Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1TB USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Price
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Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1TB USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Review
Western Digital pushes the boundaries of portable drives through the My Passport Essential SE USB 3.0/2.0. It is 1TB of storage space in a surprisingly small package, and has a couple of useful features accessible through a user-friendly interface. This WD portable drive has outer features that are both structurally sound and easy on the eyes. The case comes in several colors but has a glossy, fingerprint-prone finish. Its curved corners give it a flowing look while its pocket-size frame allows a firm grip and easy transport. Given its storage capacity of 1TB, this is definitely a plus. ThereÕs no need for a separate power cord, because just like most modern-day portable drives, the My Passport Essential SE series is USB-powered. It works well with both USB 2.0 and 3.0 cables, but unlike SeagateÕs modular interface, this drive wonÕt be able to keep up once a faster USB standard becomes available. The drive also supports rudimentary power-saving, file backup and encryption features through its bundled software, WD SmartWare. Here, users can dictate how long the drive must be idle before it shuts off automatically or set AES 256-bit encrypted passwords to secure confidential files from unauthorized access. Backing up files is quite easy. All a user has to do is click on the ÒBackupÓ button and choose the type of files (documents, videos, music, etc. ) that he wants to duplicate. The drive will then automatically copy all files with the same type, even the ones that are going to be stored in the future. The downside is that it wonÕt allow the user to pick just one file, which can waste so much space if he just wants to secure a few videos from his entire collection. Also, this backup solution can only protect the files from accidental erasure and not from drive failure so users are still encouraged to store irreplaceable files on a more reliable device. Using a USB 3.0 cable does a lot to offset its 5200-rpm speed. Even so, the driveÕs overall performance is acceptable at best. Compared to other 1TB portable drives, the My Passport Essential SE handles small-file read/write operations rather poorly but ranks much better when it comes to transferring larger files. It would also appear that the driveÕs moving parts are working efficiently as it keeps its operational temperature and noise levels down even under heavy use. The My Passport Essential SEÕs chief disadvantage is that its value hangs on its USB 3.0 performance . If a computer doesnÕt support it and is connected via USB 2.0 instead, it will be difficult to justify its retail price. Otherwise, this drive is a logical choice for those who just want a functional and stylish compact storage device that offers some basic file management features.