WD My Passport 500GB 3.0/2.0 Silver £44.97 delivered @ Amazon - HotUKDeals
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* Portable hard drive with dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
* Connectivity for today with speed for tomorrow
* Up to 3x faster transfer rates with USB 3.0
* Automatic, continuous backup
* Hardware encryption, password protection

USB Powered and PORTABLE.

Silver 500GB only at this price.
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#1
good price, voted hot.
bought my 320 gb passport for £45 a year ago.
#2
David Gill
good price, voted hot.
bought my 320 gb passport for £45 a year ago.


Yeah not bad I only recently paid nearly £10 more for the same in Red.
#3
Does this use a standard mini usb cable - picture looks like it doesn't. If it's a dedicated cable you're scuppered if you lose or forget it.
#5
roadrunner1
David Gill
good price, voted hot.
bought my 320 gb passport for £45 a year ago.


Yeah not bad I only recently paid nearly £10 more for the same in Red.


Red is @ £56.24
#6
I would read the amazon reviews regarding the embedded security software. Sounds like a real pain in the ass to me, my old 160gb WD passport had similar backup software but this was easy enough to remove so it could be used as a plug and play drive.
#7
got one given by my work to do backups, its lovely and boy usb 3.0 is fast

Edited By: parad1gm on Jan 19, 2011 16:45
#8
Got a white 1 from pc world at xmas, same price with pc world voucher .. hot
#9
SpoonyBoy
I would read the amazon reviews regarding the embedded security software. Sounds like a real pain in the ass to me, my old 160gb WD passport had similar backup software but this was easy enough to remove so it could be used as a plug and play drive.


Plug and play is fine on my WDTV and X360, no issues at all.
#10
good deal
#11
Great buy at this price. No point paying £5 more for black. Unless you've got some sort of black related obsessive compulsive disorder. Buy it even if you don't have USB 3.0 on your computer, at some point you'll probably get a computer with USB 3.0 and there's no point buying a USB 2.0 only drive given what this is selling for. If you don't like the bundled security/backup software then you can simply ignore it.

If you're in PC World or wherever make sure what they're selling is the USB 3.0/2.0 version not the USB 2.0only version they were trying to shift at £50 at the end of last year.
#12
This is hot for a USB 3.0 device!
#13
It's a great deal but I'd rather pay £5 more for the black one as it looks better

Link, http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/wd-passport-essential-500-gb-midnight-black-portable-hard-drive-usb-3-0-2-0-49-9/852994

Edited By: Aran10 on Jan 19, 2011 18:41
#14
This okay for running PS3 games externally - is it fussy like the Wii?
#15
I've noticed a significant speed increase even over 2.0 ports compared with that of previous WD Passport models. Very happy.
#16
very hot
#17
Good price, but then I did get WD's 2TB external drive for under £100 from Amazon just before Xmas.
#18
byjimini
Good price, but then I did get WD's 2TB external drive for under £100 from Amazon just before Xmas.


Me too, I paid £92 for my WD My Book 2TB, but its not exactly like for like comparison. Both good prices.
#19
thanks was looking for small drive for my photos ,picked up case for £7
2 Likes #20
Duelling Duck
Does this use a standard mini usb cable - picture looks like it doesn't. If it's a dedicated cable you're scuppered if you lose or forget it.


It uses micro-USB, so be careful if you're prone to losing cables...
#21
finally usb 3 comes of age
realistically you will get nearly 4x the speed
#22
roadrunner1
byjimini
Good price, but then I did get WD's 2TB external drive for under £100 from Amazon just before Xmas.


Me too, I paid £92 for my WD My Book 2TB, but its not exactly like for like comparison. Both good prices.


Doesn't the My Book a 3.5" drive require a PSU, while this My Passport is a 2.5" and is powered by USB?

Edited By: poopscoop on Jan 19, 2011 21:04
#23
poopscoop
roadrunner1
byjimini
Good price, but then I did get WD's 2TB external drive for under £100 from Amazon just before Xmas.


Me too, I paid £92 for my WD My Book 2TB, but its not exactly like for like comparison. Both good prices.


Doesn't the My Book a 3.5" drive require a PSU, while this My Passport is a 2.5" and is powered by USB?


That is correct.
#24
Hmmm, I ordered the Seagate one from BestBuy the other day and now wonder if I should send it back and get this. Not got anything with USB 3.0 though, opinions?

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/seagate-500gb-expansion-portable-ha/846922/#post10322508
#25
Is it possible to format this to a standard universally recognized SATA drive, without having to go through the stupid Smartware software?
#26
looks good to me ...
#27
looks the best by a mile for this type of drive, usb 3 makes it more future proof (even though I don't have it).

I've ordered

Edited By: brohood on Jan 19, 2011 23:36
1 Like #28
Any one know if the drive will work in a PS3?
#29
z0mbi3
Any one know if the drive will work in a PS3?

No point. The attraction here is the USB 3.0 interface on the encloure. The disc itself is nothing special.
#30
very tempting..
#31
* Up to 3x faster transfer rates with USB 3.0

not 3.0 exactly
#32
am i missing something (honestly it's not a dig) but i have seen comments on here and have seen in other places but why is this a good price when i bought a 1.5 TB external and have seen
2 TB + 1.5 TB + 1 TB cheaper on HUKD?

is their something different about this 1?

as i said not a dig just a serious question.
#33
^ cos this is the smaller 2.5" drive that is USB-powered. They are always about twice the price (plus) of the larger 3.5" externals.
suspended 1 Like #34
ABS_HULL
am i missing something (honestly it's not a dig) but i have seen comments on here and have seen in other places but why is this a good price when i bought a 1.5 TB external and have seen
2 TB + 1.5 TB + 1 TB cheaper on HUKD?

is their something different about this 1?

as i said not a dig just a serious question.


This is powered directly by USB so you don't need to find a power supply. Also If other external hardrives are a lot fatter. This could quite easily fit snugly into a laptop case where as other ones would struggle.

Its not the size of the drive, Its what you can do with it that counts (_;)
#35
Silver goes nicely with my MBP!
#36
Bought one ! Cheers OP !
#37
Bought a Red one just after Christmas for £52 so excellent deal.

Yes, right click on 'My Computer' then left click manage.
Double left click on Storage, double left click on Disk Management.

Find drive, right click and format should be there. NTFS for Windows, but ive got two partitions one FAT32 for Linux boot drive.

I would copy and paste the bundled software to your main pc hard drive before you format because you will lose them.
#38
Bought a Red one just after Christmas for £52 so excellent deal.

Is it possible to format this to a standard universally recognized SATA drive, without having to go through the stupid Smartware software?


Yes, Codify right click on 'My Computer' then left click manage.
Double left click on Storage, double left click on Disk Management.

Find drive, right click and format should be there. NTFS for Windows, but ive got two partitions one FAT32 for Linux boot drive.

I would copy and paste the bundled software to your main pc hard drive before you format because you will lose them.
#39
Decentbloke
z0mbi3
Any one know if the drive will work in a PS3?


No point. The attraction here is the USB 3.0 interface on the encloure. The disc itself is nothing special.


Granted, but I could put the PS3's old drive in this enclosure.
1 Like #40
thecomesandgoes
Duelling Duck
Does this use a standard mini usb cable - picture looks like it doesn't. If it's a dedicated cable you're scuppered if you lose or forget it.


It uses micro-USB, so be careful if you're prone to losing cables...


micro-USB cables are easy and cheap to find (they are becoming the standard for mobile phones) ... can pick them up (e.g. on Amazon marketplace) for < £2.

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