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Passport Essential 2.5" 320GB USB Hard Drive

4.5 out of 5 stars 465 customer reviews

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  • Box Contents - My Passport Essential 320GB Portable USB Hard Drive, USB 2.0 cable, Quick Install guide
  • 320GB Hard Drive Capacity
  • Installation is a snap because you don't really install this drive; you just plug it in and it's ready to use.
  • Powered by the USB bus. No separate power supply is needed
  • This ultra-portable drive fits easily in your pocket or purse, weighs only a few ounces, and holds tons of valuable data

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Product Description

These elegant portable drives are simple to use, light and easy to carry, and require no power adapter -- they are powered directly through the USB cable. Pack up your office files and take them home. Carry thousands of songs or pictures. Synchronize files between home and office and encrypt everything on the drive for added security. WD Sync synchronization and encryption software lets you take your critical data with you. Plug My Passport into any PC, edit files, read e-mail, and view photos. Then sync all of your changes back to your home or office computer. Your data is protected with 128-bit encryption (Windows only). Perfect for the business traveler who needs to transfer large amounts of data from laptop to clients or just daily backups in case of accidents from mishandled luggage to coffee spills. Also comes in handy if your worried about laptop theft and someone else having access to your important data, you can store it on this portable encrypted drive instead. For all those precious pictures, videos, music and data files, getting this external hard drive is a must have. WD Sync synchronization and encryption software lets you save your critical data and take it with you. Plug your drive into any PC, edit files, read e-mail, and view photos. Then sync all of your changes back to your home or office computer (Windows only) Search your drive, manage your photos, and simplify Web searches with included Google software (Windows only) Up to 480Mb/sec Bus Transfer Rate with USB 2.0 System Requirements - Windows 2000/XP/Vista, Mac OS X (10.1.5 or later), Available USB port Approximate Unit Dimensions - 0.59 (H) x 4.96 (L) x 3.14 (W) Approximate Unit Weight - 0.23lb

From the Manufacturer

These elegant portable drives are simple to use, light and easy to carry, and require no power adapter -- they are powered directly through the USB cable.* Works with Windows® and Mac®. Synchronize files between home and office and encrypt everything on the drive for added security.

Key Features

Sleek and colorful - This beautiful portable drive, available in eleven eye-catching colors, is light and easy to carry and fits smoothly in your hand or pocket.

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

Synchronized and secure - Plug My Passport into any PC, edit files, read e-mail, and view photos. Then sync all of your changes back to your home or office computer. Your data is protected with 128-bit encryption. (Windows only)

Compatible - Use with Windows® and Macintosh® computers

Includes Google™ software - Search your drive, manage your photos, and simplify Web searches with included Google software. (Windows only)

* An optional cable is available for the few computers that limit power from the USB port.



Ideal For
  • Storing or backing up your digital music, videos and photos.
  • Carrying important files and e-mail between work and home or on the road and keeping them in sync.
  • Sharing large files between office and home, between PC and Mac.
  • Pick from multiple colors to express your unique style.
System Requirements

Windows
  • Available USB port
  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista™
Macintosh
  • Available USB port
  • Mac® OS X 10.4.11+

    Compatibility may vary depending on user's hardware configuration and operating system.

Package Contents
  • My Passport Essential portable hard drive
  • USB 2.0 cable
  • Quick Install Guide
Which external drive interface is the right choice: USB, FireWire, eSATA, or Gigabit Ethernet? The right choice depends on compatibility with your computer and how you want to use your device. First, look at the connections on your computer.
interface
Note: For convenience and flexibility, choose a WD hard drive with both USB and FireWire interfaces
(available in dual and triple interface configurations) or with both USB and eSATA interfaces.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 3.1 x 5 x 0.6 inches
Item Weight 3.7 ounces
Shipping Weight 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer Western Digital
ASIN B0012GQZZU
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Item model number WDME3200TN
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 stars 465 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,302 in Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > External Hard Drives
Date first available at Amazon.com January 10, 2008

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By Mark #1 HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 7, 2008
The Western Digital My Passport Essential 320GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive (Midnight Black) is the largest capacity in the portable essentials line-up. This comes in a variety of colors including Pink, Real Red, Artic White and Intense Blue. They say that this is the update to the regular Western Digital 320 GB Passport Hard Drive and I own both of them. In fact I also own many other portable hard drives in the Western Digital passport lineup and so far I couldn't be happier. All of these are great for mobile backups of data, though slower to copy large backups than their A/C powered MyBook big-brothers.

