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3 out of 5 eggs Does the Job, but vibrates a bit 01/01/2007

This review is from: WD Passport 120GB USB 2.0 2.5" External Hard Drive WDXMS1200TN


High capacity (~110 GB reported in Windows), very small and portable, works OK on my laptop USB port power.
I bought it after Christmas on sale, and the price was great for ~120GB drive.
Seems to be the largest capacity that doesn't have reliability issues (larger WD perpendicular recording drives seem to be more trouble prone?? not to mention more expensive)


No carrying case included with the drive, even though the black external plastic case is nice looking.
In my opinion, this drive vibrates more than it should. Not a major problem, as it is an external drive, and there are little rubber feet on the outside of the case. It doesn't make noise while vibrating, which is a saving grace.

I was in the disk drive industry for 8 years, and I think this drive vibrates more than would be acceptable installed in a laptop. It vibrates much more than my laptop's 60GB Hit*chi, and the Hit*chi runs at a fast 7200 RPM, not 5400. Maybe WD sells drives that vibrate too much as external drives? Well the price was great(low)anyway.

I'm still glad I bought it.

Other Thoughts:

I recommend re-formatting it to NTFS if you use Windows 2000 or XP. Instructions are included with the WD drive. The only reason it's shipped formatted with FAT32 is because it's the "lowest common denominator" with all the possible old computers (and non Windows Operating Systems) that may still be operating out there.

I was going to "make" my own external 2.5" drive by buying a case and a 2.5" laptop HDD, but the sale price on the WD made it even cheaper than building my own.

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