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2008-07

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Tutorial of how to open up a Western Digital Passport 2.5" external hard drive

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  • Western Digital

    My Passport Essential 320 GB

    PC Accessory (Western Digital)

    Rating (6 reviews):
    (4.1/5)
    Western Digital

    Niiiice!!!

    5/5 DJM - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: My Passport Essential 320 GB (Electronics) Flawless performance! Perfect for moving files between computers and as a stand alone bootable (have used for both). Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 30, 2016

    Still in great condition.

    5/5 Casices (seattle, wa) - See all my reviews This review is from: My Passport Essential 320 GB (Electronics) So I've had this guy for nine years now.....I had not brought it out for a couple of years as it is pretty full. Recently I took a trip down memory lane....low and behold it works just as good as when it was new and all my files are still accessible. I was kind of surprised. Great product. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 7, 2017

    Not good for extended use

    2/5 Vince94 - See all my reviews This review is from: My Passport Essential 320 GB (Electronics) It works, but if you use it for too long (like for editing video), it shuts itself off with no warning. I've called tech support, and they said that this happens because the drive can tell if it's about to overheat. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , July 18, 2016
    USB Powered. No seperate power supply needed.
    Synchronization & Encryption Software (Windows only)


  • Western Digital

    WD My Passport Essential 320 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Midnight Black)

    CE (Western Digital)

    Rating (415 reviews):
    (4.1/5)
    Western Digital

    DO NOT BUY THIS!!!

    WD Passport drives have always been reliable, excellent drives and I've owned several without any issues, but this new version is very disappointing for 2 key reasons:1) The included software is incredibly tricky to disable if you don't want to use it. You have to go to WD's website and download new hardware and software drivers. I am relative tech-savvy, but it took me 90 minutes to finally get the drive ready to drag and drop files over to it. I almost gave up..I should have.2) New mini USB cable is VERY unstable. The slightest touch, and I mean just barely touching the cable while the drive is connected to your USB port, will disconnect the drive from your computer. The problem lies with the mini USB connection where it connects to the drive itself.I could have lived with reason 1, as I overcame it and my frustrations would have subsided, but reason 2 makes the drive simply unusable. I am returning it to Amazon.WD management - you are... 1/5 JREV (Ambler, PA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: WD My Passport Essential 320 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Pacific Blue) (Personal Computers) WD Passport drives have always been reliable, excellent drives and I've owned several without any issues, but this new version is very disappointing for 2 key reasons:1) The included software is incredibly tricky to disable if you don't want to use it. You have to go to WD's website and download new hardware and software drivers. I am relative tech-savvy, but it took me 90 minutes to finally get the drive ready to drag and drop files over to it. I almost gave up..I should have.2) New mini USB cable is VERY unstable. The slightest touch, and I mean just barely touching the cable while the drive is connected to your USB port, will disconnect the drive from your computer. The problem lies with the mini USB connection where it connects to the drive itself.I could have lived with reason 1, as I overcame it and my frustrations would have subsided, but reason 2 makes the drive simply unusable. I am returning it to Amazon.WD management - you are... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 16, 2009

    unacceptable

    i bought three of this new model and was planning to put a bunch of family pictures on them and give them to my parents for christmas.unfortunately i was a victim of false advertising : this is not a plug-and-play drive.WD, what are you thinking ? When I plug in my hard drive i certainly don't want a CD volume automatically appearing under My Computer in addition to the actual hard drive volume.Because of this "Virtual CD" nonsense, Windows launches the "New Hardware Assistant" each time I plug in my drive!Here is what WD has to say about "The Virtual CD" :"" A small portion of drive space on your new My Passport or My Book hard drive has been used to create a Virtual CD (VCD). The VCD contains the WD SmartWare installation software, the encryption and password protection application, User Manuals, and other resource files. The VCD looks like an actual CD volume and appears on the screen each time you connect your WD drive to the... 1/5 Stephan Baishanski (Paris, France) - See all my reviews, December 20, 2009

