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314 pages

Hard Drive!, As the Disc Turns

Creator: Gordon Hughes | Fiction - 2007-12

Hard Drive! is a fascinating novel that tells the story of Seagate Technology as a Silicon Valley startup company, facing countless technical and business challenges.

Publisher: Gordon Hughes' Hard Drive!

About this book
Gordon Hughes' Hard Drive! is the remarkable story of Seagate Technology, as it confronted and overcame the technical and business challenges as the pioneer in computer hard disks for personal computers.



844 pages

Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis

Creator: Roxy Peck, Chris Olsen, Jay L. Devore | Mathematics - 2015-01-01

Traditional in structure yet modern in approach, this text guides students through an intuition-based learning process that stresses interpretation and communication of statistical information.

Publisher: Cengage Learning

About this book
Roxy Peck, Chris Olsen, and Jay Devore's new edition uses real data and attention-grabbing examples to introduce students to the study of statistics and data analysis. Traditional in structure yet modern in approach, this text guides students through an intuition-based learning process that stresses interpretation and communication of statistical information. Simple notation--including frequent substitution of words for symbols--helps students grasp concepts and cement their comprehension. Hands-on activities and interactive applets allow students to practice statistics firsthand. INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS AND DATA ANALYSIS includes updated coverage of most major technologies, as well as expanded coverage of probability.Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.



366 pages

Blown to Bits, Your Life, Liberty, and Happiness After the Digital Explosion

Creator: Harold Abelson, Ken Ledeen, Harry R. Lewis | Computers - 2008

Blown to Bits offers provocative answers to these questions and tells intriguing real-life stories. This book is a wake-up call To The human consequences of the digital explosion.

Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional

About this book
"If you want to understand the future before it happens, you'll love this book. If you want to change the future before it happens to you, this book is required reading." -Reed Hundt, former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission   "There is no simpler or clearer statement of the radical change that digital technologies will bring, nor any book that better prepares one for thinking about the next steps." -Lawrence Lessig, Stanford Law School and Author of Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace   "Blown to Bits will blow you away. In highly accessible and always fun prose, it explores all the nooks and crannies of the digital universe, exploring not only how this exploding space works but also what it means." -Debora Spar, President of Barnard College, Author of Ruling the Waves and The Baby Business   "This is a wonderful book-probably the best since Hal Varian and Carl Schultz wrote Digital Rules. The authors are engineers, not economists. The result is a long, friendly talk with the genie, out of the lamp, and willing to help you avoid making the traditional mistake with that all-important third wish." -David Warsh, Author of Knowledge and the Wealth of Nations   "Blown to Bits is one of the clearest expositions I've seen of the social and political issues arising from the Internet. Its remarkably clear explanations of how the Net actually works lets the hot air out of some seemingly endless debates. You've made explaining this stuff look easy. Congratulations!" -David Weinberger, Coauthor of The Cluetrain Manifesto and Author of Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder.   "Blown to Bits is a timely, important, and very readable take on how information is produced and consumed today, and more important, on the approaching sea change in the way that we as a society deal with the consequences." -Craig Silverstein, Director of Technology, Google, Inc.   "This book gives an overview of the kinds of issues confronting society as we become increasingly dependent on the Internet and the World Wide Web. Every informed citizen should read this book and then form their own opinion on these and related issues. And after reading this book you will rethink how (and even whether) you use the Web to form your opinions..." -James S. Miller, Senior Director for Technology Policy and Strategy, Microsoft Corporation   "Most writing about the digital world comes from techies writing about technical matter for other techies or from pundits whose turn of phrase greatly exceeds their technical knowledge. In Blown to Bits, experts in computer science address authoritatively the practical issues in which we all have keen interest." -Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Author of Multiple Intelligences and Changing Minds   "Regardless of your experience with computers, Blown to Bits provides a uniquely entertaining and informative perspective from the computing industry's greatest minds. A fascinating, insightful and entertaining book that helps you understand computers and their impact on the world in a whole new way. This is a rare book that explains the impact of the digital explosion in a way that everyone can understand and, at the same time, challenges experts to think in new ways." -Anne Margulies, Assistant Secretary for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts   "Blown to Bits is fun and fundamental. What a pleasure to see real teachers offering such excellent framework for students in a digital age to explore and understand their digital environment, code and law, starting with the insight of Claude Shannon. I look forward to you teaching in an open online school." -Professor Charles Nesson, Harvard Law School, Founder, Berkman Center for Internet and Society   "To many of us, computers and the Internet are magic. We make stuff, send stuff, receive stuff, and buy stuff. It's all pointing, clicking, copying, and pasting. But it's all mysterious. This book explains in clear and comprehensive terms how all this gear on my desk works and why we should pay close attention to these revolutionary changes in our lives. It's a brilliant and necessary work for consumers, citizens, and students of all ages." -Siva Vaidhyanathan, cultural historian and media scholar at the University of Virginia and author of Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity   "The world has turned into the proverbial elephant and we the blind men. The old and the young among us risk being controlled by, rather than in control of, events and technologies. Blown to Bits is a remarkable and essential Rosetta Stone for beginning to figure out how all of the pieces of the new world we have just begun to enter-law, technology, culture, information-are going to fit together. Will life explode with new possibilities, or contract under pressure of new horrors? The precipice is both exhilarating and frightening. Hal Abelson, Ken Ledeen, and Harry Lewis, together, have ably managed to describe the elephant. Readers of this compact book describing the beginning stages of a vast human adventure will be one jump ahead, for they will have a framework on which to hang new pieces that will continue to appear with remarkable speed. To say that this is a 'must read' sounds trite, but, this time, it's absolutely true." -Harvey Silverglate, criminal defense and civil liberties lawyer and writer   Every day, billions of photographs, news stories, songs, X-rays, TV shows, phone calls, and emails are being scattered around the world as sequences of zeroes and ones: bits. We can't escape this explosion of digital information and few of us want to-the benefits are too seductive. The technology has enabled unprecedented innovation, collaboration, entertainment, and democratic participation.   But the same engineering marvels are shattering centuries-old assumptions about privacy, identity, free expression, and personal control as more and more details of our lives are captured as digital data.   Can you control who sees all that personal information about you? Can email be truly confidential, when nothing seems to be private? Shouldn't the Internet be censored the way radio and TV are? Is it really a federal crime to download music? When you use Google or Yahoo! to search for something, how do they decide which sites to show you? Do you still have free speech in the digital world? Do you have a voice in shaping government or corporate policies about any of this?   Blown to Bits offers provocative answers to these questions and tells intriguing real-life stories. This book is a wake-up call to the human consequences of the digital explosion.   Preface xiii   Chapter 1: Digital Explosion: Why Is It Happening, and What Is at Stake? 1 Chapter 2: Naked in the Sunlight: Privacy Lost, Privacy Abandoned 19 Chapter 3: Ghosts in the Machine: Secrets and Surprises of Electronic Documents 73 Chapter 4: Needles in the Haystack: Google and Other Brokers in the Bits Bazaar 109 Chapter 5: Secret Bits: How Codes Became Unbreakable 161 Chapter 6: Balance Toppled: Who Owns the Bits? 195 Chapter 7: You Can't Say That on the Internet: Guarding the Frontiers of Digital Expression 229 Chapter 8: Bits in the Air: Old Metaphors, New Technologies, and Free Speech 259   Conclusion: After the Explosion 295 Appendix: The Internet as System and Spirit 301 Endnotes 317 Index 347    


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    WD My Passport for Mac 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Charcoal)

    CE (Western Digital)
    List Price: $129.99

    Securing private or sensitive data
    Visual drive control center
    Compatible with Apple TimeMachine
    Automatic, continuous backup software included
    Password protection and 256-bit encryption


