Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 750GB USB 3.0 (WDBACX7500ARD/WDBACX7500ABL/WDBACX7500ASL/WDBACX7500ABK)
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New WD My PAssport HDDs
17 October 2010
Summary: I have had several WD My passport drives in the past and have recommended them to my clients. The drive works well and seems to last as well as can be expected. In my experience they are well made and feel solid. My biggest issue with this HDD is the non standard USB connection. What a pain in the a**. Why do companies feel the need for changing to proprietary connections when the regular ones work fine.
Summary: I've been a big fan of the prior WD portable drives, so I was amazed at how far off base they were on this implementation. The bloatware is awful, and if I'd wanted that crap on my drive I'd install it myself. What a big-brother implementation with it already installed and causing problems. Also, what's with the terrible tenuous micro-usb connection? WD, how could you be so wrong???
Summary: I bought this drive at a store in the UK to handle some emergency backup needs. Out of the box the cable was flakey. I eventually figured out a way to balance it on it one end and attach a few rubberbands to keep it connected. The smartware software provides encryption, but all the other stuff with insisting on categorizing your files everytime the drive is plugged in is an annoyance. Finally, today, after about four months of use, the drive is corrupted.
Cable connection easily lost with very little movement of HD
T. Pamment "Sit-com fan", Amazon
25 January 2010
Summary: What was Western Digital thinking? I own several of the older versions of the Passport with the mini USB connection and all were fantastic. Now I have this new 750 GB Passport with the micro USB connection and with the slightest bump to the drive connection is lost. Don't even get me started on the new software apps loaded on it as they are troublesome in their own right. Everytime I connect the drive I get a message that it was not installed properly.
Summary: Like so many others, I have a nightmare with the cable on this product! It is small, compact, speedy... in fact, it should be a great product, but the USB cable connection is very loose. Sometimes you merely need to tap the cable and it will disconnect and it comes up with the Device Removal warning. I have been using this product this morning, for example, and it has disconnected more than 6 times.
Summary: The main problem I have with the new passport is that it causes my computer to crash every time I remove the drive. So I have to switch off my PC first if I want to remove the drive. This probably will not affect you but be aware that it might happen. The drive essentially consists of two parts. The hard drive and a flash memory that appears as a separate drive on My computer. The flash memory contains the Smart-ware backup software.
Summary: Bought this drive as it was the biggest capacity available without a mains lead, intending to back up lots of files from various PC's. Agree with the previous reviewer in that: 1. The non standard USB lead is irritating - if it gets lost then none of my other leads bought with previous WD drives will work. 2. The drive does definitely want to run as a back up drive and the non-removeable software is intrusive. 3.
Summary: Модель 1 Тб брал. Очень нежный диск. Уронил с рук на расстоянии 70 см на ковер. Этого хватило чтобы заклинило головки. Кабель - тонковатый, внутренний разъем усби 3.0 нестандартный. Если переломится кабель, то потом не найдете. Был у меня трансенд в резине, так несравнимо по надежности. Буду брать силикон пауэр с двумя кабелями и хорошей защитой. ВД разочаровал.
Summary: bisher hatte ich gute Erfahrungen mit Western Digital, aber das Gerät ist ein Griff ins Klo. Man kann die Festplatte nur mit dem Mitgelieferten Kabel betreiben, da an diesem Gerät ein Anschluss verwendet wird den ich vorher noch nie gesehen habe und genau dieser Anschluss raubt mir den letzten Nerv. Ich habe mir die Festplatte gekauft um Daten zu transportieren und mit dem Laptop zu transportieren.
Nette Festplatte aber nach 4 Monaten USB defekt!!!
Alexander Kupke, Amazon
7 July 2010
Summary: Ansich eine gute und recht schnelle externe Festplatte zu einem fairen Preis. Auch an meinem MacBook lief sie einwandfrei! Nach 4 monatiger Benutzung lässt der Micro-USB-Anschluss nun aber langsam nach. Immer mal wieder Ausfälle und sobald ich die HDD bewege, verliert mein PC die Verbindung - also total unbrauchbar für eine externe Festplatte. Kaufe mir jetzt lieber eine neue/weitere externe Festplatte, bevor meine Daten alle verloren gehen.