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Western Digital My Passport Essential 250 GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive WDMER2500TN (Real Red)
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Product Description

These elegant portable drives are simple to use, light and easy to carry, and require no power adapter -- they are powered directly through the USB cable. Pack up your office files and take them home. Carry thousands of songs or pictures. Synchronize files between home and office and encrypt everything on the drive for added security. WD Sync synchronization and encryption software lets you take your critical data with you. Plug My Passport into any PC, edit files, read e-mail, and view photos. Then sync all of your changes back to your home or office computer. Your data is protected with 128-bit encryption (Windows only). Perfect for the business traveler who needs to transfer large amounts of data from laptop to clients or just daily backups in case of accidents from mishandled luggage to coffee spills. Also comes in handy if your worried about laptop theft and someone else having access to your important data, you can store it on this portable encrypted drive instead. For all those precious pictures, videos, music and data files, this external hard drive is a must-have. WD Sync synchronization and encryption software lets you save your critical data and take it with you. Plug your drive into any PC, edit files, read e-mail, and view photos. Then sync all of your changes back to your home or office computer (Windows only) Search your drive, manage your photos, and simplify Web searches with included Google software (Windows only) Up to 480Mb/sec Bus Transfer Rate with USB 2.0 System Requirements - Windows 2000/XP/Vista, Mac OS X (10.1.5 or later), Available USB port Approximate Unit Dimensions - 0.59 x 4.96 x 3.14 Approximate Unit Weight - 0.23 pounds

Features:
  • Box Contents - My Passport Essential 250GB Portable USB Hard Drive, USB 2.0 cable, Quick Install guide
  • 250GB Hard Drive Capacity
  • 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
  • USB bus powered, no separate power supply is needed
  • This ultra-portable drive fits easily in your pocket or purse, weighs only a few ounces, and holds tons of valuable data

Customer Reviews:

  • just what the doctor ordered?
    Lightweight, power comes over USB (no unsightly second cable!), and a good capacity for the price point. Will it last? TIME WILL TELL!

    PS- this little guy makes a great Time Machine drive for a MacBook (or MacBook Pro)....more info
  • Great Little External
    So for years I had this ancient external hard drive that was incredibly loud, and took up gallons of space. When it started dying, I went over all the options for portable drives, and came up with this one as the best option.

    Pros: silent, tiny, portable, cute.
    Cons: ... the casing is a bit smudgy?

    Really, I haven't run into any cons yet. It's fast, it's silent, and it's highly portable. Not having to plug it into an external power source is a huge bonus for me. For the amount of space and the portability, it's a great deal.

    I can't comment on the included syncing program - preferring to control my files manually, I haven't touched it....more info
  • Mostly OK
    Device works fine with two laptops, but has a problem on the PC--a Dell XPS420 w/ RAID 1 and Vista SP2. It will not Safely Remove, claiming some program is still running it. Disconnect it anyway, and then when reconnected it will not appear in Windows Explorer but will appear in Device Manager. Must Restart to see it again. Must be system-specific....more info
  • Excellent performance
    The shape and style are great, very easy to handle and storage almost anywhere, but the best is the elegant design with an excellent size, you can just put in your jacket's pocket to travel with it like a little PDA. I think the color is very elegant and easy to clean just with a little tissue, without the problem of leaving marks like the old versions.

    In the matter of performance, it's ok, the little USB light show's you when the hard drive is working, and also when you can detach it from the computer in the safe mode (so that is very useful, cause sometimes after you detach de driver in the computer, the hard drive still working for a few seconds or maybe more time, so that's very annoying in the older versions of this product line).

