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WD 500GB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver)

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WD 500GB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver)

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Product Highlights

  • Sleek, Compact Design
  • Automatic Backup Software
  • Password Protection
  • Ultra-Fast Data Transfers
  • Hardware Encryption
  • USB Powered
  • Add Extra Storage When Needed
  • USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 Compatibility
  • Windows and Mac Compatible
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The 500GB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver) from WD is great for taking your data with you wherever you go. The drive features a small, sturdy design and easily connects to your netbook or laptop. It also features an LED that lets you know when the drive is on standby, active, or idle. Along with the drive, you will find the built-in software intended to help you quickly and easily backup files as well as manage the drive's power and security settings.

Ultra-Fast Transfer Rates
When connected to a USB 3.0 port, My Passport lets you access and save files in blazing speed. Reduce transfer time by up to 3 times when compared to USB 2.0 transfer rates
USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Compatibility
With this single drive you 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
High Capacity, Small Design
Offering high capacity in a compact drive, My Passport is the ideal companion for anyone with lots of videos, photos, music, and files that they want to help protect and take on the road
Automatic, Continuous Backup Software
You're in control of your backup. Install all the features, select just the components you need, or if you prefer, choose not to use the software at all. The software works quietly in the background to help protect your data using minimal PC resources. Whenever you add or change a file, it's instantly backed up
WD Security
This utility allows you to set password protection and hardware encryption for your drive to help protect your files from unauthorized use or access
WD Drive Utilities
Register your drive, set drive timer, run diagnostics and more
USB-Powered
Powered directly from the USB port on your PC. No separate power supply is needed
WD Quality Inside and Out
We know your data is important to you. So we build the drive inside to our demanding requirements for durability, shock tolerance, and long-term reliability. Then, we protect the drive with a durable enclosure designed for beauty and protection
Compatibility
Formatted NTFS for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Mac OS X Leopard, Snow Leopard, or Lion (requires reformatting)
Performance
Capacity 500GB
Interface USB 3.0 and 2.0
Sustained Data Transfer Rate Up to 5 Gb/s
RoHS Compliant Yes
General
Color Silver
Temperature Operating temperature: 41-104°F (5-40°C)
Non-operating temperature: -4-149°F (-20-65°C)
Compatibility Formatted NTFS for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Mac OS X Leopard, Snow Leopard, or Lion (requires reformatting)
Dimensions (HxWxL) 0.6 x 3.2 x 4.4" (15 x 82 x 111 mm) ± 0.10
Weight 0.3 lb. (0.1kg)
Packaging Info
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.8 x 5.2 x 1.9"
WD 500GB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver)
  • Quick Install Guide
  • USB Cable
  • 2-Year Warranty
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    WD500GB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Red)
     
    4.8

    (based on 22 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Quiet (15)
    • Easy to install (14)
    • Fast (12)
    • Reliable (10)
    • Highly compatible (8)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    No Best Uses
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Frequent user (8), Heavy duty user (8)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (13), Business (6)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (3)

    Reviewed by 22 customers

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    5.0

    Perfect for Data Backup and Storage

    By MPH

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Heavy Duty User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Fast
    • Highly Compatible
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about 500GB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black):

        Good price. Great for my backups. Plenty of storage. Relatively fast data transfers. Nice size for transport. Would like a 7200 RPM drive.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        5.0

        Great product great size

        By Henry

        from Virginia

        Comments about 500GB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black):

        Surprised on the size and the functionality. Great product and it works well so far, I would definitely recommend it

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        4.0

        Compact and easy to use but slow

        By AlexF

        from NYC

        About Me Heavy Duty User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Quiet

        Cons

        • Slow

        Best Uses

        • Data Delivery

        Comments about 500GB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Blue):

        Its a good drive if you are not looking for performance. I bought the drive specifically for mailing it with data and speed was not a big concern for me so I am happy. I certainly would not recommend it as photo storage or any other media storage with regular access.

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        4.0

        So far so good

        By Bryan

        from Rochester

        Comments about 500GB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black):

        Seems fine. Nice and small - no complaints so far

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        5.0

        Great Storage at a Great Price

        By kmoney

        from New York, NY

        About Me Frequent User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Video Editing

          Comments about 500GB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black):

          Use these drives for transferring video and audio files. Very reliable drives. If you have USB 3.0 capability, the transfer speeds are amazing.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          5.0

          Fast

          By Russ

          from Madison, WI

          About Me Frequent User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about 500GB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Blue):

              My backup are now 5 times as fast as with my old firewire external.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              5.0

              B&H Service

              By Rich

              from Apex, NC

              About Me Heavy Duty User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Install
              • Quiet
              • Surprisingly Small

              Cons

              • No protective case

              Best Uses

              • Any Type Of Storage

              Comments about 500GB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black):

              The 500gb Passport drives I recently purchased will only be used for backups; so far so good. The drives arrived quickly and in great condition. I purchased the drives from B&H due to previous purchase experiences with them. I purchased various photography equipment from them back in the 70's and 80's. I have always had very good service and advice from their employees.

