Passport Essential 2.5" 320GB USB Hard Drive
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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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From the Manufacturer
|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.
- 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.
- Available USB port
- Windows 2000/XP/Vista™
- Available USB port
- Mac® OS X 10.4.11+
Compatibility may vary depending on user's hardware configuration and operating system.
- My Passport Essential portable hard drive
- USB 2.0 cable
- Quick Install Guide
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Purchased in 2010 , Reviewing in 2016 : WORKS WITH NO Issues !Published 4 months ago by Vinaykumar Patel
These kinda suck. I've bought no less than 4 and only 1 still works, and only occasionally at that. I'm not the most careful when it comes to my portable hard drives, but these... Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. Garcia
I bought the Western Digital drive in 2008. A few days ago I tried accessing my files and the computer would not recognize it which means I lost all my data. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Khayyam Dawoodi
I bought this passport external drive many years ago, I can't even remember it's been that long. It outlived my first lap top and is still working like a champ. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Windy City Transplant
A durable hard-drive, have been using it for more than 4 years now and no issues, the performance of the drive has remained the same good as ever. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Vinee