    Hate it, wish I hadn't assumed latest model would be better than previous

    I did research for a while on hard drives, and the previous model received generally positive reviews, so I finally decided to go for it and order one. Then I noticed the 'a newer model of this item is available' link, and clicked on it. Assumption; the newer model would just be an updated model of the previous. Now, I do not lay claim to a really high level of technical understanding of computers and processes, but I know enough to know that when your laptop crashes the first 3 times you try to connect your new external hard drive, there's a problem. At first I assumed that it was maybe a clash between the hard drive and my virus software, because it can be a little temperamental the first time it sees a new program, and when it did eventually install I began a back up. The back up just stopped after about half an hour; the cord fell out of the back of the drive. I plugged it back in, and the light on the drive came back on, but the back up wouldn't resume. I've tried several times... 1/5 A. Andrew (NY, USA) - See all my reviews, October 4, 2009
    USB 2.0 interface
    Several colors to choose from including Black, Pacific Blue, Real Red, Cool Silver
    Visual backup control center
    Password protection and 256-bit encryption
    Automatic, continuous backup


  • Western Digital

    WD My Passport Essential 320 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Real Red)

    CE (Western Digital)

    Rating (755 reviews):
    (4.4/5)
    Western Digital

    A very reliable USB drive for my back-ups

    I purchased the Western Digital USB hard drive in 2008 to use to back up about 300 GB of documents and photography files. My main concern was reliability, and since I had been very pleased with other WD drives (both internal and external) that I've owned, I went with the WD drive. After backing up my files to the portable drive, I took the drive to a relative's house a mile away to keep it safe in case of a (perish the thought) fire or other catastrophe at my house. Once a week or so, I retrieve the drive, back-up any new files, and return the drive to the relative's house for safekeeping.During its more than four years of service, the WD drive has performed flawlessly, writing tens of thousands of files and keeping them secure. It's a remarkable product, considering its size and weight. I've been impressed enough with the drive's performance that I've since bought two more of the WD Passport drives. One of these drives, an identical 500 GB model, has traveled with me on... 5/5 J. Chambers (Georgia, United States) - See all my reviews, January 4, 2013

    Still works after 8 years of use!

    03/23.2017This drive is still hanging in there! I'm impressed! I don't use it as much anymore because it is a little small in size compared to the drives that have come out since this one was sold in stores. But it's still reliable after almost 8 years, and for this I'm bumping it up to five stars!10/28/14This drive has served me well mostly as a music storage HDD. It still works after 5 years of use and regular playback of music even packed to its max with data this drive has not failed. I have used it as a file transfer drive numerous times too, and though it is somewhat slow in comparison to today's hard drive speeds, it has at least been reliable. I have had other drives of the same brand for long periods of time without a single on failing.Pros:Reliable, purchased mid 2009 still works end of 2014Portable, particularly slim for a 500 GB (when I purchased it)Not power hungry, useful if using battery power on laptopCame... 5/5 W.L. Springs (Bozeman, Montana, USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: 500 GB Portable Hard Drive (Personal Computers) 03/23.2017This drive is still hanging in there! I'm impressed! I don't use it as much anymore because it is a little small in size compared to the drives that have come out since this one was sold in stores. But it's still reliable after almost 8 years, and for this I'm bumping it up to five stars!10/28/14This drive has served me well mostly as a music storage HDD. It still works after 5 years of use and regular playback of music even packed to its max with data this drive has not failed. I have used it as a file transfer drive numerous times too, and though it is somewhat slow in comparison to today's hard drive speeds, it has at least been reliable. I have had other drives of the same brand for long periods of time without a single on failing.Pros:Reliable, purchased mid 2009 still works end of 2014Portable, particularly slim for a 500 GB (when I purchased it)Not power hungry, useful if using battery power on laptopCame... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 28, 2014

    Still Running everyday after 4 years!!!

