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Western Digital My Passport Essential 500GB Red USB 2.0/USB 3.0 / 2.5 inch External Hard Drive


Released on 29 October 2010

Manufacturer: Western Digital

4.0 out of 5 (2 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Put your digital life on the stylishly small My Passport Essential portable hard drive. With WD quality and leading-edge technology, this drive is designed for today with tomorrow in mind.

Product Features

Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility - A single drive with universal compatibility today and next-generation speed for tomorrow. Use it with USB 2.0 now and step up to USB 3.0 speed when you're ready.
Up to 3x faster transfer rates - When connected to a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port this drive lets you access and save files up to 3 times faster than USB 2.0. Transfer a 2-hour HD movie in just under 5 minutes instead of 14 minutes.*

*Performance may vary based on user's hardware and system configuration.
WD quality inside and out - For over 20 years, millions of people worldwide have trusted their data to WD hard drives. We are successful because we understand the importance of your data and our first concern is keeping that data safe.
WD SmartWare software - You're in control of your backup. Install all the features, select just the components you need, or if you prefer, choose not to use the software at all.
Automatic, continuous backup - Works quietly in the background to protect your data using minimal PC resources. Whenever you add or change a file it's instantly backed up.
Password protection for privacy - Gain peace of mind knowing that your data is protected from unauthorized access with password protection and encryption.

*A model with disabled encryption is also available.
USB powered - Powered directly from the USB port on your PC. No separate power supply is needed.
Planet friendly - We designed a small box to minimize waste and used recycled material. We encourage you to recycle it.


-Formatted NTFS
-Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
-Requires reformatting for Mac OS X Leopard, Snow Leopard

Package Contents

-Portable hard drive
-WD SmartWare software
-USB cable
-Quick Install Guide
  • Physical Specifications
  • Interface Dual Compatibility (USB 3.0 and USB 2.0)
  • Physical Dimensions
  • English
  • Height 0.60 Inches
  • Depth 3.2 Inches
  • Metric
  • Height 15 mm
  • Depth 83 mm

customer Reviews

 Average rating (2 reviews)

 5 out of 5

| | See all DSPreview's reviews (3)

Looks good.
USB powered, and comes with a USB3 cable.
Does what I need, and so far I have had no problems.

 Nice looking, great size and design but no need for software

| | See all markym26's reviews (4)

had this for a while now and it looks great, is so small but still holds so much of my films, music documents, pics etc. i didnt need all the fussy software which is all geared toward backing things up and doing it for you. great if you dont know what you are doing but otherwise just slows you down and i find it is much easier and quicker to just drag and drop. so because of this i formatted it and made the file system fat32. all good now would be lost without it!

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