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WD - My Passport Essential 500GB External USB 3.0/2.0 Portable Hard Drive - Pacific Blue

Model: WDBACY5000ABL-NESN

SKU: 1251548
4.3 of 5 4.3 of 5 (59 reviews)

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Store your important files and data on this portable external hard drive that features a 500GB storage capacity.

What's Included

  • WD My Passport Essential 500GB External USB 3.0/2.0 Portable Hard Drive
  • SmartWare software
  • USB cable
  • Owner's manual

Product Features

  • 500GB maximum storage capacity
    For expanded storage for your files.
  • USB 2.0 and 3.0 interface
    USB-powered, so an AC adapter is not required for most computers.
  • Data transfer rates up to 5 Gbps
    Via USB 3.0 and 480 Mbps via USB 2.0 for quick response when updating files.
  • Automatic backup
    Provides continuous data protection.
  • Password protection and hardware encryption
    To secure your data.
  • WD SmartWare software
    Protects your data automatically, provides a visual backup display and supports data retrieval to keep your files safe.
  • Small and lightweight
    For easy portability.
  • Compatible with PC and Mac
    For use with your existing computer (requires reformatting when used with Mac).
Product images, including color, may differ from actual product appearance.
  • Warranty Terms - Parts
    2 years
  • Warranty Terms - Labor
    2 years
  • Product Height
    0.6"
  • Product Width
    3.2"
  • Product Weight
    5 oz.
  • Product Depth
    4.3"
  • Internal or External
    External
  • Drive Capacity
    500GB
  • Drive Connectivity
    USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
  • Data Transfer Rate to/from Interface
    Up to 5 Gbps USB 3.0 and up to 480 Mbps USB 2.0
  • Security
    Password protection and encryption
  • Software Included
    WD SmartWare
  • System Requirements
    PC: Windows XP, Vista, 7; Mac: OS X Leopard, Snow Leopard
  • Color Category
    Blue
  • Portable or Desktop
    Portable
  • UPC
    718037771229

Customer Reviews

WD - My Passport Essential 500GB External USB 3.0/2.0 Portable Hard Drive - Pacific Blue (52 out of 59)
Great Hard Drive for anybody
5
Posted by: from San Diego on 09/28/2014I Love WD Hard Drives never have a problem with any of my 4 WD Hard drives.
  • Compatible with... : PC

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Great way to back up by laptop, no more worries
5
Posted by: from Alabama on 03/29/2013This is the perfect solution for backing up all my sewing and embroidery files, pictures, and other files. This little HD is small enough to be convenient yet fast and quiet. I would definitely recommend this to another buyer.
  • Compatible with... : PC

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Super reliable, Great Value
5
Posted by: from Boston on 03/28/2013Originally bought this hard drive to store our wedding pictures from our photographer. The read/write rate is super fast. I now have it connected to my iMac as a time capsule. Didnt have to install any software and just set up the time capsule to back up every night. I have had this product for almost a year and I am very pleased,
  • Compatible with... : Mac

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Perfect for all my photos! Love this drive
5
Posted by: from NC on 12/15/2012I have TONS of pictures stored on my computer and we had storms wipe out our computer more than once. We had to have the geek squad retrieve my pictures a few times, and honestly, I was scared while my PC was in the shop that they weren't going to be able to save all my photos. Well, after they were saved, thankfully, I wanted to get some external storage. I was looking into buying a bunch of smaller flash drives because I didn't know they made a big one like this with so much capacity... and at such a great price. So, I was in Best buy, saw it, and immediately had to have it. And it's PERFECT. I have 5 years of pictures and videos (43,500 pictures and 676 videos) on this drive and it's filled to just about half. (278 GB of 465 GB) It's very easy to use, and quick to load pictures into and take pictures out of. No complaints and I do recommend this product fully! I like that if my house is ever on fire I can just quickly grab my hard drive and know that every picture and video I've taken the past 5 years will be safe and all in one drive. Thanks for such a great product at such a friendly price!!
  • Compatible with... : PC

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Duh
5
Posted by: from Red Hook, NY on 11/03/2012Duh! Don't be dumb. Get this now. It's the best there is.
  • Compatible with... : PC

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great product
5
Posted by: from Staten Island Ny on 10/10/2012WD - My Passport Essential 500GB External USB 3.0/2.0 Portable Hard Drive - Pacific Blue, easy to use.
  • Compatible with... : Mac

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Good performance coming with compact size
4
Posted by: from Covina, CA on 09/26/2012The device looks cute and comes in handy. Easily connected to PC via USB drive and works real fast. Good item for the money !
  • Compatible with... : PC

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seems good
3
Posted by: from huntington ny on 09/19/2012i bought this drive because i needed a small drive quickly to transport data . & they don't have a selection of firewire drives
  • Compatible with... : Mac

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Can't get any easier
5
Posted by: from Portland, OR on 09/13/2012The blue color is awfully bright, but I just plugged it in and it worked. Speed seems to be relatively good, though I don't have USB3 yet. I have only had it about a month so not much info on reliability; have had good luck with WD in the past.
  • Compatible with... : PC

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Great Backup Drive
5
Posted by: from SC on 09/13/2012Bought this drive to backup with my new MacBook Air. Works great with TimeMachine and automatically backups when plugged in.
  • Compatible with... : Mac

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