    The Western Digital Passport reduced my 388 CD rack to a pocket-sized miracle. Likewise, all the photos, lesson plans, and Power-Point presentations that were cluttering my computer are now on my Passport.Here's the low-down. I was a bit worried that I might have difficultly setting-up this little guy. My fears were alleviated in about 15 seconds. About a month ago, I downgraded from Vista to XP and had NO PROBLEMS with the installation of this product ... whatsoever (seems some people who run Vista have been having some trouble). It could not have been easier. (Thank you Western Digital!)Now, the pre-installed software is REALLLLLY bad (that part is true). Western Digital should rethink this approach since nearly everyone removes it (and it deters some people from even purchasing their products). Minus one-star for being SERIOUSLY annoying!!As mentioned by other reviewers, the product is whisper-quiet. And, while some folks found that they need an... 5/5 REBUILT CUB - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: WD My Passport Essential 320 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Intense Blue) (Personal Computers) The Western Digital Passport reduced my 388 CD rack to a pocket-sized miracle. Likewise, all the photos, lesson plans, and Power-Point presentations that were cluttering my computer are now on my Passport.Here's the low-down. I was a bit worried that I might have difficultly setting-up this little guy. My fears were alleviated in about 15 seconds. About a month ago, I downgraded from Vista to XP and had NO PROBLEMS with the installation of this product ... whatsoever (seems some people who run Vista have been having some trouble). It could not have been easier. (Thank you Western Digital!)Now, the pre-installed software is REALLLLLY bad (that part is true). Western Digital should rethink this approach since nearly everyone removes it (and it deters some people from even purchasing their products). Minus one-star for being SERIOUSLY annoying!!As mentioned by other reviewers, the product is whisper-quiet. And, while some folks found that they need an... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 9, 2014
    USB bus powered, no separate power supply is needed
    Installation is a snap because you don't really install this drive; you just plug it in and it's ready to use. There is no CD to install; the included software loads from the drive the first time you plug it in
    320GB Hard Drive Capacity
    This ultra-portable drive fits easily in your pocket or purse, weighs only a few ounces, and holds tons of valuable data
    Box Contents - My Passport Essential 320GB Portable USB Hard Drive, USB 2.0 cable, Quick Install guide


  • Western Digital

    WD My Passport Essential SE 750 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Midnight Black)

    CE (Western Digital)

    Rating (370 reviews):
    (4.2/5)
    Western Digital

    Bundled Software Unremoveable!

    Ok so here's the deal. WD used to sell ordinary hard drives. Good prices. Decent reliability. Just hard drives like everyone else. I own two of the earlier generation 500GB drives and I love them. That was then.Now they think they're "adding value" by including software on the drive for backup and whatnot.Fine.On the 1TB drive, my Mac says over 660 MB is being used for this.You can not erase this data. It appears as a "virtual" CD on the Mac Desktop.The hardware inside the drive protects this virtual CD from being altered in any way.You can run Disk Utility all you want. It won't remove it.WD says it's being "green" by including this on the HD and not a CD.Fine. Admirable.After a lot of customer uproar, they released a utility to HIDE the partition.But you don't get your space back.This partition by the way can "update itself" over the internet.Scared yet?Right now, if you want... 3/5 nicdnyc (Brooklyn, NY USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: WD My Passport Essential SE 1 TB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Midnight Black) (Personal Computers) Ok so here's the deal. WD used to sell ordinary hard drives. Good prices. Decent reliability. Just hard drives like everyone else. I own two of the earlier generation 500GB drives and I love them. That was then.Now they think they're "adding value" by including software on the drive for backup and whatnot.Fine.On the 1TB drive, my Mac says over 660 MB is being used for this.You can not erase this data. It appears as a "virtual" CD on the Mac Desktop.The hardware inside the drive protects this virtual CD from being altered in any way.You can run Disk Utility all you want. It won't remove it.WD says it's being "green" by including this on the HD and not a CD.Fine. Admirable.After a lot of customer uproar, they released a utility to HIDE the partition.But you don't get your space back.This partition by the way can "update itself" over the internet.Scared yet?Right now, if you want... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 6, 2010

