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WD MPE 1TB Hard Drive compact fast reliable,
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This review is from: WD My Passport Essential SE 1 TB Metallic Blue Portable Hard Drive (USB 3.0/2.0) (Personal Computers)Having purchased a variety of desktop and portable drives over the years i have found the Western Digital My Passport range to be the best of the lot. Compared to my Seagate 3TB drive used to backup my desktop PC the WD MPE 1TB i purchased for my laptop did the same task in a fraction of the time.
There have been no glitches or problems, this is a reliable plug and play device. It worked flawlessly in my Desktop PC using Win Xp , My laptop using Win7 and even in my companies work laptop using a custom WinXP that has a mass of 'big brother' style restrictions.
You dont have to use the WD software. I simply moved all the WD files and folders into a new folder and it sits there doing nothing.
The capacity is good at 93% of the 1TB being available, for comparison the 500GB in my laptop has only 88% available for use.
The size is perfect, with smooth rounded edges and corners, genuinely pocket size and the usb2/3 cable supplied is just the right length at about 1 1/2 feet or 45cm long. The connections into the drive and usb slot are firm and positive.
Build quality is good , with various colours and simple clean matte finish that doesnt show scratches. simple unobtrusive blue dot light to show its working. personally i dont like or want shiny finishes and big flashy lights. my first one has been clattering about in my pocket with keys etc and ive knocked it off the side table a few times [whilst running] and no adverse effects whatsoever. so it is definitely robust.
Being a usb2/3 device it is future proof and backward compatable, so it should be viable and useable for a considerable time.
All told its the best portable or desktop drive i have purchased to date, so much so ive bought the same item for my daughter at Uni and another for my work files backup.
The price at about £80 with free postage is excellent VFM at under 9pence per MB.
Also it was delivered in a few days well within the delivery timescale.