Western Digital is one of the most trusted and well-known brands when it comes to portable hard drives. The Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1TB drive not only sports huge storage capacity which is increasingly becoming the norm for storing all your digital media, but is completely compatible with most systems through USB 2.0 and 3.0, has extremely fast transfer rates and comes with a 2-year limited warranty.
The Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1TB weighs barely 7 ounces, comes with encryption and password protection to take control of your data and on top of all this comes in an eco-friendly easily recyclable box for the environmentally conscious. The Western Digital My Passport Essential also comes in 750GB size and various other colors such as silver, metallic blue and metallic red.
These are just some of the many features of the Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1 TB:
- Automatic and continuous backup
- Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
- 1TB hard disk size
- ATA100 hard disk interface
- Three times faster rates of transfer with USB 3.0
- 6″ x 2″
- 0.75 lbs
- Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Mac OS X
Most customers are looking for three things when it comes to portable hard drives: reliability, speed and security. The Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1TB delivers in all these areas and WD has been known for decades in the industry as one of the most trustworthy companies in the realm of storage capabilities. It should not be surprising then that the product gathered an overall rating of 4 stars on Amazon with just over 800 reviews. The Western Digital My Passport Essential is one of the most reliable. The worst thing that can happen is that a hard drive fails and all your data is lost, but the Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1TB allows you to manage your data extremely easily with the software that comes in the box. You can set it to do automatic backups and continuous backups. You can even set the time of the backups, so they can be performed when you are not using the computer and potentially interfering with other tasks.
The other factor that has impressed a lot of the reviewers with the Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1TB is that it uses the brand-new USB 3.0 interface, which is actually moving at a speed of 5GB USB. Only some of the latest computers will have this function built in, so you may not notice the increased speed if you have a slightly older computer, but the standard USB 2.0 is still lightning fast. But users with up-to-date computers were able to get the impressive speeds with the Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1 TB drive.
A slight disadvantage of this product is that the cable is only 16” long, so you may need to purchase a Micro USB 3.0 cable if you need to put it in a computer that is further away than you expected. These cables are rather new and hard to come by, so it pays to take care of the cable that comes shipped with the box until they become more prevalent. As it is common with mass marketed software, the data-management application that comes with the Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1TB is not as intuitive as some highly technical users would like, and if you fall into that category then you might be just happy managing it as a raw data drive or using your own backup software. However, for most users of the drive, the native software is perfectly usable and acceptable.
All in all, the Western Digital My Passport is a great portable hard drive from one of the most trusted and used brands on the market. Whether you choose it over the SeaGate GoFlex, the LaCie Rugged or the Toshiba Canvio remains more a question of preference than being right or wrong, with each being a well respected leader in the portable hard drive category.
Lightning fast USB 3.0 speeds or USB 2.0
Security and automatic backups
Compatible with all operating systems
Cable may be too short for some people
Data management application may be non-intuitive for some users