Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1TB USB 3.0 (WDBACX0010BSL/WDBACX0010BRD/WDBACX0010BBL/WDBACX0010BBK)
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1Tb usb 3.0
Roy J., Newegg
20 July 2012
Summary: I really wish USB 3.0 would be put in place on ALL machines that are being put out by the big microsoft "Royalty OEM" manufacturers... even if it is only one or two ports. It would really save me time when I'm stuck re-imaging PC's from this thing.
Pros: 1Tb USB 3.0 Lived through a few drops (thought I haven't dropped it while in use) Read/Write speeds comparable to mechanical internal HDD's (to be expected)
Cons: Expected - not as fast while on USB 2.0 but that is to be Unexpected - doesn't seem to be as fast as native USB 2.0 external HDD's, while plugged into a USB 2.0 port. This is only an issue because USB 3.0 has not yet replaced USB 2.0 :(
Summary: Lots of storage, sleek and portable, USB 3.0, all make this a grat product. But the software that comes with it and the problems when multiple drives are plugged in detract from the drive only slightly
Pros: I bought this hard drive to replace my media drive that broke recently. So far I really have no complaints. It is very light, very portable. And incredibly reliable. The USB 3.0 is an excellent feature that really boosts speed when reading/writing large amounts of data(which is helpful for a port...
Cons: My friend bought the exact same drive and when we plugged both drives into the same computer they would only read one drive at a time. It wasn't a problem with the computer we tried different ports and 3 different computers. The software that came with the drives also was clunky and not very intu...
Summary: Overall I'd recommend it to anyone, but users with specific purposes for it in mind may not want to even bother with the software.
Pros: Small size, quiet, runs cool, has available hard case that is very durable.
Cons: In a word: software. The software installed on the drive includes features like password protection, and back-up software that sufficiently dumbs-down the process for novices, but the first couple times the drive was plugged in, the software completely locked my system until updates finally appli...
Summary: This is the 2nd item I have had to replace under warranty with WD. Since I've been using WD products for about 12 years that's not a bad thing. WD warranty service is simple and amazing.
Pros: Its like a quarter of the size of my older WD 1TB USB 2.0 drive, which is awesome. I also love that it has only one plug to worry about. Data transfers much faster than the USB 2.0 drive which is great as well.
Cons: It stopped working after about 5 months. I didn't even use it all that much. I just plugged it in one day and it made a weird noise.
Summary: I just switched my HD to a RAID0 SSD setup and wanted to format my HD clean. At the same time, my laptop caught a virus and I wanted to do a clean wipe on it too, so I need the drive. For the price, it works great.
Pros: * Very light and small * No need for power cable * Bought it cheap ($89 at best buy) * Transfers fast at usb 3.0 (write at 54MB/s and read at 74MB/s)
Pros: Works 80 percent expectation. Got for 80 bucks and beleive OK or not bad at that range. Usage is up to MEDium level. USB 3.0 is nice media content 5 GB - in - less than 10 mins. However depends on file format. Used on Windows XP, Vista and not tested on Mac. Over all satisfactory for MEDium usage.
Cons: Delicate enclodure is some what not steady, but its OK. Process LED light is very small, which shows copy status. It might have little bigger like 'My Passwort Essential' which gives bright glow/light. Probably 'Esentially SE' is smaller. USB cable some what delicate, need to see in long run. Dev...