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    WD My Passport Essential 500 GB USB 3.0/2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Midnight Black)

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    List Price: $129.99
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    Dual USB 30 and USB 20 compatibility
    Up to 3x faster transfer rates with USB 30
    Connectivity today; speed tomorrow
    Automatic, continuous backup
    Hardware encryption, password protection


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    WD My Passport Essential 500 GB USB 3.0/2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Pacific Blue)

    CE (Western Digital)
    List Price: $129.99

    Hardware encryption, password protection
    Connectivity today; speed tomorrow
    Automatic, continuous backup
    Up to 3x faster transfer rates with USB 3.0
    Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility


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    WD 500GB Black My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBWWM5000ABK-NESN [Old Model]

    Personal Computer (Western Digital)

    Optional 256-bit AES hardware encryption
    USB 3.0 connectivity. 3-year limited warranty
    500GB Storage Capacity
    Automatic local and cloud backup, Stylish design with a range of exciting colors
    Formatted for Windows. For Mac compatibility this Hard Drive requires reformatting. Refer to Application Guide for guidance on this


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    Western Digital 500GB My Passport Essential USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive

    PC Accessory (Western Digital)

    Rating (2 reviews):
    (5.0/5)
    Western Digital

    Fantástico

    5/5 Alex - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Western Digital 500GB My Passport Essential USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Personal Computers) HD muito bom. seguro, rápido, leve e fácil de transportar. Recomendo a qualquer pessoa. Pode comprar sem medo. O fato de nao precisar de alimentação externa é ótimo. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 7, 2012

    good hard drive

    5/5 brandon mock - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Western Digital 500GB My Passport Essential USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Personal Computers) awesome Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 13, 2014
    List Price: $69.99


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    WD My Passport Essential 500 GB USB 3.0/2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Cool Silver)

    CE (Western Digital)

    Rating (492 reviews):
    (4.2/5)
    Western Digital

    Failed to recognize

    I am deployed overseas in the field and it takes about two weeks to get anything shipped from Amazon.So you can imagine my utter disappointment to find out that this product failed in less than a year of receipt.The hard drive worked fine; I purchased it to keep all of my personal files, photos, iTunes purchases, etc.I own two computers; one desktop Intel Dual Core i7 and a HP laptop i5, both running on Windows 7.My work computer is also an HP laptop i5.One day I roll into the office, as usual, and hook up my drive to my personal laptop.I see the light on the drive on steady, but the drive is not recognized.I hook it up to my work laptop to see if it works on that and it was recognized.I later took it home to try it on my home desktop; not recognized.And yes, I've tried contacting tech support (and got a big fat phone bill) and they were of no help.Spent a week researching on Google and all the various forums, but nothing... 1/5 Jae Hyun Park - See all my reviews, February 28, 2012

    Fatal Flaw Can Cost You Your Data or a Ton of Cash

    Don't buy this USB hard drive. It has a fatal flaw that can cost you all your data or thousands of dollars.Here's why:If you buy a bare 2.5 inch SATA hard drive and an empty USB case for it, it is trivial to replace the case if it is damaged or if the USB connector gets damaged - just buy another case, pop your hard drive in, and viola, you're in business.You'd think you'd be able to do this with this WD drive, but that's not the case (pun intended). This drive has the USB port soldered onto the hard drive controller, so if the port is damaged (easy to do if you accidentally yank the cord), you can't pop the drive out and put it in another case. You have to send the drive to a professional repair house at cost of thousand dollars or more....I've had this happen to two of my customers and I simply will not buy Western Digital USB drives anymore. As a matter of fact, I insist on "building my own" by purchasing empty cases and bare... 1/5 Sourcehound (Chicago) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: WD My Passport Essential 500 GB USB 3.0/2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Midnight Black) (Personal Computers) Don't buy this USB hard drive. It has a fatal flaw that can cost you all your data or thousands of dollars.Here's why:If you buy a bare 2.5 inch SATA hard drive and an empty USB case for it, it is trivial to replace the case if it is damaged or if the USB connector gets damaged - just buy another case, pop your hard drive in, and viola, you're in business.You'd think you'd be able to do this with this WD drive, but that's not the case (pun intended). This drive has the USB port soldered onto the hard drive controller, so if the port is damaged (easy to do if you accidentally yank the cord), you can't pop the drive out and put it in another case. You have to send the drive to a professional repair house at cost of thousand dollars or more....I've had this happen to two of my customers and I simply will not buy Western Digital USB drives anymore. As a matter of fact, I insist on "building my own" by purchasing empty cases and bare... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 27, 2015

