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Western Digital My Passport Essential 1TB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive - Black

by Western Digital
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
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  • Automatic, continuous backup
  • New updates for SmartWare Software available from Western Digital
  • Password protection and 256-bit encryption, securing private or sensitive data
  • Retrieving lost data effortlessly
  • Adding extra storage space for photos, videos and music
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Technical Details
BrandWestern Digital
Item Weight200 g
Product Dimensions8 x 12.6 x 1.5 cm
Batteries:1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required.
Item model numberWDBABM0010BBK-EESN
Screen Size2.5 inches
Hard Drive Size1000 GB
  
Additional Information
ASINB002KQ1Z3I
Best Sellers Rank 32,322 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight322 g
Date First Available3 Aug 2009
  
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Product Description

Product Description

New Software and USB cables
WD SmartWare update: We've been shipping our new My Book and My Passport drives with WD SmartWare software for a few months now. During that time we've been listening to our customers. As a result of the feedback, we've developed some improvements to the software. You can now hide the Virtual CD (VCD) if you wish, or exit WD SmartWare from the Windows system tray. If you prefer not to use WD SmartWare at all then we have enhanced the ability to opt-out.

USB cable connection: WD has increased the retention force specification on all our Micro USB cables and we are offering free replacement cables to consumers that have reported an issue via customer service.

My Passport Essential SE – maximum capacity, maximum style
The world's most popular portable drive now features maximum capacity to store all your favourite videos, music, photos and important files, and as it's still sleek and compact, you can load it up and take it with you anywhere. Only a few millimetres thicker to accommodate our highest capacity mobile drives, there's still plenty of room for all your stuff. Smaller and smarter than ever, the My Passport Essential SE features automatic, continuous backup software and password protection.

Plug-and-play portable storage
Powered directly from the USB port on your computer, no separate power supply is needed, though an optional cable is available for the few computers that limit power from the USB port. Featuring a USB 2.0 interface for maximum flexibility the My Passport drive will make data transfer and backup a smooth and easy experience, and there's even a My Passport model formatted specially for Macs, available in 320GB and 500GB capacities.

WD is an expert in portable storage, so they designed a smaller, high-quality integrated USB hard drive inside this stylish package, making it a great choice for portable data storage. It also features WD SmartWare software that acts as a visual control centre for all your data, plus password protection security and 256-bit hardware-based encryption.



Password protection, WD Smartware software
and plenty of digital storage. View larger.

WD SmartWare - see your life safe in one place
Protect your data automatically and relax in the knowledge that your data is secure. Automatic, continuous backup will instantly make a second copy whenever you add or change a file. Visual backup displays your content in categories and shows the progress of your backup, letting you see your backup as it happens.

Lost files can be brought back effortlessly with the WD SmartWare software, allowing you to retrieve your valuable data to its original location whether you've lost all your data or just overwritten an important file. What's more, you can customise your backup, set your drive's security, run diagnostics, manage the power settings and more from the WD SmartWare control centre, as well as gaining peace of mind knowing that your data is protected from unauthorised access or theft with password protection and 256-bit hardware-based encryption.



WD SmartWare's visual control centre lets you
backup, retrieve and secure your files.
View larger.

Backup software you'll really use – five great reasons to love it
1. It's easy - Data backup can be a chore, but it's your family photos, your movies, your music - your life - and it's important to protect it. So we made WD SmartWare extra easy because we really want you to use it.

2. You can see your life safe in one place - See your content displayed in easy to understand categories like movies and photos. Watch the progress of your backup as it happens with the instant-feedback colour bars - now you can truly be sure that all your stuff is backed up. A unique visual interface lets you see the drives connected to your computer, and WD SmartWare will automatically scan your computer and find all of your personal files, including e-mail.

Content category gauges show how much information you have to be backed up in each category, and you can even mouse over a category to see a file count. Clicking 'Run Backup' will automatically start WD SmartWare backing up your files, with the category gauges changing colour during the process to show you the backup as it happens. When finished, you'll see a status screen and information about your backup. You only have to do this once - after the first backup your files will be backed up automatically every time you change or add a file.

3. It's always on the job - WD SmartWare is always watching your computer, so when you change a file and save it, create new files, add new pictures, movies, or songs, WD SmartWare will instantly back them up.

4. You can bring back lost files effortlessly - If you ever accidentally delete an important file, or need to get an earlier version of a file, you can find and retrieve it in seconds with this easy-to-use interface. You can restore files and folders by categories (such as photos, music and video), find a lost file with the search function or go back in time to retrieve an older version of a file.

5. You're in control - WD SmartWare software is also a control centre for your external drives. From it you can customise your backup, set drive security, run diagnostics, manage the power settings and more.

WD SmartWare update: We've been shipping our new My Book and My Passport drives with WD SmartWare software for a few months now. During that time we've been listening to our customers. As a result of the feedback, we've developed some improvements to the software. You can now hide the Virtual CD (VCD) if you wish, or exit WD SmartWare from the Windows system tray. If you prefer not to use WD SmartWare at all then we have enhanced the ability to opt-out.