    The speed is the same, I mean its good, but the capacity I think it's not enough for these days, unfortunately this is the larger capacity (500G) in this product line, so I'm little disappointed in that fact, But besides that everything its perfect.
    ...more info
  • Excellent product and value!!!
    Product is excellent and service. This was a birthday present and my friend loves it!!!...more info
  • Pretty good.
    I bought this hard drive to store a large amount of digital media. I wanted something small, that would look good on my desk. Do yourself a favor and reformat the file system to ntfs immediately. I did not find a need to do this until I already had about 200 gigs stored on the drive. I converted the drive to save myself from another time consuming backup, this worked well, the transfer rate remains decent. Overall this is a very good product for the price. In retrospect, I may have bought a larger model 1tb drive because I underestimated the amount of storage that I needed. For now I will be more selective about which files I will keep in my library....more info
  • My choice is always Western Digital for harddrives
    I have always used Western Digital when purchasing a harddrive for either internal or external use. This drive is compact, starts right up, no guessing on what's it going to do and has plenty of space for my needs. The USB cord is actually long enough to be out of my way. ...more info
  • Great so far . . .
    The drive worked perfectly out of the box with my mac and windows machines. I've had it for a month and so far, no problems. It is USB powered and fits in my shirt pocket along with its 18" cable (when detached and folded). To me it is about 80% as convenient as a flash drive with many times the capacity (and far less probability of my losing it). I can't judge the speed, but it seems fast enough for backups and routine file transfers. I've played video clips and music files from the drive with no interruptions. The outside case is made of what looks like the high impact plastic used in children's toys. The case seems well constructed, however, with solidly bonded seams. So, it seems like a good buy....more info
  • This item works great
    The external has a pretty good read/write speed. I transfered 300 or so gigs of data onto it at one go and it took about four hours. The external is also nice and small physically so it's a lot nicer than the more bulky desktop versions that are the same size. I'm greatly satisfied with it....more info
  • Works as advertised
    I bought this USB drive to be the Time Machine backup for my MacBook Air. So far it's worked flawlessly, and allowed me to backup and retrieve files very fast from the drive. My only complaint is that every once in a while the Time Machine software on the Mac will say an error occurred while trying to do the latest time machine backup. However, when I go into Time Machine everything looks fine. So, I'm not sure if that's the drive or the Time Machine software. Overall, no complaints. Good price, good performance, and it worked as advertised....more info
  • small backup
    We're using this to backup our family pc. no issues with it. love the small size -...more info
  • Fast, Reliable, Works as Advertised
    This is my 3rd purchase of a WD passport, and each works exactly as advertised. the backups, after the inital, are very fast. I can back up a couple of laptops and a home PC with this 320 GB. Works GREAT for loading your favorites, documents, email/calendar/contacts (PST files) back onto comptuer. I do frequent OS installs, and so this is an easy way to get back up and running afterward. Lightweight, and small form factor makes easy to carry in my laptop bag without adding any noticeable weight. Glossy black paint job is very nice-looking, but prone to fingerprints and small scratches. That said, i'd still get the black for my own personal preferences. ...more info
  • Great value for this amount of portable storage
    Hard to believe there could be so much storage in something only slightly larger than a deck of cards (and not even as thick) but it's true. The transfer rate could be faster but for $79 I am not going to complain too much!...more info
  • Great for backups and syncing current files
    I have been using this as a long term storage for 130 GB of OTR shows. It transfers the large files beautifully going either onto or off of my desktop computer. The sync program works great for daily/weekly backups of my commonly used files so that I don't lose things that are changed frequently....more info
  • Great little backup drive
    I purchased the WD Pasport drive to replace a 3.5" USB drive that had failed. It turned out to be a perfect solution to the nightly backups of my desktop PC. It's small (2.5" harddrive), quiet, and only spins up when being used. Since, it is powered by the USB cable and does not require external power, I have one fewer power cable in the wiring mess on the floor.

    The drive came formated with fat32 which has a file size limit of little under 4GB. Since I'm using the drive for image backups, I wanted one large file rather many 4GB files to keep track of. So, I had to convert the drive to NTFS using the convert on the commandline. Alternatively, I could have formated the drive for NTFS.

    The drive is 320GB which might be too small for you, if you are storing a large volume of photographs or videos on your harddrive.

    I will definitely will buy another one when the need arises....more info
  • Good !!
    Its really good .....
    i feel the usb chord is very small...
    other wise , product is good....more info
  • Just what I was looking for
    I needed to have more room on my pc. This item met all of my expectations. I would definitely purchase from this seller in the future....more info
  • Defective
    I put a whole bunch of important files on this ext. hard drive and then I learned that it was defective. Apparently, Western Digital has no quality control standards at their Chinese production factory. :(

    ...more info
  • Superb hard disk
    I have this Passport external hard drive only for two days now, but I already can tell it is an outstanding product.
    Easy to install, it has a fully reliable performance.
    Get one soon ....!...more info
  • Compact and Portable WD Passport
    I like the fact this product is so slim, and versatile, portable and easy to set up and carry. I own the old My book also, which is good but HUGE. So the My Passport version is easier to place on my desk to connect to my computer, and also has 350 GB, which is enough to storage my music, videos, movies. Great the fact this great product is portable, so I can carry all my stuff in that. Beautiful design, looks like made by apple....more info
  • Nice Product
    This is a great little hard drive. It's quite small and attractive. It doesn't need a power supply so it's very portable. I bought it for my boyfriend and he really loves it. Nothing negative to say about it....more info
  • My WD Passport portable hard drive
    The Western Digital My Passport portable hard drive (320 GB) is an excellent choice for transferring and saving files. Just plug it into the USB and go. I use it with Windows XP Pro and it works well.Western Digital My Passport Essential 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive WDME5000TN (Midnight Black)...more info
  • Excellent product
    I have owned a number of Western Digital portable drives. This one like the rest works flawlessly and keeps on ticking. I can't say that about other brands I have tried. Highly recommend it. It is compact, works as it should and easy to carry.

