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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
- Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
- Up to 3x faster transfer rates with USB 3.0
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- Hardware Platform: PC, Mac
- Hard Disk Description: portable
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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.
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.
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.
Lightweight, stylish and easy to carry, this drive is powered directly from the USB port on your PC. No separate power supply is needed.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
The drive is definitely the smallest 2.5 inch portable drive I have ever seen personally. It was the first USB 3.0 device I have purchased, so discovering new, wider USB 3.0 connector on the drive side was a surprise to me. Please note that that the larger plug on the cable (the one you insert into the computer) is also USB 3.0, but fortunately it fits into any USB socket. If your computer does not have USB 3.0 hardware, you can use regular 'micro-USB' cable to connect: just plug it into the wider of the two sections of the socket in the drive.
First backup with the drive was successful, but lengthy as usual. I'm going to buy USB 3.0 express card for my laptop to speed up the process in the future.
One note about the software that comes with the drive - it is horrible! While my hardware experience with WD drives was OK in the past, their software was always of questionable quality. I decided to give it another try after 3 year break, but I had to uninstall and undo some damage manually pretty quickly. I have requested not to install backup part of the software (I'm using operating system facilities to backup), but the software installed 'shadow copy' and some other resident software on my machine anyway. Later on the software suggested firmware update, but could not detect the drive during update!. The worst offense was the change of drive letters on my machine: I have main hard drive with two partitions, DVD drive and flash drive - WD software stole D: letter drive from my DVD drive and turned it into G: drive. Of course uninstalling the software did not return the correct drive order, so I had to do it myself. Conclusion: DO NOT INSTALL THE SOFTWARE THAT COMES WITH THE DRIVE - only the driver that is required on Windows to avoid pop ups when the drive is connected.
When it arrived I opened the box and retrieved the drive. Having done that, I gently shook the drive to make certain that nothing was loose inside. Then I physically examined it to make certain that the ports were properly fitted and aligned with the outer case. Everything was fine. At that point I inserted the supplied cable's plug into the (new-type) miniature USB port on the drive and inserted the regular USB plug into my computer. Both ends fit easily and perfectly.
As I am using the Ubuntu Linux operating system on my computer, the drive opened instantly. I saw the usual WD backup programs, etc., which are of no use to me and which I immediately removed. (From what I have read, many people do not need or want WD's backup programs. Fortunately, on this drive, they are easy to delete.) The drive now has 465.6 GiB of available space. (My system analyzer shows that 100 MB is being used for "something" but I don't know what it is.Read more ›
Transfer speeds are what you'd expect over USB 2.0 (i.e. average), and the drive is very quiet. I suspect it's a 5400rpm drive inside...
Some things to note:
1.) The device itself is pretty small. Very, very portable.
2.) It has a plastic coating that scratches very easily, sadly.
3.) I don't see an easy way to open the casing to put in a larger drive in the future...
4.) The USB 3.0 cable is different from your normal USB 2.0 cable, but for USB 2.0 use you can use a standard MicroUSB cable, and I tested this to work perfectly. USB 3.0 is MicroUSB + an additional port next to it for USB 3.0 speeds, but you can just use the MicroUSB part for older systems!
Overall, this worked great on my 2009 i7 iMac formatted in HFS, and on Windows 7 formatted as NTFS. No issues with either.
It's a very solid drive so far, the price is reasonable for this new USB 3.0 technology, and I can't find any reasons not to give it 5 out of 5!
So.... 5 stars out of 5!
The drive itself is nicely sized - a little bigger than an iPhone. It feels solid, and it was plug-and-play into my laptop for reformatting. I loaded all my photos on it (it will be used primarily for that) and it was quick and painless.
I'm not a tech guru - I can do the basics and a little more. I appreciate the ease of use for this hard drive, though I do wish the instructions had a LITTLE more to them. For example, how to reformat the drive for use with Mac ;) Otherwise, I would certainly recommend this drive for anyone looking.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This external hard drive works flawlessly and is exactly what I wanted.Published 5 months ago by Michael McNeal
Quit working in less than two years. Durability is a problem I thinkPublished 7 months ago by Ratimo
worked for about 3 months and now it doesn't appear when plugged inPublished 7 months ago by Jeremy B
The bomb! I store MP4 files and music on it. Have had it a while. No issues! Not the fastest external drive but it holds its own. Read morePublished 7 months ago by The Sleepers
I thought I bought the slimmer version of this product that I have already. There is in fact a model that looks exactly the same except it is a few inches less thicker. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Suny