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WD My Passport Essential 500GB Portable Hard Drive (Silver)

B&H # WEMPE500S Mfr # WDBACY5000ASL-NESN
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Product Highlights
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0
  • 500GB Capacity
  • WD SmartWare Backup Software
  • Bus-Powered
  • Password-Protected Encryption

The My Passport Essential Portable Hard Drive from Western Digital is your answer to sleek, 'future-proof' portability. With this bus-powered drive, you can have up to 5Gb/s USB 3.0 speeds with complete backward compatibility with USB 2.0, allowing you to take full advantage of your drive immediately while still ensuring future usability.

Dual USB 3.0 / 2.0 Compatibility
This drive delivers universal compatibility today and next-generation speed for tomorrow. Use it with USB 2.0 now and step up to USB 3.0 speed when you're ready.
Fast Transfer Rates
While connected to a USB 3.0 port this drive lets you access and save files up to 3x faster than USB 2.0.
Maximum Capacity
Store all your favorite photos, music, movies and important files on this high capacity, portable drive.
WD SmartWare Software
This intuitive software puts you in control of your backup. With the ability to install all the features, a select few, or none at all, this versatile bundled software provides an excellent option for continuous, automatic protection of your data. For additional security, there is the option for password-protected encryption of your personal files.
Interface USB 3.0 (backward compatible with USB 2.0)
Data Transfer Rate USB 2.0: Up to 480Mb/s
USB 3.0: Up to 5Gb/s
System Compatibility Formatted NTFS for Windows XP / Vista / 7, requires reformatting for Mac OS X 10.5 / 10.6
Operating Temperature 41-95°F (5-35°C)
Storage Temperature -4-149°F (-20-65°C)
Dimensions 0.6 x 4.3 x 3.2" (1.5 x 11.0 x 8.3 cm)
Weight 0.31 lb (0.14 kg)
WD My Passport Essential 500GB Portable Hard Drive (Silver)
  • USB Cable
  • WD SmartWare Software
  • Quick Install Guide
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    Western DigitalMy Passport Essential 500GB Portable Hard Drive (Silver)
     
    4.8

    (based on 24 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (19)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Quiet (20)
    • Easy to install (18)
    • Fast (16)
    • Highly compatible (13)
    • Reliable (12)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • High-end multimedia (10)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Frequent user (15), Heavy duty user (6)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (13), Business (10)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      A nice product !

      I purchased to use as portable storage for photographic images. I use it with a 24" iMac under Snow Leopard and have been very happy with it. It came ready to use with...Read complete review

      I purchased to use as portable storage for photographic images. I use it with a 24" iMac under Snow Leopard and have been very happy with it. It came ready to use with windows but converting it was a "piece of cake". I was using it in about 10 minutes.

      One of my objectives was to be able to exchange images with my daughter. She operates under Windows. I, as I have indicated, use Mac OS X. Formatting it as FAT 32 did the trick.

      I would say that this product exceeded my expectations ... even my hopes.

      I have only had this product for a few days but it looks well built. I expect it to be reliable. It does operate as quickly as one would expect, given that it has a USB 2 interface. Plenty fast for my application.

      My next storage purchase was to buy a 3TB backup disk for my system. After my experience with this device, the decision was easy. I ordered a WD disk.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Great value

      Deliver images to clients.

      Deliver images to clients.

      Reviewed by 24 customers

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      5.0

      Good stuff

      By Ed

      from Guam, U.S.A

      About Me Frequent User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Fast
      • Highly Compatible
      • Quiet
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • High-End Multimedia

        Comments about Western Digital My Passport Essential 500GB Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

        I like this little WD passport hard drive, its fast when i connect it to my computer, media player and stereo reciever. also small and light so no problem to put it on my small bag that i carry to work. you can put everything on it like movies, music and all kinds of data's. price is reasonable too.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        5.0

        nice

        By KenB

        from Houston, TX

        About Me Frequent User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Fast
        • Highly Compatible
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Western Digital My Passport Essential 500GB Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

            Gave to my wife who seems to always exceed the thumb drive capacity limits...now she is set.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            Fast shipping

            By Snik

            from Chicago, IL

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Western Digital My Passport Essential 500GB Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

            Product shipped very fast. Product match description

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            5.0

            Gets the Job Done

            By SKC

            from Virginia

            About Me Frequent User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Quiet
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • High-End Multimedia

              Comments about Western Digital My Passport Essential 500GB Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

              I've used these as a means of sharing data over several years. I've never had an issue. It's small, easy to use, and looks great.

              • Primary use:
              • Business

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              5.0

              good value, good product

              By tnc

              from ny

              About Me Frequent User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Install
              • Fast
              • Highly Compatible
              • Quiet
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Western Digital My Passport Essential 500GB Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                  I like that it's so small and compact. Saves large quantities of data pretty quickly. I'll see how long it will hold up (my previous portable hard drives of different brands had to be replaced every few years), but seems to do its job well. I like the color; matches my macbook exactly. Yes, you do have to spend a little time reformatting for mac but it was no problem doing so.

                  However, I do not like the Smartware interface that wd installs onto your computer to manage files. I guess if you want to back up your entire computer it's useful but I only want to back up specific files so it's useless for me.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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                  5.0

                  Great

                  By kjness

                  from Minneapolis, MN

                  About Me Frequent User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install
                  • Fast
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Quiet
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Western Digital My Passport Essential 500GB Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                      This external hard-drive was recommended by a coworker and it worked really well! It was really quick and simple to back up my computer.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business

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                      4.0

                      I like it

                      By Jazzvibe

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Frequent User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Light
                      • Looks Good
                      • Quiet
                      • Reliable
                      • Small
                      • Works Well

                      Cons

                      • No Usb 3 To Usb 3 Cable

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup And Archive

                      Comments about Western Digital My Passport Essential 500GB Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                      I'm using it to backup using Time Machine. The included cable appears to be the new USB 3 on one end and regular USB 2 on the other so it connects to my older machine (running at the slower USB 2 speed). I formatted the drive for MAC with no problem. The silver case looks and feels great and the drive works fine. I can't wait to try it on a USB 3 machine to compare it with firewire but I guess I would have to buy a cable (USB 3 on both ends) for that though...