    Great product....more info
  • Great Product
    I really like the stylistic aspects of this hard drive. It is small enough to take anywhere you want to take it. The drive itself is very easy to use. It does have a significant weakness and that is the fact that it solely depends on the usb port for its power source. My laptop could not actually handle the power that the passport hard drive required and I kept getting an error message about a power surge. I fixed that problem by buying a powered usb hub to plug into my computer and then connected the portable hard drive to my laptop that way. That is my one complaint about the portable hard drive, but it was a simple fix that added about $25 dollars to what I spent on the hard drive itself....more info
  • Portable HD
    A good portable HD. Small (pocket size) and light. Looks good. Easy USB connect. Comes formatted FAT 32 so immediately readable by both MAC and Windows computers. Excellent value, especially with free super saver shipping - works out to 25 cents per GB...more info
  • Great Product
    This is a great product. I purchased it mainly to back up my files and hold the bulk of my media files. I've freed up a lot of space on my laptop.

    The drive is quiet. And, has quick access to my files.

    I'm very happy with the product thus far....more info
  • it is good product and meets all my expectations I had during purchase
    it is good product and meets all my expectations, I had during purchase of this item...more info
  • Product not delivered within posted guidelines
    Not yet received although overdue. Have emailed seller. This was not delivered within promised timeframe and I am concerned about that...more info
  • Old Reliable
    I decided to purchase for my wife a gadget that she needed at least as much as I. (Not that a portable external hard drive should be considered a "gadget" for someone who teaches CS.) But my mistake was in trying to save a few bucks. First, I went with Acomdata which, despite firewire and usb adaptability, proved itself unequal to the task in the first week, thereby permitting me to return it and exchange it for an Iomega drive, which unfortunately ran flawlessly for over a month, past the point of return. (She transports her drives to and from campus on a regular basis, connecting them to a host of Macs and PC's.) Her previous Passport hadn't missed a beat in over six years but was only 80 gigs, so there was no longer any choice to be made except size and color. 500 GB and azure blue it was, and she's a happy camper once again. Except for the times the drive gets misplaced which, given the Passport's compact size (these things have shrunken considerably in the past several years), is not an uncommon occurrence....more info
  • Good product, lousy software
    The drive works great...once I reformatted it to get rid of the software and make the file system NTFS. If it keeps working for more than 2 years I'll be very happy....more info
  • works fine !
    Used it couple of times in the past month and seems to work fine without any problems. No set up issues either....more info
  • Perfect
    I brought this for a trip overseas, its small and doesn't require it's own power supply. It works on both a Mac and PC, just plug it in and there it is....more info
  • So far, so good.
    I purchased this drive for the purpose of transporting large quantities of files for access between work sites. It's fast and so far very reliable. Other features include a simple connectivity light, and flashing data transfer light (one is the same).
    Here's a technical note: if at first the drive isn't recognized by your desktop PC's front panel (wired) USB ports, try the ones in back that are part of the motherboard itself. Sometimes front panel USB ports--and some on older laptops (which can be wired as well)--lack the power to run the drive.
    Good luck, this drive will most likely suit your needs....more info
  • faulty product
    I have not been able to use this devise since purchase.
    Please advise how to address this issue or get a replacement.
    Andrea...more info
  • Perfect external hard drive
    I have been using this portable hard drive for almost 1 year and a half and I have no complain whatsoever. It is working so well I am amazed and I can tell you I really don't treat as carefully as I should. I plug and unplug it without warning, I've brought it in very tough environment and it worked like a charm.
    It is tough, small, silent and it feels as fast as using the computer internal hard drive. It is one of the best electronics purchase I have made (and I make a lot of them)....more info
  • WD external hard drive
    The w D harddrive has worked perfect i use it for music and have no problem. it is quite and does not get hot. I would recomend it to my friends. you can't beat the price Billy Newman Texas...more info
  • perfect
    this is a perfect product. it works just as it should with any computer and doesnt require a power cord. it is also very quiet. the only negative is that the "in use" light is very bright....more info