Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1TB USB 3.0 (WDBACX0010BSL/WDBACX0010BRD/WDBACX0010BBL/WDBACX0010BBK)
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Good drive, mediocre software
Matthew W., Newegg
23 April 2012
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)
Summary: I got this drive because I needed lots of space, and the abilty to transfer via USB 3.0 in the future. The drive is very small (deck of cards-ish) and fast, and given that it's 1TB, you won't miss the 20GB of space that is lost right off the bat, such are hard drives.
Summary: I got this from another retailer (who shall not be named), but I was impressed with the size, speed and price of this drive. It's about 4" x 3" x 1/2". It seems to have pretty quick transfer speed and, very importantly, does not need a second power source.
Summary: The hard drive is most convenient to handle and ultra low weight. It is difficult to believe that it carries data of 1 TB size. I have not used the software provided along with the disk. [...] The Hard drive works nicely and copies data much faster than normal USB 2 Hard drive.