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Western Digital My Passport Essential 160 GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive (Real Red)
List Price: $83.99

Our Price: $64.99

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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 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

  • Box Contents - My Passport Essential 160GB Portable USB Hard Drive, USB 2.0 cable, Quick Install guide
  • 160GB 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:

    This thing is amazing and it is bound to save your life every now and then when you're in dire need of a backup or just an external hard drive for your small capacity notebook hard drive! Definitely would recommend to anyone!! ...more info
  • Works with MacBook's Time Machine
    The Passport works with my easily with MacBook. I didn't even have to reformat the Passport. I use Time Machine to backup my MacBook's disk drive about once a week. After a few weeks, it's so far, so good....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
  • small backup
    We're using this to backup our family pc. no issues with it. love the small size -...more info
  • Good Product Great Price
    This was exactly what I was looking for. I needed memory, but had to remain portable. All the extras it comes with does take away from the actual memory, but still a great product with a great price....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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Disappointed this time
    I bought this to upgrade from a Western Digital 250 GB portable hard drive that I've had for a year and a half and had very little trouble with. I had that drive attached with Velcro to the top of my laptop, and it worked great (much safer than having it bang around in my travel bag separately). It eventually got touchy about the cable connection; sometimes disconnecting when the cable is bumped. (Manufacturers: please make a snap-in mini-USB connector instead of letting the contacts take the abuse.)

    However, this new drive is not reliable. It sometimes can't be found by Windows XP, and I have to disconnect it and reconnect it for it to be recognized. It's also a bit noisier than the previous one, which together make me suspicious that it's a bad drive that will fail on me at any time. As a result, I constantly back up to the old drive, which I had intended to use as an archive (and do occasional backups of new files to an external drive; my important work is done on the laptop drive and backed up daily to the portable drive). But since the old drive is only half the size, that won't last.

    I will probably buy another portable drive from a different manufacturer to try to get one that I feel I can trust. Then I'll just use this as a portable backup drive that I'll occasionally sync. Not completely worthless, but certainly disappointing....more info
  • Good item for $$, Poor sinc software
    This is a good deal for the dollar. It is very portable and built well. The only major flaw is that the sinc software crashes and shuts down frequently. ...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
  • Good... But...
    Great, compact and easy to use... However, be aware that the disk is partitioned and I could not do a complete computer back-up because the partions have a limit of 20 G. Also, unlike Western Digital "book" sized disk, there is no back-up program on the disk. You'll have to use the back-up program that comes with your OS or buy one. I simply use Windows Explorer and drag my main folders to the disk which is easy and fairly fast. I'm personally going to format the disk. Even with the mentioned short-comings I think, for the price, it's a lot of back-up storage in a very compact package that can go anywhere with you....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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • My Passport
    Excellent product, exactly what I wanted, light, compact, performant, easy to use and to install all this +500GB....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
  • Perfect!
    Could fit all of my documents on it! So nice. Works great. USB must be hooked up to actual computer and not a hub though....more info
  • Good !!
    Its really good .....
    i feel the usb chord is very small...
    other wise , product is good....more info
  • _
    Works exactly like it should. Tons of space for the price. Also, the drive is compact and does not require a power supply. This makes it more convenient to use than a tradition external hard drive....more info
  • Disappointed
    I bought this with a lot of confidence in Western Digital. My problem is that it didn't come with any instructions and I can't figure out how it works. I checked their website and couldn't find any tutorials there either. The vendor shipped in a timely manner so my problem isn't with him. I just need to know what I should do. It may be a wonderful product but if I can't get it to work, what good is it to me?...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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    I tried to rate this with no stars, but apparently that's not possible. The first Passport I ordered was defective (kept disconnecting and reconnecting on it's own), and then the replacement they sent me was also defective--but in a slightly different way (would crash whenever I tried to transfer music--even as little as 612MB! Great!). Dealing with Western Digital has been a huge headache and waste of time. Not only are their outsourced customer service representatives incompetent (or at least "helpless" by their own admission), they are also rude to boot! I think Amazon should stop carrying their products. The shotty quality of the Passport and the scammy way in which they dealt with the situation (one man told me they "don't accept returns") makes me think they can't make anything worthwhile. ...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
  • great product except you need special cable
    it worked fine but I had to wait for a month for WD to send a dual USB cable for it to work on my laptop. remember the HD need alot of power to run and single USB port may not provide enough power.

    WD support is not all that great...
    ...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
  • So Handy
    I bought this to backup my files. I was thinking of buying a 1TB 3.5 inch, but decided to buy this after a long thought. Much smaller and handier, haven't carried a lot though (just secured). Small size is worth. Feels a little slow but I'm not sure it's due to my USB or this HDD (the speed is similar to USB memory stick). So far I haven't seen any problem with this, considering to buy another one....more info
  • Did not work with my PowerBook G4
    My computer met the requirements on the amazon page but it would not work with my computer. After doing some research I found out that it requires 1000mA and my PowerBook G4 only gives off 500mA through its USB port. If you are going to get this make sure your USB port gives off 1000mA. ...more info
  • Passport Essential 320 GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive
    This product gives me such piece of mind - a place to store important information for work that I do for others. This is a quality product and I would definitely buy it again....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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Good stuff
    It is my second external HD from WD and both work perfectly with my Mac. ...more info
  • Awesome Product
    I did a lot of digging around before finally deciding to get the My Passport drive. But now that i did, i am extremely happy with it. The performance is good, it looks nice (as nice as a hard drive can look), it is durable, and the price per GB was great.

    The only thing that I don't like 100% about the drive is that the edges of the case are a little rough in some spots, it would be nice if the cases were a little more stylish. But I'm not trying to win any fashion awards with it, it's a storage device that i carry data around on.

    So all in all, excellent product!...more info
  • Great To Travel With
    This thing is all you need if you travel a lot and like to carry lots of music and/or photos. Simple to set up and works very fast. Light weight too. You can use anything as case I suppose, I use a large soft sunglass case to carry mine....more info
  • Excellent Product . . . instructions a bit cryptic
    I now have two WD My Passport Essential 320 GB Drives. They are used for monthly back-up of several computers. The software works quite well but the operating instruction are a bit cryptic. ...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
  • 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