Summary: I bought this drive because of the advertised security feature. Only after installing did I find out that the password option for locking the drive only works when connected to a computer with administrative privileges. I assume that is because it installs a program to handle this feature. You receive a warning that you may not be able to access information on hotel computers because you must use a computer with administrative privileges.
Summary: The slim, compact size of this back-up drive makes it easy to carry along when traveling and is nice because it doesn't take up a lot of room on your desk. 500 GB of storage is great considering it's small size. I also like that it's powered by a single USB port and it has restore software as well as back-up. So why am I only giving it 3 stars? Well, for starters it was difficult to set up.
Summary: This hard drive is ok. Be aware that it says 640 GB but sense it comes with the software it only has about 500 GB. Im guessing the software uses the other 40 GBS? Other than that seems pretty easy and fast. Stand is nice when you want to leave it at your desk.
Summary: The drive has two partitions. The smaller partition (a little over 500 MB) shows up in Windows as a CD-ROM drive containing the WD SmartWare software for encrypting, backing up, and retrieving data; the remaining partition is for data storage. You are asked to go to Western Digital's web site for the latest user manual, but I found the manual I downloaded poorly written to be all that useful.
Summary: You'll hate it... If you're looking for a general purpose portable USB drive. There are smaller, less expensive, and more solidly built drives around. For example Seagate FreeAgent Go 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive ST905003FAA2E1-RK (Black) or SimpleTech by Hitachi Signature Mini 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive FS-U25/500E (Espresso) . Also, you *need* to use the cables provided with the drive.
Not worth the price premium over the lower cost model
Jerry Saperstein, Amazon
20 October 2008
Summary: They charge substantially more for this model than for the Western Digital WDME3200TN My Passport Essential 320GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive (Midnight Black) . What do you get for the extra money? Nothing of significance or even substantive value. A somewhat burnished case finish which adds nothing. A drive activity diode which adds nothing. A cheap cloth pouch which adds nothing. Stick with the "My Essential" model that offers the same functionality at a lower price.
Summary: I just purchased the new My Passport Elite from Western Digital. It didn't come with any manual and the installation is confusing. It came installed with some software but you don't need to use them. There is no instruction on how to start using the hard drive. I called the tech support, they are not very helpful. You thought you can just drag and drop the files into the hard drive but no, you can only copy and paste. When I try to drag and drop, the computer blank out.
Summary: Ich habe die externe HDD schon vor 1 Jahr gekauft und komme - trotz intensivem Kontakt zum WD-Kundendienst - mit diesem Teil nicht klar. Nach langem Schriftwechsel stellt sich heraus: mein Norton Internet Security (2010 und 2011) hält das Teil für feindlich und drum geht fast nichts mehr. Wollte die HDD dann für meine Musik mit der neuen Philips MCD716 einsetzen - Fehlanzeige, war mit 500GB zu groß!
Summary: Possiedo questo HD da circa 8 mesi, l'ho ordinato su internet pagandolo 99 € ora presumo lo si trovi a poco più della metà. L'HD è piccolo, grande come un portafoglio, si infila facilmente in tasca. La pecca più grande è che ci si deve sempre portare dietro il cavetto (un ingombro in più). Nella scatola troverete oltre al cavetto anche una base. Io l'ho attaccata al desktop e uso il cavetto per il netbook.
Pros: spia che indica lo spazio occupato, portabilità, base + cavo