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Western Digital My Passport Essential 320 GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive WDMES3200TN (Cool Silver)
List Price: $129.99

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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). It's perfect for business travelers who needs to transfer large amounts of data from their laptop to a client's computer, or daily backups as insurance against accidents from mishandled luggage or 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.
  • USB bus powered, no separate power supply is needed
  • This ultra-portable drive fits easily in your pocket or purse, weighs only 6 ounces

Customer Reviews:

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • small backup
    We're using this to backup our family pc. no issues with it. love the small size -...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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Excellent product and value!!!
    Product is excellent and service. This was a birthday present and my friend loves it!!!...more info
  • great stuff
    No complaints yet. Small, sleek and quiet. I suggest getting a case cause it can scratch easily. ...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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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