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Western Digital My Passport Essential 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive WDME5000TN (Midnight Black)
List Price: $159.99

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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 you're 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 (H) x 4.96 (L) x 3.14 (W) Approximate Unit Weight - 0.23lb

Features:
  • Box Contents - My Passport Essential 500GB Portable USB Hard Drive, USB 2.0 cable, Quick Install guide
  • 500GB 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.
  • Powered by the USB bus. 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:

  • grab and go
    I can have my back up copy with me everywhere. That sounds good!It's light,small, and has hight capacity of memory. It's a great deal....more info
  • Defective WD hard drive. I lost everything!
    I transferred some research projects and 5 years of family pictures to this drive (WD 320 passport) because my old laptop's hard drive was full. It just stopped working. IT people has just confirmed that is dead (after just a couple of months). Cost of data recovery is between 1300 and 2000.

    Don't buy it! If you do it, be sure you are backing up everything....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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Good stuff
    It is my second external HD from WD and both work perfectly with my Mac. ...more info
  • Southern Comfort
    Like the size. Like the USB connection. Like the looks. Like the storage capacity. I really like how easy it is to use. I'm using to store my photos. It works just like a hard drive in my computer. ...more info
  • Durable Portable Harddrive
    Just bought this for my husband who was mainly interested in backing up his e-mail from Outlook. I bought this brand because I'd bought basically the same one, with a smaller capacity, about two years ago for my son. My son is a college student who needed a harddrive for his music, videos etc. and who loved the drive. It has run beautifully and held up well. With the capacity, usb plug-in cord, it's a great value for the price. ...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
  • 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
  • Happy with my Hard Drive
    This is a great product. I can backup my entire computer no matter where I am. I have a card rubber "skin" (case) for protection so I take it with me when I travel. Very easy software to setup and use. 5 stars!...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
  • What more can be said? It's a great portable hard drive
    I bought this hard drive three months ago and waited before I wrote a review. After reading other reviews before my purchase, I was a bit nervous that it would stop working soon after I bought it. I had no need to worry though. It has been working perfectly. It's not just the reliability I appreciate, I have also found this hard drive really durable. I travel a lot and bring it with me. This hard drive has survived being jostled around a lot. That's more than I can for other portable hard drives I've had in the past....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
  • Dead in Six Months
    I've never had a USB drive fail. Not only did this one fail, it did so in six months.

    In my case, it was the controller that went bad. I broke the case and plugged the internal drive into a BLAC-X USB adapter and the drive itself worked fine. But so much for my portable (and pretty) drive now.

    Other problems with this drive include it going to sleep and then never waking up. I would have to unplug the drive and plug it back in. It got to the point where I would have to do this 2 and 3 times, and finally today it no longer responded at all. I tried to connect it to another machine and it still failed, so it's not just my machine.

    Based on my experience, I wouldn't recommend this drive....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
  • Run away from it!!!!!
    Ok, so, I bought this sucker 2 years ago. Today, it started making some clicking sounds (google it and see for yourself). The problem is not with the data - it's physically damaged (and I did not drop/hit/smash it!!!).
    To retrieve my data will cost me between 600 and 900 dollars - a preliminary quote....... And I NEED that data, mind you.
    Conclusion? Better buy a solid state drive, pay waaaay more, but be safe and sleep tight at night. Ordering one for ~500 dollars right after posting this review.
    Don't be fooled by cheap "storage". This is one of those rare cases when paying more makes sense....more info
  • Very useful tool
    I have been traveling since I installed my Passport Drive. I find it very useful as I can carry all my working files along with me and add more items to it as they are produced. It's working as it was intended to do. I would have preferred mat rather than shiny finish....more info
  • small backup
    We're using this to backup our family pc. no issues with it. love the small size -...more info