WD 500GB My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive (Black)

WD 500GB My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive (Black)

WD 500GB My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive (Black)

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Product Highlights

  • 500GB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.0 Interface
  • Data Transfer Rates up to 5 Gb/s
  • 128-bit AES Hardware Encryption
  • Bus Powered
  • Local and Cloud Backup
  • Windows 8 Compatible
  • WD Drive Utilities
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The black 500GB My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive from WD is a bus powered, durable, portable hard drive. This USB 3.0 compatible drive connects directly to your USB port allowing you to transfer data at speeds up to 5 Gb/s simplifying the once arduous task of transferring large files such as HD video, movies, pictures, photos, music and more. Backing up your data has also been simplified, as you have the option to backup data to both the drive and the cloud via Dropbox. Once configured, you can manage nearly every aspect of your drive by utilizing the included Drive Utilities by WD. You can also secure your drive by taking advantage of WD Security enabling you to password protect and encrypt your drive.

Local and Cloud Backup
WD SmartWare Pro automatic backup software lets you choose when and where you back up your files.
• Choose scheduled backup to back up your files on the schedule that fits your needs
• Choose automatic, continuous backup to back up files as they are added or changed and saved
• Use your Dropbox account to back up files to the cloud (Dropbox account is required for cloud backup)
Enhanced Transfer Rates
When connected to a USB 3.0 port, My Passport Ultra lets you access and save files with enhanced data transfer speeds. Transfer data up to three times faster when compared to USB 2.0 transfer rates.
USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Compatibility
This single drive is compatible with the latest USB 3.0 devices as well as many USB 2.0 devices.
Windows 8 Compatibility
The WD Windows 8 app makes it easy to discover the digital media stored on your My Passport Ultra drive with your Windows 8 computer. Your content is automatically displayed and organized so you can easily locate and enjoy your photos, videos, and music.
Secure Your Files
WD Security 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 Software
Register your drive, set drive timer, run diagnostics and more using WD Drive Utilities.
Durable Enclosure Protects the Drive Inside
This WD drive is designed for durability, shock tolerance, and long-term reliability.
No separate power supply is needed as this drive is powered directly from the USB port on your PC.
In the Box
WD 500GB My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive (Black)
  • USB Cable
  • WD SmartWare Pro Software
  • Quick Install Guide
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
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    Capacity 500GB
    Interface USB 3.0
    Drive Speed Not specified by manufacturer
    Buffer Not specified by manufacturer
    Sustained Data Transfer Rate USB 3.0 up to 5 Gb/s (max)
    USB 2.0 up to 480 Mb/s (max)
    System Requirements Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
    (Requires reformatting for Mac OS X operating systems)
    Mounting External
    Environmental Requirements Operating Temperature: 41 to 95°F / 5 to 35°C
    Non-Operating Temperature: 4 to 149°F / -20 to 65°C
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.21 x 4.33 x 0.50" / 81.6 x 110 x 12.8 mm
    Weight 0.30 lb / 0.13 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.7 x 4.8 x 1.9"

    WD WDBPGC5000ABK-NESN Reviews

    500GB My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive (Black) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 7.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for college students A great backup system with easy to use backup software. Purchased for my freshman son in college. A family friend, who was a senior in college, had their laptop stolen a few months ago. Buying a new laptop was easy. Her biggest issue was losing all her personal documents (notes, research papers) and electronic textbooks. The ebooks were expensive to replace and the lost notes were irreplaceable. We decided to purchase our son a backup system that was easy to use. The WD Passport Ultra allows you to set a schedule for backup (set it and forget it). Ten minutes after opening, my son had his backup scheduled. You can also use the cloud. Compatible with USB 3.0, file transfer appeared very quick (backward compatible with USB 2.0 too). It fits into a shirt pocket so my son had no problem slipping it into a pocket in his backpack. It also came with a pouch to protect the unit. Overall, a great backup option for someone who values their files.
    Date published: 2014-01-01
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cant be used to image drive I bought this drive to back up my laptop because my hard drive was failing and had to be replaced. I was hoping to do a complete image (clone) of my existing drive. The software that comes with this unit does not have that function. Otherwise the unit works well to back up docs,photos, etc.
    Date published: 2014-01-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Does the job! If you're looking for a basic, easy-to-use backup drive at a reasonable price, this is it!
    Date published: 2014-04-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from SMART, SMALL, EASY! We buy these drives often for their ease of use, portability and reliability.
    Date published: 2014-07-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I needed Never had a problem with any of these
    Date published: 2015-08-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Me encanto el color
    Date published: 2015-01-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Excellent Choice for Backups I bought the 500GB My Passport Ultra to back up two PCs. I don't have any video files, raw digital photos or other types of files that consume a lot of disk space, so 500GB is way more than adequate for me. My needs exceeded the capacity of smaller thumb drives (8GB, 16GB), so I figured it was time to go for an extrnal HDD, especially since they're now so small and relatively inexpensive. I paid almost as much for my first thumb drive (4GB) as I did for this 500GB portable HDD! The drive is small, fast and Windows 7 (64 bit) installed the necessry driver and had it ready for use very quickly. I didn't install any of the software included on the HDD. I do not like using backup software like WD's SmartWare that stores data in a proprietary format. I don't care that it can save space; space is not an issue for me and reliable access to my data is paramont. I used Bvckup 2 (Yes, thats a 'v' not an 'a'.), which is simple, quick and efficient, and I can access my files with anything that has a USB port and can read files stored in NTFS. As I've just started using it, I can't speak for its reliability. But I've used WD HDDs in all of my computers since the late 1990s and have never had a problem, which is the primary reason I chose WD as my first portable HDD. As others have noted, you will probably want a longer USB 3.0 cable than the one packaged with this drive. I bought a 3' Pearson from B&H and it seems to be a very good cable. And I will probably be purchasing a case smoetime soon.
    Date published: 2015-02-15
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