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              5.0

              Great storage @ Great price

              By J9

              from San Francisco, CA

              About Me Heavy Duty User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Install
              • Inexpensive
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Archive

                Comments about 500GB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black):

                Good product at a good price point. I use this as an archive device for my larger video projects. The storage space is large enough and it's physical dimensions is small enough to fit in my archive library. I don't have a USB 3.0 port but was able to use my 2.0 port with decent transfer speed.

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                5.0

                amazing product

                By gs

                from ny

                About Me Frequent User

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about 500GB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black):

                i use it for storing all family photos.the most practical thing ever. no more sorting thru all little cards. its big and handy and lets you store loads.
                i wish i would have know about this before.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                5.0

                Excellent hard drive and fast ship

                By Jomz

                from Jacksonville, FL

                About Me Heavy Duty User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • High-End Multimedia

                  Comments about 500GB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black):

                  This item came very quickly (in about 3-4 days) and it works great. The only downside for me is that I don't have many devices compatible with usb 3.0; therefore, I am not able to utilize the drive to its full capacity. However, it works great and does everything it says it would.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  5.0

                  working great !!

                  By Ron

                  from holland ,mi

                  About Me Frequent User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install
                  • Fast
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about 500GB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Blue):

                    I got this item faster then I thought I would , works great and is fast , I only use it to back up most of my photo file's, it dose what I wanted it too. this is my second one . !!!

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    So Far So Great

                    By LuLu

                    from NYC

                    About Me Heavy Duty User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about 500GB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black):

                        Dependable. Fair price.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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                        5.0

                        Works just as advertised

                        By Spencer_Butte

                        from Eugene, OR

                        About Me Frequent User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install
                        • Fast
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about 500GB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                            Great product!

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

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                            5.0

                            Excellent External HD

                            By Steve H.

                            from Cleveland, OH

                            About Me Heavy Duty User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Do Not Backup Entire Hd
                            • Slight Cpu Slowdown

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup Of Files
                            • Images Music Etc

                            Comments about 500GB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                            This is a perfect external HD. The included software works great on my Windows 7 Pro computer with 4GB of RAM. It runs in the background and does not slow down the computer.

                            One recommendation, if you have it auto-backup the entire user directory, do not have it backup the "AppData" folder. I would highly recommend unchecking this folder. Having it backup that folder CAN slow down your computer slightly, since files are created in that folder with nearly every program.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

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                            5.0

                            So simple...

                            By Therk

                            from Ontario, NY

                            About Me Frequent User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about 500GB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black):

                                Truly plug-n-play, software performed backup automatically - done!

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

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                                4.0

                                External Hard Drive Good value

                                By Mel

                                from Ann Arbor, Michigan

                                About Me Infrequent User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Fast
                                • Quiet
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                • Lots Of Software Included
                                • Password Difficulty

                                Best Uses

                                • Photos
                                • Video

                                Comments about 500GB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Red):

                                I needed to dump a lot of video and pictures off of my laptop. This gave me a good value for the price. I did price checking and B&H was the cheapest even with shipping. I had a little bit of trouble with the password. That was a bit frustrating and it also dumps a lot of icons and software on your machine. It was worth the money though.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

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                                4.0

                                great drive

                                By jtmayer

                                from Skaneateles, Ny

                                About Me Heavy Duty User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Install
                                • Fast
                                • Quiet

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about 500GB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black):

                                    easy to use, but had to format for mac

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business

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                                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Backup Karaoke CD+G's

                                    By B. Craig

                                    from Maryland

                                    About Me Power user

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Backup

                                      Comments about 500GB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Blue):

                                      I needed to back-up and copy all of my karaoke CD+G's, presently I own 200+ and over 3,500 songs. More storage space than I'll ever need to use. Excellent product. Compact size put Super Storage.

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

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                                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Great drive

                                      By Frogman

                                      from MLT, WA

                                      About Me Frequent User

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Backup storage

                                        Comments about 500GB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black):

                                        Perfect for backing up all my important files especially business files.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Business

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                                        5.0

                                        Good hard drive for the budget

                                        By Electronic Geek

                                        from Bethlehem, PA

                                        About Me Frequent User

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about 500GB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black):

                                            Hard drive works great. Transfer speed is incredible. It includes both 2.0 & 3.0 USB ports. Plenty storage for pictures, music & videos. Would recommend for purchase.

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Personal

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