WD My Passport Essential 160 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Arctic White)
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Pack up your office files and take them home, carry thousands of songs or pictures, and synchronize files between home and office and encrypt everything on the drive for added security. 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.
Top customer reviews
During its more than four years of service, the WD drive has performed flawlessly, writing tens of thousands of files and keeping them secure. It's a remarkable product, considering its size and weight. I've been impressed enough with the drive's performance that I've since bought two more of the WD Passport drives. One of these drives, an identical 500 GB model, has traveled with me on many trips, and even with the abuse that it gets from baggage handlers, driving on rough roads, and assorted mayhem, still works perfectly.
I can highly recommend the WD USB portable drives to anyone who needs additional hard disk space for their PC, and with its portability, it makes a great back up drive.
This drive is still hanging in there! I'm impressed! I don't use it as much anymore because it is a little small in size compared to the drives that have come out since this one was sold in stores. But it's still reliable after almost 8 years, and for this I'm bumping it up to five stars!
This drive has served me well mostly as a music storage HDD. It still works after 5 years of use and regular playback of music even packed to its max with data this drive has not failed. I have used it as a file transfer drive numerous times too, and though it is somewhat slow in comparison to today's hard drive speeds, it has at least been reliable. I have had other drives of the same brand for long periods of time without a single on failing.
Reliable, purchased mid 2009 still works end of 2014
Portable, particularly slim for a 500 GB (when I purchased it)
Not power hungry, useful if using battery power on laptop
Came with carrying case, which I found more useful for other things
Great for long term storage, especially music storage and playback
Strong connections with cables
Slow, this drive is great for reliable storage, but bad for high speed transfers.
The black finish scratches easily, but that's what the case is for!
I have never dropped this drive so I cannot say how fragile it is
In 2014 USB 2 is too slow and so is this drive but it still makes a nice portable back-up
Awesome quality for the price I bought it for back in '09 in comparison to other drives around that time, but if I were to buy again I would think to get a larger HHD size, or something solid state just for the durability.
I'll write another review if and when this drive fails.