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WD 320GB My Passport Essential USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black)

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WD 320GB My Passport Essential USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • Desktop Drive With 320GB Storage
  • USB 3.0 Plug-and-Play Connectivity
  • User-Friendly Software Suite Included
  • WD SmartWare Software
  • Windows and Mac Compatible
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The 320GB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive from Western Digital is a convenient, high capacity option for anyone with a lot of videos, photos, music, and files that they want to keep secure--and take on the road.

Designed for speed and convenience, the My Passport series of hard drives make backing-up your files fast, easy, and most importantly automatic. You can set up the included software to automatically back up files and folders so you never have to worry about making copies of your favorite photos, videos, or music. It has a low impact on computer resources while running in the background, and will instantly back up any files the moment you add or change them.

Using high-speed USB 3.0 technology, and also compatible with any USB 2.0 port, you can now transfer files faster than ever before, with rates of up to three times faster than previous USB 2.0 technology. Keep those files not only stored, but protected, using WD Security for password protection and hardware encryption--to protect your files from unauthorized use or access.

Massive capacity, yet small design
Offering an outstanding 320GB capacity in an amazingly small enclosure, My Passport hard drives are the ideal companion for taking your videos, photos, music and files around with you--or safely stored at home.
WD SmartWare Software
Creating and storing copies of your files means never losing your photos or music, and always having a copy to bring back. WD's automatic backup software makes this easy by quietly working in the background to help protect your data, while using minimal PC resources. Whenever you save or change a file, it is instantly backed up without you having to manually move or copy a thing.
Ultra-fast USB 3.0 transfer rates
When connected to a USB 3.0 port, My Passport lets you access and save files with blazing speed. Reduce transfer time by up to 3 times when compared to USB 2.0 transfer rates. However with this single drive you do get compatibility with your USB 2.0 devices today and the ultra-fast speed of USB 3.0 when you're ready to step up to the next generation. The drive is also powered through the USB port, so there's no need to lug around a bulky power adapter.
WD Security and WD Drive Utilities
WD Security utility allows you to set password protection and hardware encryption for your drive to protect your files from unauthorized use or access. Or register your drive, set drive security, run diagnostics and more, using WD Drive Utilities.
UPC: 718037772530
Performance
Capacity 320GB
Interface USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
Drive Speed Not Specified by Manufacturer
Sustained Data Transfer Rate 5GB/s (Max)
System Requirements Comes formatted NTFS for Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7
Requires reformatting for Mac OS X Leopard, Snow Leopard, or Lion
General
Color Black
Power Requirements Powered via USB port
Environmental Requirements Operating 41° - 104° F (5° C - 40° C)
Non-operating -4° F to 149° F (-20° C - 65° C)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 0.60 x 4.3 x 3.2" (1.5 x 11 x 8.3 cm)
Weight 0.31 lb (0.14 kg)
Packaging Info
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.0 x 6.0 x 2.0"
WD 320GB My Passport Essential USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black)
  • WD SmartWare Software
  • WD Drive and WD Security Utilities
  • USB Cable
  • Quick-Install Guide
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    Western Digital320GB My Passport Essential USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black)
     
    4.7

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (10)
    • Portable (9)
    • Compact (8)
    • Quiet (8)
    • Easy to set up (6)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Photo storage (9)
    • Back-up (8)
    • Additional storage (7)
    • Video (6)
    • File transfer (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (6), Power user (6)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (8), Business (4)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (7), Mac (5)

    Reviewed by 12 customers

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    5.0

    Happy Wife - Happy Life

    By : Golf is all I really need!

    from New York, SC soon!!!!!!!

    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 320GB My Passport Essential USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black):

        Bought this for my wife to back up her PC. She's happy with it, that means I'm happy with it.
        Not much else needs to be said. It does the job. Well worth the money!

