WD My Passport Essential 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Midnight Black)
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- Several colors to choose from including Black, Pacific Blue, Real Red, Cool Silver
- USB 2.0 interface
- Visual backup control center
- Automatic, continuous backup
- Password protection and 256-bit encryption
- Automatic, continuous backup
- Visual backup control center
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This item WD My Passport Essential 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Midnight Black)
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|Digital Storage Capacity||500 GB||1 TB||1 TB||1 TB||500 GB||500 GB|
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|Hard-Drive Size||500 GB||1 TB||1 TB||1 TB||500 GB||500 GB|
|Hardware Connectivity||USB||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0|
|Item Dimensions||3.2 x 4.3 x 0.6 in||3.2 x 4.4 x 0.6 in||0.6 x 4.8 x 3.2 in||3.21 x 4.33 x 0.64 in||3.21 x 4.33 x 0.62 in||3.2 x 4.4 x 0.6 in|
|Item Weight||7.04 ounces||4.8 ounces||6.4 ounces||0.54 lb||—||4.8 ounces|
|Memory Storage Capacity||500 GB||1 TB||1 TB||1 GB||500 GB||500 GB|
|Size||500 GB||1TB||1TB||1TB||500GB||500 GB|
The world’s most popular portable drive is now smaller than ever. And it’s smarter than ever with WD SmartWare data management and backup software that backs up your data automatically and continuously, shows your backup as it happens, and restores lost files effortlessly. Password protection and military-grade, 256-bit hardware-based encryption lets you secure your data. One of the five beautiful colors is just what you need to make you look smart (and very stylish). WD’s smallest portable drive ever - WD is an expert in portable storage, so they designed a smaller, high-quality integrated USB hard drive inside a stylish package. With a variety of fun colors, there’s sure to be one to suit your style.
The world’s most popular portable drive is now smaller than ever. And it’s smarter than ever with automatic, continuous backup software and password protection. Choose your favorite fun color to look smart and stylish.
Our smallest portable ever.
We designed a smaller, high-quality, integrated USB hard drive inside a stylish package. With a variety of fun colors, there's sure to be one to suit your style.
See your life safe in one place.
WD SmartWare software - A visual control center with a single screen view of all your data. From it you can back up, retrieve, and secure your files.
An extra level of security with password protection and 256-bit hardware-based encryption.
Our smallest portable drive ever - We're experts in portable storage, so we designed a smaller, high-quality, integrated USB hard drive inside a stylish package. With a variety of fun colors, there's sure to be one to suit your style.
WD SmartWare™ - A control center for your drive that gives you the power to:
-- Protect your data automatically - Relax, your data is secure. Automatic, continuous backup will instantly make a second copy whenever you add or change a file.
-- See your backup as it happens - Seeing is believing. Visual backup displays your content in categories and shows the progress of your backup.
-- Bring back lost files effortlessly - Retrieve your valuable data to its original location whether you’ve lost all your data or just overwritten an important file.
-- Take control - Customize your backup, set drive security, run diagnostics, manage the power settings, and more from the WD SmartWare control center.
Drive lock - Gain peace of mind knowing that your data is protected from unauthorized access or theft with password protection and 256-bit hardware-based encryption.
Ready to plug-and-play with Windows PC's - if you're a Mac user, check out our Mac version of this product.
USB 2.0 interface - Powered directly from the USB port on your PC. No separate power supply is needed*.
* An optional cable is available for the few computers that limit power from the USB port.
Planet friendly - We designed a small box from recycled materials to minimize waste. We encourage you to recycle it.
- Protecting your data with automatic, continous backup
- Retrieving lost data effortlessly
- Adding extra storage space for photos, videos and music
- Securing private or sensitive data
Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows 7
Mac OS® X Tiger®, Leopard®, Snow Leopard™ (requires reformatting)
Note: Compatibility may vary depending on user's hardware configuration and operating system.
What's in the box
Ultra-portable hard drive, WD SmartWare software, USB cable, Quick Install Guide.
Backup software you'll really use � WD SmartWare
Five great reasons to love it:
1. It's easy - Data backup can be a chore, but it's your family photos, your movies, your music - your life - and it's important to protect it. So we made this software extra easy because we really want you to use it.