    A handy companion for any computer technician!

    My primary line of work is as a self-employed PC tech and this little 500 gig drive has been the most reliable piece of equipment I've owned in the last 5 years. Great for constantly backing up customer hard drives before modifying them, backing up my hard drives routinely and loading it up with all the computer tech apps I can find for a "jack of all trades" sort of portable drive. It's got enough space for it all. My only regret is that I didn't buy the 1 tb version. For the non-techies, 500 gb will be more than enough for your music, videos, docs, pics, etc. For techies, I'd recommend grabbing the 1 tb version of this drive. Very sleek and fits in your pocket quite easily. A lot of the other portable USB hard drives haven't quite gotten the concept that not everyone wants a brick-sized version to "carry around" :)Other than that, durability has been solid. Haven't had to replace the hard drive and I've managed to drop it only once, which I'm sure has contributed to its... 5/5 Travis Stein (Houston, TX (USA)) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: WD My Passport Essential 500 GB USB 3.0/2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Midnight Black) (Personal Computers) My primary line of work is as a self-employed PC tech and this little 500 gig drive has been the most reliable piece of equipment I've owned in the last 5 years. Great for constantly backing up customer hard drives before modifying them, backing up my hard drives routinely and loading it up with all the computer tech apps I can find for a "jack of all trades" sort of portable drive. It's got enough space for it all. My only regret is that I didn't buy the 1 tb version. For the non-techies, 500 gb will be more than enough for your music, videos, docs, pics, etc. For techies, I'd recommend grabbing the 1 tb version of this drive. Very sleek and fits in your pocket quite easily. A lot of the other portable USB hard drives haven't quite gotten the concept that not everyone wants a brick-sized version to "carry around" :)Other than that, durability has been solid. Haven't had to replace the hard drive and I've managed to drop it only once, which I'm sure has contributed to its... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 29, 2012
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    Automatic, continuous backup
    Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
    Hardware encryption, password protection
    Connectivity today; speed tomorrow
    Up to 3x faster transfer rates with USB 3.0


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    WD My Passport 500GB Portable External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0 White (WDBKXH5000AWT-NESN)

    Personal Computer (Western Digital)

    Rating (0 reviews):
    (4.3/5)
    Western Digital

    Great drive - Faulty USB cable

    Over the recent years I have purchased quite a number of these drives. I have a couple of USB 2.0 drives and about 12 of the USB 3.0 drives. They all performed flawlessly with my old computer. I purchased that computer in 2006 before these USB 3.0 drives existed and so the computer had only USB 2.0 ports. All the USB 3.0 drives worked perfectly in the computer with the USB 2.0 ports.Then in December 2012 I purchased a new computer and it has USB 3.0 ports. I connected a drive and was anticipating the "blazing speed" for file transfers. But there was a problem...The drive would lose connection and I would get an error message saying that the transfer did not complete and data was lost etc., etc.I contacted the computer manufacturer and they claimed it was a Western Digital problem. I thought they were just passing the buck, but I did some research and found that there are very many complaints all over the Internet about the Passport USB 3.0 drives... 3/5 Jon Anderson (Burlington, WI USA) - See all my reviews This review is from: WD My Passport 1.5TB Portable External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0 Black (WDBY8L0015BBK-NESN) (Personal Computers) Over the recent years I have purchased quite a number of these drives. I have a couple of USB 2.0 drives and about 12 of the USB 3.0 drives. They all performed flawlessly with my old computer. I purchased that computer in 2006 before these USB 3.0 drives existed and so the computer had only USB 2.0 ports. All the USB 3.0 drives worked perfectly in the computer with the USB 2.0 ports.Then in December 2012 I purchased a new computer and it has USB 3.0 ports. I connected a drive and was anticipating the "blazing speed" for file transfers. But there was a problem...The drive would lose connection and I would get an error message saying that the transfer did not complete and data was lost etc., etc.I contacted the computer manufacturer and they claimed it was a Western Digital problem. I thought they were just passing the buck, but I did some research and found that there are very many complaints all over the Internet about the Passport USB 3.0 drives... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 30, 2013