Some will be considering the Western Digital My Passport Essential 250GB and the Western Digital My Passport Essential 160 GB sizes of these drives. I started with the 160 GB and have owned multiple versions in all sizes, and capacity aside these drives are basically the same.
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This product is indeed excellent for its intended purpose, other than the data transfer rate. I realized that this review is listed as most helpful *critical* review. Although I urge the manufacturer to improve the data transfer rate to match that achieved by some competitors, I don't mean to discourage potential buyers.

One improvement made compared to an older version of Passport is that this drive spins down during inactivity. The previous ones (mine is 120GB in silver color case) didn't spin down, even when the host computer was in the sleep mode. Another improvement is the power requirement. This product worked fine with a MacBook on a single USB port, even when the Macbook is operated on the battery, not the AC power.

For Mac users, like any external hard drive, I recommend to format this drive in MacOS Extended filesystem with journaling option. You can do this with Disk Utility of MacOS X, found in /Applications/Utilities.

Between the old 120GB model (silver) and this 320GB model (Passport Essential series), I also noticed that this model is slightly smaller and thinner. Sure, it is easier to slide into a briefcase, but I will have to see how well it takes the normal shocks from daily transportation.

Now, the data transfer rate issue.

This drive ships formatted in FAT32. In that format, I get a benchmark of 16.8MB/s transfer rate when I write a single 2.0GB file into this drive. I formatted this disk in MacOS Extended (Journaled), which is a lot more modern file system, and run the identical benchmark. The result is 18.0MB/s. Both of the tests were performed when the drive is empty (hard drive slows down when the filesystem is nearing full capacity).
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As I had just spent hours transferring about 300GB of Data into the new drive, It just stopped working and stopped being recognized by both my MacBook, which is brand new, and my PC. Ok, this stuff happens from time to time, but Western Digital has by far the worst customer service I have ever experienced as an owner of tons of different electronics. After bugging me on the phone for about an hour with stupid questions and requests (plug it and try this and that, etc...), they finally accepted the obvious fact that the product was defective, and told me to ship it to them AT MY OWN expense to send me back a REFURBISHED one. Conclusion, I ended up paying more than the cost of a new drive and ended up with a refurbished one. It works fine but I will question the reliability every time I use it and ended up keeping my old (non-portable) hard drive as a back up of my back up. Rock on, WD!
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-software package prevents me from giving this a 5 star review.

The drive comes in a shiny black plastic case which appears to be very vulnerable to scratches. The drive has a small connectivity/activity LED light at the back of the unit so you can tell if it is on and functioning. Included with the drive is a couple of nearly useless programs. Seagate's Free agent software included with their drive is a bit more useful then this although if you are really serious about backing up your system you will need to invest in some decent backup and imaging software like Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image.

The drive is Formated FAT32 which really won't do this day and age. This will limit the max file size to 4 GB. The very first thing that I needed to do was format the drive to NTFS. This allowed me to comfortably backup my laptop using Norton Ghost without worrying about file size limitations. Ok lets move to the pros and cons

Pros- This hard drive provides a great deal of space and is very quiet. It is very lightweight and compact. USB powered is a nice plus. Overall a very nice piece of hardware.

Cons- Poor software package with drive. Does anyone really use this stuff? Small USB cable. Scratchable plastic case. A front mounted LED conectivity/activity light would have been nice. The rear mount light is just awkward to use.

With the right backup software this is great for backing up your laptop!
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