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I like the color; matches my macbook exactly. You can easily connect your laptop or desktop to the USB 3. It came ready to use with windows but converting it was a piece of cake. But if you want to think things through, you could make it more difficult I can get things transferred at least 4 times faster, which saves me time. My MacBook Pro hard drive was running out of space, so I needed somewhere to dump files, folders, and media that I don’t regularly access to free up some space. Western Digital includes all the necessary accessories with this drive:

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I use this hard drive to store video capture files for editing and production. This hard drive has a lightweight, compact design for easy portability, making it convenient for those that need to travel with their data in hand.

Western Digital My Passport Essential 500GB External 5400RPM (WDBACY5000ABK) HDD

Additional Product Features Drive Interface. However, I do not like the Smartware interface that wd installs onto your computer to manage files. It can be used as a backup or just an external hard qdbacy5000abk, and I chose not to install the WD software onto my computer. Skip to main content.

Western Digital My Passport Essential GB External RPM (WDBACYABK) HDD | eBay

The Smart Ware icon still shows up on the desktop. I had a Hitachi 1tb external hard drive, which was good but just too bulky. After installing the software must be installed on each PC to be backed upit backed those files up easily and quickly. Also, the USB 3. I’ll see how long it will hold up my previous portable hard drives of different brands had to be replaced every few yearsbut seems to do its job well.


I did it for the first Passport but did not even bother with this one. Many like me disable auto-start for safety. Rated 5 out of 5 by cheap dude from perfect i bought this to backup photos. When I travel, one always goes with me and the other into the safe deposit box.

With a sizeable 2MB buffer size and a highly efficient RPM motor, you will enjoy ultra-fast access to your data by simply plugging in to the USB port. Plus, the password protection and bit hardware encryption technology acts as a virtual padlock, protecting your files from any unauthorized access. Use it with USB 2.

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Yes, you do have to spend a little time reformatting for mac but it was no problem doing so. One nice thing is that, for some reason, the Smart Ware does not take up as much of the drive as it did on the previous one.


This item may be a floor model or store return that has been used. My next storage purchase was to buy a 3TB backup disk for my system.

It features expanded digital storage and Windows plug-and-play connectivity. See any errors on this page? Enter new zip code to refresh estimated delivery time.

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If you let it do wdbacy5000bk on its own, you’ll probably be fine. Actual dimensions of the My Passport Essential drives are 0. Show More Show Less. Like most other people who reviewed this product, I gave up on the software that came with it and it made my life easier. It’s a small and convenient size to bring with you on the go.

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Western Digital RE 3. The software can be configured to backup on a schedule or in a constantly updating mode similar to Carbonite. You can easily connect your laptop or desktop to the USB 3.

I am very pleased with this product.