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1 out of 5 eggs WD Passport Elite Unwanted Software 09/10/2010

This review is from: WD My Passport Elite 500GB USB 2.0 2.5" Portable External Hard Drive WDBAAC5000ACH-NESN


Western Digital normally has a nice product line for external drives - I have used the older Passport drives working as a network admin for backing up files or using as a nice PE imaging solution - I love the older units


This new iteration of the Passport however comes with software that you may not want if you are looking to just store data AND the new sofware cannot be simply deleted as with past Passport drives - their install program will pop up everytime you plug in the unit - you can download a firmware update and then disable this unwanted software if you are technical enough and have the time - I checked this morning and the software which you cannot delete takes up 500MB on your Passport drive

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Lastly Western Digital did not clearly label the box that there is backup software included that you will not be able to delete if you do not want to use it and that every single time you plug in the unit to your PC the software will try to install - this warning of course would discourage almost everyone from purchasing the new iterations of the Passport

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