Western Digital 500GB My Passport Essential Portable External Hard Drive, Midnight Black

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Western Digital 500GB My Passport Essential Portable External Hard Drive, Midnight Black
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Western Digital My Passport 500GB Essential Hard Drive - Black

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Western Digital My Passport 500GB Essential Hard Drive - Black


  • Western Digital's smallest portable drive ever
  • Variety of fun colors
  • WD SmartWare Software - a visual control center with a single screen view of all your data
  • Password Protection
  • 256-bit hardware-based encryption

  • Specifications

    Multi Pack Indicator: No
    Model No.: WDBAAA5000ABK
    Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.45
    Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.1 x 6.8 x 1.9
    Assembled in Country of Origin: USA or Imported
    Origin of Components: USA or Imported
    Walmart No.: 550504
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    Customer Reviews | 15 reviews | 3.5 out of 5

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    12/21/2009

    Customer review by An anonymous customer

    5.0 stars 12/21/2009 by An anonymous customer
    by An anonymous customer

    A few months ago my boyfriend decided to surprise me with a Western Digital My Passport 500gb to replace my Western Digital My Book 320GB. So far i absolutely love it. Its small and easy to carry but gets the job done and constantly backs itself up and doesn't need a power source other then your computer unlike the My Books. Price isn't to bad for it, I know if he would have waited to get it the price would have come down. The only thing that may give people some problems is that it dose not have a pass word recovery option to it so be sure to write your pass word somewhere safe, other then that great thing to have for someone who needs to take his/her work with them where ever they go.

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    An anonymous customer
    Mobile, AL
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    Age:18 - 24
    Ownership:2 - 3 months
    Gender:Female
    Usage:Every day
    Nice drive...but not perfect...
    1/16/2010

    Customer review by Marc123456

    4.0 stars 1/16/2010 by Marc123456
    by Marc123456

    So far the drive works well...the unlock feature works good, its quiet and fast and nice and small...thats the good stuff...now the bad stuff. Outside of drive is nice shiney plastic which virtually scratches at even the slightest touch. The drive does not come with any carry case (which you have to buy separate and not cheap..but thats ok) but the software that comes with drive is horrendous. Its very nice that it monitors your selected folders for changes, but it eats a TON of memory and cpu time while doing this. I,very shortly afterward, un-installed it completely. Havent had the drive long enough to see how it holds up.

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    Marc123456
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
    BAD Design - Loose USB connection
    6/1/2010

    Customer review by ocdrumguy

    2.0 stars 6/1/2010 by ocdrumguy
    by ocdrumguy

    Well, I figured I'd wait to write my review on this, because I hoped this would be a great portable HDD. After owning this portable HDD for 5 months, I've come to realize that it is junk. Here's why: -USB Cable connection on HDD is small, thin, and loose. -The hard drive continuously disconnects from the PC at the slightest movement of the desk, or surface where the hard drive is placed on. -The USB port is not secured correctly and is flemsy. -Data transfer rate fluctuates from 4MB/s to 70MB/s, depending again, on if the connection to the cable is loose, or not. The average speed of transfer is 20-22MB/s. Sometimes, my hard drive for no apparent reason disconnects from the PC and then will not detect for several minutes. It's not the PC, as this happens on my desktop, laptop, and work computer with this hard drive. It's such a pain, because if you are transferring data, the speed drops and drops until it finally disconnects. In addition, it scratches horribly. I had it placed in a clean microfiber towel, in a case, and to my surprise it has tons of swirls and tiny streaks. Keynote: My previous, much older passport worked so good and I wanted to give this one a chance, but I should have listened to the other reviews which spoke of the problems that I am now facing with this hard drive.

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    ocdrumguy
    Los Angeles, CA
    Would recommend to a friend? No
    Age:25 - 34
    Ownership:5 - 6 months
    Gender:Male
    Usage:A few times per month
    Not at all what I expected
    1/8/2010

    Customer review by NoHighResGames

    1.0 stars 1/8/2010 by NoHighResGames
    by NoHighResGames

    Well, I was very excited to get a 500 GB external hard drive for Christmas since my laptop's internal hard disk is only about 160 GB. Well, I was very disappointed to find out that the software that comes pre-installed on this drive is back up software, and that all my attempts to format the drive are unsuccessful as the drive must be protected in some way. Well, if it only backs up files from my hard drive and I can't format it, then it's completely useless to me. I need an external drive to store not only back ups but all the files I don't use on a regular basis that don't fit on my internal drive. If you're needs are the same as me, than this is not the drive for you. If, however, somehow you have 500 GB worth of files on your internal drive that you need to back up, then this is a great deal.

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    NoHighResGames
    MA
    Would recommend to a friend? No
    Age:18 - 24
    Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
    Gender:Male
    Usage:Never
    The loose USB connection can be fixed for free!
    11/24/2010

    Customer review by robots4joey

    4.0 stars 11/24/2010 by robots4joey
    by robots4joey

    I was extremely disappointed with this Hard drive because of the loose connection USB cable that would fall out at the slightest touch. I lived with it for almost a year when I discovered that it was an issue that WD knows about and made replacement cables that 'click' into the usb port as they are supposed to, and stay there!!! They will give you a replacement cable for free. It completely solved the connection issues, and suddenly I love my hard drive! it still has some annoyance, like the preloaded 'smartware' software (annoying is all) still very well worth it for a very low cost hard drive from a name brand company.

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    robots4joey
    Would recommend to a friend? Yes
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