Western Digital 2.5" USB Powered Passport Essential 400GB Hard Drive - £57.49 Delivered + 3% Cashback @ Novatech - HotUKDeals
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These elegant portable drives are simple to use, light and easy to carry, and require no power adapter -- they are powered directly through the USB cable.* Works with Windows® and Mac®. Synchronize files between home and office and encrypt everything on the drive for added security.

Sleek and colorful - This beautiful portable drive, available in many eye-catching colors, is light and easy to carry and fits smoothly in your hand or pocket.
USB powered - Powered directly from the USB port on your PC. No separate power supply is needed*.
Synchronized and secure - Plug My Passport into any PC, edit files, read e-mail, and view photos. Then sync all of your changes back to your home or office computer. Your data is protected with 128-bit encryption. (Windows only)
Compatible - Use with Windows® and Macintosh® computers
* An optional cable is available for the few computers that limit power from the USB port.
Ideal For

* Storing or backing up your digital music, videos and photos.
* Carrying important files and e-mail between work and home or on the road and keeping them in sync.
* Sharing large files between office and home, between PC and Mac.
* Pick from multiple colors to express your unique style.


System Requirements

Windows

* Available USB port
* Windows 2000/XP/Vista®



Macintosh

* Available USB port
* Mac® OS X 10.4.11+

Compatibility may vary depending on user's hardware configuration and operating system.


Package Contents

* My Passport Essential portable hard drive
* USB 2.0 cable
* Quick Install Guide
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#1
anyone reading this, be careful with this device....it is not external hdd back up device, it is a synchronisation device...meaning you delete a file on this device it deletes it from your pc/laptop and vice versa......google problems caused by this device as it is mis-leading to say the least.
#2
Pretty good deal, didn't really need one, but I figured it'd be pretty good for plane rides when I need my stuff with me, currently using a 3.5" hdd
#3
Dannyb2007
anyone reading this, be careful with this device....it is not external hdd back up device, it is a synchronisation device...meaning you delete a file on this device it deletes it from your pc/laptop and vice versa......google problems caused by this device as it is mis-leading to say the least.


It doesn't have to be this way, you can use it as an external hard drive if you don't install the software.
#4
Dannyb2007
anyone reading this, be careful with this device....it is not external hdd back up device, it is a synchronisation device...meaning you delete a file on this device it deletes it from your pc/laptop and vice versa......google problems caused by this device as it is mis-leading to say the least.


As per the post above, pretty sure this is a standard drive. You don't need to use the software.
#5
true but then there is no protection of the files on the hdd...when you plug it in it asks you to set up sycnrhonisation too, many people will run through it not knowing what it does...each to his own....people have lost many an important file using this device as a back up hard drive
#6
Dannyb2007
true but then there is no protection of the files on the hdd...when you plug it in it asks you to set up sycnrhonisation too, many people will run through it not knowing what it does...each to his own....people have lost many an important file using this device as a back up hard drive


I think this is a pretty rare situation. I myself have never ever encounter this problem (I've had small versions of this drive and also the MyBook drive) and I've never heard of anyone encountering these problems either.
#7
I have one of these, I just chuck files on it as necessary, never had any probs at all, love it!
Heat + Rep for you!!
#8
Cold on a 'per gb' price basis.

Personally I'd go for the 320gb iomega drive from Tesco instead :thumbsup:
#9
I've got the 320GB one. You can use the WD sync software as well as drag and drop.
Use mine for laptop backups (using WD sync) and PS3 storage for music and video.
Highly portable (fits in a pocket), silent and no external power needed.
Works a treat, can't recommend it enough ! :)
#10
toonarmani
Cold on a 'per gb' price basis.

Personally I'd go for the 320gb iomega drive from Tesco instead :thumbsup:


The WD is much more aestically pleasing ; )
#11
toonarmani
Cold on a 'per gb' price basis.

Personally I'd go for the 320gb iomega drive from Tesco instead :thumbsup:


I assume that this is the one you mean: http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.205-6006.aspx for about £12.50 less
#12
How can this junk be hot?
1TB for only 10 quid more..must be the worst deal ever
#13
genotypic
How can this junk be hot?
1TB for only 10 quid more..must be the worst deal ever


Because this is USB powered and 2.5"
#14
This is a fantastic drive. OH and I have had one each for three years (120gb and 250gb) and have taken them all round the world. Someone else mentioned you could get something else cheaper - I'd personally pay the extra for WD reliability and peace of mind.

Voted Hot!
#15
Dannyb2007
anyone reading this, be careful with this device....it is not external hdd back up device, it is a synchronisation device...meaning you delete a file on this device it deletes it from your pc/laptop and vice versa......google problems caused by this device as it is mis-leading to say the least.