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      great product, great price

                      By justshorts

                      from Australia

                      About Me Heavy Duty User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast
                      • Highly Compatible
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • High-End Multimedia

                        Comments about Western Digital My Passport Essential 500GB Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                        I uds these for storing video projcts and sending them to other editors - never had a problem

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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                        5.0

                        Great product

                        By Imancho

                        from Melville, New York

                        About Me Frequent User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install
                        • Fast
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Quiet
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Back Up Content

                          Comments about Western Digital My Passport Essential 500GB Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                          This is my third western digital external hard drive. So far they have been good to me, no problems at all. They are fast and reliable. Connection to the drive is strong and holds when moving the laptop around.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

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                          5.0

                          Feels Quality

                          By jtmc

                          from Salem, OR

                          About Me Infrequent User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Install
                          • Fast
                          • Nice look
                          • Quality Feel
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Western Digital My Passport Essential 500GB Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                              I use to transfer video content to clients

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal

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                              5.0

                              Excellent

                              By Steve

                              from Ohio

                              About Me Frequent User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Install
                              • Fast
                              • Highly Compatible
                              • Quiet
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Western Digital My Passport Essential 500GB Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                                  Product worked as planned and B&H is a great company to buy from

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal

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                                  4.0

                                  Very good product!

                                  By Lalá

                                  from Brasil

                                  About Me Frequent User

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Install
                                  • Fast
                                  • Quiet

                                  Cons

                                  • Runs Hot

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Gaming

                                  Comments about Western Digital My Passport Essential 500GB Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                                  The hd is small, fast and easy to use. Perfect for transport and work.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal

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                                  3.0

                                  Great value

                                  By Klcphoto

                                  from Los Angeles.

                                  About Me Heavy Duty User

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Install
                                  • Quiet

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Western Digital My Passport Essential 500GB Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                                      Deliver images to clients.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Business

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                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      did the job

                                      By CineGraphic

                                      from Fredneck, MD

                                      About Me Heavy Duty User

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Quiet
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Digital Video Storage

                                        Comments about Western Digital My Passport Essential 500GB Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                                        I needed this for use with both Windows and Mac and it did the job fine once I reformatted it.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Business

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                                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Just What I Needed!

                                        By Bryan

                                        from New Bedford, MA

                                        About Me Frequent User

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Fast
                                        • Highly Compatible
                                        • Quiet

                                        Cons

                                        • Difficult To Install

                                        Best Uses

                                        • High-End Multimedia

                                        Comments about Western Digital My Passport Essential 500GB Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                                        I use this hard drive to store video capture files for editing and production. It's a small and convenient size to bring with you on the go. Also, the USB 3.0 is very fast, significantly faster than USB 2.0. It was a little bit difficult to format for Mac but it is very doable. Besides that I have not encountered any other problems with this product!

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Personal

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                                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        My Passport disk drives are the best

                                        By ronbrownttc

                                        from Daallas, TX

                                        About Me Heavy Duty User

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Install
                                        • Fast
                                        • Highly Compatible
                                        • Quiet
                                        • Reliable

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • High-End Multimedia

                                          Comments about Western Digital My Passport Essential 500GB Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                                          I use the Passport drives to provide copies of large paper files and audio and video files. I have never had a problem of any kind with them. They are truly a "plug and play" drive. I have nothing negative to say about them.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Business

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                                          5.0

                                          so nice

                                          By yani

                                          from hacienda heights, ca

                                          About Me Infrequent User

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Install
                                          • Fast

                                          Cons

                                          • Expensive

                                          Best Uses

                                          • High-End Multimedia

                                          Comments about Western Digital My Passport Essential 500GB Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                                          i really like this product, nice design, and the speed is fast, easy to use and carry

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal

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                                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          4.0

                                          good backup device

                                          By Lewis Hein

                                          from Casper, Wy

                                          About Me Frequent User

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Install
                                          • Fast
                                          • Highly Compatible
                                          • Large Capacity
                                          • Quiet

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • High-End Multimedia
                                            • Secure Photo Storage

                                            Comments about Western Digital My Passport Essential 500GB Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                                            These hard drives work well. I use them for backing up photos, and they are simple, inexpensive, and reliable so far. The only downside is that the software doesn't give an exact temperature.. but that is a frill anyway. I got two to set up a photo storage system with one copy of everything on both drives.

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Business

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                                            5.0

                                            HD

                                            By PCRimi

                                            from Santo Andre - Sao Paulo - Brasil

                                            About Me Frequent User

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Install

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • High-End Multimedia

                                              Comments about Western Digital My Passport Essential 500GB Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                                              The best in HD and money - I like!

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Personal

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                                              5.0

                                              Passport Essential 500GB - West Digital

                                              By BlakeCable

                                              from Agoura Hills

                                              About Me Heavy Duty User

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Affordable
                                              • Easy To Install
                                              • Fast
                                              • Highly Compatible
                                              • Quiet
                                              • Reliable

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • High-End Multimedia
                                                • photo
                                                • Software
                                                • Video

                                                Comments about Western Digital My Passport Essential 500GB Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                                                Easy to use, not expensive, simple, easy to carry around.

                                                • Primary use:
                                                • Personal

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