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WD My Passport Essential 320GB USB 2.0 2.5" Portable External Hard Drive WDBAAA3200ABL-NESN Pacific Blue

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  • 320GB
  • USB 2.0
  • Automatic Backup software

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Learn more about the Western Digital WDBAAA3200ABL-NESN

Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Easy backup!

Pros: easy to use

Cons: Works well for backup, with the software provided, but not much more. Sometimes drains resources.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Good

Pros: Good transfer rate, great looking color (blue), small and versatil. I use it for system backups and programs and it do the job. I changed my laptop hard drive and installed a new one, then did a complete system restore (with an image created with windows 7 backup and restore application) and it did the job in less than 15 minutes.

Cons: well, in my opinion 2 bad things..

1. the glossy and shiny case can get scratched easily (the Elite versions won't), mine scratched the first day, 2. WD could use 8MB cache instead of 2MB.

Overall Review: Is a great product for the price, but could be better in terms of speed.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
eggsellent

Pros: it is a western digital it is blue and seems to work good already backed stuff up onto it and can retrieve it it transfers at a very satisfactory rate so no problems htere I am not an expert but I have used external drives for about 10 years now in one form or another this is the fastest I have had so far and the most compact so very happy that I ignored those that are mad at itfor VCD see other thoughts

Cons: don't quite get a full 320gb get 319. something it also has change the style of plug from what was used on the previouis drives so now have to carry 2 cables with me even if only using one at a time

Overall Review: was a very MINOR issue disabling the VCD took less than 5 minutes to get rid of that and to stop the utilities from running I do not know why all these people are crying about it and giving it such a poor rating based on it I have absolutly nothing against the cable it is solidly plugged into the HDD and plugs solidly into the USB port so again I do not understand all the cry babyies out there. If they can't follow simple instructions on removal of the VCD issue or the utilites issue maybe they need to go back to using a pocket calculator cause obviously that is the limit of their knowledge that or go back to first grade where they teach following directions

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Ownership: less than 1 day
2/ 5
Note to WD

Pros: It's Western Digital so it should be pretty reliable.

Cons: The firmware. I read the reviews before purchasing the drive and thought to myself... "It couldn't be that bad I'll just reformat it and off I'll go"........ NOPE. That's not the case. You have to download two tools to remove the VCD. First you have to flash the firmware and then you have to run a separate application which disables it. Even after all of that, apparently they've updated their controller, which unbelievably requires a driver. It's not bad on Linux, since it just works. However, on Windows even after you remove the kruft it will prompt you for the driver each time you insert it. I'm a sys admin, so imagine running around using the drive and every time you insert it Windows wants to install a driver for use..... annoying.

Overall Review: Word of advice to WD for the next rendition of the drive:
1. Make the required software for backups, password protection completely optional. It should be turned off by default.

2. The hard drive controller should not require additional drivers.

3. All USB sticks or hard drives should be plug and play literally, without the need to view additional software prompts. It ruins the whole point of removable media, which is ease of use.

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Ownership: less than 1 day
1/ 5
Poor features and appearance

Pros: Works

Cons: You can hide the preloaded junkware, but you aren't allowed to remove it and use all the drive's space. (What were they thinking?!?) Plus, the case is made of some kind of plastic that, though smooth and glossy, feels slightly sticky. It attracts dust, lint, hair, fingerprints, etc. After a few minutes out of the box, it looks like something your kid and cat played with, not like a shiny new piece of electronic wizardry.

Overall Review: Definitely returning it to the store. I'm ordering an external enclosure and bare Samsung laptop drive from Newegg so that I can be sure that I'll be able to use all of the disk space I pay for!

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Ownership: less than 1 day
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Old version is way better

Pros: Brand Name.
It works.

Cons: They switched from mini USB to micro USB.
The SmartWare virtual CD is annoying

Overall Review: All of their previous 2.5" HDs used mini USB, they were great. The bundled software could be deleted.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
1/ 5
Horrible New Model

Pros: Size, price. Reputable brand.

Cons: WD Smartware. The drive comes preloaded with a Virtual CD drive that attempts to install the WD Smartware software on every computer. The software can't be simply removed by a format, it is actually part of the drive's firmware.

You need a special program or two from western digital to remove the stuff, or the use of a Windows XP install cd. Why would they try and force this stupid stuff on users? If you've ever used a thumb drive that had embedded U3 management tools on it, it is pretty much the same thing.

The other big draw back with this drive is the micro usb connection. This isn't the now industry standard mini-usb connection. It uses a micro USB connector that is very fragile, falls out easily, and isn't used by many other devices. I have about 4 extra mini-usb connectors (which stayed in the drive easily) around my house but zero micro USB connectors.

Overall Review: If you work in any type of corporate environment, forget about using this drive there. No sys admin is going to allow you to install the virtual drives needed and it screws up recognition of the drives. Two of my users have brought me these hard drives at my workplace and I told them not to buy WD any more.

Don't go with this drive, buy something that doesn't include what amounts to a root kit on their drive.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
4/ 5
Nice small drive

Pros: Small, lightweight and reliable.

Cons: 446MB software partition that can't be reclaimed. But on drives with hundreds of GB's capacity this is still a very small amount of unusable storage space.

Overall Review: Another review indicated this drive uses a non-standard proprietary usb port. That particular statement is incorrect. This version of the drive, like most new devices uses the newer standard micro-usb connection. My supplied cable is secure, if a bit on the short side.

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