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Western Digital My Passport WDBY8L0020BSL-NESN 2 TB External Hard Drive - Retail - Cool Silver

  • Automatic, continuous backup software
  • USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
  • No power adapter required
  • 2 year manufacturer warranty
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • David M.
  • 12/5/2013 9:09:54 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNo, it's not a proprietary cable!

This review is from: Western Digital My Passport WDBY8L0020BSL-NESN 2 TB External Hard Drive - Retail - Cool Silver

Pros: This is a follow up to my 5-star review dated 10/27/2013.

Several reviews falsely state that the 2 terabyte Passport uses a proprietary cable that will cost a fortune to replace.

It's actually an industry standard micro-USB 3.0 cable. You can buy lots of replacements here on NewEgg for only a few dollars.

The standards committee came up with a very clever design for the newer micro-USB 3.0 cables. In a pinch, you can borrow a micro-USB 2 cable from anyone with an iPhone. It will plug in and work just fine, except that the connection will be limited to USB 2 speed. I've tried this and it works perfectly.

For the same reason, please disregard the complaints over the supplied cable being too short. It's exactly what you want for portability. It's also perfect for front panel USB 3.0 ports. If it's too short to reach a rear panel port, then just buy a longer cable.

Cons: None yet.

Other Thoughts: My two terabyte passport was 99 with free shipping on a promo code. I strongly suggest that you take advantage of NewEgg's excellent price alert policy.

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  • Ricardo S.
  • 11/25/2013 4:44:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWD 2TB Passport

This review is from: Western Digital My Passport WDBY8L0020BSL-NESN 2 TB External Hard Drive - Retail - Cool Silver

Pros: Works great and got it on sale.

Cons: none

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  • Chao W.
  • 11/4/2013 7:17:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: Western Digital My Passport WDBY8L0020BSL-NESN 2 TB External Hard Drive - Retail - Cool Silver

Pros: large capacity

Cons: too heavy

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  • David M.
  • 10/27/2013 9:43:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRecommended

This review is from: Western Digital My Passport WDBY8L0020BSL-NESN 2 TB External Hard Drive - Retail - Cool Silver

Pros: Once in a great while, I buy a product that I really like right from the unpackaging. This is one of them.

Two terabytes of storage in a compact package, USB 3.0 interface, and with no additional power supply to lug around.

The best backup device is the one you'll actually use. The convenience of this Passport more than makes up for any deficiencies.

Cons: None yet. I haven't owned it long enough to comment on its durability.

You can't pull the drive out of the enclosure to get a cheap 2T laptop drive. The hard drive is the enterprise 2.5 inch format, not laptop format. It's 15mm thick versus 9 mm for a 2.5 laptop drive. Also, the hard drive is USB3 native. It doesn't have a SATA connector.

Other Thoughts: I'm using this Passport with SyncToy for weekly backups.

Western Digital includes a proprietary backup product that may be more useful to some. The WD software assumes that the Passport will be continuously plugged into your computer. The software is supposed to make incremental backups of your data as it changes, meaning that you retain a copy for each version of data that changes over time. The Passport is supposed to be able to spin down between backup operations and spin up on its own when needed. I haven't tested that.

This 2T Passport is highly recommended if you can buy it for the 99 that I paid with a promo code.

Kudos to NewEgg for using UPS ground for the free shipping. UPS never takes more than overnight to ship from NewEgg's warehouse in Edison, NJ to me in New Haven, CT, even though the service is only guaranteed for 3 days. Same with first class mail from the U.S. Post Office. By contrast, NewEgg's FedEx SmartPost takes 3-4 days for the same distance. I always criticize NewEgg when it uses SmartPost for items over fifty dollars, so it's only fair to praise them when they stick with UPS ground.

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  • Donald L.
  • 10/18/2013 1:49:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAnother Great WD HDD

This review is from: Western Digital My Passport WDBY8L0020BSL-NESN 2 TB External Hard Drive - Retail - Cool Silver

Pros: Easy to use, quick plug n play, light, and small for its storage capacity. Doesn't require additional power supply or cord. USB 3.0 is a plus!

Cons: Haven't used it long enough to see the faults of it. Considering it's a WD and my long history of WD products I've bought, this seems promising and seems it'll last a long time. We shall see.

Other Thoughts: Bought this based on customer reviews and ratings from other sites and enthusiasts and this came out as top 5 pick. So far, no qualms or problems as of yet. Hope this will last a very long time. The USB 3.0 is a plus, but since this is used as backup for the office, I can't really use it to its full potential since none of the office computers have a USB 3.0 compatibility.

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  • Kenith H.
  • 8/11/2013 9:49:20 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNo Power Cord Needed!

This review is from: Western Digital My Passport WDBY8L0020BSL-NESN 2 TB External Hard Drive - Retail - Cool Silver

Pros: This is my second 2TB Passport and I'm quite pleased! I didn't think I'd see a 2TB that didn't require a power cord.

My speeds are usually in the 60-80MBPS range when transferring to the passport on my USB 3.0 port.

I love the optional case that you can get with these. Great for protecting your passport if you travel with it often. It appears to power itself on USB 2.0 ports as well as this drive is being used to watch my movie collection on my TV since I can't seem to get it to work over the network.

Now if only they would get SSD and Memory Sticks in the mass storage range!

Cons: Cord could be longer, but it's not too difficult to buy another one if you need a longer one. In most cases, the short one is great. (Laptop transfers for example) Not so great when you really don't want to leave it dangle behind the 60" TV.

Other Thoughts: These are great little portable hard drives!

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