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Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1TB USB 3.0 (WDBACX0010BSL/WDBACX0010BRD/WDBACX0010BBL/WDBACX0010BBK)
6.4 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

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...
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Overall 8
8.0

FAST!!!

Pride S., Newegg
19 March 2012
  • Summary: I have been a happy owner of many WD's in the past an am not unhappy with this.
  • Pros: Cheap compared to other drives. Small. Does not require an additional power adapter. True USB 3.0= Fast speeds!
  • Cons: The cable that comes with it is a little short.
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Overall 8
8.0

have to refresh connection every time you shut down

Chandler K., Newegg
23 February 2012
  • Summary: it might just be windows that's causing this but it still loses an egg for it. i do love getting to take EVERYTHING with me where ever i go.
  • Pros: Lots of space Very fast transfer speeds Small Portable
  • Cons: Every time i turn on my pc with this hard drive plugged in it will not show up in windows as a storage device. unplugging and plugging back in every time gets kind of annoying.
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Overall 8
8.0

I like it and WD customer service.

John C., Newegg
29 December 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Works Great So Far

Anonymous, Newegg
25 October 2011
  • 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)
  • Cons: * USB cable is only 1.5' long
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Overall 8
8.0

Great portable HD

Michael T., Newegg
10 September 2011
  • Pros: Easy to carry, 1 TB, Easy plug and play. The unit is working great, I had over 1 month and it is perfectly working.
  • Cons: Standard Speed...as slow as other normal HD. Unfortunately SSD are still too costly to be worth it.
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Overall 8
8.0

Good drive but cable

Alvin C., Newegg
8 June 2011
  • Pros: Drive is great. Form factor nice. Speed and space terrifi
  • Cons: USB Cable looks proprietary. Does not look like Mini or Micro USB. I have certainly not see it before, and nervous if I misplace the cable how can I replace it?
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Overall 8
8.0

Pocket-sized Tera

Murali, Amazon
7 April 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Just Know What You're Getting Before You Buy It

Jason J. Volpe, Amazon
5 December 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...
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Overall 8
8.0

Medium speedy & high capacity

Timothy S., Newegg
27 October 2010
  • Summary: Copying a tb of photos to this guy currently getting 45-48mb/sec. A few weeks ago I put a 7200 2.5" rpm drive in a USB 3 case myself and got 60-65mb/sec. I suspect there is a 5400 RPM drive in these. Much better than the same in a USB 2 case.
  • Pros: I now have 2 of these and can carry around 1.7 TB of photos everywhere now in a small package. Quiet and they run pretty cool. USB 3 cable included. Didn't buy at the Egg, had a credit to use at a local place.
  • Cons: Wish it were a bit faster, 5400 rpm drive in a USB 3 package is sort of like a 4 cylinder Vette. There is also a built in software formatter included with the drive software, which takes up a small portion of the drive. Formatted in Win7 just fine to get full size.
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