Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Passport Elite (WDBAAC series)
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Great while it lasted.
18 June 2011
Summary: When I first received this hard drive I was happy with the ease of use. After about 6 months of using it about once a week the port where you plug in the mini usb came loose so I can't get my files off of it until i buy a new one and break this one open to transfer everything.
Summary: I owned this drive for almost a year and backed up my computer one time and put it away. When i got it out to run another backup the short 18" cable wouldn't connect unless I held it in place. The cradle still worked but I preferred the cable because the cradle was so flimsy. So I went back to BestBuy and exchanged it for a different brand. After using it 1 time apparently loosened the plug for the wire and did not work.
Nothing but problems on Mac. Get the Passport Studio instead.
Navarro Parker "Motion Graphics Dude", Amazon
22 May 2010
Summary: Western Digital has replaced this drive three times and it still doesn't mount reliably. I have 10 WD My Books and they all work great. But this model just isn't ready for prime time. And yes, the SmartWare software stinks... especially if you own a Mac. (Seriously, why come out with half-baked backup software when Time Machine is already built into the OS??) Tried updating the Firmware with WD's official updater.
Initial Out Of The Box Usbility Could Not Be Worse If They Tried
Abhinav Agarwal "AA", Amazon
22 March 2010
Summary: If and when you get past the impossibly ridiculous hurdles to use this hard drive, it is not that bad a package. Small form factor, sleek looking, though a bit noisier and vibrates more than you would expect. First, the positives: -------------- ++ Small and sleek. It is smaller than the other portable hard drive I have, Toshiba 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Dive HDDR500E04XL (Liquid Blue) , which itself is impossibly small and light.
Summary: I just purchased the drive, and its much smaller in comparison to the original western digital passport usb drives in total size. Unfortunately it comes with some software similar, but not exactly the same, to the U3, that several of the usb key manufactures use. In short, it auto starts software, tries to install software when the drive is connected. But unlike the U3, it can't be entirely removed. The software is basically just hidden.
Summary: Well it works, but... 1) The connector, it's a flimsy proprietary-to-usb cable, can't use any other Mini-USB cable for example. Also the slightest nudge and it disconnects, I've hurt myself now a few times with this... 2) Why do they need 569MB for Drivers and software? Just give me the drive rather than make me reformat this... 3) Speed, seems slower than many other drives I've had... In short I wish I'd bought another drive...