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Western Digital My Passport Essential USB Drive: A Sleek New Portable

wd passportI think I have mentioned before that Western Digital is one of my favorite hard drive manufacturers. I was reading around on the Internet today and came across this. It is really a sweet little portable drive. With a max capacity of 320Gb and only weighing in at 5 ounces it is an awesome answer to all of the huge files need to move around now.

I am a little concerned about heat on this guy though, and would not recommend running it all the time. It would be best to just plug it in when you need to do your data transfers. It is not in need of a power source either, because it is powered by your USB port. I tried to look and see if anyone is talking about problems they have had with it and the only negative I could find was people thought the price should be lower. On this point I have to disagree, you can get the 320 for 200 bucks on their site, so I am sure there is a deal to be found on them. They come with special encryption software, as well as synchronization software. This can be very useful if you are transporting a PST file between 2 places (i.e. home and work). It is USB 2.0 compliant so you will get transfer rates around 450 to 480(MAX) Mbps. Let me know guys if you have any trouble with this hard drive.

Feel free to contact us if you need hard drive recovery on a My Passport or any other type of storage media.


7 Responses to “Western Digital My Passport Essential USB Drive: A Sleek New Portable”

  1. Baruch Rapaport April 16, 2008 1:54 pm #

    Please do not use my name or email address if you refer to this.

    First, thanks for your site.

    Second, I have both the WD 120gb and the 160gb version of the HD and love them. I bought them at COSTCO where each came with a very handy (and necessary) carrying pouch.

    I have seen the 320gb at COSTCO for about $140 and also on sale at Best Buy

  2. simona April 16, 2008 5:48 pm #

    Hi, I got a WD 160 sata 2.5″ hdd in an enclosure, but planing t use it as a primary drive. The drive has not worked ever since I got it (gift !). WD Data Lifeguard tools recognizes it as “Generic External” when I plug it into my laptop via a usb port. However, it’s not listed in “my computer”. It spins initially, makes a strange clicking sound 4 times, then nothing. I tried to swap it in as primary drive, and “hard drive not recognized, please attach the hard drive in the right position”. I do not know what to do with it. Repairing it through WD would cost me more than its own store price.
    Is there any tool that can repair it and make it functional?

  3. Eihab October 12, 2008 11:12 am #

    I have the exact same problem as Simona above. I own one of those WD 250G HD I bought from COSCO but it was working for 6 months and I have a tone of valuable files on it . One day it started doing exactly as Simona says (It spins initially, makes a strange clicking sound 4 times, then nothing) and I can not access anything any more. Could some one recommend a way to recover the data on it.

  4. DTI Data Recovery October 13, 2008 12:07 pm #

    Eihab and Simona,

    When a drive is clicking, it usually means that the heads are failing. It might be possible to remove the hard drive out of the case and hook it up as a slave hard drive. The links will take you to our How To Slave A Hard Drive post with video and pictures.

    If you can’t remove the drive and slave it and it is not being recognized, then your options are limited to data recovery. You can call us at 866-438-6932 and get a quote on data recovery.

    If it is recognized by the bios after being hooked up as a slave then we have free tools that can get your files off. Look at the External USB Data Recovery Software on our Freeware Data Recovery page. We fully support all our software even the free stuff so feel free to call us if you need a hand.

  5. Yohan March 26, 2009 9:34 am #

    Im having problems accessing my data stored in my WD 250Gb MPE. These files were stored from a different computer (office) and im trying to retrieve it on another computer (home) but im having a hard time doing it, or i must have been doing it wrong. Is there a way to do retrieve files stored from a different profile to another? Appreciate your feedback on this, thanks.

    • David Mohyla March 27, 2009 2:05 pm #

      You should be able to acces your files from any computer is this is a portable storage device. What seems to be the problem when you try to access your files?


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