Western Digital MyPassport 1TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive

WD MyPassport Mini-USB 3.0 Connector

External Terabyte

Everyone needs personal storage for their notebook and netbook computers, and even though modern portable PCs have decent storage, it pales when compared to many desktop computers.  Laptops can be equipped with 250gb, 500gb, or even 1tb hard drives, which really is enough for photos and documents, but starts to feel a little short when you want to bring a lot of videos and other large media on the go.

Using a large external drive makes sense if you don’t have to have the data accessible all of the time.  You can get cheap 1-terabyte drives to store tons of high-definition videos and music.  Using a large external drive for backup also makes sense, as you really should keep backup data in a separate place in case your laptop is stolen or breaks.

The WD MyPassport 1TB Drive and USB 3.0 cable

There are a few different small external hard drive solutions that are perfect for notebook and netbook users.  These drives should be small enough to fit inside a laptop bag, but have enough speed and capacity under the hood to not slow you down.  Western Digital’s MyPassport 1TB hard drive could be the answer you’re looking for.  Not only does it offer a ton of storage, but comes in a small form factor and is equipped with USB 3.0 technology.

Features and Specifications

•    Formatted NTFS
•    Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
•    Mac OS®X Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard (requires reformatting)
 Package Contents
•    Portable hard drive
•    WD SmartWare software
•    USB cable
•    Quick Install Guide

WD SmartWare.
You’re in control of your backup. Install all the features, select just the components you need, or if you prefer, choose not to use the software at all.

Password protection for privacy.
Gain peace of mind knowing that your data is protected from unauthorized access with password protection and encryption.

Automatic, continuous backup.
Works quietly in the background to protect your data using minimal PC resources. Whenever you add or change a file it’s instantly backed up.

WD MyPassport Mini-USB 3.0 Connector WD MyPassport plugged in

Planet friendly.
We designed a small retail box from recycled materials to minimize waste. We encourage you to recycle it.

Your data is not just data, it’s your family photos, your financial documents, your music – your life. You know you should back it up, but many of you don’t. We understand. We’ve talked to lots of people and we’ve heard the reasons why people don’t back up – there’s no time; it’s a pain; their data’s not organized; they don’t know how. Using what we’ve learned, we developed easy, automatic backup software we hope you’ll really use because we understand the importance of your data.

It’s easy.
You’re up and running in a few simple steps. Once you set it up, you can forget it because the rest is automatic.
It finds your data.

  • A unique visual interface lets you see the WD drives connected to your computer.
  • WD SmartWare automatically scans your computer and finds all of your personal files, including e-mail.
  • Select the files and folders that you want backed up or back up your files by category. It’s up to you.
  • The backup gauges show how much information you have to be backed up in each category. You can even mouse over a category to see a file count.
  • Simply click “Start Backup” and WD SmartWare will automatically start backing up your files.
  • As your backup is running the category gauges will change color showing you the backup as it happens.
  • When finished, you’ll see a status screen and information about your backup. You only have to do this once. After the first backup, your files will be backed up automatically every time you change or add a file.
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  2. Andy

    May 3, 2012 at 9:39 am

    worked fine until suddenly aparently it can't find drivers and windows can't find the ext drive. Even the WD media player can't access the drive any more.

    Nice to use a drive as a backup for files and then the drive fails and you lose them all.. Thanks

    • ocmodshop

      May 3, 2012 at 11:42 am

      There might be a problem with the USB controller. on the unit You could try taking the drive out of the housing and then plugging it up to a hard drive dock or even directly to your SATA bus.

  3. amy

    January 18, 2012 at 11:50 am

    This is the first time I have ever used a portable (tiny) external hard drive. I currently use a Cavalry dual disk external drive in RAID configuration which is huge and not really portable.

    This new WD drive is fantastic in that it is quite small, doesn’t require external power, and it is quite good looking. It is amazing how they fit 1 TB drive in such a small package. One bonus is that when I replace my computer in future with one that has USB 3.0 interface, this drive can handle that. (It works fine with USB 2.0 also.) The device looked and felt solid.

    The USB port that is on the drive seems to be proprietary, but it could be a standard port for USB 3.0. The cable that comes with the drive fits snugly and works well. The cable should be saved carefully – I don’t have any other cable with that specialized connector.

    The backup software resides on the hard disk of the drive. I didn’t bother installing that software. I just want to use the drive as plain old storage drive. I connected the drive to a PC with Windows 7, the OS complained with “WD SES Device USB Device – No Driver Found”, but showed the drive contents anyway. I could immediately use the drive without haveing to do anything.

    Drive properties showed the following:
    Used 565 MB
    Free 930 GB
    Capacity 931 GB

    I have split the 1 TB drive into 3 partitions easily (using Win7′s built-in tools). I copied a bunch of JPG files into one of the partitions. Everything went smoothly. I am yet to find any issues with the device.

  4. @burntham77

    January 17, 2012 at 8:11 am

    As much as I like my speedy eSata drive, it's not very portable due to the power cord. Maybe it's time to ditch that and get something like this, just in case I need to grab it and run.