Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Passport Essential 2.5" 5400rpm USB 3.0 (WDBACY series/ WDBADB series)
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Rusted Nut Garage, Amazon
3 February 2011
Summary: Bought this cute little portable hard drive to back op our Imac. It seemed to be working until one day when I noticed the Icon for the Back Up drive had turned Orange. A short time later our Imac crashed our OS during a power failure. When we went to restore we discovered a major problem. Yep we lost a lot of stuff! After replacing with a Segate unit (noticed a lot of wierdness went away with the new drive).
Summary: So far the drive works well...the unlock feature works good, its quiet and fast and nice and small...thats the good stuff...now the bad stuff. Outside of drive is nice shiney plastic which virtually scratches at even the slightest touch. The drive does not come with any carry case (which you have to buy separate and not cheap..but thats ok) but the software that comes with drive is horrendous.
Summary: Contrary to what many other reviewers are saying, the USB interface on this drive is not proprietary. It's the new (about 2 years old) Micro USB interface which we'll see on many new electronic products. My Samsung cell phone has it and it's used on some bluetooth headset chargers. The advantage is it allows a slimmer product and is supposed to provide a more secure connection. But WD should disclose that they've switched to this new cable.
Summary: What the hell is this thing? I just want a simple 500 GB HD - This cable for USB 3.0 is great I guess...if I had usb 3.0 on my computer (or an adapter). If I lose this cable I'm screwed. Also all the software that comes with the hard drive is crap - 128 bit encryption WTF? Who am I - Jason Bourne? Jebus keep it simple.
Summary: I was disappointed.I did not get the instructions on my computer to install it,I had to phone the Neatherlands for help.I thought this harddrive would be like a flash drive,where i could view my pictures and Documents.I found i had to make folders and transfer them manually,which has made them easerly asseserble.
Summary: Prior to buying this product I was reading reviews about it, so I can not say I was not aware of how it was. Most of the negative reviews talk about the software. In my opinion the idea of having a software which backs up your information up in a easy and non resource greedy manner is simply brilliant. Although the fact you can not select what you want to back up or even the exceptions of the backup, put me off using this backup system.