Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1TB USB 3.0 (WDBACX0010BSL/WDBACX0010BRD/WDBACX0010BBL/WDBACX0010BBK)
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Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1TB Portable Hard Drive
Joo-Hwan L., Newegg
2 February 2014
Summary: The internet is FULL of complaints about this model (across different size versions from 500GB+) from WD. 1) the random disconnect issue, 2) the inability to make it a bootable drive, 3) the inability to make it into an internal drive.
Pros: It is what it is. An external HDD. Decent performance *when it worked.* Today (Q1 of 2014) there are much better options with more space and lower price.
Cons: I only used this periodically to back up my internal HDD (for desktop/tower and work laptop). I'd say total of less than 10 times over two years. Despite the infrequent use and very safe keeping, it started giving me strange clicks and random disconnects after about 15 months (keep in mind, I did...
Pros: Love WD internal drives been using them for years
Cons: WD is better at making internal drives, External NOT SO GOOD. Like so many people say they die with very little use. I had mine for 2 years and used it to back songs and pics on, all of a sudden BAM CRASH no more data. Do yourself a favor and buy one for a lot less money because you are just buyi...
Summary: Ok, I'm not a computer genius so it's possible I'm just unaware of some super easy trick to using this thing correctly. But the WD software that comes preloaded on it is totally unusable. It shows up and lets you prep all your files to load onto it but then won't actually save them.
Summary: Drive gives read/write errors after one year of use. I took a chance and bought another WD model since, and it failed on the first DAY of use. Have had great luck with 2 different Seagate drives, however.
Pros: This seemed to be a reasonably price and compact external drive.
Cons: The high cost of data recovery definitely overshadows any $ that I may have saved. The research I did shows this error is common and is a "catch all" for a drive failure. The only remedy WD recommends is to send the drive to a data recovery specialist. This drive sat undisturbed, behind my deskto...
Summary: I brought Iomega eGos to replace these they were pricier but about 6 months on I have yet to have the slightest problem with them.
Pros: -Small, cheap and portable
Cons: This is a terrible product. I originally bought two because of the price and portability. One broke within two weeks sent it back for a replacement same story with the other original about 3 months later. A year and a half on both replacements have burnt out thankfully I had learned not to trust ...
Cons: I have this exact device but only 500GB and it works with all of my devices (BluRay, TV, etc) so I got the exact same device just bigger but this device is not recognized by anything other than the computer. FAIL!
Summary: I am aware that WD offers an "Elements" version of their drive that doesn't have the SmartWare crapware on it. However, it should be my choice as a user to completely and totally wipe Smartware off of my Essential drive.
Pros: The drive is small, sleek, and pretty. It comes with a USB 3.0 cable.
Cons: The drive comes with an insidious hidden WD SmartWare partition that will not go away no matter how many times you reformat the drive - Googling this turns up pages after pages of angry customers asking how to disable this "feature". This partition takes up 600MB of space on the drive. Additional...
Summary: This is something that I only noticed every now and again, and only because I had my anti-virus set to scan any removable media upon detection. The drive would occasionally disconnect and reconnect a split second later (after which, my anti-virus would scan it).
Cons: Six months in, and it formatted itself into RAW and won't even zero out. I was very impressed with the drive initially, and recommended it to all my friends. But the random, reformatting, and the refusal to format into any other file structure - Fat, Fat32, NTFS, something other than RAW (which i...