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Western Digital My Passport Essential 500 GB External USB 3.0 Hard Disk Drive
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Western Digital My Passport Essential 500 GB External USB 3.0 Hard Disk Drive

Western Digital has a wide variety of external storage products for both the PC and Mac markets. The external drives are available in both large desktop and smaller portable formats. Under the portable segment alone, Western Digital offers five drive families for the PC, and three drive families for the Mac.

Today, we are going to take a look at one of their latest portable drives for the PC market - the 500 GB Western Digital My Passport Essential (USB 3.0). It boasts the following features :

  • USB 3.0 Plus USB 2.0 - A single drive with universal compatibility today and next-generation speed for tomorrow. Use it with USB 2.0 now and step up to USB 3.0 speed when you're ready.
  • Ultra-small - Lightweight, stylish and easy to carry, this drive is powered directly from the USB port on your PC. No separate power supply is needed.
  • WD SmartWare - WD's automatic, continuous backup software also doubles as a drive lock and management utility.

Now, let's find out how this portable hard disk drive fares against its competitors!

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Comprehensive Review



Formatted Capacity

• 500,000 MB

Guaranteed Sectors

• NA

Bytes Per Sector

• 512 bytes

Spindle Speed

• 5,400 RPM

Cache Buffer

• 8 MB

Internal Data Transfer Rate

• NA


• USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 (standard)

Supported USB Transfer Modes

• 5.0 Gbits/s (USB 3.0)
• 480 Mbits/s (USB 2.0)
• 12 Mbits/s (USB 1.1)

Maximum Height

• 15 mm (0.60 inches)

Maximum Width

• 83 mm (3.2 inches)

Maximum Length

• 110 mm (4.3 inches)

Maximum Weight

• 140 g (0.31 lbs)

Power Consumption

• NA

Operating Temperature

• 5 °C to 40 °C
• 32 °F to 104 °F

Non-Operating Temperature

• -20 °C to 65 °C
• -4 °F to 149 °F

Maximum Shock

• NA

Drive Acoustics

• NA

Non-Recoverable Read Errors

• NA


• NTFS Formatted
• Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP
• Mac OS X Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard (requires reformatting)


• 2 Years Limited Warranty (Americas, EMEA)
• 3 Years Limited Warranty (Asia Pacific, India)


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