    A good external drive with a few annoyances

    The series of next-generation My Passport (including My Passport SE high capacity versions) drives from WD that have just come out seem to getting a bad rap. The bone of contention is based on two aspects. One is the new micro-USB connector and the second is the WD SmartWare backup & control software that mounts a second drive when you plug these things into your computer.I wavered endlessly after looking at all the bad reviews despite being interested in getting these. In the end, I decided to purchase both a 500 GB and 750 GB model to see for myself. If the product would be unusable, I could simply return it back.Firstly, the SmartWare. It automatically installs a second drive and it apparently cannot be removed or disabled. However, the software does not take up a lot of space. The capacity on the My Passport SE is 697 GB (750 GB formatted, NTFS), and the SmartWare takes up 569 MB if you right-click your mouse and check the drive's properties. That is less... 4/5 M. Siddiqi (Florida, USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: WD My Passport Essential SE 750 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Midnight Black) (Personal Computers) The series of next-generation My Passport (including My Passport SE high capacity versions) drives from WD that have just come out seem to getting a bad rap. The bone of contention is based on two aspects. One is the new micro-USB connector and the second is the WD SmartWare backup & control software that mounts a second drive when you plug these things into your computer.I wavered endlessly after looking at all the bad reviews despite being interested in getting these. In the end, I decided to purchase both a 500 GB and 750 GB model to see for myself. If the product would be unusable, I could simply return it back.Firstly, the SmartWare. It automatically installs a second drive and it apparently cannot be removed or disabled. However, the software does not take up a lot of space. The capacity on the My Passport SE is 697 GB (750 GB formatted, NTFS), and the SmartWare takes up 569 MB if you right-click your mouse and check the drive's properties. That is less... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 29, 2009

    Sheet!!!

    If I could give the d*mned thing negative stars, I would.I purchased this to back up an aging computer whose hard drive was just about maxed out. I had planned on storing my big files (photos, music) on it until I'd purchased a new computer. Then, I'd transfer everything from the Passport to the new computer and life would be wonderful.Good thing I tried to transfer files to a laptop before I did anything irreparable. The d*mned thing won't allow me to download to a different computer!!! I can return files to where they originally lived, but that doesn't do me an ounce of good with a hard drive that's burst its seams.I downloaded updated software. I fiddled. Then, in a last ditch attempt, I called WD support. They put me thru the same paces I'd already done on my own. Still no communication with "alien" computers.AFTER NINETY MINUTES ON THE PHONE WITH WD TECH SUPPORT THE REP FINALLY ADVISED ME TO GIVE UP AND INSTEAD DOWNLOAD DATA... 1/5 Anon (Sitting In Front Of My Computer) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: WD My Passport Essential SE 1 TB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Midnight Black) (Personal Computers) If I could give the d*mned thing negative stars, I would.I purchased this to back up an aging computer whose hard drive was just about maxed out. I had planned on storing my big files (photos, music) on it until I'd purchased a new computer. Then, I'd transfer everything from the Passport to the new computer and life would be wonderful.Good thing I tried to transfer files to a laptop before I did anything irreparable. The d*mned thing won't allow me to download to a different computer!!! I can return files to where they originally lived, but that doesn't do me an ounce of good with a hard drive that's burst its seams.I downloaded updated software. I fiddled. Then, in a last ditch attempt, I called WD support. They put me thru the same paces I'd already done on my own. Still no communication with "alien" computers.AFTER NINETY MINUTES ON THE PHONE WITH WD TECH SUPPORT THE REP FINALLY ADVISED ME TO GIVE UP AND INSTEAD DOWNLOAD DATA... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 10, 2012
    List Price: $109.49
    Automatic, continuous backup
    Ultra-portanble design
    Powered directly from the USB port
    Password protection and military-grade 256-bit hardware-based encryption
    750GB Maximun capacity in the palm of you hand


  • Western Digital

    WD My Passport Essential 320 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Real Red)

    CE (Western Digital)

    Rating (415 reviews):
    (4.1/5)
    Western Digital

    DO NOT BUY THIS!!!

