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6.7 out of 10

Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 750GB USB 3.0 (WDBACX7500ARD/WDBACX7500ABL/WDBACX7500ASL/WDBACX7500ABK)

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Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 750GB USB 3.0 (WDBACX7500ARD/WDBACX7500ABL/WDBACX7500ASL/WDBACX7500ABK)

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Overall 8
8.0

Serves an important nitch for my laptop. Ultra-quiet.

Quadradox, Amazon
11 April 2010
  • Summary: Purchased my model at a local discout store (Costco) rather than Amazon, but interestingly it was available for exactly the same price as Amazon at the time of the review. INSTALLATION ON WINDOWS XP Almost no useful instructions. A very skeletal picture diagram was provided, only sort of directing me to connect the provided cable between the drive and my computer USB port. HOWEVER, that in fact turned out to be was all that was needed for installation.
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Overall 8
8.0

Pretty good

Peter H., Newegg
31 March 2010
  • Summary: Look if your complaining about FINGERPRINTS or the CABLE... I'd say you need to be looking at your life because their some other issues if you can't handle fingerprints. Now the included software is dumb, i agree completely with those complaints. When i buy a hard drive i should be able to do whatever and want and you can not delete this stuff. YOU can choose not to install it but yes it will pop up every time you plug it in.
  • Pros: Small, sleek, good amount of space, decent price at $99, looks good in black
  • Cons: the included software
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Overall 8
8.0

storage on the go

Anonymous, Newegg
5 February 2010
  • Summary: Built in software is annoying, but really does not effect the usage of this drive all that much.
  • Pros: Size, This thing is very small easy for me to pack with my laptop. It also has the space to hold everything I need from my desktop.
  • Cons: Built in virtual cd software. I know how to get rid of it, but it should be easier to uninstall
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Overall 8
8.0

Nice drive lots of space

Bryan B., Newegg
27 December 2009
  • Summary: I'm not real sure why the USB cable that comes with the drive is so loose, but just the slightest bump to the cable or drive and it will disconnect.
  • Pros: Big drive plenty of space.
  • Cons: Goofy virtual drive setup, as someone pointed out below it can be fixed fairly easily.
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Overall 8
8.0

New bad drive from a good company (Updated 12/10/09)

DiscoverYellow, Amazon
3 December 2009
  • Summary: I was a WD most loyal fan for over 5 years (I have WD inside and out my PCs). Got the new SE version and am very disappointed: -- The new usb connector is so loose you can't touch or move the drive or you get the "Windows delayed write failed" error. This was never the case with the thr old mini USB plugs. What a poor new engineering. -- WD SmartWare is too simple, in comparison with older WD Anywhere Backup (by Memeo).
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Overall 8
8.0

How to disable the software

Amazon Customer, Amazon
1 December 2009
  • Summary: Western Digital released a firmware/software update 11/16/2009 that lets you disable the automatic installation of the WD Smartware. To find it, google "wd smartware 1.2.0.7" (without the quotes) and look for the first hit on the Western Digital web site. After installing the firmware update, disconnect the hard disk, wait about 30 seconds, and then plug-it in again. Under Vista, you get a prompt to locate driver software.
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Overall 8
8.0

A good external drive with a few annoyances

M. Siddiqi, Amazon
29 October 2009
  • Summary: The series of next-generation My Passport (including My Passport SE high capacity versions) drives from WD that have just come out seem to getting a bad rap. The bone of contention is based on two aspects. One is the new micro-USB connector and the second is the WD SmartWare backup & control software that mounts a second drive when you plug these things into your computer. I wavered endlessly after looking at all the bad reviews despite being interested in getting these.
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Overall 8
8.0

Beautiful, reliable, tricky.

The Dybbuk, Amazon
21 October 2009
  • Summary: The drive is the most stylish (and the smallest) of all WD drives, and as all of their portables are, very reliable. Now quickly for the two issues many people mention: 1. The cable. Everyone relax, it's a standard micro USB. Yes, I wish it was a standard USB, but it's not such a big deal, micro USB is quickly becoming a standard too. 2. The CD software. Even on Amazon pages you can find solutions to disable this crap.
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Overall 8
8.0

WD My Passport SE750GB

marty, Amazon
19 March 2012
Overall 8
8.0

Good price and performance

Mattias, Amazon
30 January 2012
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