This is if you use the software... simply don't use that option. There is no way that can USB drive can synchronise files without the software. It is at the end of the day, a USB external harddisk.
#16
Dannyb2007
anyone reading this, be careful with this device....it is not external hdd back up device, it is a synchronisation device...meaning you delete a file on this device it deletes it from your pc/laptop and vice versa......google problems caused by this device as it is mis-leading to say the least.


what are you talking about:x - it's plug and play, you can setup up and use it how you want
#17
RLP06
The WD is much more aestically pleasing ; )



if you prefer tacky shiny plastic over brushed metal then yes :whistling:
#18
genotypic
How can this junk be hot?
1TB for only 10 quid more..must be the worst deal ever


fool......

you clearly no nothing about computers, this is a 2.5 usb powered drive 'passport' means you carry it around and not lug a big desktop drive with a power supply :whistling:
banned#19
toonarmani
Cold on a 'per gb' price basis.

Personally I'd go for the 320gb iomega drive from Tesco instead :thumbsup:


Agreed the 320gb iomega drive is better value and probably better quality:thumbsup:
#20
slam98
Agreed the 320gb iomega drive is better value and probably better quality:thumbsup:


Better value - yes, Better quality, probably not. The iomega is a Seagate drive inside (no problem), but I've had two and taken them apart for use as main laptop HDD's. One of them was screwed into the Iomega caddy nicely. The second was cross screwed. I eventually got the screw out, but found it had actually MISSED the screw hole, and been forced into the metal casing of the drive itself!!
#21
wd are a great make
#22
jimlad21
wd are a great make


Agreed
#23
I paid this much for the 160gb version a couple of years back, very happy with the quality & drag/drop ease of use.

The WD software was a pain to use, if you copy a file from the portable disk to your PC it creates all the directories & sub folders on your PC instead of just the file. Ignore the software & drag/drop instead.

Tempted to get another at this price.
#24
genotypic
How can this junk be hot?
1TB for only 10 quid more..must be the worst deal ever


Duuuuuh...

For a first post you'd think you'd know what you were talking about before you post.
#25
SimbaK2K
Duuuuuh...

For a first post you'd think you'd know what you were talking about before you post.


... or is just a troll :thumbsup:
#26
toonarmani
if you prefer tacky shiny plastic over brushed metal then yes :whistling:


If you prefer lugging a heavy brick-like 3.5" AND power adapter AND USB cable then go for it. Honestly, some people :roll:
#27
When it comes to 2.5" drives, there are always going to be "those people" that just give their virtual mouth's too much over-stimulation. My advice? Ignore or educate them.

First off, Western Digital is a far superior brand than Iomega... In fact it's the only HDD brand I fully trust - I have several WD's (old and new) that outlive and outperform my other drives - Samsung, Seagate, Maxtor etc... While hard drives are manufactured virtually in identical ways from company to company, it's the small things that matter. This Western Digital comes with a 3 year warranty as opposed to the 2 year warranty on the aforementioned Iomega drive. Also, with Iomega you never really know what HDD is gonna be inside the enclosure - since they don't make hard drives, they source them from whoever can sell them cheapest in bulk. So it could actually be a horrible drive... WD on the other hand - you know what your getting!

Secondly, you'll always get muppets trying to compare 3.5" desktop externals to 2.5" portables... It's inevitable. Most folk are just naive and think "whats the difference?", but some have a point - I have more use for a higher capacity and cheaper cost per GB desktop drive, but I obviously can see the value and need for some folk to have a truly portable storage device.

My only 2.5" external is an old Maxtor I got for £25 from eBuyer with the awesome 'Google Checkout' deal when it first came out. It's being used with my WDTV Media Player and 60GB is just too small when it comes to 1080P and having *any* kind of a library on it... So im looking at jumping for this drive!
#28
If I got a Network Attached Storage router (eg Apple Airport Extreme or Linksys) could I plug this in as network storage, or would I need a HD with its own power supply?
#29
These drives are unreliable. I am now on my THIRD drive in 12 months (I have the 250GB version). Files start to become unreadable. They have not been mechanically abused and just carried between rooms, so I think there is a major reliability issue (do a web search for others with the same problem)
You do not have to use the WD synch software, although it IS pre-installed on the drive. The printed instructions are rather poor and potentially misleading, which is why people get into trouble with it - it is sold as a 'synchronisation device'. Best thing when you get the drive is to reformat it.
#30
hauptmann;5473947
They have not been mechanically abused and just carried between rooms, so I think there is a major reliability issue (do a web search for others with the same problem).