    WD Passport drives have always been reliable, excellent drives and I've owned several without any issues, but this new version is very disappointing for 2 key reasons:1) The included software is incredibly tricky to disable if you don't want to use it. You have to go to WD's website and download new hardware and software drivers. I am relative tech-savvy, but it took me 90 minutes to finally get the drive ready to drag and drop files over to it. I almost gave up..I should have.2) New mini USB cable is VERY unstable. The slightest touch, and I mean just barely touching the cable while the drive is connected to your USB port, will disconnect the drive from your computer. The problem lies with the mini USB connection where it connects to the drive itself.I could have lived with reason 1, as I overcame it and my frustrations would have subsided, but reason 2 makes the drive simply unusable. I am returning it to Amazon.WD management - you are... 1/5 JREV (Ambler, PA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: WD My Passport Essential 320 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Pacific Blue) (Personal Computers) WD Passport drives have always been reliable, excellent drives and I've owned several without any issues, but this new version is very disappointing for 2 key reasons:1) The included software is incredibly tricky to disable if you don't want to use it. You have to go to WD's website and download new hardware and software drivers. I am relative tech-savvy, but it took me 90 minutes to finally get the drive ready to drag and drop files over to it. I almost gave up..I should have.2) New mini USB cable is VERY unstable. The slightest touch, and I mean just barely touching the cable while the drive is connected to your USB port, will disconnect the drive from your computer. The problem lies with the mini USB connection where it connects to the drive itself.I could have lived with reason 1, as I overcame it and my frustrations would have subsided, but reason 2 makes the drive simply unusable. I am returning it to Amazon.WD management - you are... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 16, 2009

    unacceptable

    i bought three of this new model and was planning to put a bunch of family pictures on them and give them to my parents for christmas.unfortunately i was a victim of false advertising : this is not a plug-and-play drive.WD, what are you thinking ? When I plug in my hard drive i certainly don't want a CD volume automatically appearing under My Computer in addition to the actual hard drive volume.Because of this "Virtual CD" nonsense, Windows launches the "New Hardware Assistant" each time I plug in my drive!Here is what WD has to say about "The Virtual CD" :"" A small portion of drive space on your new My Passport or My Book hard drive has been used to create a Virtual CD (VCD). The VCD contains the WD SmartWare installation software, the encryption and password protection application, User Manuals, and other resource files. The VCD looks like an actual CD volume and appears on the screen each time you connect your WD drive to the... 1/5 Stephan Baishanski (Paris, France) - See all my reviews, December 20, 2009

    Hate it, wish I hadn't assumed latest model would be better than previous

    I did research for a while on hard drives, and the previous model received generally positive reviews, so I finally decided to go for it and order one. Then I noticed the 'a newer model of this item is available' link, and clicked on it. Assumption; the newer model would just be an updated model of the previous. Now, I do not lay claim to a really high level of technical understanding of computers and processes, but I know enough to know that when your laptop crashes the first 3 times you try to connect your new external hard drive, there's a problem. At first I assumed that it was maybe a clash between the hard drive and my virus software, because it can be a little temperamental the first time it sees a new program, and when it did eventually install I began a back up. The back up just stopped after about half an hour; the cord fell out of the back of the drive. I plugged it back in, and the light on the drive came back on, but the back up wouldn't resume. I've tried several times... 1/5 A. Andrew (NY, USA) - See all my reviews, October 4, 2009
    Automatic, continuous backup
    USB 2.0 interface
    Several colors to choose from including Black, Pacific Blue, Real Red, Cool Silver
    Password protection and 256-bit encryption
    Visual backup control center


  • Western Digital

    WD My Passport Essential 320 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Pacific Blue)

    CE (Western Digital)

    Rating (415 reviews):
    (4.1/5)
    Western Digital

    DO NOT BUY THIS!!!

    WD Passport drives have always been reliable, excellent drives and I've owned several without any issues, but this new version is very disappointing for 2 key reasons:1) The included software is incredibly tricky to disable if you don't want to use it. You have to go to WD's website and download new hardware and software drivers. I am relative tech-savvy, but it took me 90 minutes to finally get the drive ready to drag and drop files over to it. I almost gave up..I should have.2) New mini USB cable is VERY unstable. The slightest touch, and I mean just barely touching the cable while the drive is connected to your USB port, will disconnect the drive from your computer. The problem lies with the mini USB connection where it connects to the drive itself.I could have lived with reason 1, as I overcame it and my frustrations would have subsided, but reason 2 makes the drive simply unusable. I am returning it to Amazon.WD management - you are... 1/5 JREV (Ambler, PA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: WD My Passport Essential 320 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Pacific Blue) (Personal Computers) WD Passport drives have always been reliable, excellent drives and I've owned several without any issues, but this new version is very disappointing for 2 key reasons:1) The included software is incredibly tricky to disable if you don't want to use it. You have to go to WD's website and download new hardware and software drivers. I am relative tech-savvy, but it took me 90 minutes to finally get the drive ready to drag and drop files over to it. I almost gave up..I should have.2) New mini USB cable is VERY unstable. The slightest touch, and I mean just barely touching the cable while the drive is connected to your USB port, will disconnect the drive from your computer. The problem lies with the mini USB connection where it connects to the drive itself.I could have lived with reason 1, as I overcame it and my frustrations would have subsided, but reason 2 makes the drive simply unusable. I am returning it to Amazon.WD management - you are... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 16, 2009

