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WD My Passport Essential 500 GB Midnight Black Portable Hard Drive (USB 3.0/2.0)

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  • Dimensions: (W x H x D) 83 x 18 x 110 mm
  • Colour: Black
  • Connection: USB 3.0
  • 500 GB storage capacity
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Price Unavailable £47.99 £92.74 £47.99 £44.50 £44.99
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Colour Black Black Blue Black black Black
Data Transfer Rate 625 MB per second 5,120 MB per second 5,120 MB per second 1 MB per second 4,915.2 MB per second 5,120 MB per second
Hard Disk Rotational Speed 5,400 rpm 5,400 rpm 5,400 rpm 0 rpm 5,400 rpm 5,400 rpm
Hard Disk Size 500 GB 1 TB 1 TB 1,000 GB 1 TB 1 TB
Item Dimensions 10.9 x 8.1 x 1.5 cm 11.4 x 7.6 x 1.2 cm 8.16 x 1.58 x 11 cm 11 x 8.15 x 1.63 cm 12.19 x 1.52 x 8.13 cm 11.9 x 7.9 x 1.5 cm
Item Weight 287 grams 159 grams 160 grams 245 grams 181 grams 200 grams
Memory Storage Capacity 500 GB 1 TB 1 TB 1 TB 1 TB 1 TB
Model Year 2010 2013 2015 2016 2015 2014
Size 500GB 1 TB 1 TB 1 TB 1 TB 1TB
Special Feature Hot Swap Function; BUS powered Hot Swap Function^BUS powered LED indicators^Operating temperature range:5 - 35 °C^USB powered^Yes LED indicators^Operating temperature range:5 - 35 °C^Security algorithms:256-bit AES^USB powered^Y USB powered^Yes Hot Swap Function; BUS powered

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Technical Details
Brand nameWestern Digital
Item Weight286 g
Product Dimensions10.9 x 8.1 x 1.5 cm
Item model numberWDBACY5000ABK-EESN
SeriesWDBACY5000ABK MY Passport Essential
ColorBlack
Hard Drive Size500 GB
  
Additional Information
ASINB004445JHC
Customer Reviews 3.7 out of 5 stars 211 customer reviews
Best Sellers Rank 45,488 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight299 g
Date First Available20 Oct. 2010
  
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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

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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


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