Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1 TB USB 3.0/2.0 Ultra Portable External Hard Drive (Black)

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Product Description

Put your digital life on the stylish, maximum capacity My Passport® Essential™ SE portable hard drive. With WD quality and USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connectivity, this drive is designed for today with tomorrow in mind. A single drive with universal compatibility today and next-generation speed for tomorrow. Use it with USB 2.0 now and step up to USB 3.0 speed when you’re ready. Massive capacity in this small, stylish drive that is powered directly from the USB port on your PC. No separate power supply is needed.

Details

  • Automatic, continuous backup
  • Maximum capacity
  • Connectivity today; speed for tomorrow
  • Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
  • Up to 3x faster transfer rates with USB 3.0

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Speed tests...
by Strohmian (October 21, 2010)
855 of 883 people found this review helpful
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One terabyte that fits in your jeans' pocket. I don't want to go all "when we were young we walked 10 miles to school, etc." on you, but my first hard drive was such that I would have needed 50'000 of 'em to match the capacity, occupying a solid cube 9 feet on each side and setting me back 30 million dollars. That's mind- blowing progress indeed, and while the original advances were made by firms like Seagate and IBM, those have mostly sold off/sourced out in the meantime, leaving Western Digital as the Bleeding Edge hard drive brand.

This device looks like a cigarette holder with a glossy finish. The edges are rounded, and the usb connector is the only opening in the case, so for my occasional transport I just carry the drive in my jacket as-is. It would have been super- neat to have a rubber flap over the usb and perhaps a more scratch- resistant matte finish, but there is no issue here, especially since WD offers inexpensive... Read more
WD Portable 1 TB HD - worked flawlessly
by Sudarshan Karkada (September 21, 2010)
229 of 243 people found this review helpful
First Impressions Review:

This is the first time I have ever used a portable (tiny) external hard drive. I currently use a Cavalry dual disk external drive in RAID configuration which is huge and not really portable.

This new WD drive is fantastic in that it is quite small, doesn't require external power, and it is quite good looking. It is amazing how they fit 1 TB drive in such a small package. One bonus is that when I replace my computer in future with one that has USB 3.0 interface, this drive can handle that. (It works fine with USB 2.0 also.) The device looked and felt solid.

The USB port that is on the drive seems to be proprietary, but it could be a standard port for USB 3.0. The cable that comes with the drive fits snugly and works well. The cable should be saved carefully - I don't have any other cable with that specialized connector.

The backup software resides on the hard disk of the drive. I didn't bother installing that... Read more
High capacity in a slick looking little external hard drive
by PT Cruiser (October 20, 2010)
170 of 184 people found this review helpful
I can remember when I was impressed by a 356 MB hard drive on my new computer. (Remember those days?) Now here's this back-up external drive that is a terabyte, something that not so many years ago was in the domain only of supercomputers that took up whole rooms. The really impressive thing is that this is such a nice compact little drive, not much bigger than a deck of playing cards. I've used other drives for back up and have always avoided the back up software that came with some of them, fearing it would get in the way and slow things down when I'm working or that it would take too much time to figure out what to back up and how often to do so. As a result, I often forget to back things up, which could be a disaster if I ever had a hard drive failure.

Now the nice thing about a large external drive such as this one is that it has tons of space and I can just back up everything and keep several copies. The software that comes on the drive installs in minutes and... Read more

WD My Passport Essential SE 1 TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Black) 4.0 out of 5 based on 567 ratings. 36 user reviews
bestseller Western Digital WD My Passport Essential SE 1 TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive (Black) Put your digital life on the stylish, maximum capacity My Passport® Essential™ SE portable hard drive. With WD quality and USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connectivity, this drive is designed for today with tomorrow in mind. A single drive with universal compatibility today and next-generation speed for tomorrow. Use it with USB 2.0 now and step up to USB 3.0 speed when you’re ready. Massive capacity in this small, stylish drive that is powered directly from the USB port on your PC. No separate power supply is needed. $229.99 http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31zRL2ufB7L._SL160_.jpg
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My Passport Essential SE – Next generation high-capacity storage to go.

Put your digital life on the stylish, maximum capacity My Passport® Essential™ SE portable hard drive. With WD quality and USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connectivity, this drive is designed for today with tomorrow in mind.