    unacceptable

    i bought three of this new model and was planning to put a bunch of family pictures on them and give them to my parents for christmas.unfortunately i was a victim of false advertising : this is not a plug-and-play drive.WD, what are you thinking ? When I plug in my hard drive i certainly don't want a CD volume automatically appearing under My Computer in addition to the actual hard drive volume.Because of this "Virtual CD" nonsense, Windows launches the "New Hardware Assistant" each time I plug in my drive!Here is what WD has to say about "The Virtual CD" :"" A small portion of drive space on your new My Passport or My Book hard drive has been used to create a Virtual CD (VCD). The VCD contains the WD SmartWare installation software, the encryption and password protection application, User Manuals, and other resource files. The VCD looks like an actual CD volume and appears on the screen each time you connect your WD drive to the... 1/5 Stephan Baishanski (Paris, France) - See all my reviews, December 20, 2009

    Hate it, wish I hadn't assumed latest model would be better than previous

    I did research for a while on hard drives, and the previous model received generally positive reviews, so I finally decided to go for it and order one. Then I noticed the 'a newer model of this item is available' link, and clicked on it. Assumption; the newer model would just be an updated model of the previous. Now, I do not lay claim to a really high level of technical understanding of computers and processes, but I know enough to know that when your laptop crashes the first 3 times you try to connect your new external hard drive, there's a problem. At first I assumed that it was maybe a clash between the hard drive and my virus software, because it can be a little temperamental the first time it sees a new program, and when it did eventually install I began a back up. The back up just stopped after about half an hour; the cord fell out of the back of the drive. I plugged it back in, and the light on the drive came back on, but the back up wouldn't resume. I've tried several times... 1/5 A. Andrew (NY, USA) - See all my reviews, October 4, 2009
    List Price: $89.99
    USB 2.0 interface
    Visual backup control center
    Password protection and 256-bit encryption
    Several colors to choose from including Black, Pacific Blue, Real Red, Cool Silver
    Automatic, continuous backup


  • Western Digital

    WD My Passport Essential SE 1 TB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Midnight Black)

    CE (Western Digital)

    Rating (370 reviews):
    (4.2/5)
    Western Digital

    Bundled Software Unremoveable!

    Ok so here's the deal. WD used to sell ordinary hard drives. Good prices. Decent reliability. Just hard drives like everyone else. I own two of the earlier generation 500GB drives and I love them. That was then.Now they think they're "adding value" by including software on the drive for backup and whatnot.Fine.On the 1TB drive, my Mac says over 660 MB is being used for this.You can not erase this data. It appears as a "virtual" CD on the Mac Desktop.The hardware inside the drive protects this virtual CD from being altered in any way.You can run Disk Utility all you want. It won't remove it.WD says it's being "green" by including this on the HD and not a CD.Fine. Admirable.After a lot of customer uproar, they released a utility to HIDE the partition.But you don't get your space back.This partition by the way can "update itself" over the internet.Scared yet?Right now, if you want... 3/5 nicdnyc (Brooklyn, NY USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: WD My Passport Essential SE 1 TB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Midnight Black) (Personal Computers) Ok so here's the deal. WD used to sell ordinary hard drives. Good prices. Decent reliability. Just hard drives like everyone else. I own two of the earlier generation 500GB drives and I love them. That was then.Now they think they're "adding value" by including software on the drive for backup and whatnot.Fine.On the 1TB drive, my Mac says over 660 MB is being used for this.You can not erase this data. It appears as a "virtual" CD on the Mac Desktop.The hardware inside the drive protects this virtual CD from being altered in any way.You can run Disk Utility all you want. It won't remove it.WD says it's being "green" by including this on the HD and not a CD.Fine. Admirable.After a lot of customer uproar, they released a utility to HIDE the partition.But you don't get your space back.This partition by the way can "update itself" over the internet.Scared yet?Right now, if you want... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 6, 2010