For the same great functionality with additional features including capacity gauge and USB dock, check out the My Passport Elite range from Western Digital.

Manufacturer's Description

New Software and USB cables
WD SmartWare update: We've been shipping our new My Book and My Passport drives with WD SmartWare software for a few months now. During that time we've been listening to our customers. As a result of the feedback, we've developed some improvements to the software. You can now hide the Virtual CD (VCD) if you wish, or exit WD SmartWare from the Windows system tray. If you prefer not to use WD SmartWare at all then we have enhanced the ability to opt-out.

USB cable connection: WD has increased the retention force specification on all our Micro USB cables and we are offering free replacement cables to consumers that have reported an issue via customer service.

My Passport Essential SE – maximum capacity, maximum style
The world's most popular portable drive now features maximum capacity to store all your favourite videos, music, photos and important files, and as it's still sleek and compact, you can load it up and take it with you anywhere. Only a few millimetres thicker to accommodate our highest capacity mobile drives, there's still plenty of room for all your stuff. Smaller and smarter than ever, the My Passport Essential SE features automatic, continuous backup software and password protection.

Plug-and-play portable storage
Powered directly from the USB port on your computer, no separate power supply is needed, though an optional cable is available for the few computers that limit power from the USB port. Featuring a USB 2.0 interface for maximum flexibility the My Passport drive will make data transfer and backup a smooth and easy experience, and there's even a My Passport model formatted specially for Macs, available in 320GB and 500GB capacities.

WD is an expert in portable storage, so they designed a smaller, high-quality integrated USB hard drive inside this stylish package, making it a great choice for portable data storage. It also features WD SmartWare software that acts as a visual control centre for all your data, plus password protection security and 256-bit hardware-based encryption.



Password protection, WD Smartware software
and plenty of digital storage. View larger.

WD SmartWare - see your life safe in one place
Protect your data automatically and relax in the knowledge that your data is secure. Automatic, continuous backup will instantly make a second copy whenever you add or change a file. Visual backup displays your content in categories and shows the progress of your backup, letting you see your backup as it happens.

Lost files can be brought back effortlessly with the WD SmartWare software, allowing you to retrieve your valuable data to its original location whether you've lost all your data or just overwritten an important file. What's more, you can customise your backup, set your drive's security, run diagnostics, manage the power settings and more from the WD SmartWare control centre, as well as gaining peace of mind knowing that your data is protected from unauthorised access or theft with password protection and 256-bit hardware-based encryption.



WD SmartWare's visual control centre lets you
backup, retrieve and secure your files.
View larger.

Backup software you'll really use – five great reasons to love it
1. It's easy - Data backup can be a chore, but it's your family photos, your movies, your music - your life - and it's important to protect it. So we made WD SmartWare extra easy because we really want you to use it.

2. You can see your life safe in one place - See your content displayed in easy to understand categories like movies and photos. Watch the progress of your backup as it happens with the instant-feedback colour bars - now you can truly be sure that all your stuff is backed up. A unique visual interface lets you see the drives connected to your computer, and WD SmartWare will automatically scan your computer and find all of your personal files, including e-mail.

Content category gauges show how much information you have to be backed up in each category, and you can even mouse over a category to see a file count. Clicking 'Run Backup' will automatically start WD SmartWare backing up your files, with the category gauges changing colour during the process to show you the backup as it happens. When finished, you'll see a status screen and information about your backup. You only have to do this once - after the first backup your files will be backed up automatically every time you change or add a file.

3. It's always on the job - WD SmartWare is always watching your computer, so when you change a file and save it, create new files, add new pictures, movies, or songs, WD SmartWare will instantly back them up.

4. You can bring back lost files effortlessly - If you ever accidentally delete an important file, or need to get an earlier version of a file, you can find and retrieve it in seconds with this easy-to-use interface. You can restore files and folders by categories (such as photos, music and video), find a lost file with the search function or go back in time to retrieve an older version of a file.

5. You're in control - WD SmartWare software is also a control centre for your external drives. From it you can customise your backup, set drive security, run diagnostics, manage the power settings and more.

WD SmartWare update: We've been shipping our new My Book and My Passport drives with WD SmartWare software for a few months now. During that time we've been listening to our customers. As a result of the feedback, we've developed some improvements to the software. You can now hide the Virtual CD (VCD) if you wish, or exit WD SmartWare from the Windows system tray. If you prefer not to use WD SmartWare at all then we have enhanced the ability to opt-out.

For the same great functionality with additional features including capacity gauge and USB dock, check out the My Passport Elite range from Western Digital.



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Customer Reviews

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You need one of these 8 Jan 2010
By Paul S
Amazing hard drive. It is really good.

Size: Wow it is tiny. I expected it to be small but not nearly as small as it actually is. Added bonus.

Space: What can I say. 1TB. More space then you'll ever need for a portable.

Speed: Transfer speeds are good.