WD quality inside and out
My Passport portable drives are the world’s best selling drives. There’s a reason. We’ve been making hard drives for 20 years and we know how to protect your data.

WD My Passport Essential SE- Quality

USB 3.0 plus USB 2.0
A single drive with universal compatibility today and next-generation speed for tomorrow. Use it with USB 2.0 now and step up to USB 3.0 speed when you’re ready.

WD My Passport Essential SE  USB 3.0

High capacity in a smaller drive
Massive capacity in this small, stylish drive that is powered directly from the USB port on your PC. No separate power supply is needed.

WD My Passport Essential SE - Portable

Features at a glance

  • Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
  • Up to 3x faster transfer rates with USB 3.0
  • Maximum capacity
  • Automatic, continuous backup
  • Password protection and hardware encryption
  • 2-years limited warranty

Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 interface- A single drive with universal compatibility today and next-generation speed for tomorrow. Use it with USB 2.0 now and step up to USB 3.0 speed when you’re ready.

My Passport Essential SE

Up to 3x faster transfer rates - When connected to a USB 3.0 port this drive lets you access and save files up to 3 times faster than USB 2.0. Transfer a 2-hour HD movie in just 5 minutes instead of 13 minutes.*

*Performance may vary based on user’s hardware and system configuration.

WD quality inside and out - For over 20 years, millions of people worldwide have trusted their data to WD hard drives. We are successful because we understand the importance of your data and our first concern is keeping that data safe.

Maximum capacity - Store all your favorite photos, music, movies, and important files on this high capacity, portable drive.

WD SmartWare™ software - You’re in control of your backup. Install all the features, select just the components you need, or if you prefer, choose not to use the software at all.

Automatic, continuous backup - Works quietly in the background to protect your data using minimal PC resources. Whenever you add or change a file it’s instantly backed up.

Password protection for privacy - Gain peace of mind knowing that your data is protected from unauthorized access with password protection and encryption.

USB-powered - Powered directly from the USB port on your PC. No separate power supply is needed.

Planet friendly - We designed a small box that uses recycled material and minimizes waste. We encourage you to recycle it.

WD My Passport Essential SE Box

Ideal for

  • Connecting with your USB 2.0 port today and using with USB 3.0 when you’re ready
  • Transferring files up to three times faster when connected to a USB 3.0 port
  • Protecting your data with automatic, continuous backup
  • Adding extra storage space for photos, videos and music
  • Securing private or sensitive data with password protection and hardware encryption

What’s in the box
Portable hard drive, USB cable, WD SmartWare software, Quick Install Guide.

Compatibility
Formatted NTFS
Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows 7
Mac OS® X Leopard®, Snow Leopard™ (requires reformatting and will work in USB 2.- mode)
Note: Compatibility may vary depending on user’s hardware configuration and operating system.

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4 Reviews to “Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1 TB USB 3.0/2.0 Ultra Portable External Hard Drive (Black)”

  1. zoftware says:

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    I have recommended and set up a dozen of the Western Digital My Passport Essential SEs. All have been 1 TB.

    I have not had an opportunity to test metrics with a USB 3.0.

    USB 2.0 was plug-and-play on Windows. The onboard backup software was easy.

    I recommend reformatting for use with MacOS and Linux. Time Machine backup automatically volunteers itself.

    Passport Essential SE is ultra portable. The external hard drive does not need another power plug. It spins right up when the USB is plugged in.

    The silver looks great with the MacBook and MacBook Pros. Hopefully it attracts a little less heat than the black model.

    The red and blue models with some decals and a glue gun have thrilled two young ladies.

    The guys have not yet invested themselves in personalization.

  2. skrishna says:

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    I needed a new backup solution for my pictures, so I was thrilled to get a Western Digital My Passport 1 TB drive. I am really happy with the size, shape, and weight. It is sleek and light, and could easily be used as a large (storage space wise) portable drive. It stays plugged into my computer at all times, but if I needed a drive that I could carry around with me, this would be it. The shell seems sturdy and protects the drive well.

    The 1 TB size is great and will enable me to back up pictures for years to come, even the large DSLR files we take.

    My issue with the drive, and what prevents this from being a 5 star review, is the included software. Western Digital includes backup and drive protection software. The drive protection password protects the drive, which is essential for anyone who travels with a drive like this one. From what I can tell, it works very well.

