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WD 500GB My Passport Essential Portable Storage - £60 collect from PCW
WD 500GB My Passport Essential Portable Storage - £60 collect from PCW

WD 500GB My Passport Essential Portable Storage - £60 collect from PCW

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500GB 2.5" USB powered portable external drive. Blue in photo, but description mentions black. Product code: 655573.
Available for collect at store. Order online to get £60

Note that these apparently contain custom USB hard drives inside, not SATA, so no use for opening for use in notebooks etc. Also appears to lack a power connector port, so you might need a Y-usb cable if your usb ports do not provide sufficient power to power off just one. These newer Passport drives are supposed to offer better spin-down/sleep functions and backup functions over basic external drives.

Further details about this drive here:
wdc.com/en/…700

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Hot for me,Unfortunately no stock near me:x

non in London either

There are some in Weston Super Mare/Gloucester for anyone interested

Are these compatible with both Windows and MAC ?

I have read that you need to format to FAT 32 , but is this possible ?

Thanks

Dave

You're kidding...

I bought this on Tuesday for £79.99 R&C,Sod's law I suppose. Good drive though, voted hot!

charlie12;6675983

reviewhttp://www.reghardware.co.uk/2009/10/22/review_storage_wd_my_passport_essential_hdd/



"The WD drive has no such benefit and, worse, its socket and bundled cable conjoin even less snuggly than their mini USB siblings do. We'll go further: the two parts fit together so loosely that it doesn't take much of a tap to dislodge them far enough to disconnect the drive from a host computer.

"But we come back to that micro USB port. With a desktop drive and computer, neither of which are likely to be moved, it would be acceptable, but not in a portable drive which, like as not, will be hooked up to a laptop. Nudge computer, cable or drive and you risk data loss"

I have the 320GB version of this - and would agree with the review above.:x

The connection is so useless that I have no confidence in the drive. For this reason alone I would not recommend it.

Stock still in Oxford and Gloucester if it helps anyone

You can format it to fat32. Just not using XP's built in format. Search tinterweb, theres plenty of programs for free

agneepath;6676104

"The WD drive has no such benefit and, worse, its socket and bundled … "The WD drive has no such benefit and, worse, its socket and bundled cable conjoin even less snuggly than their mini USB siblings do. We'll go further: the two parts fit together so loosely that it doesn't take much of a tap to dislodge them far enough to disconnect the drive from a host computer."But we come back to that micro USB port. With a desktop drive and computer, neither of which are likely to be moved, it would be acceptable, but not in a portable drive which, like as not, will be hooked up to a laptop. Nudge computer, cable or drive and you risk data loss"I have the 320GB version of this - and would agree with the review above.:xThe connection is so useless that I have no confidence in the drive. For this reason alone I would not recommend it.



i have this drive too and never had one single problem with a loose cable. bad batch?

for an extra £4.95 u can get a 1TB

1TB LaCie Hard Disk

@ cclonline

I'm not sure about this 500gb model (maybe it's different) but most wd passport drives are standard 2.5" sata when dismantled; youtube.com/wat…yNk

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AndrewRoss;6677317

I'm not sure about this 500gb model (maybe it's different) but most wd … I'm not sure about this 500gb model (maybe it's different) but most wd passport drives are standard 2.5" sata when dismantled; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQ0bgz3tyNk



This one isn't. Nor are any of the other Passport Essential 2009 drives. Like the Samsung recently posted, this drive has a usb interface instead of SATA. If you were to open the case, I imagine the drive inside would look something like this:

http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/electronics/detail-page/WD_MyPassportEssential_Black_300x300_box.jpg

mcnally32;6677096

i have this drive too and never had one single problem with a loose … i have this drive too and never had one single problem with a loose cable. bad batch?



Do you have this new model with the micro USB (as opposed to mini USB in the older models)? It's only just hit the market a couple of weeks ago.

spraint has just posted a box pic.

Bournemouth have stock

Stock in Kettering & Milton Keynes.

