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About this product
- Product DescriptionThese 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. Works with Windows and Macintosh.
- BrandWestern Digital
- ModelMy Passport Essential
- Buffer Size2MB
- Spindle Speed7200RPM
- InterfaceUSB 2.0
- External Data Transfer Rate60Mbps
- Height0.59 in.
- Width3.13 in.
- Depth4.97 in.
- Weight0.4 lbs
Most relevant reviews
- fer_par2008May 06, 2011by
A great deal, an excellent product but it needs to be more hits resistent.
This is not my first Western Digital My Passport external hard drive. I've already owned another ones in the past. My criterion is that this is a very useful hard drive to store and backup your valuable information. It is also very easy to carry out and storage. I definetively recommend to buy it. My only concer is that WD should build it with a harder harder since it took only a slight hit to make it not operable on a previous occasion. That's why I bought this item with a case included. But I think the original neoprene WD package is not enough to protect it. I also have bought a harder case in order to prevent any damage since this disk contains all my memories and it is not cheap also. This is my only suggestion
- sharkins29Apr 09, 2010by
500GB On the Go
Western Digitals My Passport is a very nice choice for someone who needs an excess of storage and something compact enough for "on-the-go". With 500GB of storage, you can backup all of your files (.docs, .mp3s, .avis, DVDs, etc.!!!) from your home computer and take it with you on long trips. Having all of this memory on an external and not on your laptop won't slow your laptop = big plus (especially for those new netbooks). It has a white LED that alerts you of connection and data transfer which is nice. The only thing that I have noticed is that the USB connection has shifted from the outside case/shell - but you can still get the USB cable in for use. It was a concern but it has not caused any issues. Overall, very decent product!
- 18kimikoAug 23, 2010by
Great portable storage for basic back ups!
This was perfect for what I needed. If you need a external drive that can handle streaming media and high volume transfers this probably isn't for you. What I needed was a place to store all my mp3's and pictures and this works perfectly. I do have Itunes recognizing the files in this external drive for when I sync my Iphone and it seems to work fine (no complaints). The size is just a bit bigger than my Iphone (both around and depth) but still fits in my cell phone pocket (the pocket inside the purse). Those who travel with this a lot may want to get a case for it, but I haven't seen any scratches on mine yet so I'd say it's preference/where you store it/how often you travel with it. Even though the capacity says 500MB it's realistically more like 424MB (has syncing software embedded). Which for me is still a ton of space for all the files I want to keep backed up. All in all I'm really pleased with my purchase and the fact I found it in PINK!!!! makes it a girls dream to have carried around. (if only I can get the rest of my computer in pink...) BTW if you delete the syncing software from the passport, you will get pop ups saying that the passport needs to be restored occasionally. Not a big deal, but for some it may become annoying. Hope this helps and happy hunting! Read full review
- drbobn7wyMay 08, 2010by
I just want a drive, not a backup system
This drive comes with a "CD partition" that holds an autorun installer for a back up software package. Why Western Digital thinks we need this when Vista and Window 7 include this feature is beyond me. I visited Western Digital's site to try to figure out how to silence the autorun installer. Step 1 - you need need upgrade some other sofware on the drive, but it seemed impossible. Two mail exchanges with their support lead to trying to do the upgrade on another computer. This worked. Step 2 - I was able to download a utility that hides the CD partition (but it still chews up part of the drive space). Elapsed time 3 days. I never have this issue with my 1 TB Western Digital myBook drive. The user documentation is scant, a lot of legal stuff, but not much useful content - one admonition that the drive may overheat - a warning not found in the brochures. Read full review
- sims_techSep 13, 2010by
The world's most popular portable drive
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. Product Features 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 - See your life safe in one place. See your backup as it happens – Seeing is believing. Visual backup displays your content in categories and shows the progress of your backup. 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. 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. Compatibility Formatted NTFS Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows 7 Mac OS® X Tiger®, Leopard®, Snow Leopard™ (requires reformatting) Package Contents Ultra-portable hard drive WD SmartWare software (pre-loaded) USB cable Product Dimensions Height 0.60 Inches Length 3.2 Inches Width 4.3 Inches Item Specifics Brand : Western Digital Capacity: 500GB Interface: USB 2.0 Product Type: External Hard Drive Warranty: 6 Month Manufacturer Warranty Read full review