WD My Passport Essential 500 GB Midnight Black Portable Hard Drive (USB 3.0/2.0)
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|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|
|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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.|
250GB - 500GB
500GB - 1TB
750GB - 1TB
USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
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|Password Protection and Hardware Encryption|| |
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The device is impressive out of the box. It looks good with sleek lines and a shiny black case. It comes with just the connection cable for USB so doesnt take up much room. The device is simply plug and play, my PC recognised it instantly and it wasnt long before I was uploading GB after GB of data onto its silent solid state hard drive. I have read reviews where people seem to make it harder than it needs to be. You just plug it in and add your data in the usual way. Maybe they had issues with the PC picking it up but my HP laptop was well away.
To summarise I would recommend this device for ease of use and the neatness of the package for such high storage.
Apart from the device, you get some pre installed software called Smartware. One of the things I noticed is that you can't use this to take an image copy of your internal hard drive - you can only back up the user files. If you intend to take an image copy, you will need to find some suitable software to download, then format the WD. Once you have run the first backup, the software will automatically monitor your files, and backup any changes you make without having to do anything. This is useful if you're the sort of person to forget to do it manually, and it is certainly a lot easier, especially if you have been making lots of updates all over the place. However, be aware that the software will treat your computer as the master copy. This means that if you delete a file from your computer, Smartware will automatically delete it from My Passport as well.
Another little quirk (bug really) is that after the first backup, the backup tag is greyed out, preventing you from selecting another backup. As it turned out, if you click the My Passport icon from the first tab in the menu, the backup becomes active again. This is not something that detracts from the use, because I haven't wanted to take a second backup. The Smartware will store the second backup alongside the first, as a second generation, and you can select as many generations as you wanted, but obviously that all takes up space. Personally I can't see how this would work, because Smarware will be backing up your files as soon as you update them. Doesn't that mean that the next backup will be the same as the first (because the first is changing in real time)? Well, I don't know the answer to that, but it is something to think about.
When you want to restore, you can opt for the files to be restored to their original place, or to a specific folder. If you have more than one generation, then you could select a previous backup to be restored, but I don't do that. Some people have said that the Smartware program slows down the performance (it is loaded into the systems tray at bootup), but I'm not really savvy enough to notice if this is the case.
Overall, good drive, ok software. For that reason I only awarded 4 stars.
Portable is understatement this little drive is only 8cm by 11cm, give or take a couple of mm, so it would fit in any pocket with no discomfort. To look at and to hold its just lovely and oozes build quality. You can use it without the drivers but i found it unstable on a large transfer so i performed a drivers only install.
I only have lowly USB 2 so i can't review the USB 3 speed at all. I transferred approximately 32GB in a single transfer, taking approx 35mins. More than quick enough for me and its virtually silent.
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