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WD My Passport 500GB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive WDBKXH5000ARD-NESN

  • Automatic, continuous backup software
  • USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
  • No power adapter required
  • 2 year manufacturer warranty

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4 out of 5 eggsGreat Drives

This review is from: WD My Passport 500GB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive WDBKXH5000AWT-NESN

Pros: Very sleek and light. USB 3.0 performance is good. Comes in a range of colors. I've always had good luck with Western Digital drives of all types.

Buy it. Your Data is important.

Cons: This generation of the USB 3.0 passport got a textured finish, and a more boxy 'iPhone' shape. I preferred the more round edges of the last generation when it's in a pocket. My particular unit was in white, which does all the grime of real world use. I'd personally recommend picking another color if you really use it daily.

Other Thoughts: Comes with backup software from Western Digital that I never use, but this generation doesn't nag (autorun) one to install it which is nice.

I ran some tests because I was curious if USB 3.0 really makes a difference. It does. These are my numbers for what its worth.

Test system #1:
Socket 2011 Quad Core with 16gig memory and SSD. USB 2.0 and 3.0.

Test system #2:
Acer atom (single core) netbook with 2gig memory and SSD. USB 2.0 only.

Passport -> Test system #1 using USB 3.0 = 58 mb/min.
Test system #1 -> Passport using USB 3.0 = 48 mb/min.
Passport -> Test system #1 using USB 2.0 = 15 mb/min.
Passport -> Test system #2 using USB 2.0 = 20 mb/min.
Test system #2 -> Passport using USB 2.0 = 15 mb/min.

These rates were collected backup a large client data set (documents and desktop) which seemed to reflect a real life combination of media, documents, and stuff. The final speeds where collected from windows 7 dialog box about 30 minutes into the transfer when the 'numbers settled down'.

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5 out of 5 eggsMY PASSPORT (500GB)

This review is from: WD My Passport 500GB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive WDBKXH5000AWT-NESN

Pros: My Passport is compact, lightweight, and attractive (colors: black, white, red, blue, and gray).
The polycarbonate exterior and soft elastomer cushion lining protect the drive. Soft supports located on bottom corners cushion the unit and allow air movement on hard surfaces.
Plug 'n play via USB-3 cable (backward compatible with USB-2 and plugs into USB-2 port).
External power is provided via provided USB-3 cable. A light indicates power and activity.
Quiet and exceptionally fast (advertized up to 5GB/sec transfer rate via USB-3 system).
NTFS formatted
Can be reformatted for MAC computers
Good user manual
Free 30-day support
Two year limited Warranty (USA) from date of purchase

Cons: Short USB-3 cable (laptop use)
No specification for hard drive disk speed (likely not above 5400 rpm)
WD’s backup software is good, but not designed to clone a new hard drive

Other Thoughts: One of the quietest 2.5” hard drives I have ever experienced, and although the accompanying software package was installed in late 2011, its execution was flawless and WD updates were quickly recognized and installed by Microsoft/Windows 7.
Comparing the transfer of a 1.2GB Outlook pst file for USB2 vs USB3: (29 MB/sec USB2) verses (60 MB/sec USB3). [Computer system: ASRock Z68Extreme4Gen3 SATAIII]
Upgrading to Win 8? My Passport can backup your critical information ... your family photos, financial documents, your music, videos, etc. WD Utilities, Security and Backup software are easy to implement and automatic/continuous backup keeps selected folders updated.
My Passport is small enough to slip into a shirt pocket if transporting from home to office and vice versa (just remember it’s … a hard drive).
My Passports is available in capacities up to 2 Terabytes.
An excellent external drive … USB-3 makes it exciting …

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5 out of 5 eggsWD My Passport 500GB

This review is from: WD My Passport 500GB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive WDBKXH5000AWT-NESN

Pros: Excellent choice for backing up Laptop/Ultrbook providing they have USB 3.0. The drive comes preloaded with feature rich proprietary software for performing initial file backups and subsequent incremental backups. After running a number of backups and retrievals along with benchmarks the drive remained cool to the touch.
The drive can also be used with Apple computers with OSX. A friend has a Mac Book Air, and we reformatted then downloaded the Apple version of the software from the Western Digital website. Works just as well as with Windows.

Cons: Short (19") USB 3.0 cable. User manual is somewhat convoluted. However, Newegg supplies a number of USB 3.0 Male to Micro B Male cables of 3 feet and longer (for example Item # N82E16812270297). Also anyone familiar with Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image will find the software fairly intuitive.

Other Thoughts: I ran Crystal Disk Mark 1GB sequential reads/writes of 83.53/76.04 MB/sec, and 512KB random reads/writes of 17.45/27.49 MB/sec on USB 3.0 which is very good for a 5400 rpm drive. However, when using the drive with a USB 2.0 port the speed were much slower, i.e. 31.70/31.69 MB/sec and 21.62/31.62 MB/sec.

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5 out of 5 eggsNice little unit

This review is from: WD My Passport 500GB USB 3.0 2.5" External Hard Drive WDBKXH5000AWT-NESN

Pros: Installed this on a Win 7 system with USB 3.0. Software is very easy to set up, use, and very intuitive. Comes with three applications, one for backup/restore, a tool to test the hard drive with, and an application to install security on the drive. Backs up data fairly quickly. No problems at all using it. The application software comes on the hard drive itself so after plugging it in and installing the driver software just click the set up icon on the drive. Has LED indicator light on unit so you know when it is working. Small and compact. Easy to carry. Looks nice too.

Cons: Proprietary cable and cable is very short. Don't lose it.

Other Thoughts: The application software that comes with this unit does and excellent job of backing up data, movies, pictures, email, etc. and it does it with just a couple clicks.

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