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Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1TB Portable Hard Drive (Black)

  • USB 3.0/USB 2.0
  • 2.5"
  • 2 years limited
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  • newegg USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Compatibility Western Digital’s My Passport Essential SE features universal compatibility with widely-used USB 2.0 and next-generation SuperSpeed USB 3.0. When connected to a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port, the drive lets you access and save files up to 3 times faster than USB 2.0.
  • newegg WD SmartWare Software The Western Digital My Passport Essential SE offers the WD SmartWare software that provides automatic, continuous backup and data retrieve through a visual control center. In addition, the software lets you customize your backup, set drive security, run diagnostics, manage the power settings and more. And if you prefer, you can choose not to use the software at all.
  • newegg Password Protection The Western Digital My Passport Essential SE provides password protection and encryption for securing your data from unauthorized access or theft.
  • newegg USB Powered Lightweight, stylish and easy to carry, the Western Digital My Passport Essential SE with massive capacity is powered directly from the USB port on your PC. No separate power supply is needed.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years

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  • Joo-Hwan L.
  • 2/2/2014 11:08:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWestern Digital My Passport Essential SE 1TB Portable Hard Drive

Pros: It is what it is. An external HDD. Decent performance *when it worked.* Today (Q1 of 2014) there are much better options with more space and lower price.

Cons: I only used this periodically to back up my internal HDD (for desktop/tower and work laptop). I'd say total of less than 10 times over two years. Despite the infrequent use and very safe keeping, it started giving me strange clicks and random disconnects after about 15 months (keep in mind, I did not over use this or put any mechanical/hardware stress on it like some people do with constant back-up).

Tried every other trick/solution I know and could find on the web. No dice. Nothing worked. New cable, different ports on different computers, nothing. And despite latest drivers and updated firmware, could not reformat the drive, check for bad sectors, nothing. The random disconnects were just too frequent.

Last night, it totally failed with loss of all data, which I could not recover. This was about a year past the 2year plan, so I can't get a replacement. Ended up trashing it. Thankfully, I had the presence of mind to get another, better 2TB alternative from a different manufacturer in advance. So, my data is safe.

Other Thoughts: The internet is FULL of complaints about this model (across different size versions from 500GB+) from WD.

1) the random disconnect issue, 2) the inability to make it a bootable drive, 3) the inability to make it into an internal drive. YMMV, but I'd recommend another brand/model with better performance and reliability.

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  • Joe p.
  • 1/12/2014 3:02:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsNot woth the money

Pros: Love WD internal drives been using them for years

Cons: WD is better at making internal drives, External NOT SO GOOD. Like so many people say they die with very little use. I had mine for 2 years and used it to back songs and pics on, all of a sudden BAM CRASH no more data. Do yourself a favor and buy one for a lot less money because you are just buying a name with this one......

Other Thoughts: Love WD internal drives

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  • Jonathan V.
  • 7/8/2013 6:06:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsHead Crashed Easily

Pros: Worked as advertised. It had a fairly good speed to it.

Cons: It's extremely susceptible to a head crash. I picked it up and it slipped out of my hand from less than an inch off of the table...

It died on the spot.

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  • Dan Z.
  • 12/6/2012 8:49:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSufficient

Pros: Setup was easy. Does what I need it to do for extra storage.

Cons: The USB 3 doesn't seem fast at all. Not anywhere close to the speed of my external eSata drive.

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  • Matthew B.
  • 8/1/2012 11:10:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsExcellent drive until failure

Pros: High transfer speed, large space, reasonable price

Cons: Click of death onset after (almost exactly) 1 year use

Other Thoughts: luckily got the extended warranty. Will be returning soon - it mounted on the fourth try and I'm dumping all of my files off it. Fantastic drive while it lasted.

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  • Brian S.
  • 7/25/2012 3:33:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPervasive WD PCB BAD Error

Pros: This seemed to be a reasonably price and compact external drive.

Cons: The high cost of data recovery definitely overshadows any $ that I may have saved. The research I did shows this error is common and is a "catch all" for a drive failure. The only remedy WD recommends is to send the drive to a data recovery specialist. This drive sat undisturbed, behind my desktop PC - safe and sound. It failed by no assignable cause. It is unlikely I will purchase WD products again.

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  • Thomas B.
  • 5/22/2012 8:49:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: The drive has worked well so far. I've written 9+GB backups to it and drive temperature didn't seem to be an issue.

Cons: The USB cable could have been longer.

Other Thoughts: I needed a USB powered drive for a DVR I plan to purchase. The DVR isn't shipping yet so I've been using the drive for system backups in the meantime.

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  • Nicholas N.
  • 5/12/2012 1:22:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent TB

Pros: I have bought two of these so far to hold all of my media and they have done that beautifully. They are lightweight, easy to use, USB 3.0, Standalone(no need to plug in). Excellent buy.

Cons: I had a little trouble plugging 2 into seperate USB 3.0 ports at the same time. That was fixed with a quick internet search and about 5 minutes of time. Not Western Digitals fault and nothing I would need to take an Egg off

Other Thoughts: I have them rubber banded together :)

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  • Steven W.
  • 5/4/2012 1:55:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMy third Passport

Pros: Very portable. USB 3.0 access is super fast. This is my 4th Western Digital external and my 3rd Passport. Have always been happy with Western Digital products and this external hard drive is no different.

Cons: Proprietary USB cable. No longer sold with a soft case.

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  • Matthew W.
  • 4/23/2012 9:33:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsGood drive, mediocre software

Pros: Small size, quiet, runs cool, has available hard case that is very durable.

Cons: In a word: software. The software installed on the drive includes features like password protection, and back-up software that sufficiently dumbs-down the process for novices, but the first couple times the drive was plugged in, the software completely locked my system until updates finally applied. The drive runs perpetually, as does the back-up software. Again, this is to idiot-proof the backup process, but it's not optional, and I'd like a higher degree of control over how/when it runs.

Other Thoughts: Overall I'd recommend it to anyone, but users with specific purposes for it in mind may not want to even bother with the software.

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