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

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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 (Black)
  • USB Cable
  • WD SmartWare Software
  • Quick Install Guide
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
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    Western DigitalMy Passport Essential 500GB Portable Hard Drive (Black)
     
    4.7

    (based on 69 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (51)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (52)
    • Easy to use (51)
    • Portable (51)
    • Quiet (47)
    • Easy to set up (44)

    Cons

    • No power switch (3)

    Best Uses

    • Additional storage (42)
    • Back-up (39)
    • Photo storage (36)
    • File transfer (29)
    • Video (21)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (33), Power user (26), Frequent user (4)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (51), Business (16)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (44), Mac (14)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great hard drive for great price!

    This is the latest model of the WD Passport family and the best one yet! Not only is it smaller, lighter, quieter and more compact than previous generations but it is also USB...Read complete review

    This is the latest model of the WD Passport family and the best one yet! Not only is it smaller, lighter, quieter and more compact than previous generations but it is also USB 3 compatible! It's an excellent choice to keep and backup data, doesn't take up any room and virtually no weight when on the go! Boots right out of the box, has instant format feature right on the drive. I cannot think of any cons. And of course the best part is that B&H has the best price available anywhere for this! I am very pleased with this product.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Pain in the ne

    To read the installation instructions, first you have to go to a website that is shown on the enclosed tech support sheets in a font that requires a magnifying glass. You try to print...Read complete review

    To read the installation instructions, first you have to go to a website that is shown on the enclosed tech support sheets in a font that requires a magnifying glass. You try to print the handbook, most of it is sent to the printer in Korean (although you select "ENGLISH." Finally, you figure out how to do it - halfway in the backup process it reports a fatal error. You want to erase the drive, it tells you that for that you must disconnect it from your computer. Once it is disconnected, of course the drive becomes inaccessible. At which point you remove and reinstall the program - finally, it works. You want to check how the retrieval process works: essentially, you have to stand on your head while juggling six porcelain plates and several lit torches. In short, this is a pain in the neck. I backed up all my data on a Lexar Flash Drive: you see what you have and you can retrieve anything by one click. The only disadvantage of a flash drive is that it does not do automatick backups - like WD promises (although I will have to see if it really does it.)

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    5.0

    Excellent for photo trips

    By rhirekat

    from Madison, WI

    About Me Casual user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Compact
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Easy to use
    • High Capacity
    • Portable
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Additional Storage
      • File Transfer

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

      I like this small portable hard drive. I carry a small laptop that doesn't have much memory nor the ability to do image processing. i susally download eac day's images from the cards to this portable drive, so I can reuse the cards. I have used it on 3 trips so far and I haven't found any problems with it.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

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      5.0

      So dependable

      By carold

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Power user

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy to use
      • High Capacity
      • Portable
      • Quiet

      Cons

      • No Power Switch

      Best Uses

      • Additional Storage
      • Backup
      • File Transfer
      • Photo Storage
      • Video

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

      I use this for music, graphics and all important documents. Dependable, fast load and save. Now on my second one of these because the first one is full and still works great after more than 12 mos daily use.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

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      4.0

      Fantastic

      By Meekey

      from St. Albans, NY

      About Me Power user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Compact
      • Easy to use
      • Portable
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Additional Storage

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

        Bought to serve as backup for my imac. Very portable, quiet and works just fine.Product has been great. Will recommend it to friends

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        5.0

        Great Device at a Good Price..

        By Dave

        from Michigan

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy to use
        • Portable
        • Quiet
        • USB Powered

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Additional Storage
          • Backup
          • File Transfer
          • Photo Storage

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

          This is the second Passport unit that I've bought.
          They provide a lot of storage for their small size. They also do not require a separate power supply and provide that extra storage needed for saving and archiving photos and other large files..

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

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          5.0

          Great little disk

          By MetWestBosMan

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Casual user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Compact
          • Easy to use
          • Portable
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Additional Storage
            • Backup
            • Photo Storage

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

            I'm very happy with the performance of this disk with my late 2011 MacBook Pro. My MBP only has USB 2.0, so there's only so much performance I can get, but unlike reviews I saw for another brand of USB3.0 disk when used on a Mac like mine, this one seems to stay within USB2.0 power limits and works flawlessly. I reformatted for use with Time Machine and feel confident in the storage.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            5.0

            Good product

            By Moulay

            from Denver, co

            About Me Casual user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Compact
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Easy to use
            • High Capacity
            • Portable
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Additional Storage
              • File Transfer
              • Photo Storage

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

              Very happy with the purchase.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              5.0

              Quick shipping

              By rhobbs

              from durham, nc

              About Me Casual user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Compact
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Easy to use
              • High Capacity
              • Portable
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  Good portable option, well built and reliable

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • PC

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                  5.0

                  This product has always performed

                  By Arkell

                  from Mullica Hill, NJ

                  About Me Power user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Easy to use
                  • High Capacity
                  • Portable
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Additional Storage
                    • Backup
                    • File Transfer
                    • Photo Storage
                    • Video

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

                    I have used this for backups not only at home, but also at work. It has never failed me.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • PC

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                    5.0

                    WD Is The Way To Go!