    The PERFECT External Storage Drive For My Macbook Pro

    Wow. So many mixed reviews here, and like those of you who are pondering over whether it is worth purchasing this Western Digital MY PASSPORT, there may not be a clear answer.Let me tell you my story.Recently bought the new Retina Macbook Pro with its 500GB SSD drive. For a person like me who puts a lot of software on my laptop and does quite a bit of movie editing, hard drive space is a premium. So, when figuring out how to handle nearly 200GB of music, I decided it would probably be best to run iTunes off an external drive instead of taking up space on the Macbook.Again...Wow. Reading these reviews on Amazon was quite unnerving. So many great experiences with this drive followed up by a handful of negative experiences -- many talking of total hard drive failure. It's almost as if you are rolling the dice as to whether you'll receive a drive that works or doesn't....then there's the reviews from people who claim they are having... 5/5 Ronald Epstein (NJ) - See all my reviews, July 29, 2012

    An essential storage backup tool in a digital world

    I'm a computer repair technician, and one issue I have all the time with my customers is, the famous, 'a virus hijacked my computer and those precious pictures are inside'. Yeah, the prom, the honeymoon, or the newborn pictures are usually held without ransom. Most of the time we are dealing with malware of some sort that affects the Windows operating system files, but leaves the data intact. So, before I repair the computer, I rescue the pictures, and any other file they might value. However, not all repair technicians do this, most allege that the files are corrupted, which might be the case, but usually it really means they are too busy to rescue anything, don't know how to do it, or will not do it unless paid big cash.For one own's sakes, the best thing to do is backing up the data before the computer gets infected, or the hard drive fails. For pictures I recommend backing up the original files into data discs, but for faster everyday files backups (music, movies,... 5/5 Techie (USA) - See all my reviews, April 24, 2012
    Sleek compact design with plenty of storage
    Password protection and hardware encryption
    2-Year Limited Warranty
    Automatic backup software
    Ultra-fast data transfers with USB 3.0 interface
    Sleek, compact design
    Password protection and hardware encryption
    Automatic backup software
    Data Transfer Rate on USB up to 5 Gbps


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    WD My Passport Essential 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive

    CE (Western Digital)

    Rating (139 reviews):
    (3.7/5)
    Western Digital

    What a nice drive!!

    Okay, despite of all the negative reviews I have seen for this portable drive, I would say there is a doubtabout them.This is the Second drive "My Passport Essential 500GB" I get, the first was Black midnight color, the second wasthe Amazon Exclusive Robot Design. Both comes already NTFS formatted with 465GB ready to use. you could format itto other File Systems if you like to make it work for MacOS X or Linux.The Black one had the Virtual CD that keeps nagging me. And popping up every time you hook up the usb with yourcomputer which can disabled by updating the firmware from Western Digital website. but you can not delete it,nevertheless it's not taking any space from the drive itself.The Robot Design one, on the contrary, doesn't have the Virtual CD installed, and the first time you plug it inyou could see Western Digital SmartWare backup solution on the drive itself, which you can easily delete.One... 5/5 Rebel_X - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: WD My Passport Essential 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Personal Computers) Okay, despite of all the negative reviews I have seen for this portable drive, I would say there is a doubtabout them.This is the Second drive "My Passport Essential 500GB" I get, the first was Black midnight color, the second wasthe Amazon Exclusive Robot Design. Both comes already NTFS formatted with 465GB ready to use. you could format itto other File Systems if you like to make it work for MacOS X or Linux.The Black one had the Virtual CD that keeps nagging me. And popping up every time you hook up the usb with yourcomputer which can disabled by updating the firmware from Western Digital website. but you can not delete it,nevertheless it's not taking any space from the drive itself.The Robot Design one, on the contrary, doesn't have the Virtual CD installed, and the first time you plug it inyou could see Western Digital SmartWare backup solution on the drive itself, which you can easily delete.One... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 6, 2010

