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6.7 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 8
8.0
Value for money 8
8.0

User Review

Bksiam, Walmart
2 November 2010
  • Summary: Having already purchased 5 WD Passports, I had no reservation to order a second 1TB. It was disappointing after purchase, however, to see that Staples was offering the same product in a USB 2/3 compatible version for the same price. And when purchasing previous units through Amazon, they reminded me that I should also order a case--which I did subsequent to receiving the latest unit via Site to Store, only to recall that a case is not included.
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Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 8
8.0

User Review

Bksiam, Walmart
2 November 2010
  • Summary: Having already purchased 5 WD Passports, I had no reservation to order a second 1TB. It was disappointing after purchase, however, to see that Staples was offering the same product in a USB 2/3 compatible version for the same price. And when purchasing previous units through Amazon, they reminded me that I should also order a case--which I did subsequent to receiving the latest unit via Site to Store, only to recall that a case is not included.
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Overall 8
8.0

Seems Pretty Good So Far

Paul, Amazon
16 August 2010
  • Summary: A lot of reviewers mention not liking the built-in WD Smartware software. It doesn't sound too good due to automatic continuous backup, which probably slows down your comp. Not to mention what looks like a pretty clunky user interface. Sounds like more of a hassle than a benefit. But no worries, there is a very easy work around. I went into Disk Utility on my Mac, reformatted the drive with one or two clicks, and so far it works just fine.
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Overall 10
10
Value for money 10
10

User Review

techgirl11, Walmart
3 June 2010
  • Summary: The only thing I have a problem with it is the fact that it doesn't come completely with 1TB. Its only 930GB other than that, its working great so far.
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Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 10
10

User Review

GEOtheShopper, Walmart
2 April 2010
  • Summary: I have had my 1tb WD for 2 weeks now. It is a good product for the money I paid. It is easy to use. I have had no issues with it. Only downside is that it is a disk so I wonder how long it will last with the moving parts. It has a 2 year warranty so they must have confidence in the product. I love that I dont need external power, it powers itself thru the usb whicj is great plus for me. Oh one more thing it only works when it is laid down with the light on th right.
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Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 10
10

User Review

GEOtheShopper, Walmart
2 April 2010
  • Summary: I have had my 1tb WD for 2 weeks now. It is a good product for the money I paid. It is easy to use. I have had no issues with it. Only downside is that it is a disk so I wonder how long it will last with the moving parts. It has a 2 year warranty so they must have confidence in the product. I love that I dont need external power, it powers itself thru the usb whicj is great plus for me. Oh one more thing it only works when it is laid down with the light on th right.
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

tom2087, Walmart
26 March 2010
  • Summary: Purchased because the physical size was small, and the memory large. This was important because its' primary use will be while the user is overseas. This use is strictly for additional storage. Did not activate the backup feature of the software.
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Overall 8
8.0

WD 1 TB Drive

Islandflyer, Amazon
14 March 2010
  • Summary: I've used many Western Digital portable hard drives, beginning with the 120 GB version and purchasing new ones each time a larger one came on the market. I was always very satisfied until I received this one. It has a lousy new micro USB cable (standard USB on the side that goes to the computer but a new and less robust design on the other end). It doesn't work properly. It does not fit tightly and therefore makes intermittent contact.
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Overall 8
8.0

Cable is significant issue

Frank J. Crow, Amazon
9 February 2010
  • Summary: I think that, for the most part, what everyone else is saying here is fairly accurate. However, don't gloss over the cable issue. I use the drive at work and sometimes when I set my elbow on the desk the drive will unregister and re-register. Not always, but often enough that I finally broke down and contacted support. First I tried going through e-mail support. Don't bother. All they will tell you is that you have to contact phone support for this issue.
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Overall 8
8.0

Just Know What You're Getting Before You Buy It

Amazon
9 January 2010
  • Summary: EDIT: DUE TO A NUMBER OF REQUESTS FOR PICTURES OF THESE DRIVES TAKEN APART, SEE THE FOLLOWING LINKS: […] My line of work requires that I have a lot of disk space to hold my data. I'm not talking about 20GB of software or files, but rather 450-600GB vmdk virtual disks used to keep a snapshot of our client VMWare environments; so over the last 2 years, I accumulated over 15 USB external drives that averaged 500GB in size.
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