Summary: I wanted to get some simple, portable, offline storage space where we could backup stuff for offsite storage of documents and family pics that could not be replaced. We put it in a safety deposit box for long term storage and update the saved files occasionally.
Summary: just want to tell y'all that aside from doing everything it says it does, i've had it for a while and use it for the occasional backup, and after a lot of time it still works. that's what you want in a hard drive!
Summary: Thin, light weight and durable. The drive read/write speeds are a bit slow through USB but otherwise the drive is great as a light weight portable HDD. Only problem is that it uses a rather unique USB cable. Have been using this device for at least 2 years now.
Summary: This is my 2nd WD My Passport 500gb hard drive. The first one I bought a few years earlier, I actually liked better. The shape and finish were a bit better, and the old one used a standard mini USB cable. This one has some bizarre cable end I've never seen before, so good luck if you lose the cable.
Summary: I've had a number of these WD USB drives, all in USB 3.0 trim, and have had several failures (one head crashed and now rattles like there are loose pieces inside, the other lost its formatting out of the blue and lost hundreds of GB of data just before I did a backup).