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

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

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


Product Highlights

  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0
  • 500GB Capacity
  • WD SmartWare Backup Software
  • Bus-Powered
  • Password-Protected Encryption
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WD WDBACY5000ABL-NESN overview

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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.
UPC: 718037771229
In the Box
WD My Passport Essential 500GB Portable Hard Drive (Blue)
  • USB Cable
  • WD SmartWare Software
  • Quick Install Guide
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    WD WDBACY5000ABL-NESN specs

    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)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.5 x 6.0 x 2.0"

    WD WDBACY5000ABL-NESN reviews

    My Passport Essential 500GB Portable Hard Drive (Blue) is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 124.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from good value, good product I like that it's so small and compact. Saves large quantities of data pretty quickly. I'll see how long it will hold up (my previous portable hard drives of different brands had to be replaced every few years), but seems to do its job well. I like the color; matches my macbook exactly. Yes, you do have to spend a little time reformatting for mac but it was no problem doing so. However, I do not like the Smartware interface that wd installs onto your computer to manage files. I guess if you want to back up your entire computer it's useful but I only want to back up specific files so it's useless for me.
    Date published: 2012-12-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A nice product ! I purchased to use as portable storage for photographic images. I use it with a 24 iMac under Snow Leopard and have been very happy with it. It came ready to use with windows but converting it was a piece of cake. I was using it in about 10 minutes. One of my objectives was to be able to exchange images with my daughter. She operates under Windows. I, as I have indicated, use Mac OS X. Formatting it as FAT 32 did the trick. I would say that this product exceeded my expectations ... even my hopes. I have only had this product for a few days but it looks well built. I expect it to be reliable. It does operate as quickly as one would expect, given that it has a USB 2 interface. Plenty fast for my application. My next storage purchase was to buy a 3TB backup disk for my system. After my experience with this device, the decision was easy. I ordered a WD disk.
    Date published: 2012-01-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Portable This is my second Passport. I use them to make duplicate back ups of my Mac Book. When I travel, one always goes with me and the other into the safe deposit box. I have had the first one for two years without a problem. This one, unlike the first one, did not automatically format when plugged in. It had to be done manually. WDC is helpful with that. I do not like the Smart Ware so I did not say install when prompted. The Smart Ware icon still shows up on the desktop. It is removable with much difficulty. I did it for the first Passport but did not even bother with this one. One nice thing is that, for some reason, the Smart Ware does not take up as much of the drive as it did on the previous one.
    Date published: 2012-01-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just What I Needed! I use this hard drive to store video capture files for editing and production. It's a small and convenient size to bring with you on the go. Also, the USB 3.0 is very fast, significantly faster than USB 2.0. It was a little bit difficult to format for Mac but it is very doable. Besides that I have not encountered any other problems with this product!
    Date published: 2012-10-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid, Reliable Hard Drive My only complaint about this product is that the process for reconfiguring it for a Mac was a little cumbersome. It is totally Mac compatible and will work with Time Machine and everything, but the process to get there is not completely clear. I would probably recommend that a Mac user who wants to plug and play get an external hard drive that is pre-configured for Mac use. Once I figured it out it was really easy. Like most other people who reviewed this product, I gave up on the software that came with it and it made my life easier.
    Date published: 2011-03-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect i bought this to backup photos. i got this model because it has the 2.0 and 3.0 usb port and if i change over to mac i can still use it, you would just have to reformat it. its size is great. i put into a small fire proof safe. you never want to be that family that loses everything. best price i could find. i live about 50 miles from the warehouse in brooklyn ...
    Date published: 2011-01-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2012-02-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Portable Hard Drive Nothing wrong with this product at all. Small and light-weight, so it can go everywhere my laptop goes. My MacBook Pro hard drive was running out of space, so I needed somewhere to dump files, folders, and media that I don't regularly access to free up some space. Used Disk Utility to reformat to FAT32 in seconds. I love that it is USB 3.0 capable so if/when I upgrade, it won't be outdated. Haven't had any problems with speed, noise, or power. WD is a great brand! I have used it before and am always impressed.
    Date published: 2012-06-25
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