Stock in Tunbridge Wells

Matthew Leeds;6677263

for an extra £4.95 u can get a 1TB1TB LaCie Hard Disk @ cclonline



Not portable though... :roll:

Matthew Leeds;6677263

for an extra £4.95 u can get a 1TB1TB LaCie Hard Disk @ cclonline



I'd love to see a 1tb 2.5" (i.e. portable) drive for £65 - but sadly they don't exist. :whistling:

spraint;6677437

This one isn't. Nor are any of the other Passport Essential 2009 drives. … This one isn't. Nor are any of the other Passport Essential 2009 drives. Like the Samsung recently posted, this drive has a usb interface instead of SATA. If you were to open the case, I imagine the drive inside would look something like this:



Sorry, I didn't realise they had changed them! :oops:

doivey;6675991

Are these compatible with both Windows and MAC ?I have read that you need … Are these compatible with both Windows and MAC ?I have read that you need to format to FAT 32 , but is this possible ?ThanksDave




If you can get your hands on paragon partion manager thats a very nice program for formating, extremly quick

toonarmani;6678454

I'd love to see a 1tb 2.5" (i.e. portable) drive for £65 - but sadly they … I'd love to see a 1tb 2.5" (i.e. portable) drive for £65 - but sadly they don't exist. :whistling:



How is it that just about every time there's a deal posted for a 2.5" portable drive, someone always posts to moan about the price and point out that you can get more capacity for the same price or cheaper, seemingly unaware that they're referring to a completely different type of product?! :roll:

£60 is a good price for a 500gb portable drive but if you're going to be taking it out and about then the review and previous comments posted are something to bear in mind...

I'm going to need something like this when I finally get around to going travelling , but hopefully then the prices will have come down even more (perhaps they might even have a 1tb 2.5" drive that doesn't cost an arm and a leg by then!)

TonyLeMesmer;6676009

You're kidding...I bought this on Tuesday for £79.99 R&C,Sod's law I … You're kidding...I bought this on Tuesday for £79.99 R&C,Sod's law I suppose. Good drive though, voted hot!



If you bought from PCworld they should refund the difference upto 7 days after! price promise:thumbsup:

Do not get these drives, this is the new model My Passports, and don't use a generic mini-usb cable which most devices have. It uses micro-usb which I think is propietry at the moment as not a lot of devices have it. Its just another cable to lug around. Also it has an extra (CD style) partition which is difficult to remove, so every time you plug it in your computer it runs.

Get the old My Passport drives, mini-usb and just a simple drive. If you want to take out the WD5000BEVT drive and swap it with an older drive like I did. Then look on the back of the box; A7B and B7B is the model with the removable BEVT drive (one of the best HDD drives you can get, as rated on tomshardware). B8B is the one to avoid, as I personally found out by opening one.

agneepath;6676104

"The WD drive has no such benefit and, worse, its socket and bundled … "The WD drive has no such benefit and, worse, its socket and bundled cable conjoin even less snuggly than their mini USB siblings do. We'll go further: the two parts fit together so loosely that it doesn't take much of a tap to dislodge them far enough to disconnect the drive from a host computer."But we come back to that micro USB port. With a desktop drive and computer, neither of which are likely to be moved, it would be acceptable, but not in a portable drive which, like as not, will be hooked up to a laptop. Nudge computer, cable or drive and you risk data loss"I have the 320GB version of this - and would agree with the review above.:xThe connection is so useless that I have no confidence in the drive. For this reason alone I would not recommend it.



