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Western Digital My Passport Essential 500GB Portable Hard Drive (Black)

  • USB 3.0/USB2.0
  • 2.5"
  • 2 years limited

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  • newegg USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Compatibility Western Digital’s My Passport Essential 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 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 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 is powered directly from the USB port on your PC. No separate power supply is needed.

Learn more about the Western Digital WDBACY5000ABK-NESN

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • Andrew W.
  • 2/15/2013 1:06:09 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat prodecut

Pros: Works great, fast A+ product

Cons: none so far

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  • Joshua P.
  • 10/2/2012 3:37:51 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUSB 3.0!

Pros: USB 3.0 is so fast!

Works very well.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: Only use it a few times throughout the year but it definitely serves its purpose and is very fast.

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  • Yannick B.
  • 9/13/2012 10:24:32 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat as Schedules Backup Drive

Pros: Used as a backup external device for 64bit Microsoft OS
- Perform well as previously purchased device
- USB 3.0 is well supported
- Very quiet, you would think it's an SSD inside
- Devices has not failed

Cons: - May become hot during prolonged read/write process (over 3 hours)
- Did not come with gel pocket as previous purchased device (not required)

Other Thoughts: - Did not install the included drivers and software
- Purchased for competitive prices and matched current devices
- Keep area cool to prolong life of your devices and away from long sun exposure (read other suggested storage labels)

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  • 9/12/2012 8:59:53 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEXCELLENT


Cons: NONE

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  • Winfield B.
  • 8/15/2012 4:57:21 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsThe Good and The Bad

Pros: Owned: 2 months (during review)

Write Speed: Up to 40-50MByte/s (single file), ~15MByte/s (folders/files) using Tobshiba Satellite L775D-S5218 on Windows 7 64-bit

Opinion: Decently compact, simple software, and easily reformatted for personal uses. Performs as I expected.

Cons: Windows XP Compatibility: While this external drive can operate on Windows XP 32-bit it may run into issues with connectivity if transferring large file formats that could run into the 32-bit limitation of such operating systems. [Simplified: Expect to reconnect the drive in Windows XP 32-bit for large file transfers (+40GBytes).

Hard Disk Drive: The physical hard disk drive of this specific model contains a different physical interface than your typical SATA/IDE HDD. It is physically incompatible with current mainstream HDD interfaces making this drive useless for swapping out other internal/external HDDs that require a SATA/IDE interface.

Opinion: As for reasons why this HDD is made like this one can only guess but one standpoint is that fact that it removes the need for extra adapters to convert to a USB interface and helps shrink the overall size of the external enclosure.

Other Thoughts: My only major misgiving about this HDD is the SATA/IDE incompatibility, it makes itself useless beyond its own enclosure for us low-tech DIY hobbyists. Very few avenues are left with this device to allow to be useable in other electronics, but one possibility is to research the PCBs on similar WD HDDs that use a SATA inferace and whether they are interchangeable, basically changing the interface on the HDD. Although this route is practically cannibalizing other HDDs unless PCBs can be individually ordered.

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1 out of 5 eggsWorked great for a while

Pros: 500 gb passport for $90 worked like a charm

Cons: After 3 months of owning the product the write speed dropped to 600KB/s!
Called WD support and was told to plug it into another computer... As this is my laptop and I don't have another computer. This is difficult. I tested with my tablet and phone both have a write speed of 12 MB/s. This did not satisfactory For WD support. I buy WD prodcut because of their Great drives and good customer service.

way to drop the ball.

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  • Dale P.
  • 5/12/2012 10:04:13 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest small external drives commercially available

Pros: If you're not a DIY person, this drive is perfect as an external backup drive or an additional external file data drive hooked up to a USB3 port on a laptop. On ATTO, it tests R/W at 73/77 mbps when hooked up to a USB3 port. The cable is an ideal length and stores easy with the srive in a small CaseLogic semi-hardshell case...perfect for a laptop backup drive you can carry anywhere.

Cons: If you need more than 500 Gb storage capacity, get the 1 Tb version.

Other Thoughts: BUT, if you ARE a DIY person (and this is REALLY simple to you only need to be a 'diy' person and not even a full-blown 'DIY' person), I'd really very highly recommend that you pick up one of these (Newegg Item#: N82E16822136835) and pop it into one of these (Newegg Item#: N82E16817366041) and build yourself a FANTASTIC little 750Gb 7200rpm external USB3 2.5" HDD that benches on ATTO at 95/97 Mbps R/W (and store it in one of these... Newegg Item#: N82E16817998108...the cable is longer than the commercial drive and is a marginally snugger fit). If speed matters to you (and why wouldn't it?!) then you'll be glad you did to get the 20-22 Mbps increase in R/W speed.

I've assembled and use several of these as external backup and data drives for various PC's and laptops and they work great and the extra R/W speed is great.

If you want to shop for better prices on these 3 items, you can sometimes find better deals on one or all of them on the Brazilian river and/or in the Bay

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  • Zoltan K.
  • 5/6/2012 12:13:32 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsBad sectors on both

Pros: Looks nice
USB 3.0

Cons: Too many bad sectors making the drive unreliable

Other Thoughts: My original drive and its replacement would not complete Western Digital's extended test through the diagnostic tool because of too many bad sectors.

After this I just returned for a full refund. There is no way I'm going to put pictures and data on a drive that failed the extended test before even using it. I'm not surprised of all these reports that indicate drives failing only a few months after use.

Stay away from this drive and WD in general. Quality from WD has really dropped over the years as most of my drive failures were WD.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/20/2012 3:21:07 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWhat A Great Device

Pros: Small, Reliable, Fast and holds all my important data.

WD Installed Back-up software - no worries, this is what kills or RMA's most of these.

I removed all WD software and this thing really flies, never a problem once WD software removed from this and also my 320GB which is neally 2 yrs old.


Other Thoughts: Think you guy's in USA don't get the same quality as us Brits, or your shipping companies don't give a monkies when chucking them about.

Remember how important your data is, THEN don't go for cheapest supplier otherwise for packaging and shipping will kill the drive. These Passports will last forever if treated right AND WD software removed.

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  • Su L.
  • 3/17/2012 3:13:16 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice

Pros: Everything

Cons: Nothing

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