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WD My Passport Essential 500 GB Arctic White Portable Hard Drive (USB 3.0/2.0)


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  • Portable hard drive with dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
  • Connectivity for today with speed for tomorrow
  • Up to 3x faster transfer rates with USB 3.0
  • Automatic, continuous backup
  • Hardware encryption and password protection
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandWestern Digital
Item Weight222 g
Product Dimensions17.8 x 15.4 x 5.1 cm
Item model numberWDBACY5000AWT-EESN
ColorWhite
Hard Drive Size500 GB
  
Additional Information
ASINB004445JIQ
Best Sellers Rank 39,807 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight222 g
Date First Available20 Oct 2010
  
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Product Description

Product Description

WD Quality inside and out
My Passport portable drives are the world's best selling drives. With 20 years of experience we know how to protect your data.

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.

Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Interface

If you're worried that your portable drive won't be able to keep up with the transfer rates of the future, then look no further than the My Passport Essential. With the dual interface you'll have a single drive with both universal compatibility for today, and the next-generation speed you need 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. Imagine being able to transfer a 2-hour HD movie in just 5 minutes instead of 13 minutes.* Not only will this save you time and allow you to do other tasks, but it also makes your media that much more portable, available to take with you or be transferred within minutes.

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

Use it with USB 2.0 now and step up to USB 3.0 speed when you're ready.
A single drive with universal compatibility today and next-generation speed for tomorrow.
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. With our intuitive backup system you can decide how you approach securing your data for the future - you can 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

A backup system that works as you do, running quietly in the background to protect your data using minimal PC resources. Whenever you add or change a file it's instantly backed up, so you can be safe in the knowledge that if the worst happens, your stored data will let you carry on from only moments before.

Ultra-small portable drive.
Lightweight, stylish and easy to carry, this drive is powered directly from the USB port on your PC.
Password Protection for Privacy

Data privacy is a big concern for many people, and with a portable drive there is always the possibility that it could be misplaced during a journey. Gain peace of mind knowing that your data is protected from unauthorised access with password protection and encryption.

USB-Powered

A truly portable drive without a chunky power adapter. As this drive is powered directly from the USB port on your PC, no separate power supply is needed, allowing you the freedom and flexibility to take this small drive anywhere and connect via any compatible device or hub when you need it.

Planet Friendly

We designed a small box that uses recycled material and minimises waste. We encourage you to recycle it when you're finished, to help reduce waste further and help the environment.

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

Portable Storage Comparison Table

Western Digital Elements Portable Western Digital Elements Portable SE Western Digital My Passport Essential Western Digital My Passport Essential SE
SUMMARY Simply affordable, easily portable. Maximum capacity storage in a compact design. Next generation storage to go. Next generation high-capacity storage to go.
Capacity
250GB - 500GB
500GB - 1TB
500GB
750GB - 1TB
Interface
USB 2.0
USB 2.0
USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
Available Colours
Black
Black
WD SmartWare
Yes
Yes
Automatic Backup
Yes
Yes
Password Protection and Hardware Encryption
Yes
Yes

Box Contains

Portable hard drive
WD SmartWare software
USB cable
Quick Install Guide

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ash on 14 Aug 2011
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I brought this to back up an apple lap top, as I have a WD 1TB which works a treat. but this one failed, I could see it on the desk top and as soon as I went to back up using either time machine, or crash plan it just dropped off. I tried everything to solve this problem, up to date firmware latest software off WD site but it didn't work. So it went back to Amazon. Amazon as normal have been perfect in the return of this product, would I buy WD again?? Well I'm going to give a different Hard drive a go. Back up drives need to be trust worthy and I've lost some of that trust with WD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miss A on 13 Aug 2011
I agree with what I have seen several other people say - the cable is too short / stiff resulting in the hard drive detaching itself with any small movement of my computer - I resorted to sellotaping it together!

This WD model, however, had no connectivity problems: Western Digital Elements 500GB Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive - Black

Also if you don't install the software and just use it as drag and drop then you get an annoying warning message coming up every time you use it...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Traveler on 10 Dec 2011
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This one is SO Arctic cool :-))) ! Yet again, I've chosen best price/quality. I'm good at choosing-the-Best :-) I installed OS on it and can start my computer from it! Suggestion: I can carry it in my wallet - no need to buy special case!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. O. Ozdil on 11 Jan 2012
As expected from WD it's a great product and recommended. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nerea González López on 29 Aug 2011
Perfect portable hard disk. Works really fine with Mac computers. Thin, super light and really beautiful. Software included can be deleted completely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pinkelladeville on 16 Aug 2011
As a technophobe but needing somewhere to keep a years worth of Photo's I bought this as it was recommended by a friend. WOW is all I can say.... its a simple plug in and use device that now has everything safely stored in one place! :o)

I just love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By raymondothesaint on 28 April 2011
I needed a back up for my music which I use from a laptop to do mobile disco's as there has been problems in the past with saved files.This hard drive is fantastic value for money and does the job perfectly. There are over 11000 tracks on it at the moment and I was worried about the speed of data transfer as some people have commented that the smaller hard drives run slow. This performs perfectly with my virtual DJ prog and I have nothing but praise for it. There is enough memory for four times the number I currently have and they are all on the highest bit rate. If you are saving music this is a perfect solution (can't comment on video files).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jose Miguel Almellones on 8 Feb 2011
The design is superb, speeds are good (only tested USB 2.0) for pc and dvr timeshifting. The only drawback is the cable, it is very rigid and has a propietary connector in the hard drive side. No mini-usb, so if you need another cable you have to buy it from Western Digital.
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