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Excellent back-up choice
on 9 November 2010
The Usb 3.0 version of WD My Passport Essential is a winner. It's very compact and light (more than what the images you see online suggest) and is also good looking. The plastic case is glossy & can pick up fingerprints but it still looks good. The usb 3.0 cable provided fits tightly at both ends. It's fully compatible with Usb 2.0. I got double the speeds with Usb 3.0 compared to Usb 2.0. Once you experience the benefits of Usb 3.0 you can't go back to Usb 2.0. I also liked the WD Smartware which automatically & continuously backs up all your documents, pictures, videos, music & mail without bogging down the computer. However it does not back up system files & program files. One small drawback is that you can't choose specific folders for backing up, you can only select the type of content (i.e documents, pictures, music or videos). The drive can also be locked with a password, but if you forget it all data will be lost since there's no way of recovering the lost password.
With the 500 gb drive you get 465 gb of available space. I would strongly recommend this product to anyone looking for a highly portable yet capacious external storage solution.