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WD 500GB My Passport Edge USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive

B&H # WEWDBK6Z5000 Mfr # WDBK6Z5000ATT-NESN
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Product Highlights
  • 500 GB Capacity
  • USB 3.0 Connectivity
  • Up to 5Gbps Max Transfer Rate
  • Password Protection/Hardware Encryption
  • USB Powered
  • Formatted for PC
  • Compatible with Mac After Reformat

The 500 GB My Passport Edge USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive from WD is an external portable hard drive that features a 500GB capacity and USB 3.0 connectivity.

It also features password protection and hardware encryption. It is USB powered, so no external adapter or unsightly wires are needed. Although it is formatted for use with PC computers right from the box, it can be reformatted to work with Macs.

The fast 5.0 Gbps transfer speed of USB 3.0 is attractive, but the unit is also compatible with older 2.0 protocols, so you can use the drive immediately and move up to USB 3.0 when ready. The drive includes WD Drive Utilities which lets you set drive timers, run diagnostics and more.

Fast Transfer Rates
When connected to a USB 3.0 port, My Passport Edge lets you access and save files up to 3 times faster than USB 2.0 transfer rates. Performance may vary based on user's hardware and system configuration.
Automatic, Continuous Backup
WD SmartWare backup 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.
USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Compatibility
With this single drive you get compatibility with your USB 2.0 devices today and the speed of USB 3.0 when you're ready to step up to the next generation.
WD Drive Utilities
Register your drive, set drive timer, run diagnostics and more using WD Drive Utilities.
WD Security
WD Security allows you to set password protection and hardware encryption for your drive to help protect your files from unauthorized use or access.
Performance
Capacity 500 GB
Interface USB 3.0
Drive Speed Not specified by manufacturer
Buffer Not specified by manufacturer
Average Seek Time Not specified by manufacturer
Sustained Data Transfer Rate USB 3.0: 5 Gb/s (Max)
USB 2.0: 480 Mb/s
System Requirements Formatted NTFS for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8
Requires reformatting for Mac OS X
General
Mounting Portable, external
Power Requirements USB Powered
Environmental Requirements Operating temperature: 41 - 95°F / 5°C - 35°C
Non-op. temperature: -4 - 149°F / -20°C - 65°C
Dimensions (WxHxD) 0.50 x 4.37 x 3.24" / 12.8 x 111 x 82 mm
Weight 0.30 lbs / 0.14 kg
WD 500GB My Passport Edge USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive
  • USB Cable
  • WD SmartWare Software
  • Quick Install Guide
  • 2 - Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    WD500GB My Passport Edge USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive
     
    4.8

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (13)
    • Portable (13)
    • Attractive (11)
    • Easy to set up (11)
    • Easy to use (11)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Back-up (11)
      • Photo storage (9)
      • Additional storage (8)
      • File transfer (7)
      • Video (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual user (7), Power user (5)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (8), Business (3)
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC (8), Mac (4)

      Reviewed by 14 customers

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      5.0

      GREAT TRAVEL BACKUP

      By California Guy

      from Beaumont, Ca

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Travel Backup Pc Needed

        Comments about WD 500GB My Passport Edge USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

        I purchased to back up pictures while in Japan. Works great ! Remember, a laptop is needed for the pass-through.

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

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        5.0

        So far, working smoothly

        By Jess T

        from New York, NY

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • No Power Switch

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • File Transfer
        • Photo Storage

        Comments about WD 500GB My Passport Edge USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

        It is a great sleek compact lightweight design and on Macs you have to format the drive, but other than that, is easy to use and reliable!

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        5.0

        I would buy this product again

        By Steve

        from San Francisco, CA

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup

          Comments about WD 500GB My Passport Edge USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

          I owned a previous much older Western Digital external 500GB hard drive and was in need of another. The old one still works great but ran out of space, so that's why I bought another. Super compact and USB 3.0 support - love it!

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

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          5.0

          Great form factor, speed as expected.

          By Atxdb

          from Allen, Texas

          About Me Power user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Compact
          • Portable
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • File Transfer
            • Photo Storage
            • Video

            Comments about WD 500GB My Passport Edge USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

            Hard to beat this drive for the cost. USB3, super compact, acceptable speed. I may buy another as a backup drive for a different computer.