    The backup software is a different story. It doesn’t allow the user to pick selected files or folders, or even back up a drive other than the C: drive. For someone like me, who doesn’t use the default configuration of a computer and keeps media files on a different drive, this is completely useless. Not being able to select which folders I want backed up means the software is unusable for me.

    Again, I really do love the drive and use it with third party software, and it’s reliably backing up my computer. I just wish I could have used the included software instead of having to purchase something new.

  3. David Broberg says:

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    I installed this drive about 1 month ago using USB-2.0. It has worked flawlessly and provides slightly above average speed for a USB-2.0 external drive (it is noticeably slower than eSata or Firewire external drives). I was out of back-panel USB ports so I decided to upgrade to the USB-3.0 using a Buffalo Superspeed USB-3.0 on an empty PCI-express 2.0 slot. The card is “rated” at up to 5Gbps, but no one will actually see that in the real world.

    I was curious to see what my real world performance boost would be. I don’t find much practical value in speedtest bench marks that move small chunks of data and test all sections of the drive. They don’t give meaningful indication of what happens with large video files. (After all isn’t the reason you buy a Terabyte drive to store large video files?).

    I measured USB-2.0 and USB-3.0 speeds using two sample video files. One sample was 1.0 GB and one was 2.0 GB. Here are my results using the supplied cable:
    USB-2.0: 1.0 GB file = 184 Mbps (42 seconds)
    USB-2.0: 2.0 GB file = 176 Mbps (90 seconds)
    USB-3.0: 1.0 GB file = 176 Mbps (44 seconds)
    USB-3.0: 2.0 GB file = 160 Mbps (100 seconds)

    I should note that I don’t have a old, slow PC. It is a 2010 HP Win7 64bit with Core2 Quad 3.0 GHz (Yorkfield). I moved my files from an internal Barracuda drive connected with SATA that is significantly faster than any external drive. By comparison the same two files can be moved between two internal drives (SATA) on this machine in 12 and 19 seconds respectively (666 Mbps and 842 Mbps).

    If moving big files matters to you, you’ll probably see no improvement with USB-3.0. If you simply need a good small portable Terabyte drive that easily fits in your pocket, this drive is a good value. The USB 2.0/3.0 doesn’t cost you any more and doesn’t provide any problem either. However, in the real world (big video files) don’t expect break-neck speed or any advantage to adding the USB-3.0 interface. In my case the speed actually dropped slightly!

    If it had been sold as an USB-2.0 drive, I would give it 5 stars, but it doesn’t live up to the hype of “Superspeed USB-3.0″

    UPDATE: I changed the rating to 5 Stars. I went back and remeasured the large file transfer rates after installing a second USB-3.0 drive that came with a different USB-3.0 driver. Now I am seeing a SUBSTANTIAL increase in speed.
    2.0 GB file now can write to this drive in 33 seconds – nearly 500 Mbps or about 62 MB/s.
    The other USB-3.0 drive (Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 2TB) moved the same file in 22 seconds or 742 Mbps or 92 MB/s. This is almost as fast as an average internal SATA drive! I suspect there must have been a driver problem with my USB-3.0 card that made it revert to USB-2.0 mode.

  4. KJ says:

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    I am a Hard Drive Freak (see my other reviews) and I found this one to be a great little unit. I purchased it at Costco for $89 and it came with the case and some other goodies that the wholesale always off. I like the small size, BIG 1 TB size, and the fact that it already has the 3.0 technology built in. Seagate has similar but you have to buy the chassie for 3.0 which add’s another $30 bucks if you need it. In addition, most PCs dont even use 3.0 yet and it will be a while before it is a comman feature on the laptops. But hey for the price its a nice add on.

    The pre-loaded software is nice and simple to use. Its pocket size is also a great feature, and as we all know WD is a great company and I have used their internal drives for 25 years which is why I had to try this one out.

    Plug it in and go. It is quick, keeps track of what new files have been added and replaces old files, keeping the old ones “just in case” Not a bad feature.

    IMHO this is a good unit for the price. There are so many brands out their and I have about 7 different ones and I rate this one as good. Especially as it already comes with the 3.0 ready to go but is backwords compatible. Check your local flyers as it is found pretty cheap before Xmas.

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