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WD My Passport Essential 320GB USB 2.0 2.5" External Hard Drive WDMER3200TN Real Red

  • USB 2.0
  • 3-year Manufacturer Warranty
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Anonymous
  • 11/7/2009 2:58:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsYou Guys Are Killing Me...

Pros: Cache = 8mb, RPM = 5400, Data Transfer Technology = USB 2.0. Now, I'm assuming you guys actually read the specs before you bought this drive, so how is it even worth mentioning that the drive is slow? Of course it's slow, look at the specs, you guys are killing me with these reviews... ugh... If your tech level is admittingly "low" then I understand, but you guys are choosing "High" !!

Cons: None. Drive is everything I expected it to be because I read the specifications, you should try it out sometime.

Other Thoughts: Western Digital = Win. Seagate = You're Gambling

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  • Prasad Y.
  • 11/5/2009 1:01:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsJunk

Pros: Easy to use

Cons: Crashed in first month

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  • Michael B.
  • 11/3/2009 12:46:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsNice but Sloooow

Pros: 320 GB in a nice format. Good price.

Cons: Drive is very slow. I backup weekly to it. It starts out quick and then slows down to the point where an 11 GB back will take hours. I don't understand it. I've had other portable drives on the same computer/same port run the same backup in minutes.

Other Thoughts: Waiting for a ROM update or something...

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  • Douglas K.
  • 9/2/2009 3:44:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsJunk

Pros: Few

Cons: These drives are garbage. The first one i received was DOA, and the second lasted about 3 months before dying. Avoid avoid avoid!

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  • Junghyun A.
  • 8/8/2009 6:00:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsThey die...

Pros: Works well for a while

Cons: Already 2 died in 2-3 yrs time frame. Just dies...surface damage , IO error..U can barely reformat and reuse..but I already lost all files. Not acceptable. I still have two more WD...it feels like kicking time bomb...

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  • David M.
  • 6/20/2009 7:24:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBuying Another of These

Pros: It is hard to comprehend the huge the storage capacity of this drive. I have backed up my companion’s computer on it, my friend’s computer, and cycle through three backups of my own computer. When I add a fourth backup, I delete the earliest. I also have put my companion’s entire collection of classical music, dozens of CD’s, 27 gigabytes in MP3 format on the drive. All this takes about a quarter of the space available on the drive. I do not back up the operating systems; I have the original installation discs for that.

Cons: There are no significant cons for this drive.

Other Thoughts: When people say it is slow, this is a USB device. It will be half the speed of firewire and half that again of eSATA. Still, I can copy ten gigabytes of data in fifteen minutes with a simple copy and paste. It is hard to judge exactly how fast it goes because Windows keeps changing the estimate of how much time is left. However, fifteen is about right.

My companion put the cable for my existing drive somewhere. We can find the drive, but not the cable. The simple solution is to order another of these drives. I had a black one, so a red one will quickly tell me which is which. When I reformat the hard drive, at that moment there is no backup. The files on this drive are now the original files. I had been thinking of getting a second of these to give me a true backup, and now the missing cable has made up my mind. The cable for the new drive will fit the old one. I also have a monster huge new 18.4 inch laptop arriving in a week, so I will need the drive to install the dat

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  • eric r.
  • 4/22/2009 9:55:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsawesome

Pros: i didnt buy mine from newegg but i still it. i use it all the time.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: very, very portable and holds everything that i need it to.

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  • NICHOLAS W.
  • 4/18/2009 7:27:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: It gets power right through the USB, which is great for portability. It is very light and NEVER gets hot. There doesn't appear to be a fan or a vent, so there must be some serious heat sink in there.

Cons: If I had to say something here, I'd say the cable is a bit short ...but if it were much longer it wouldn't work as well (signal degradation), so it's not really a con.

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  • Erin D.
  • 4/13/2009 10:30:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTypical WD goodness

Pros: Works as expected. Got it on a newsletter special for a discounted price. Newegg = fast

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I use this as a utility drive for my sidework. Plenty of room for utility apps and moving customer data as necessary.

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  • Jason C.
  • 3/24/2009 6:32:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGreat drive

Pros: I got this drive to backup my photography library. Works great for backing up on the go with the laptop and in the office. USB power is great, no wall wart to lug around, no crawling under the desk to plug in.

Cons: I knew the included software was probably junk, but I tried it anyway. It does not work on Vista x64. The support site is no help either. I guess it lived up to my expectations. Instead, I use Microsoft Synctoy...its free and supports 2 way synchronization....and it works on x64.

Other Thoughts: The size and weight are small, which is nice. The transfer speed isn't the greatest, but who cares since it is not a performance eSATA drive. The satin finish is pretty cool, and the included case keeps it looking good.

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