Summary: I have replied (2) times regarding this to "FUNNY MONEY" the same issue with this product and to this date, I have not received a reply. Currently deployed in Afghanistan for a year. Very disappointed!!! The TB that was just purchased was working great for about a week. 1 of Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1 TB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive WDBABM0010BBK-NESN (Midnight Black) [ASIN: B002OB49SM] To whom it concerns, Very happy with product that I just...
Summary: Feb 2010 update (original review follows)... After months of negotiating with Western Digital and trying to work through two serious design flaws with this drive, and after experiencing a horribly botched attempt to correct the problem (I still don't have a working drive...Even new shipments in Feb 2010 have the same problem!!), I am reducing the user rating from 5 to 2 stars.
Summary: This Western Digital One terabyte USB hard drive is extremely durable yet unbelievably quiet, and its read/write speed is excellent. It is compact, about the size of a wallet, is handsomely designed, and so affordable that I bought two of them. Were it not for a couple of problems I would have given it five stars. The WD SmartWare feature, which emulates a CD drive seems to cause Windows Explorer to stop responding.
Summary: This product requires you to jump through lots of hoops before it becomes usable. There is an installer for the "SmartWare" utility that promptly crashed on my computer. It took me an hour to first update the drive's firmware using another computer, and then download and run yet another utility that disables the "SmartWare Virtual CD" from popping up each time the drive is connected. This is easily the least user friendly device I have purchased in years.
Smallest available portable 1TB storage with technological dead end
17 March 2010
Summary: Suffice it to say: (+) small size (-) USB interface directly integrated on hard drive's circuit board (I've uploaded two images for illustration) (-) virtual CD crap ware, which (still!) can be just disabled but not removed This drive could be an outstanding product but Western Digital messed it up on the home stretch. As of now this is the only 2.5" 1TB hard drive available.
WARNING: Not a standard hard drive! Also, not really 1TB
Mark Twain, Amazon
4 December 2009
Summary: Unlike every other external hard drive on the market, this is NOT a standard hard drive in an external case. Others have covered the connector and the annoying hidden partition which you cannot remove, so I won't discuss them here. But what I will discuss is that while this is advertised as a 2.5" drive, it is not a SATA hard drive in an external case. The case is super small and the reason is that the USB connector plugs right into the back of the hard drive.