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 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: 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...
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.