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

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            5.0

            Perfect

            By IDFSoldier

            from Cincinnati, OH

            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 WD 500GB My Passport Edge USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

              Fast, compact, neat and looks good.
              It does a great job, does not use power cord (only USB) and can be protected by password.

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

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              5.0

              500GB My Passport Edge

              By Sam

              from Wisconsin

              About Me Casual user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about WD 500GB My Passport Edge USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

                Good product so far, no problems.

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

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                4.0

                Great little backup drive

                By wstaple

                from Franklin, TN

                About Me Casual user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Additional Storage
                  • Backup
                  • File Transfer
                  • Photo Storage

                  Comments about WD 500GB My Passport Edge USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

                  Had to get music and photos off one computer and onto another one. Love the compact size. Works great!

                  • Computer Platform:
                  • PC

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                  5.0

                  Build Astell & Kern AK100 under $100

                  By Dr. Dmitriy

                  from SFBA, CA

                  About Me Power user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Additional Storage
                    • Music Storage

                    Comments about WD 500GB My Passport Edge USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

                    I built home music player with features exceed Astell & Kern AK100 for just under $100 using Raspberry Pi and 500GB My Passport Edge. The disk is great storage for thousands high grade audiophile quality sound files and can be managed and playing using Raspberry Pi. Most benefits of the drive:
                    1. Easy to reformat to ext3 using GParted
                    2. Doesn't require separate power
                    3. Very small and perfectly aligned with Raspberry Pi size
                    4. Perform well for the purpose (Raspberry Pi even can't utilize USB 3, however it is handy for initial beefing by music connecting the drive to some file server)

                    One thing I didn't like only USB cable isn't so flexible.

                    For those who can be interested I use Music Barrel program for playing and managing music.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Linux

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                    5.0

                    Slim and portable

                    By dled

                    from Alamosa, CO

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about WD 500GB My Passport Edge USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

                          These drives are great! We format them for Mac or PC for video editing and students and faculty use them with ease. They travel easily and USB 3.0 speeds plus no need for external power supply make them the best for any computer lab situation.

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

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                          5.0

                          good design!

                          By Yong

                          from Little Ferry, NJ

                          About Me Casual user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy to use
                          • Portable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Additional Storage
                            • Backup

                            Comments about WD 500GB My Passport Edge USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

                            I purchased it for my office works.
                            Comparing my other 2 portable disks, it is slim so that convenient to carry everywhere. Just connect to use, that's all.
                            It even has four rubber feet to isolate a vibration.
                            So I do not need a rubber pad under my portable disk anymore.

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

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                            5.0

                            500GB My Passport Edge Hard Drive

                            By elklniwt

                            from Oro Valley, Arizona

                            About Me Casual user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • None -

                            Best Uses

                            • Additional Storage
                            • Backup
                            • Photo Storage

                            Comments about WD 500GB My Passport Edge USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

                            Used with Mac OS X (version 10.6.8) for online back up using Time Machine. This external hard drive is fast, backup's are smooth and transparent, hard drive is USB powered and does not require a separate power source and data is easily accessible in the event I need to transport to another location or store offsite.

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

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                            5.0

                            Perfect size for travel

                            By Monkey man

                            from Naples Fla.

                            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
                              • Video

                              Comments about WD 500GB My Passport Edge USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

                              Very easy to use.
                              Small very portable.
                              Easy to read instructions.
                              Right size for what I need it for.

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

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                              4.0

                              must have!!

                              By sohaib

                              from Staten Island, ny

                              About Me Power user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Additional Storage
                                • Backup
                                • Photo Storage
                                • Video

                                Comments about WD 500GB My Passport Edge USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

                                the auto backup system of WD hard is the reason I got the hard drive, so far it is working great.

                                • Computer Platform:
                                • PC

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                                4.0

                                Nice sleek portable hard drive

                                By Lisastonephoto

                                from San Jose, CA

                                About Me Casual 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 WD 500GB My Passport Edge USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:

                                  This product is nice because it is small and easy to carry around. I upgraded from a older bulky portable hard drive and this one is so much better. The only thing that I don't like is that it is only 500GB. I was hoping to find something higher, but I really like how small it is. Maybe I will just have to get another one!

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

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