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Western Digital1TB My Passport Essential SE Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive (Black)
 
4.5

(based on 207 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (136)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (57)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Quiet (138)
  • Reliable (124)
  • Fast connection (119)
  • Durable (105)
  • Versatile (92)

Cons

  • Slow connection (10)
  • Poor performance (5)
  • Flimsy construction (4)

Best Uses

  • Back-up (150)
  • Travel (130)
  • Laptops (120)
  • Multimedia (103)
  • Large projects (65)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (77), Tech professional (60), Multimedia professional (25), Technically challenged (21), Frequent user (5)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (165), Business (32)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (6), Mac (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great drive - great compact size

I did away with FAT32 and re-formatted this for my mac so I can transfer HD video on it and use it with my Final Cut Suite. I love this little drive. Its perfect...Read complete review

I did away with FAT32 and re-formatted this for my mac so I can transfer HD video on it and use it with my Final Cut Suite. I love this little drive. Its perfect size (like my other passports) while I'm currently on a 2 month road trip, and works like a charm. I have a few of these now and can't say anything back about them. My only 'regret' is that they don't have bigger ones yet. HD video takes up a lot of space and if they made a 10TB in this compact size, I would be thrilled. Other than that, great product. Definitely recommend (& recommend B&H - they rock, though if you're reading this you already know that).

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

SMALL PACKAGE WITH HUGE CAPACITY!

Excellent little unit with huge capacity! I especially love the fact that it doesn't require an A/C unit. You just simply plug it into your USB and that's it!
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Excellent little unit with huge capacity! I especially love the fact that it doesn't require an A/C unit. You just simply plug it into your USB and that's it!

The reason I gave it only 3 stars:
- The backup software is completely stupid! Instead of providing custom user options to save specific directories, it scans the HardDrive and categorizes its content. Then you have to select what "type" of content you want to back-up. Music, files, photos, etc. I HATE THIS! I just want to select specific directories instead, but NO SUCH OPTION! COMPLETELY STUPID software!
- The second thing I HATE about it is its unique, own, super-mini USB connection! Standard mini-USB cables won't fit in! So you are always dependent on the original cable that you have to carry with you, instead of only the HD, because your other mini USB cables won't fit into this thing. I can not emphasize it enough just how annnnnnoooooooyyyyyiiiiiinnnnnggggggggggg that is!

Other than these two things, the unit is small, quiet, relatively fast or at least acceptable and won't heat over either.

So, it is a 3 STAR for me!

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5.0

1TB My Passport Essential SE Portable US

By jim

from md

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
  • Easy to Customize
  • Easy to Navigate
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Passport Essential SE Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive (Black):

      excellent product and easy to connect excellent delivery as well. will do busines with you again.

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

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      4.0

      great price and size

      By pault

      from New York

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Passport Essential SE Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive (Black):

            great price and size, travel ready

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

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            5.0

            First time is a charm

            By Klingr

            from Wisconsin Rapids, WI

            About Me Beginner, Casual user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy to use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Computer back-up
              • photo storage

              Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Passport Essential SE Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive (Black):

              This is my first external hard drive and so far I am impressed with it. I really like the compact size. Easy to take along and back up photos while on vacation. It's hard to believe that such a small piece of equipment can carry such a big load.

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

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              1.0

              Poor design, flimsy construction

              By Christo

              from Cancouver, BC

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Cheap
              • Light

              Cons

              • Unreliable

              Best Uses

              • Nothing if you love data

              Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Passport Essential SE Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive (Black):

              The common problem with this drive is the flimsy USB micro port. Many complaints on the web. My drive stopped working. Light comes on, but Windows won't recognize drive, I bought a new cable - no luck. Tried other computers, no luck. The USB port had become faulty. The second WD hard drive to fail for me in a month (the other inside my laptop). I called support, no help from them either.

              Worst of all is this. Once your drive fails, you cannot recover the data on it! This is because the flimsy USB micro port is soldered onto the PCB - there is no standard Sata interface on this drive. Ie no docking station would fit it for recovery. Once the flimsy USB micro port goes, the entire drive goes down the drain.

              If you love your data, look elsewhere. The drive is light and small, but it is 'n poor design for which very little support is forthcoming. My drive was less than 6 months old. I am shopping for a more reliable brand.

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

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              5.0

              i would buy this product again

              By Jackie

              from Indianapolis IN

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Navigate

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Multimedia

                Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Passport Essential SE Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive (Black):

                I store large photo files on this portable hard drive. It is small and compact. Data transfers are as fast as can be expected with the size of the files .

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

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                4.0

                Enough space!!!

                By Titom

                from Union City, NJ

                About Me Pro - Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Customize
                • Easy to Navigate

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Multimedia

                  Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Passport Essential SE Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive (Black):

                  Store pictures and videos

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

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                  5.0

                  It s a great product

                  By su

                  from NYC

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                  • Easy to Customize

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Multimedia

                    Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Passport Essential SE Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive (Black):

                    I use it fro work from it with Adobe Premier pro

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

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                    5.0

                    Great product

                    By MistyCityLA

                    from Los Angeles, CA

                    About Me Tech lover

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Passport Essential SE Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive (Black):

                          I am a loyal Western Digital customer. This is my 3rd passport. I had to reconfigure this for my Macbook Pro, but it was easy. Just use Disk Utility application that comes on the notebook.

