- Brand Name: Western Digital
- Model Number: WDBAAA6400ABK-NESN
- Hard Disk Size: 640 GB
- Hard Disk Description: Portable
- Item Display Weight: 0.27 Kilograms
WD My Passport Essential 640 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Midnight Black)
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- Automatic, continuous backup
- Password protection and 256-bit encryption
- Visual backup control center
- USB 2.0 interface
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This unit with its WD SmartWare solution is different: very different. Different enough to ruin the day for many people who find that they have something they don't want - an automatic backup system. Thus, this unit must be reviewed from two very different perspectives. One as a standalone backup system - and the other as a standalone external drive.
Essentially (pun intended), Western Digital blew it on this product line. I guess some MBAs decided that people wanted a plug-n-play backup system. Maybe some people do. But they sure don't make it clear on the box that when you plug this puppy in, it is very insistent on installing its backup software. And there is as virtual CD that pops up and pops up and pops up and pops up: you seemingly can't get rid of it.
As delivered - unless you want a simple backup system - this My Passport model is bad news. Western Digital got the message after the marketplace blasted it with reviews running from bad to awful. They finally introduced some software that would update the firmware and suppress the virtual CD function.Read more ›
My Samsung cell phone has it and it's used on some bluetooth headset chargers. The advantage is it allows a slimmer product and is supposed to provide a more secure connection. But WD should disclose that they've switched to this new cable.
** Update ** After trying out this drive I decided not to buy it (and bought a Toshiba drive instead). The micro USB connector worked fine and was secure. Perhaps WD fixed this. The drive itself is a marvel -- tiny and very light.
But that Virtual CD and the software is a showstopper. What was WD thinking? They listened to the complaints and now have downloads on their website to disable it. But the 700 MB software can't be deleted from the drive.
Experienced users already have a backup solution and don't need this software. Less technical users (like the one whose drive I tried out) are completely confused by the virtual CD dialog box always popping up when plugging in the drive and don't know how to disable it (a complicated process requiring first updating the drive firmware then updating the software).
Amazon now allows me to change my stars rating, so I'm decreasing it from 4 stars to 3 stars. WD has needlessly complicated their very good drives. Instead I bought a Toshiba, a very good USB drive with none of the WD problems. For more details, see my review on this drive.
1. The cable is horrible. It disconnects and/or pulls out easily. They previous models with the standard USB cable were perfect. These are the opposite of perfect.
2. Even worse is the process to "install" the disk drive EVERY time you plug it in. I reformatted the disk to wipe everything from it, hoping that it would turn into a standard USB external disk drive. No luck.
Since I had other WD Passport drives (previous model) that were all excellent, I didn't give this much thought. I just bought it. I even tossed packaging away, being so sure it would be fine. Now we will see if Amazon will take this back with no packaging...
If you want the poster child for how to "update" a very good product into something that is virtually unusable, this would be it.
- Very small footprint
- Extremely lightweight
- Beautiful finish
- Glossy finish is a fingerprint magnet (a questionable design decision for something users will handle frequently)
- Fragile USB connector breaks connection at the slightest touch
- Hardware-hidden, unremovable partition containing SES software
A tiny portion of the drive's usable space has been set aside for the onboard backup and encryption software (SES). Wouldn't be a problem if we could just wipe out this partition, but it's hidden via the drive's firmware, therefore inaccessible; it can never be removed or deleted.
Windows will detect this secret partition as a new virtual CD-ROM device every single time you plug in the drive, and pester you with the "Found New Hardware" wizard, unless you install the unwanted drivers (unforgivable just on principle, to say nothing of contributing another layer of useless drivers to the house of cards we call Windows).
Contrary to a previous reviewer's comments, removing the drive letter of the virtual CD-ROM drive does not eliminate the wizard pestering. (Windows doesn't care if the virtual device has a drive letter or not; it simply recognizes the new device each time the drive comes alive and doesn't know what to do with it, hence the nagging.)
A tolerable drive for grandma or the kids, but an abomination for the rest of us who know better. Mine's going back, hopefully to find new life as something more useful, like a hockey puck.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Works well, except that it is too sensitive, sometimes even if you touch it gently, it may get disconnected.Published 14 days ago by TH
its is a nice size of storage and small enough to take with you. it works well and is very easy to usePublished 1 month ago by Mr. Diggler
I've had it since 2010 (now is 2016), and it works just perfectly. Love it.Published 3 months ago by May Yaz
It's great! Now everything's hooked up and I don't have to switch out my devices. And it was easy to do for this computer illiterate senior citizen.Published 4 months ago by Del W. Gardner
This drive is very unreliable. I don't use it very much and had to reformat it three different times. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alan Darge
Worked well for some time but the usb connector port broke not too long into owning this unit, rendering the drive totally useless without buying a new housing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Brian Z.