                    By Username1

                    from Los Angeles

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Easy to use
                    • Portable
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Additional Storage
                      • File Transfer
                      • Photo Storage

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

                      I haven't had this drive for very long, but it's essentially the same as my 1 TB external. I've used several brands of external drives, and Western Digital always makes me happy. This drive, like my previous WD drives, is fast, quiet, and will probably last a very long time!

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      5.0

                      Great price and fast shipping.

                      By DJ Nizi

                      from Atlanta GA

                      About Me Power user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy to use
                      • Portable
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Additional Storage
                        • Backup

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

                        I use it to back up my music, and so far it's everything I need it to be.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • PC

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                        5.0

                        Excellent!

                        By Motti

                        from NY

                        About Me Power user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attractive Design
                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy to use
                        • High Capacity
                        • Portable
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Additional Storage
                          • Backup
                          • File Transfer
                          • Photo Storage

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

                          Use it to backup my data every week.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • PC

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                          5.0

                          If you travel You need one

                          By Terry T

                          from Beachwood, New Jersey

                          About Me Casual user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attractive Design
                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Easy to use
                          • High Capacity
                          • Made For A Non Computer P
                          • Portable
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Additional Storage
                            • Backing Up Do
                            • Backup
                            • File Transfer
                            • Photo Storage
                            • Video

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

                            Its worth the money if you hate to loose information

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • PC

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                            5.0

                            Great product!

                            By Jm

                            from Raleigh, NC

                            About Me Power user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attractive Design
                            • Compact
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Easy to use
                            • High Capacity
                            • Portable
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Additional Storage
                              • File Transfer
                              • Video

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

                              Needed an small portable HD to carry with my laptop. This HD is small, light, fast, and has the capacity that I was looking for. I have a linux and a NTFS partition on it and is working great. No extra cable needed to power it up. Great design.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • PC

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                              5.0

                              500 GB Western Digital portable HD

                              By Jim

                              from Albuquerque

                              About Me Power user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Good value
                              • Portable

                              Cons

                              • Not easy to set up

                              Best Uses

                              • Additional Storage
                              • Backup
                              • File Transfer
                              • Photo Storage

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

                              I have not really used it yet. I had to reformat the drive for Mac. As far as I can tell the hardware is excellent. There is software available for use on the Mac. The documentation for that software does not make at all clear any reason why it might be better than using Time Machine on the Mac. It may be that it allows encryption of the data on the drive. It was not clear. The real downside of the drive was that when I attempted to register it with Western Digital I was told the warranty had expired.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • Mac

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                              4.0

                              Awesome Brand and an amazing job!

                              By Ra

                              from Miami, fl

                              About Me Casual user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attractive Design
                              • Compact
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Easy to use
                              • High Capacity
                              • Portable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Additional Storage
                                • Backup

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

                                This product is so easy to use. I quickly synced my information from the computer. It works fast and it is durable. The cover is easy to become scratched so if you mind, buy a dark color or a cover for it. Beyond that I have nothing to complain! It is light, small and serves its purpose:)

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • PC

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                                4.0

                                Easy instalation

                                By Vanderpix

                                from New Jersey

                                About Me Casual user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Easy to use

                                Cons

                                • SHORT usb cord

                                Best Uses

                                • Additional Storage
                                • Photo Storage

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

                                Hooked it up and it was ready to go. Only problem is the USB cord is about 18 inches.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • PC

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                                4.0

                                Works Great

                                By Jkorr

                                from Ames, Iowa

                                About Me Casual user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attractive Design
                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Easy to use
                                • High Capacity
                                • Portable
                                • Quiet

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Additional Storage
                                  • Backup
                                  • File Transfer
                                  • Photo Storage
                                  • Video

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

                                  Compact, sleek and works good. Good product for the price.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • PC

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                                  5.0

                                  I would buy this product again

                                  By Ed

                                  from Colorado Springs, Colo.

                                  About Me Casual user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy to use
                                  • High Capacity
                                  • Quiet

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Backup
                                    • Photo Storage
                                    • Video

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

                                    I use this to back up all our files on our home computer. Most importantly used to back up irreplaceable photos and videos.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • PC

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                                    4.0

                                    My Passport Essential 500GB Portable HD

                                    By Kumar

                                    from NJ

                                    About Me Casual user

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attractive Design
                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Easy to use
                                    • High Capacity
                                    • Portable
                                    • Quiet

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Backup
                                      • File Transfer
                                      • Photo Storage

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

                                      I just got it and started to back data from my PC. It is definitely better than the toshiba hard drive that i had from past. Transfer speeds are good and i did not see any issues with this product so far.I would definitely recommend it.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal
                                      • Computer Platform:
                                      • PC

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                                      4.0

                                      Not for long term storage

                                      By PharmTech

                                      from Texas

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact

                                      Cons

                                      • Unreliable

                                      Best Uses

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

                                        Easy to use, but I have had to replace 3 of these after about 2 years use each.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Business
                                        • Computer Platform:
                                        • Linux

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