What? You must be an idiot if you can't keep the cable in properly, I've had the 320gb for a year now and never managed to unhook the cable from the mini-usb port it has :roll:

bigmo7;6679584

What? You must be an idiot if you can't keep the cable in properly, I've … What? You must be an idiot if you can't keep the cable in properly, I've had the 320gb for a year now and never managed to unhook the cable from the mini-usb port it has :roll:



I don't think there's a problem with the mini-USB port, but the newer micro-USB port...

bigmo7;6679584

What? You must be an idiot if you can't keep the cable in properly, I've … What? You must be an idiot if you can't keep the cable in properly, I've had the 320gb for a year now and never managed to unhook the cable from the mini-usb port it has :roll:



Well I am smarter than i look:-D but this WD drive is not the one you've had for 12 months - its been around for a month or two

Original Poster

This is a comparison of mini-usb and micro-usb
http://www.usb-mobile-charger.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/mini-micro-usb-connector.jpg

Mini-usb on the left, micro-usb on the right. Try not to confuse the two.

Has anyone got one of these yet that can say whether it is the old or the new model. I don't even like the look of the new model so would rather avoid anyway and try and get the older model elsewhere.

Sloblock;6680122

Has anyone got one of these yet that can say whether it is the old or the … Has anyone got one of these yet that can say whether it is the old or the new model. I don't even like the look of the new model so would rather avoid anyway and try and get the older model elsewhere.



I have the 320GB version of this and from experience, this particular model from WD is one you should avoid.

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Sloblock;6680122

Has anyone got one of these yet that can say whether it is the old or the … Has anyone got one of these yet that can say whether it is the old or the new model. I don't even like the look of the new model so would rather avoid anyway and try and get the older model elsewhere.



I was in PCWorld today to pick up something else. PCWorld has mostly these new models and a few of the older sort. In the collect counter, there were quite a few of these green boxes. You will pay more for the older variety, though, as only this particular SKU has the discounted price on it.

This one is cheaper, 500Gb & portable:

509061 - £56.33

WD Elements 500GB Black 2.5" Portable Hard Drive

Is it any good?

agneepath;6680147

I have the 320GB version of this and from experience, this particular … I have the 320GB version of this and from experience, this particular model from WD is one you should avoid.



I mean't has anyone bought this drive from PC world in this deal as the picture in the link looks like the mini USB. I have a 250GB of the old version and would like a 500GB old version also...

doivey;6675991

Are these compatible with both Windows and MAC ?I have read that you need … Are these compatible with both Windows and MAC ?I have read that you need to format to FAT 32 , but is this possible ?ThanksDave



I'm not sure if this works for all macs or external hard drives, but I have no problem reading and writing on my Seagate freeagent go portable, it's in NTFS format, on both my windows based pcs, and my mac.

I just installed something called 'ntfs for mac' on my mac.

Instead of limiting yourself to FAT's 4Gb file limit (or whatever it is), this programs works great on my lastest model macbook pro using snow leopard.

Hope this helps.

Yeah, just install the NTFS-3G driver on your mac and it will work seemlesly with a NTFS formatted portable hard drive.
ntfs-3g.org/

voted hot

charlie12;6677507

Do you have this new model with the micro USB (as opposed to mini USB in … Do you have this new model with the micro USB (as opposed to mini USB in the older models)? It's only just hit the market a couple of weeks ago.spraint has just posted a box pic.



no i think mines the older one which explains a lot. Maybe something they need to iron out. Mines solid as a rock.

Nice price,fat32 is only needed if you intend to use for watching films on usb dvd players,ps3 etc.

All the major hard drive manufacturers have free software to format to anything you want.
Seagate have a great utility that formats to fat32 in seconds,in windows you'd be waiting for a long time,

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moonlightswim;6683911

Nice price,fat32 is only needed if you intend to use for watching films … Nice price,fat32 is only needed if you intend to use for watching films on usb dvd players,ps3 etc.All the major hard drive manufacturers have free software to format to anything you want.Seagate have a great utility that formats to fat32 in seconds,in windows you'd be waiting for a long time,



Nah, just use a command box and format x: /FS:FAT32 /q will do it quickly. Haven't used FAT32 for yonks so I have no idea whether Microsoft has lifted the 32GB partition barrier for that format.

Avoid Fat32, if possible.

I had a duff connection on my USB port.
When an NTFS drive was corrupted I recovered all the data with chkdsk.
When a FAT32 drive was corrupted chkdsk gave up.
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