WD My Passport Essential 500 GB Pacific Blue Portable Hard Drive (USB 3.0/2.0)
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- Portable hard drive with dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
- Connectivity for today with speed for tomorrow
- Up to 3x faster transfer rates with USB 3.0
- Automatic, continuous backup
- Hardware encryption, password protection
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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
|Western Digital Elements Portable||Western Digital Elements Portable SE||Western Digital My Passport Essential||Western Digital My Passport Essential SE|
|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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Having seen such a high score over Amazon customer reviews, I was expecting a very trustworthy piece of equipment.
Well, now I know better! :S
Very quickly here:
- the Western Digital software that comes with the hd is clunky and awkward to use.
- The 3.0 usb speed didn't work with my HP Envy17.
- Contacted the customer service, went through all the hoops, including patching drivers and all. Then, as asked by customer service, downloaded a software called HD Tune - to check the speed of file transfers - and the speed wouldn't go above 20 Mb/s.
- So then had to return the newly bought lemon, exchanged for a new Passport Essential.
- The second one ran like it was supposed to, the speed being on average 3x the normal 2.0 usb. But...
- After two week of use, it didn't recognize the 3.0 port anymore. Although it still works on normal 2.0 usb, so at least is not that I've lost all my documents and backup... yet.
But, knowing what I know now, and compared to other brands (like LaCie, Maxtor, Seagate), I'd say it feels like a very unreliable and problem-prone Hard Drive.
The fourth drive I use for transferring data between home and work, and for that I am using the encryption utility that comes with it. No problems that I can mention so far. It was set up easily and works well. You do have to make sure that you remember the password though as there is no way of getting at your data if you forget it.
Not tried the USB3 capability yet.
My next purchase would likely be a solid case to protect it during transport in my bag.
If you are not an IT expert buy a plain hard drive instead so you can manually drag folders onto the hard drive!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
quite happy with it, can't complain so far. small, and easy to handle, easy to transfer files.
would recommend it to others.
Sometimes it works and sometimes not. It's very small and handy but I am not sure why it's not always at its optimum.Published on 18 Feb. 2013 by CaptainFaiz
Lice little product with USB 3.0 I bought this and added this to my smart tv it worked out well to record all my tv program's
I use this to back up my home computer and daughters laptop. Easy to use and good price, quite like the bright blue colour too.Published on 18 Jan. 2013 by Mrs. C. L. Littlejohn
I bought a WD My Passport Essential 500 GB drive nearly two years ago.
It has worked perfectly - not had a single problem with it :-)