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WD My Passport Essential 500 GB USB 3.0/2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Midnight Black)

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  • Dual USB 30 and USB 20 compatibility
  • Connectivity today; speed tomorrow
  • Up to 3x faster transfer rates with USB 30
  • Automatic, continuous backup
  • Hardware encryption, password protection

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Technical details

Color: Midnight black
  • Brand Name: Western Digital
  • Model Number: WDBACY5000ABK-NESN
  • Disk Size: 500 GB
  • Hardware Platform: PC, Mac
  • Hard Disk Description: portable
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Product description

Color:Midnight black

Product Description

Put your digital life on the stylishly small my passport essential portable hard drive. with wd quality and usb 3.0 and usb 2.0 connectivity, this drive is designed for today with tomorrow in mind. visual backup software and password protection with hardware encryption ensure your data is protected. lightweight and easy to carry, this drive is ideal for fast storage to go.

From the Manufacturer

My Passport Essential – Next generation storage to go.

Put your digital life on the stylishly small My Passport® Essential™ portable hard drive. With WD quality and USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connectivity, this drive is designed for today with tomorrow in mind.

WD quality inside and out
My Passport portable drives are the world's best selling drives. There's a reason. We've been making hard drives for 20 years and we know how to protect your data.
WD My Passport Essential - Quality
USB 3.0 plus USB 2.0
A single drive with universal compatibility today and next-generation speed for tomorrow. Use it with USB 2.0 now and step up to USB 3.0 speed when you're ready.
WD My Passport Essential USB 3.0
Ultra-small portable drive
Lightweight, stylish and easy to carry, this drive is powered directly from the USB port on your PC. No separate power supply is needed.
WD My Passport Essential - Ultra-portable
Features at a glance

  • Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
  • Up to 3x faster transfer rates with USB 3.0
  • Automatic, continuous backup
  • Password protection and hardware encryption
  • 2-years limited warranty

Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 interface- A single drive with universal compatibility today and next-generation speed for tomorrow. Use it with USB 2.0 now and step up to USB 3.0 speed when you're ready.

My Passport Essential

Up to 3x faster transfer rates - When connected to a USB 3.0 port this drive lets you access and save files up to 3 times faster than USB 2.0. Transfer a 2-hour HD movie in just 5 minutes instead of 13 minutes.*

*Performance may vary based on user's hardware and system configuration.

WD quality inside and out - For over 20 years, millions of people worldwide have trusted their data to WD hard drives. We are successful because we understand the importance of your data and our first concern is keeping that data safe.

WD SmartWare™ software - You're in control of your backup. Install all the features, select just the components you need, or if you prefer, choose not to use the software at all.

Automatic, continuous backup - Works quietly in the background to protect your data using minimal PC resources. Whenever you add or change a file it's instantly backed up.

Password protection for privacy - Gain peace of mind knowing that your data is protected from unauthorized access with password protection and encryption.

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

Planet friendly - We designed a small box that uses recycled material and minimizes waste. We encourage you to recycle it.

WD My Passport Essential Box

Ideal for

  • Connecting with your USB 2.0 port today and using with USB 3.0 when you're ready
  • Transferring files up to three times faster when connected to a USB 3.0 port
  • Protecting your data with automatic, continuous backup
  • Adding extra storage space for photos, videos and music
  • Securing private or sensitive data with password protection and hardware encryption

What's in the box
Portable hard drive, USB cable, WD SmartWare software, Quick Install Guide.

Compatibility
Formatted NTFS
Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows 7
Mac OS® X Leopard®, Snow Leopard™ (requires reformatting and will work in USB 2.- mode)
Note: Compatibility may vary depending on user's hardware configuration and operating system.

 


Portable Storage
Comparison Chart
My Passport Essential My Passport Essential SE My Passport Elite My Passport for Mac My Passport SE for Mac My Passport Studio
Next generation storage to go.
Next generation high-capacity storage to go.
Premium backup and storage.
Smaller, smarter, Mac-ready.
Maximum capacity for your Mac.
Pure performance for Mac.
 
Interface
USB 3.0, USB 2.0
USB 3.0, USB 2.0
USB 2.0
USB 2.0
USB 2.0
FireWire 400/800, USB 2.0
 
Capacity range
250 GB - 640 GB
750 GB and 1 TB
250 GB - 640 GB
250 GB - 640 GB
1 TB
320 GB - 640 GB
 
WD SmartWare
 
Automatic backup
 
Password protection
and hardware encryption
 
Ultra-portable form factor
     
 
Capacity gauge
       
 
E-label
         
 
USB dock
         
 
Highest capacity
       


Product information

Color:Midnight black

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