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Western Digital - Ultra Portable - My Passport Essential 320GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive - Black


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  • Western Digital's smallest portable drive ever
  • New updates for SmartWare Software available from Western Digital
  • Drive lock feature
  • Ready to plug-and-play with Windows PCs with USB 2.0 interface
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Technical Details
BrandWestern Digital
Item Weight104 g
Product Dimensions8 x 12.6 x 1.5 cm
Batteries:1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required.
Item model numberWDBAAA3200ABK-EESN
Screen Size2.5 inches
Hard Drive Size320 GB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
  
Additional Information
ASINB002KQ3SL0
Best Sellers Rank 47,191 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight272 g
Date First Available1 Oct 2007
  
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Product Description

Box Contains

  • Ultra-portable hard drive
  • WD SmartWare software
  • USB cable
  • Quick Install Guide

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    3.4 out of 5 stars

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    32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Dr. R. Smith on 9 Feb 2010
    Got this today. A note about the USB lead, WD have changed it, if you look at the user images there's one of the micro-USB. Now has small barbs that hold it in place. I've tried mine and it will not interrupt when you move, pull, knock the plug/wire. The barbs actually make unplugging it rather hard!!

    A knockout little drive, looks cool (mines red), and really is the size of a small notepad.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on 14 Dec 2009
    Good

    -fast read/write
    -activity light
    -includes usb cable
    -sleeps after a period of inactivity
    -needs only one USB to power (macbook pro)

    Bad

    -Bundled Smartware has no removal tool installed (although an update is now available)
    -Cheap build (it nearly opens passport like too!)
    -Black finish scratches easily
    -usb connection at the drive not exactly confidence inspiring

    Returned this drive as the Smartware having no removal tool installed is stupid. On a macbook, this software mounts separately to the drive and refuses to eject!!

    Have since bought the previous version of this drive, which has resolved all of the bad points. with the exception of the scratching, but since this is cosmetic, five stars.
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    34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By P. Henderson on 17 Nov 2009
    I'm just about to take the third one of these in three days back to PC World. Great-looking drive, etc etc, but the same problem with all of them: the new model has a smaller, more less robust USB socket, and even the slightest touch of the cable causes the drive to unmount. I will probably now go for the earlier model, which several friends are full of praise for. Very disappointed that a company like Western Digital didn't spot this fundamental and easily spotted problem long before they started manufacture, let alone before it got into the shops. My guess is that these are going to be returned in droves.
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    28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Superstrat on 9 Dec 2009
    This is just the job. I didn't need or want the included backup and security software so I simply reformatted the drive to recover the space.

    The USB socket is really not a problem. As a previous reviewer reports, you have to push the cable all the way into the socket and then it will stay firmly in place. If you don't do this then you will get problems. Simples!!!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Squirrell on 9 Feb 2010
    I was a bit concerned by previous reviews stating the USB connection is unstable but i can safely say this was not the case with the hard drive i received. It fits in very snug. Overall a great little product, i was surprised by how small it is (no bigger than my wallet) and it looks great. You can also protect your hard drives contents with a password which is a nice feature.

    I would also recomend getting a cover for the hard drive which appears to scratch quite easily. Its safer transporting it around in a case as well. I went for the iGadgitz Black EVA Hard Case Cover which does the job very well! This link is the case that will fit the newer models of the my passport hard drives. iGadgitz Black Eva Hard Case Cover for Western Digital My Passport Essential & Essential SE Ultra Edition USB Portable External Hard Drives 160gb, 250gb, 320gb, 500gb, 750gb & 1TB (Suitable for Ultra vers released Aug 2009)
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    30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Lindosland on 28 Oct 2009
    Take a look at the reviews for the 500G version of this drive, which are mostly negative - you may want to buy the old versions. I bought a 500G expecting it to be much the same as my 320G drives which I am delighted with, but was disapointed to find that both sizes now come in a new design with a smaller and less robust usb connector with a stiffer lead, and no LED to indicate activity by blinking, which I actually found very useful for confirming that I was rendering large files to the intended drive. Despite intentionally not installing software, an annoying message window keeps appearing when I just want the drive to operate in the background for video editing. Note that the Passport drives perform well on an Avid media composer editing HD 1080i HDV video with no problems playing using media files directly from the passport.
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    10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Digby Fox on 25 Nov 2009
    Yes, it's a shame WD has made an excellent product worse. The previous version worked perfectly for video editing on Avid with the reassuring light and firm mini USB attachment. I gave that to a client... Doh! The new version as stated elsewhere wobbles, disconnects and uses a micro USB. Just found an older version, last in stock... Oh well...
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Serendipity on 10 Mar 2010
    I picked up a couple of these for family members and it's not all bad. I've got a couple of the previous generation models and there's little difference other than the much hated WD Smartware.

    The cable seems secure enough to me, needing a firm tug to remove it, so I guess they may have addressed that fault.

    The virtual CD appears to be based on some sort of hardware between the drive and the USB interface. It's not a hidden partition on the HDD and can't be removed by a simple format. I installed the software and had a poke around. I updated the drive firmware and software versions and tested the backup and restore. It's not very granular and not to my personal taste, but it works. You may find that you like it and its automated nature could save you from a painful data loss, especially if you're a forgetful soul. However I decided to disable it. You can do this from the latest version of the WD Smartware software or download the Virtual CD Manager from the WD website.

    After I disabled the VCD and uninstalled Smartware I found that Windows would prompt for installation of a WD SES Device every time I connected the external drive. To stop that I used the Virtual CD Manager to enable the VCD and installed the driver from the "Extras" folder on the VCD. Then I used the Virtual CD Manager again to switch off the VCD and all was back to normal. The removal of the VCD is completely reversible so I can switch it back on if I feel like trying the software again.

    I'm still going to give five stars despite the crapware, partly on past performance, but also because I suspect that their heart was in the right place. Backups are only any good if you run them and the WD software does encourage this. However, if you just need a portable storage device or use other backup software I recommend you disable it.
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