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

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                          5.0

                          decent 1tb drive

                          By modefier

                          from brooklyn, NY

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Customize
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • Could be smaller

                          Best Uses

                          • Educational Purposes

                          Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Passport Essential SE Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive (Black):

                          reformatting for mac went smoothly. 1TB is huge, for me.

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

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                          5.0

                          Easy to use, portable, secure, spacious.

                          By Cassidy the tech junky

                          from Guam, USA

                          About Me Computer geek

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                          • Easy to Navigate

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Back-up
                            • Multimedia

                            Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Passport Essential SE Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive (Black):

                            I use this product mainly for my computer back-up, and for storing important files and documents that should be password protected. The password can be taken out at anytime, so you don't HAVE to use that feature; the only drawback is that the password cannot be recovered. However, it does have a Hint feature, so one should use it wisely. It also has its own computer back-up feature, if you choose not to back up using your operating system. It will show you its progress and is able to continue where it left off should you need to shut down the computer.

                            It has a micro USB connection and works well with Vista and Windows 7. It is ultra compact, which I love 'cause you can take it pretty much anywhere. It's not heavy at all, it looks great, and has room to store just about everything. I think it would make a great gift for any computer user, beginner or novice.

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

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                            5.0

                            Easy to Set-up and Use. Instant back-up.

                            By Wayne the Guitarman

                            from Macedon, NY

                            About Me Frequent User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • High-End Multimedia
                              • Instant back-up

                              Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Passport Essential SE Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive (Black):

                              Large capacity for storing Photos. Instant back-up of all important files. Works quietly in the background.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business

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                              5.0

                              another good product from WD

                              By Marcello

                              from Sao Paulo, Brasil

                              About Me Frequent User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Fast

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Passport Essential SE Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive (Black):

                                  Excellent for backing up my note, lots of space in a small and elegant box.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal

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                                  4.0

                                  Good Hard drive

                                  By Johngod

                                  from Stevens Point WI

                                  About Me Frequent User

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Gaming

                                    Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Passport Essential SE Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive (Black):

                                    The price was fair [...]. A GOOD BUY

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal

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                                    5.0

                                    Small package, large memory

                                    By Hobbymandoc

                                    from Longview, Texas

                                    About Me Frequent User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Passport Essential SE Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive (Black):

                                        Easy to pack and no worries about having enough memory for trips to come. Great backup for photos and any other data you wish to keep.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Personal

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                                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        1TB Hard drive

                                        By Ngan

                                        from Seattle, WA

                                        About Me Infrequent User

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Gaming
                                          • High-End Multimedia

                                          Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Passport Essential SE Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive (Black):

                                          small and very convenience

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal

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                                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          5.0

                                          So *little & serves even *bigger!

                                          By jasi

                                          from 11211

                                          About Me Frequent User

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Fast

                                          Cons

                                          • Non

                                          Best Uses

                                          • High-End Multimedia

                                          Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Passport Essential SE Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive (Black):

                                          I use it to save my photos, I'll be able to store memory's for the next 20 years(Or more).

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal

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                                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          4.0

                                          It's good

                                          By Guruprasad Tatekalva

                                          from Providence, RI

                                          About Me Tech Professional

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Durable
                                          • Fast Connectivity
                                          • Quiet
                                          • Reliable
                                          • Versatile

                                          Cons

                                          • Till now no issues

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Backup
                                          • Laptops
                                          • Travel

                                          Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Passport Essential SE Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive (Black):

                                          I started using this product and it very small and comfortable in size. As of now issues with product. I copied 55 GB data to this hard drive from my dell laptop and it took only 25 minutes to copy. I liked it.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal

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                                          5.0

                                          Great product

                                          By ab

                                          from Atlanta, GA

                                          About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Fast Connectivity
                                          • Quiet
                                          • Reliable
                                          • Versatile

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Multimedia
                                            • Travel

                                            Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Passport Essential SE Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive (Black):

                                            All that's left is to make this even smaller at the same great price.

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Personal

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                                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            Simply the best

                                            By kimmel59

                                            from Fort Wayne, IN

                                            About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Professional

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Durable
                                            • Quiet
                                            • Reliable
                                            • Versatile

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Backup
                                              • Laptops
                                              • Large Projects
                                              • Multimedia
                                              • Travel

                                              Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Passport Essential SE Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive (Black):

                                              I love these devices. This is my second one. Small, portable, easy to use (plug & play), and lots of space. They enabled me to merge several old external hard drives and have all my files in one place.

                                              • Primary use:
                                              • Personal

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                                              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              5.0

                                              Excellent, working as per expectations

                                              By Veera

                                              from San Jose, CA

                                              About Me Tech Professional

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Durable
                                              • Fast Connectivity
                                              • Reliable

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Backup
                                                • Laptops

                                                Comments about Western Digital 1TB My Passport Essential SE Portable USB 2.0 Hard Drive (Black):

                                                This is great product, speed is good enough, i'm loving it.

                                                • Primary use:
                                                • Personal

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