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

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        4.0

        Nice little drive

        By Wilbah

        from Red Bank NJ

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to use
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • File Transfer
          • Video

          Comments about Western Digital 320GB My Passport Essential USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black):

          Fast little drive... larger than a thumb drive, but not so big that I'm paying for space I wont use. Sometimes send clients media in the 175-250GB range, and this fits the bill! The price is great, and WD drives are solid.

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

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          5.0

          Perfect for backup use

          By Paul

          from Denver, Co

          About Me Power user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy to use
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Photo Storage

            Comments about Western Digital 320GB My Passport Essential USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black):

            I use the drive monthly to backup e-mail and other critical files. The drive is nice and compact and the speed is sufficient for my needs.

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

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            5.0

            amazing product!

            By srach

            from fort lauderdale, fl

            About Me Casual user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Additional Storage
              • Backup
              • Photo Storage
              • Video

              Comments about Western Digital 320GB My Passport Essential USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black):

              this is amazing! it stores all those photos and videos that you will look back at in yearss from now, and you will be so greatful that such a thing was created!

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

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              5.0

              I have 3 of them.

              By Pelusa

              from Mexico

              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
                • Photo Storage
                • Video

                Comments about Western Digital 320GB My Passport Essential USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black):

                Pictures

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

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                4.0

                Very Portable

                By POD

                from Providence, RI

                About Me Power user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Difficult To Use
                • Randomly ejects

                Best Uses

                • Additional Storage
                • Backup
                • File Transfer
                • Photo Storage

                Comments about Western Digital 320GB My Passport Essential USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black):

                Extremely small and portable with good amount of storage

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

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                5.0

                Excellent Storage Device

                By Igal

                from Palm Coast, FL

                About Me Power user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Additional Storage
                  • Backup
                  • Photo Storage
                  • Video

                  Comments about Western Digital 320GB My Passport Essential USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black):

                  Very easy to use, I store lots of photos on it, its small so its very easy to transport, in case i want to take my albums to go.

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

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                  4.0

                  does the job

                  By Justin

                  from New York City, NY

                  About Me Power user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Easy to use
                  • Portable
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Additional Storage
                    • Backup
                    • File Transfer
                    • Photo Storage

                    Comments about Western Digital 320GB My Passport Essential USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black):

                    nothing special. but gets the job done. usb3 is fast even just using with an usb2 port on computer. wish they had firewire 800 ports though. and i liked the other style with the digital display on the front, but they weren't in stock. no problems so far.

                    one came ready to go out of the box with my mac. the other one i got had to be formatted first which i thought was odd. they could delete some bloatware on them too.

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

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                    5.0

                    Good

                    By dega

                    from boston

                    About Me Casual user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Western Digital 320GB My Passport Essential USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black):

                      I use this as a backup drive for my Mac. It works with no problem.

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

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                      4.0

                      DEPENDABLE BACKUP

                      By JRG

                      from PENNSYLVANIA

                      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 320GB My Passport Essential USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black):

                        Bought five of these to back up about 30,000 pix and video clips for a digital family history. Decided on this brand due to my past experiences with WD backups (WD MyBook 500 and WD Passport 320) all of which have been without issue. Passports have more than enough space for our purposes with tons of room to spare and I have no problem envisioning that they will hold up as they are passed down to the future recipients for whom they are intended.

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

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                        5.0

                        Good Drive

                        By JS

                        from New York

                        About Me Casual user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Western Digital 320GB My Passport Essential USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black):

                              With usb 3.0 the transfer speeds were very fast. Also its slim form factor made it easy to travel. A must have!

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

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                              5.0

                              The product is very good

                              By João Jerônimo Pires

                              from Belo Horizonte - MG - Brasil

                              About Me Casual user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Easy to use
                              • Portable

                              Cons

                              • Unreliable

                              Best Uses

                              • Photo Storage

                              Comments about Western Digital 320GB My Passport Essential USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black):

                              I use the product in my work

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

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