2. You can see your life safe in one place -
3. It's always on the job - WD SmartWare is always watching your computer, so when you change a file and save it, create new files, add new pictures, movies, or songs, WD SmartWare will instantly back them up.
4. You can bring back lost files effortlessly - If you ever accidentally delete an important file, or need to get an earlier version of a file, you can find and retrieve it in seconds with this easy-to-use interface.
5. You're in control - WD SmartWare software is also a control center for your external drives. From it you can:
Top customer reviews
1) The included software is incredibly tricky to disable if you don't want to use it. You have to go to WD's website and download new hardware and software drivers. I am relative tech-savvy, but it took me 90 minutes to finally get the drive ready to drag and drop files over to it. I almost gave up..I should have.
2) New mini USB cable is VERY unstable. The slightest touch, and I mean just barely touching the cable while the drive is connected to your USB port, will disconnect the drive from your computer. The problem lies with the mini USB connection where it connects to the drive itself.
I could have lived with reason 1, as I overcame it and my frustrations would have subsided, but reason 2 makes the drive simply unusable. I am returning it to Amazon.
WD management - you are damaging your loyal customer base with this product, and should immediately cease production and remedy these issues. Your stock may be at a 52 week high, but I wonder for how long...
Amazon management - please stop selling this product. Read the overwhelming negative reviews. Save your customers the frustrations, and save yourself the added cost burden of processing returns.
unfortunately i was a victim of false advertising : this is not a plug-and-play drive.
WD, what are you thinking ? When I plug in my hard drive i certainly don't want a CD volume automatically appearing under My Computer in addition to the actual hard drive volume.
Because of this "Virtual CD" nonsense, Windows launches the "New Hardware Assistant" each time I plug in my drive!
Here is what WD has to say about "The Virtual CD" :
"" A small portion of drive space on your new My Passport or My Book hard drive has been used to create a Virtual CD (VCD). The VCD contains the WD SmartWare installation software, the encryption and password protection application, User Manuals, and other resource files. The VCD looks like an actual CD volume and appears on the screen each time you connect your WD drive to the computer.
The VCD is necessary if you wish to install WD SmartWare or if you want to use the encryption and password protection features on the drive. You can disable the VCD following the steps below. The VCD can be re-enabled by running the VCD manager.
But I warn you : the "VCD Manager" that WD offers as a free download is incredibly complex (and in my opinion, risky) to install : in WD's instructions, step one requires you to find and disable a number of programs on your computer, including your anti-virus.
No way I'm going to walk my parents through that over the telephone.
As for the USB jack, I think it is standard micro-USB, the included cord can be used to transfer pictures from a digital camera (tested with a canon).
This product is a big disappointment, especially since last year I had been very happy with two of the older model WD Passport which was a little bigger, more rectangular, had a mini-USB jack instead of micro-USB, and one huge advantage : it did not have the Virtual CD crap (on the old version the bundled software came in a folder on the hard drive volume, maybe WD got tired of everyone deleting it).
Now I'm going to have trouble sending these back in time as I'm overseas and the drives are back home.
Don't know what I'm gonna do with these drives, I read about one way to get around it : "boot using a Windows Install CD, choose the WD Passport as the drive to install to, then delete the partition and reformat it from the install CD, then cancel the CD boot, now you have a clean Passport with nothing on it at all."
Not sure I have a Windows Install CD though.
To conclude, unless you possess the knowledge to run this somehow without the obnoxious software, give it a miss. I'll strongly consider buying the older version of this product, but I have no interest in a replacement of this model.
After a couple months of use (usually left plugged into a desktop pc all the time), the Passport would just disconnect (you'd get write-failure error messages) & it wouldn't connect properly if you unplugged & tried it again. I tried using a "known-good" cable from a friend- as well as a WD Pasport dock. Neither helped. The problem was the micro-USB port on the drive itself. If you moved the drive, stomped the floor hard enough, even blinked wrong, the drive would disconnect. I can't really figure out why WD changed it at all- it's not like the micro-USB is really any smaller than the previous mini-USB, it's certainly a whole bunch less reliable.