    Great External Hard Drive.!

    5/5 Allan - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: WD My Passport Essential 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Personal Computers) I bought the Limited Edition Robot Design before to read any review here. After I bought it, I felt very frustrated because of the virtual cd and the firmware update and all that bad reviews....I received it and plugged it, and it was like a miracle! it did not request to install anything, It does not come with any virtual cd or anything like that. It works perfectly.!The unit has a separate folder where you can find the WD SmartWare software, and you install it just if you want to use it as auto backup drive, but what I needed was extra storage only, and it works perfectly.!! The same way any other external hard drive.I write this review just those who have doubts about buying this unit because of the other reviews.. I want to let you know that if you buy the Limited Edition Robot Design, you will not have to deal with any firmware update nor anything like that.I hightly recommend this product. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 3, 2010

    great little hard drive

    I love this thing. Replacing a bulky old external USB hard drive that required external power. This one is twice the capacity and 20% of the size, super quiet, and it's the cheapest 500GB hard drive on Amazon at the moment. Everyone is complaining about the back-up software. I have done nothing special to this drive and that condition doesn't exist for me. Maybe they stopped auto installing it on newer versions. I plugged it into my Windows XP machine and it installed as a regular drive. I'm able to drag and drop documents, create folders, etc with no issues. I do see some extra folders that came with it like WD SmartWare, User Manuals, and Extras - but that doesn't bother me as it seems common practice to bundle a few apps on hard drives and USB memory sticks. I bought this thing expecting to spend an hour updating the firmware, but it doesn't seem like I need to. I went with this model knowing that it had low reviews for that sole reason and I really don't mind saving... 5/5 swzine - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: WD My Passport Essential 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Personal Computers) I love this thing. Replacing a bulky old external USB hard drive that required external power. This one is twice the capacity and 20% of the size, super quiet, and it's the cheapest 500GB hard drive on Amazon at the moment. Everyone is complaining about the back-up software. I have done nothing special to this drive and that condition doesn't exist for me. Maybe they stopped auto installing it on newer versions. I plugged it into my Windows XP machine and it installed as a regular drive. I'm able to drag and drop documents, create folders, etc with no issues. I do see some extra folders that came with it like WD SmartWare, User Manuals, and Extras - but that doesn't bother me as it seems common practice to bundle a few apps on hard drives and USB memory sticks. I bought this thing expecting to spend an hour updating the firmware, but it doesn't seem like I need to. I went with this model knowing that it had low reviews for that sole reason and I really don't mind saving... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 7, 2010
    Password protection and 256-bit encryption
    Visual back up screen
    USB 2.0 interface
    Automatic, continuous backup


  • Western Digital

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

    CE (Western Digital)

    1TB Maximun capacity in the palm of you hand
    Automatic, continuous backup
    Powered directly from the USB port
    Password protection and military-grade 256-bit hardware-based encryption
    Ultra-portanble design


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

    CE (Western Digital)
    List Price: $169.99

    Powered directly from the USB port
    Ultra-portanble design
    750GB Maximun capacity in the palm of you hand
    Password protection and military-grade 256-bit hardware-based encryption
    Automatic, continuous backup


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