Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Passport Elite (WDBAAC series)
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Dennis L., Newegg
10 December 2010
Pros: The hardware works fine. I like the size, it is small. Can be operated with or without the base. I have multiple units and use only one base.
Cons: Why did they force the backup software? If I wanted software I would have preferred to add it myself. They have installed this backup hardware that can not be removed. When ever you plug the HD into the usb, this starts into operation. It is a real pain. The backup software can't be erased or wip...
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?
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.
Initial Out Of The Box Usbility Could Not Be Worse If They Tried
Abhinav Agarwal, Amazon
20 September 2008
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.
Nothing but problems on Mac. Get the Passport Studio instead.
Navarro Parker, Amazon
20 September 2008
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.
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.
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: Every system I plug this into I need to download software. Even after that it works about 30% of the time when I plug it into the USB slot. I have to unplug it, plug it back in, wait.... repeat until it actually works. My shipment didn't arrive with the stand.