    A good external drive with a few annoyances

    The series of next-generation My Passport (including My Passport SE high capacity versions) drives from WD that have just come out seem to getting a bad rap. The bone of contention is based on two aspects. One is the new micro-USB connector and the second is the WD SmartWare backup & control software that mounts a second drive when you plug these things into your computer.I wavered endlessly after looking at all the bad reviews despite being interested in getting these. In the end, I decided to purchase both a 500 GB and 750 GB model to see for myself. If the product would be unusable, I could simply return it back.Firstly, the SmartWare. It automatically installs a second drive and it apparently cannot be removed or disabled. However, the software does not take up a lot of space. The capacity on the My Passport SE is 697 GB (750 GB formatted, NTFS), and the SmartWare takes up 569 MB if you right-click your mouse and check the drive's properties. That is less... 4/5 M. Siddiqi (Florida, USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: WD My Passport Essential SE 750 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Midnight Black) (Personal Computers) The series of next-generation My Passport (including My Passport SE high capacity versions) drives from WD that have just come out seem to getting a bad rap. The bone of contention is based on two aspects. One is the new micro-USB connector and the second is the WD SmartWare backup & control software that mounts a second drive when you plug these things into your computer.I wavered endlessly after looking at all the bad reviews despite being interested in getting these. In the end, I decided to purchase both a 500 GB and 750 GB model to see for myself. If the product would be unusable, I could simply return it back.Firstly, the SmartWare. It automatically installs a second drive and it apparently cannot be removed or disabled. However, the software does not take up a lot of space. The capacity on the My Passport SE is 697 GB (750 GB formatted, NTFS), and the SmartWare takes up 569 MB if you right-click your mouse and check the drive's properties. That is less... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 29, 2009

    Sheet!!!

    If I could give the d*mned thing negative stars, I would.I purchased this to back up an aging computer whose hard drive was just about maxed out. I had planned on storing my big files (photos, music) on it until I'd purchased a new computer. Then, I'd transfer everything from the Passport to the new computer and life would be wonderful.Good thing I tried to transfer files to a laptop before I did anything irreparable. The d*mned thing won't allow me to download to a different computer!!! I can return files to where they originally lived, but that doesn't do me an ounce of good with a hard drive that's burst its seams.I downloaded updated software. I fiddled. Then, in a last ditch attempt, I called WD support. They put me thru the same paces I'd already done on my own. Still no communication with "alien" computers.AFTER NINETY MINUTES ON THE PHONE WITH WD TECH SUPPORT THE REP FINALLY ADVISED ME TO GIVE UP AND INSTEAD DOWNLOAD DATA... 1/5 Anon (Sitting In Front Of My Computer) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: WD My Passport Essential SE 1 TB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Midnight Black) (Personal Computers) If I could give the d*mned thing negative stars, I would.I purchased this to back up an aging computer whose hard drive was just about maxed out. I had planned on storing my big files (photos, music) on it until I'd purchased a new computer. Then, I'd transfer everything from the Passport to the new computer and life would be wonderful.Good thing I tried to transfer files to a laptop before I did anything irreparable. The d*mned thing won't allow me to download to a different computer!!! I can return files to where they originally lived, but that doesn't do me an ounce of good with a hard drive that's burst its seams.I downloaded updated software. I fiddled. Then, in a last ditch attempt, I called WD support. They put me thru the same paces I'd already done on my own. Still no communication with "alien" computers.AFTER NINETY MINUTES ON THE PHONE WITH WD TECH SUPPORT THE REP FINALLY ADVISED ME TO GIVE UP AND INSTEAD DOWNLOAD DATA... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 10, 2012
    Powered directly from the USB port
    Ultra-portanble design
    1TB Maximun capacity in the palm of you hand
    Password protection and military-grade 256-bit hardware-based encryption
    Automatic, continuous backup


700-999 GB