To be fair, you could do a Google search for any brand or model and you'll find lots of negative reviews in one place. In fact, probably any product or service.This is the way of the web - the unhappy few are always much more vocal.
#31
this drive is super sweet, i brought one then got a little case from ebay for a few quid, i have had 2 now. 100% recommend them as a portable drive. if you want one to sit on your desk then this is not for you as there are far cheaper deals, but if like me you need to carry a lot of data around then get one of these bad boys (1 single usb cable) thought i would mention that as a lot of portable drives come with 2 leads one to connect and one to power which i find stupid and cheap in this day and age
#32
bought the 160gb version of this in early 2008 and it still runs perfectly now. Uninstalled the software that came with it and i have none of this sync issue stuff. Drag and drop files in and it wont delete them when you plug it back in. Try not to drop it though because the case can crack easily as a friend of mine found out.

voted hot because i paid £60 for the 160gb ,so a heck of a difference in one year.
#33
I have the 250gb version. Great for back ups.
Good price.
#34
hauptmann
These drives are unreliable. I am now on my THIRD drive in 12 months (I have the 250GB version). Files start to become unreadable. They have not been mechanically abused and just carried between rooms, so I think there is a major reliability issue (do a web search for others with the same problem)
You do not have to use the WD synch software, although it IS pre-installed on the drive. The printed instructions are rather poor and potentially misleading, which is why people get into trouble with it - it is sold as a 'synchronisation device'. Best thing when you get the drive is to reformat it.


Must be hit and miss, I've got the 320gb and it's been fine for over 8 months now.

Nice deal BTW>
#35
Xeijin
If you prefer lugging a heavy brick-like 3.5" AND power adapter AND USB cable then go for it. Honestly, some people :roll:


what are you on about? the iomega drive I referred to is a 2.5" 320gb drive (usb powered) - and on a per gb price basis is cheaper than this deal .....

But as you say "honestly, some people" :p
#36
toonarmani
what are you on about? the iomega drive I referred to is a 2.5" 320gb drive (usb powered) - and on a per gb price basis is cheaper than this deal .....

But as you say "honestly, some people" :p


I thnk he might be talking about the 1tb one vs. this one.
#37
Is there a good reason they don’t make 1 inch hard disk USB pen backup drives??

Presumably they would be able to offer one that looked very similar to a normal USB memory stick but a little fatter and wider than normal.

They could probably offer 64GB for a reasonable sum (say £25) which is a lot cheaper than a normal usb memory stick but more importantly it would have a much greater writing and reading speed. Perhaps 5x faster on each!!
#38
Well, the Microdrive already exists (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microdrive) but the problem is that they are basically miniature hard drives - they still consume more power than flash memory and they still have moving parts - thus as a portable drive it's much more susceptible to data loss than flash storage (no moving parts - less to break). Plus, as of 2008, 8GB is the highest capacity available... cant find anything larger that's commercially available - Hitachi was supposed to have a 20GB one by now (announced 2007), but still nothing.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/CiBox-USB2-Powered-Mini-Drive/dp/B000JXL3BI

Pretty sure that uses a 4GB microdrive so what your after does actually exist... the problem is they are bigger than flash drives, consume more power, have lower capacity, and are open to more damage and data loss. The idea is in theory good, but in reality it just doesnt work out...

edit: was just about to go buy it and the black's out of stock :( I know it's silly when the other colours are the same price, but with all the electronics in my TV unit being black, having a blue, red or silver HDD connected to my black WD TV media player is gonna look strange.
#39
Didn’t the old ipods use 1” HD for storage?
They seem robust enough and as you know these things only need to last 3 years and then most people scrap them to purchase a bigger and faster one as is the case with most computer electronics.

I found an article dated 2006 which said 1 inch HD 12GB were in production and that is 3 years ago. I would assume you should be able to get triple that now so some 40GB.

I would pay £30 for a 40GB USB pen sized HD.
Flash USB is just far far too slow. 3 hours to write 40GB vs 30min on a 1inch HD.


woohoomoo
Well, the Microdrive already exists (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microdrive) but the problem is that they are basically miniature hard drives - they still consume more power than flash memory and they still have moving parts - thus as a portable drive it's much more susceptible to data loss than flash storage (no moving parts - less to break). Plus, as of 2008, 8GB is the highest capacity available... cant find anything larger that's commercially available - Hitachi was supposed to have a 20GB one by now (announced 2007), but still nothing.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/CiBox-USB2-Powered-Mini-Drive/dp/B000JXL3BI

Pretty sure that uses a 4GB microdrive so what your after does actually exist... the problem is they are bigger than flash drives, consume more power, have lower capacity, and are open to more damage and data loss. The idea is in theory good, but in reality it just doesnt work out...
#40
The newer iPod's use 1.8" hard drives as far as I know, with the smaller and older iPod's using a microdrive. Problem with the microdrives though is they are not very easy to find, and again, 8GB seems to be the largest ones I can find. So if larger capacities do actually exist, they will either have been discontinued or there are just very few of them actually made - rare but current technology hardware often means big prices.

I know where your coming from, but the capacity you are after just doesnt seem to exist...I saw some articles dated several years back promising larger capacity drives, but the largest one I've seen mentioned is a 12GB one, with a 'theoretical' 20GB drive supposed to have been out 2008 - I cannot see either of them, and im fairly sure the 20GB one would cost you a pretty penny.

If you want a really small size with a decent amount of portable storage... I would recommend a 1.8" hard drive - the sort you might find in netbooks, portable media players etc.

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