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Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1TB USB 3.0 (WDBACX0010BSL/WDBACX0010BRD/WDBACX0010BBL/WDBACX0010BBK)
6.1 out of 10

Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1TB USB 3.0 (WDBACX0010BSL/WDBACX0010BRD/WDBACX0010BBL/WDBACX0010BBK)

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Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1TB USB 3.0 (WDBACX0010BSL/WDBACX0010BRD/WDBACX0010BBL/WDBACX0010BBK)

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Overall 6
6.0

Beware!

Jose, rakuten
21 June 2013
  • Summary: The WD ExtHD was refurbished but advertised as new. Software and manuals that should have come with It were missing. Had to hunt the web. After all of that it does work.
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Overall 6
6.0

Sufficient

Dan Z., Newegg
6 December 2012
  • Pros: Setup was easy. Does what I need it to do for extra storage.
  • Cons: The USB 3 doesn't seem fast at all. Not anywhere close to the speed of my external eSata drive.
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Overall 6
6.0

Great if it works

Allen S., Newegg
11 April 2012
  • Summary: Not sure about manufacturer's warranty but I will look around into details. Hopefully there's something that'll be able to be done about this issue.
  • Pros: USB 3.0, 1TB of storage, Great portable drive, Had some pretty decent speeds via 3.0 on 2.0 it was just about average. Cable is of decent length and a rather thick gauge. Works great for me but may be a preference issue.
  • Cons: Died after 6 months of use. I've tried different cables and plugging it in multiple computers and other devices and it just simply won't read anymore. Will just power up and do diddly squat. I used this as a backup drive and as for files as well. Having this fail on me was a real drag for I don't...
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Overall 6
6.0

worked for a few months

Richard F., Newegg
24 January 2012
  • Summary: Dropped about 3 feet onto a cement floor. Could read parts of it but not all. Disk fix and reformat both failed. Really miss the old Samsung external drives the the protective cover. Could make Windows 7 image backups to it, but could only find them when connected to a usb 2 plug.
  • Pros: Quiet. No issues until I dropped it.
  • Cons: Seemed about the same speed on a new usb3 computer as on an older usb2 rig. Not sure what was going on there.
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Overall 6
6.0

Not too good

Daniel S., Newegg
19 October 2011
  • Summary: I had little over 700GB on it, copied a few things over quickly that my sister needed, clicked safely remove, plugged it into sisters laptop, hardrive said unrecognized/needs to be formatted. So I hook it back up to my computer thinking its a problem with her computer ports, but nope!
  • Pros: Good speed No external power adapter needed Decent space Very portable
  • Cons: Cord could be longer Unreliable (see Other thoughts)
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Overall 6
6.0

Unsatisfied

George B., Newegg
14 October 2011
  • Summary: I've ordered several products from Newegg and this is the first problem I've ever had. I'd send it back for a replacement but I need it now and don't want to wait for another one to be shipped. Even with a few scuffs and scratches, $99.99 is a good deal to me for this product.
  • Pros: Great unit. At $99.99 the price was right. Free shipping! Really fast delivery!
  • Cons: The hard drive is advertised as "new". The unit I recieved is obviously used or refurbished as it is scratched and scuffed up on the outside. The hard drive is clean but the unit I recieved is not brand new.
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Overall 6
6.0

There are better alternatives...

William B., Newegg
8 September 2011
  • Summary: After a year of faithful service, the connector has gotten so flaky that I have to delicately balance the cable otherwise the drive drops out of my OS and I get corruption errors. Unfortunately, because it's not an SATA drive internally, I can't pull it out and use it that way..
  • Pros: Small, requires no external power supply
  • Cons: Micro USB connector is tiny, uncommon, and fragile. Internal drive not usable as standard SATA drive.
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Overall 6
6.0

unsure

Jason N., Newegg
4 August 2011
  • Summary: If you already have 2 USB 3.0 drives, expect problems with this drive. Hopefully there will be a software update to address this soon.
  • Pros: sleek design and more compact than the older WD portables. usb 3.0
  • Cons: cable is really short, so for comp cases with top mounted usb ports you have to set it on top of the case if possible or let it just hang there. If you already have 2 3.0 external drives connected, you will have SEVERAL issues. Other drives not recongnized when booting, file transfer errors...
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Overall 6
6.0

Good drive with a few annoying issues

Bob, Amazon
26 May 2011
  • Summary: General comments: First of all, this drive is really small, a little bit heavier, thicker and wider than the previous generation Passport but much much shorter. It has almost a square shape. Upon pluggin in, you will have 930 GB free space, which is not that bad.
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Overall 6
6.0

Bundled Software Unremoveable!

nicdnyc, Amazon
26 May 2011
  • Summary: Ok so here's the deal. WD used to sell ordinary hard drives. Good prices. Decent reliability. Just hard drives like everyone else. I own two of the earlier generation 500GB drives and I love them. That was then.
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