Cable: Really secure and tight. No fear of that pulling out accidentally. From what I've heard it is a different cable then originally supplied with these drives which solves the problem of it being loose.

Encryption: I don't use this because it isn't cross platform supported but if you are just using it for windows then it is good. You can use the drive also on other computers without the need to install the software which is good.

Smartware: I am not using this drive as a backup drive so with a simple update I was able to disable the Virtual CD thing used for installation and decryption of the drive. It is now just like a normal blank drive.

Overall very happy with the device. Well worth the buy.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 1TB drive 21 Jan 2010
I really like this product; it is nice looking and small (slightly smaller than the previous design although a little chunkier - I have an older "Passport" drive too). It includes automatic backup software if you wish to use that - but you don't have to install it. Also, with 1TB capacity and good transfer rates it is ideal for storing photos, videos, and all your data files. I'd highly recommend it.
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88 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Excellent!! 5 Dec 2009
I felt compelled to write a review for a change as I came so close to not buying this excellent piece of kit after reading some of the harsh reviews it has received!

I'll try and address the negative parts of other reviews first -

The cable - yes it's a different connector and whilst maybe a little harder to get a hold of, but how often do you actually need to replace a cable?

The cable connection - maybe I have been very lucky, but I cannot find a single thing wrong with it, I was sitting transferring files for 8 hours last night, moving the unit with me and my laptop...and not one disconnection!!

The SmartWare - granted...it's a system hog alright!! How do you get round this? Don't run it! (Or go to task manager and kill it...it takes 2 seconds!!)

Now for the real negative - the cover!!! Argghhh...the finger prints!!! (Yep, this is as far as the negatives go!)

Well, while I write this, the vibrations through the drive are actually quite loud - much louder and more obvious than my previous 320GB passport...but still not enough to make it annoying, I'm just being picky to try and give a realistic review.

The good:

The capacity...1TB (well, 930GB in actual fact - and whilst I really resent the fact that this can be advertised as 1TB, everyone does it so I can't really mark down this drive or WD for this!)

The security - Finally a drive that keeps your files secure!!

The look - It's pretty stylish (even with the fingerprints!)

The size - Slightly smaller than the older style passports, definitely a little more pocket-sized now.

Would I buy this again, absolutely. It's quite expensive, but if you have the have the cash and you want a very good drive, buy this one. I'm glad I did.
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable 4 Jan 2010
I have bought may western digital passport drives and been extremely happy with them. However on this occasion I wished I hadnt bought one. For some unbelievable reason they have added the WD Smart Disc and hard coded it into the ROM. You cant delete it, it just takes up space and the hard Drive will not behave like a typical plug and play hard drive until this software is disabled. All in all its a pain and I wont be buying another one until they supply them without this technology. WD now supply a fix to disable it but it doesn't regain the used space and it still pops up when used on other computers. If you have a MAC and use a VM you need to disable it on both platforms.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Western digital software rubbish 22 Nov 2010
I had a previous western digital which was simple plug and play software thats all i wanted but bigger storage however this comes with its own pre-installed software which is rubbish and can't be removed so i would avoid if you just want simple storahe
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge storage capability 9 Jan 2010
I have used a number of Western Digital pocket USB hard disks before, but this has to be the best so far. Enormous storage capacity, and lower power consumption than ever before. This is the first USB hard disk that works with the USB ports on my desktop without needing an external PSU (yes, my ports are current limited). Can't wait for the 2Tb version which will no doubt appear sometime in the future.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disconnects impossibly often 19 Feb 2010
There's one thing this drive is good for: storage. Other than that, it's awful. I bought this to use on the train, at work, at home. Now I've found unless my laptop and the drive are so static neither are being touched it's impossible to use.

The cable comes out and the drive disconnects every time even a small movement of either side of the cable is registered. Utterly ridiculous.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Thumbs Up 7 Jan 2010
Amazing capacity in such a light and portable device. I did have some reservations reading some other reviews. In response I've had no problems whatsoever other than it is a fingerprint magnet.

The proprietary micro USB type connection is actually an improvement imho. I've other devices where the micro USB connection has loosened significantly over time. The WD cable fits in far more snuggly and there's no play at all. I move the drive all the time as my poorly designed VAIO has USB ports in front of the DVD drive, never had a drive disconnection.

Mine seems to be noiseless and never noticed any vibration from it at all even during sustained data copies. I've even found the WD SmartWare isn't too resource hungry though I wouldn't miss it to be honest.

The only other point to note is that this must pull pretty near 500mA so won't work off a un-powered USB hub when another device is plugged in. Most laptops these days power the USB ports separately so you will get 500mA on each, certainly my Dell and Sony do, so mine's plugged in directly, with a wireless mouse receiver and my phone.

All in all, great piece of kit, if you're moving this around make sure to invest in a case too.
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Its been years i am using it Good one . Thank you very much for this . i would recommend
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I am using this product and working fine. It is very reliable product and according to the description of the manufactor
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