Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 750GB USB 3.0 (WDBACX7500ARD/WDBACX7500ABL/WDBACX7500ASL/WDBACX7500ABK)
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Serves an important nitch for my laptop. Ultra-quiet.
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.
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
New bad drive from a good company (Updated 12/10/09)
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).
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 18.104.22.168" (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.
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.
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.