinion is that the case cushioned the impact and saved the drive. Multiple read and write tests and a few benchmarks later, the drive reports everything as normal. I've had other external and internal drives bite the dust after an impact like that, so I am extremely glad that the case was part of the equation.
All in all, I'm extremely satisfied with this case and glad that I had the foresight to purchase it (At a negligible cost, comparatively) when buying the drive it protects. I know that when I step off the airplane and arrive at my customer's site that my hard drive will be working and intact with all of my files ready and waiting.
54 of 66 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Production, but one huge oversight,
This review is from: WD Nomad Rugged Case (Personal Computers)This is a great product and definitely protects the Western Digital My Passport Drive as advertised. However, the designer of this case made one huge oversight (in my opinion) - they left absolutely no room to include the USB cable. My goal for a carrying case like this is so that I can take my drive and my cable, in one case, and commute between my home office and my work office. I just want to pick up the case and hit the road - but I now have to also remember to get the cable, put it in my pocket, and also pick up the case and go. I know it's a small thing, but to me this is a huge oversight.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fits for the 2tb My Passport!,
This review is from: WD Nomad Rugged Case (Personal Computers)For all of those wondering: while the case isn't designed to fit for the My Passport 2TB, it fits perfectly. Just be sure you switch out the inside stickers with the ones they provide to make it fit better. Anyway, I love this case. While the price was a little steep, I needed something that could handle my on-the-go video editing lifestyle without my having to worry about protecting my data. Quality construction.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BE AWARE: IT DOESN'T FIT THE MY PASSPORT 2TB HARD DRIVE!,
This review is from: WD Nomad Rugged Case (Personal Computers)The case is top notch, no doubt about it, but it doesn't fit the 2Tb hard drives, believe me!
Ahhhhh, and there's no space for the usb cable!
Had to buy another case, so...
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works for 2TB WD My Passport!,
This review is from: WD Nomad Rugged Case (Personal Computers)This case is great!! It is really sturdy and offers plenty of protection for WD My Passport hard drives.
Although the instructions say it is not compatible with 2TB models, the case fits my 2TB drive (WDBY8L...) perfectly. The 2TB and 1TB HDD are the same thickness -- only the 2TB is slightly taller. This case actually appears to be custom fit for the 2TB size -- a shorter HDD would have a bit of play which I think would be less protective.
Also, for the thicker drives, you have to swap out the bumper pads with the shallower set of bumpers that come with it. The instructions are really unclear on how to do this (since it only shows a picture). From the instructions it would appear that you have to peel off the installed set of bumpers. But don't do this! You actually have to pry off the plastic piece that the installed set of bumpers are stuck to. This is easily done with a screw driver, but it wasn't obvious that this is what you had to do. I actually had to call their customer support to figure that out.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware! Read the fine print as to this case's compatibility with your My Passport hard drive.,
This review is from: WD Nomad Rugged Case (Personal Computers)If there is any confusion over whether the WD My Passport 2TB portable hard drive is compatible with the WD Nomad Case, I wish to set the record straight. IT IS NOT! That is, not without modifications.The case comes with two sets of rubber bumper strips (6mm and 7mm depending on your model and neither of which apply to the 2TB My Passport). These strips adhere to the inside of the closing lid of the case serving as a bumper to secure your Passport inside the case and provide shock absorption. Even with the thinner of these strips installed, the lid of the case will not close properly over the 2 TB model. One must put excessive pressure on the enclosed drive in closing the case. Using a pair of nail clippers I was able to snip down the five small "baffles" that are part of each bumper strip, allowing the case to close comfortably over the My Passport 2 TB model. But fair warning, such modifications MAY compromise the shock absorbing qualities of the case itself, as these bumpers provide damping protection to the drive if dropped. I'll live with this compromise as I have little intention of tossing this thing about. However, I feel less confident about the protection of the My Passport 2TB should it be dropped, accidentally or otherwise. One should probably look elsewhere for a better fitting protective case for the 2TB model.
To Western Digital's and Amazons credit, the advertisement for the WD Nomad case clearly states which models the case is compatible. To the discredit of the various postings here which state that the case is compatible with the 2TB model, the reader is being misinformed. I purchased the Nomad case based on these user reviews. Oh well, a misjudgment on my part. Stupid me. Don't make the same mistake.
Otherwise, five stars are awarded to the WD Nomad, because with the proper application, this case is obviously well designed, made of high-quality materials, and should provide excellent protection to your My Passport drive without making compromising modifications.
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