Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Passport
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WARNING: Very fast for a non-SSD driver... but failed after 3 days....
Wilkes "wilkes_mcd", Amazon
23 May 2014
Summary: POSITIVE: 1. The drives works extremely fast in RAID 0 (Striped) configuration. According to my Blackmagic it's over double the speed of my WD My Passport Ultra (USB3 connection on a MacBookPro). 2. The fan doesn't come on very often. 3. Price per GB is excellent compared to Sold State Drives NEGATIVE: 1. The fan in the unit is EXTREMELY LOUD. It sounds like cheap hairdryer. Loud enough for people in a coffee shop to start looking around to find the source of the noise.
Summary: I had high hopes for this drive. It's nicely packaged and the speed reviews are great. However, when I attach it to my 15" MacBook Pro it mounts and then after a few seconds dismounts. I unplug and replug and get the same result. I don't have time to mess with it, so I'm returning it for a refund. Disappointed.
Summary: bad sectors and 2 years warranty Hi, WD hdd has a short warranty period - only 2 years. I bought WD Passport SE two and a half years ago. I used it for backup but not so many times. Because backup is an annoying job - you know. I don't remember exactly when it started to make noise like clicking sound. And then backup speed became slow and slow. Finally I checked bad sector with a utility program. There are so many bad sectors. OMG...
Summary: Just like every other review has said, WD forces you to keep software on the device that pops up every time you connect it to your computer. My other major gripe is that the micro usb port is very poorly designed and constructed. It worked fine when I first plugged the microusb into the external drive but then I had to take it off when I was traveling. When I tried to put it back in, it would wobble from side to side.
Summary: I purchased this hard drive in January 2010. Last week, I was copying a large amount of data to the drive, and it just stopped working. I tried it on several different laptops, and although it still powered up, I could hear the arm making an unusual grinding noise after about 20 seconds. It could not be recognized on any machine. I tried data recovery software, but had no luck.
Summary: I bought this drive because I have the previous version of WD Passport and it is fantastic. This version, however, is a huge disappointment. WD set aside about 700mb for their Virtual CD which prompts you to install their software everytime you connect the hard drive. In order to de-activate it, you have to download several software from their website and go through a long step. Even then, you will not get that 700mb of space back.
Summary: For a portable hard drive, the connector is way too temperamental. Just the slightest movement of the cable anywhere along its length will disconnect it. Nice price but there is no portability here - you need a stable desktop environment to use it. Constant unplanned disconnects caused the drive to crash many times and I lost lots of data.
Summary: The new smaller USB connector (smaller than the standard mini USB on the 360GB) on the Passport is horrible. A slight touch and it loses connection, causing the dreaded "device removed unexpectedly" warning. This happened 3 times today in my first us...
Requires separate cable for older "compatible" computers
A. Kramer, Amazon
9 March 2009
Summary: I got it only to find out that the drive would not work without purchasing a separate power booster USB cable from Western Digital. This is because my Mac Powerbook G4 has USB 2.0 drives that don't provide enough charge to power the drive. Before I bought the drive I made sure to look at the specific requirements and was glad to see I had the right version of Mac OSX for the drive, so needless to say I was quite annoyed to find out that I had to buy something else (that...