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Western Digital My Passport Essential 320 GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive WDMEB3200TN (Intense Blue)
List Price: $129.99

Our Price: $85.00

You Save: $44.99 (35%)


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.

  • Box Contents - My Passport Essential 320GB Portable USB Hard Drive, USB 2.0 cable, Quick Install guide
  • 320GB 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:

  • 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
  • small backup
    We're using this to backup our family pc. no issues with it. love the small size -...more info
  • Great Product
    This is a great little hard drive. I use it to back up all my music and pictures. It's great to be able to take them with me where ever I go....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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Buyer Beware: Poorly Constructed, Far Too Fragile
    I can't warn users enough about the fragility of this HD. I had to find out the hard way that these HDs are poorly constructed and if you upset them in the slightest, your data will be GONE with virtually no way to have it repaired. A couple of months ago, my foot got tangled in the cord and the HD took a light tumble on plush carpet from a height of a little over 12 inches.

    That was the end of my HD and a lot of my one of a kind data that I had ported over to it. Gone. Kaput.

    Certainly, there is no expectation for HDs to take serious beatings but the poor construction and lack of durability on this Western Digital model is terrible. After I lost all my data, I googled and found that there are MANY others like me who have lost their precious data with this product. Repair is not an option because even at the 'diagnostic' costs of over $1,000, there's no guarantee that they will be able to fix anything. I took mine to a specialty PC shop and tried to get it fixed but the technician (owner) told me it was toast due to the way these are built (apparently a lack of access to the drives).

    So BEWARE....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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Good !!
    Its really good .....
    i feel the usb chord is very small...
    other wise , product is good....more info
  • western digital passport 320 gb
    great product. easy to use.

    the only issue is the estimated backup time was much longer than it actually took. it's probably related to my computer. but the initial estimate of 4 days almost made me return it. i started it and went out to dinner. when i returned the process was complete....more info
  • Good product, fast shipment
    Good product, im satisfied with it.
    It was in the condition described.
    And the shipment was in the time it was told to be....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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Luv this little gem
    I bought this to make backups of my Acer One Netbook with a SSD and ended up using it as my HD. it's small(fits in a pocket), light, fast and just plug it in and go. For the $$$ can't be beat if you need a HD or backup for any laptop or netbook....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
  • 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
  • Good stuff
    It is my second external HD from WD and both work perfectly with my Mac. ...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
  • Good & cheap option
    It's a money worth and really reliable portable hard drive. I had seen it in many stores and I hesitated if it was durable and reliable but after seen the reviews I decided to buy it and I don't have any claim at all so far....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
  • Western Digiital External USB 320 GB Drive
    I love these Western Digital drives. Plug in the USB cable and you are ready to go. Instead of trying to back up my laptop to a server or DVDs, I keep multiple images on s Western Digital USB drive. I purchased one for my daughter as well. She does a lot of photos and music etc. and loves it too. ...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
  • 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