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WD My Passport 320GB USB 3.0 2.5" Portable Hard Drive WDBKXH3200ABK-NESN Black

  • WDBKXH3200ABK-NESN
  • USB 3.0
  • 2.5"
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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4 out of 5 eggsA niche, but solid

Pros: USB 3.0, USB 2.0 compatible, small (pocket size), no additional power cord needed, feels well made and rugged, Included WD smartware/tools are pretty good. Indicator light isn't overly bright. Drive operation is almost completely silent.

Cons: It's the slowest USB 3.0 external drive I own (I have 4 of them). Transfers through USB 3 average 35-40 MB/s, which is only just a bit faster than USB 2 through this drive (33 MB/s).

Other Thoughts: This seems like a niche' product to me, as the 500GB version isn't too much more (and is actually cheaper than this drive as of this review) and will likely (hopefully) have a bit more throughput. It feels well made, but I haven't dropped it a few times to really test that out. The bundled software is actually quite useful for backing up photos, documents, etc and the tools for wiping the drive also are handy and both work quite well. The drive did get a bit warm about 30 minutes in during a 250GB copy to fill the drive but it never got to the point of what I would call hot. This drive also seems to have a bit more of a vibration than other external drives I own (I have another about this size). The 250GB transfer I did was a mixture of zips, photos, mp3's, and word & excel docs. Took 2 hours to complete (35 MB/s). I then ran 4-5GB of each type of file (zip, photo, mp3, etc) but throughput never exceeded 42 MB/s write speed via usb 3. I am thinking this is a single platter 5400rpm drive in this enclosure based on the speeds I am getting. If you don't need a bunch of external storage, or need faster usb 3.0 speeds (70+ MB/s) and this little drive happens to be the lowest cost option available then it would be a solid choice. Those who need a bit more storage and actually want full usb 3 speeds would be better off spending a bit more for a higher capacity drive.

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  • Michael W.
  • 11/4/2012 8:43:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Rugged Little Drive!!

Pros: *Solid Construction!
*Respectable transfer speeds
*Goes to sleep (standby) when not in use.

Crystal Disk Mark - 79.5MB/s
5.58GB Mixed File Transfer - 2 Minutes 23 Seconds

Cons: Transfer speeds are no where near my Seagate 750GB Expansion portable drive.

Crstal Disk Mark was 104MB/s & 5.58GB 1 Minute 8 Sec

But the Seagate is no where near as tough I'd say. It just feels a bit weak, so the Passport is my number one travel companion.

Other Thoughts: I'm an On Site Tech, so I travel all over and this little Passport has weathered my travel storm like a champ. I just don't feel my Seagate 750 would survive TSA searches every week! lol If you need all out speed go Seagate, but if you want rugged reliability its WD all the way.

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4 out of 5 eggsGood looking, Small, And Quiet

Pros: One of the smaller drives I have seen, as small as a cell phone.

Nice sleek case, with no annoying graphics.

Short cord makes it great for laptop users that need it to be portable.

Large Files (2GB and larger) transfer quickly averaging 42MB/s on my USB 2.0 connection.

Cons: Large groups of small files transfer very slowly on my USB 2.0 connection, only averaging 16MB/s

For PC users the short cord may get annoying.

Drives light is small and hard to see.

The drive comes with drivers for all PC's and mac's, buy you need a PC that can see it to retrieve them.


Case scratches easily.

Other Thoughts: All and all a great little drive for users that would like a drive really small in size with a short cord that need extra storage for large files.

The software that comes on the drive can back-up your computers files automatically, erase the drive, secure the drive. And incase your wondering, if you just want it to be a blank hard drive, you can erase these off of the drive without worry, you don't need them after the Computer is able to see / use the drive.

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat Design and Performer

Pros: * Sleek design. The unit has a beautiful look to it and it is something that easily slides into a pocket
* The led indicator light is white, and not the typically annoying bright blue you may find in other portable drives
* Lightning fast USB 3.0 speeds. 4.7GB file transfered from an SSD drive to this drive in 57.273 seconds (80 MB/s).
* Packaging is all recyclable.
* Works on a Mac
* Included software tools are good
* Small - probably the smallest portable drive I've worked with
* Quiet - you never hear the drive spin
* 2 year warranty

Cons: * Short USB cable
* Led light is positioned on the end where the cable plugs in. This is not convenient because this side is typically facing away from you.

Other Thoughts: * 2 year warranty is truly amazing. I've had portable drives quit on me shortly after the 1 year warranty period.
* Despite the two CONS, this is an excellent drive and one I highly recommend
* Having the led indicator light on top would have been ideal.
* To get it to work on the MAC, you have reformat the unit, which means you don't get the software on the drive.
* The included software is a nice add-on if you need it for backing up your data. Personally, I wipe portable drives clean so I have as much room as possible for my data.
* Build quality is evident, from the drive housing to the USB cable.
* I did some torture testing with this unit and found it to be able to withstand being dropped, and randomly being unplugged. No data loss.

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4 out of 5 eggsSmall and quiet drive does the job well enough.

Pros: USB3.0 (2.0 compatible), two year warranty, preformatted in NTFS, suite of software included, no power brick (powered from USB port), rubber feet on bottom of drive, small and lightweight, quiet, sexy looking and cool to touch. Simple to setup and use, software installs quickly and takes up 60mb on installed PC

Cons: Short USB cable, install issue with one laptop (SES device issue, found driver on the hard drive folder and installed manually), available space 298Gb (after format), audible click when drive powers off, software suite is basic, glossy plastic can scratch, not the fastest USB 3.0 drive I have. 5400rpm platter speed.

Other Thoughts: Quiet and smart looking drive with 298gb available to use. I had a problem setting this drive up on one laptop as I was missing a vital SES device driver, this was easily located (in one of the included folders on the drive) and installed manually (no eggs removed). The included software was quick and easy to install and setup and came with a clean and simple interface. Perhaps a little basic but it works well. Software includes utilities, security and backup and looks for updates automatically when opened. Utilities contains self-diagnostics, sleep timer and drive erase. Security allows you to set up a virtual drive and set password and the Smartware backup software can automatically choose the files for backup including a full system copy, photos, music, movies, email and documents. Works well enough even if a little basic. Just for comparison I tested the drive with Sandra and results showed read and write speeds of 33mb/s and 28mb/s when connected to USB 2.0 and 84mb/s and 83mb/s when connected to USB 2.0. I felt that the drive was a little slower than it should have been so retested another USB 3.0 backup drive I own that has a 1TB capacity and also 5400rpm drive based and this drive showed read and write of 33mb/s and 28.8mb/s in USB 2.0 and 112mb/s and 109mb/s in USB 3.0. I ran my tests 3 times and can confirm that the WD drive is a little slower even with the same platter speed at USB 3.0. Not such a big deal in my opinion, perhaps a larger capacity drive would be faster in USB 3.0. Again for comparison and internal SATA ll 7200rpm drive reads and writes at 108mb/s and 99.5mb/s and the Sandisk SATA lll Extreme SSD reads and writes at 269mb/s and 190mb/s. Final thoughts: Great looking drive, smaller than my current cell phone, easy to setup and use, not as fast as some of the other USB 3.0 drives available when used in USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 was just as fast though) but great value.

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  • Xiangyu Z.
  • 7/2/2012 5:45:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsIt is good

Pros: Fast, light, quiet and good looking.

Cons: N/A.

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