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WD My Passport Essential Portable Hard Drive 500GB *Delivered* £60.00 @ PC World
WD My Passport Essential Portable Hard Drive 500GB *Delivered* £60.00 @ PC World

WD My Passport Essential Portable Hard Drive 500GB *Delivered* £60.00 @ PC World

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The Western Digital 500GB My Passport Essential Portable HD is very easy to use, you just plug it in and it's ready. The drive fits easily in your pocket or purse and is extremely light weight.

It the cheapest 2.5inch 500gb wd passport i can find.

Was posted as [email protected] only few weeks back, This is for home delivery.

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ALSO, in Dixon and Currys:

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I bought the 320gb WD drive the other day @ £45 (minus 10% on a voucher I had).

The cable that comes with it is not a std mini usb cable so you will have to buy a replaecement if you lose it.

It also only has one usb connector on the cable where others I've bought have had two.

martinict;7273128

I bought the 320gb WD drive the other day @ £45 (minus 10% on a voucher I … I bought the 320gb WD drive the other day @ £45 (minus 10% on a voucher I had).The cable that comes with it is not a std mini usb cable so you will have to buy a replaecement if you lose it.It also only has one usb connector on the cable where others I've bought have had two.



The 320GB one I bought had a standard USB to USB mini cable.
It's the same cable (albeit a bit shorter) as I've got with all my other 2.5" USB drives, my two mobile phones and my XB360 HD-drive and all cables are interchangeable.
Are you sure it's just not one you've never seen before, rather than a non-standard cable?

The reason why some other drives have two USB plugs is due to the power requirements of certain drives (being more than some USB ports can supply - hence the need for two plugs).

NONE of the things you mention are negative points against the WD drive.

pops_here;7273270

NONE of the things you mention are negative points against the WD drive.



If it is a non standard cable, it is a negative point.

thesaint;7273275

If it is a non standard cable, it is a negative point.



But it isn't a non-standard cable.

IF it is, then all other 2.5" drives use the same cable (when I switch drives around, I leave the cables in situ and just move the drive).
So how can it be a non-standard cable if all drives use it.

I think the other poster might be getting a little confused with USB A & B plugs and USB mini plug.
Most 3.5" external devices, printers, etc., use a cable with full size A & B plugs.
2.5" drives, XBOX360 HD-Drives, smartphones, etc. use full size A to USB mini (mini B) canles.
Digital cameras tend to use full size A to micro-B cables.

If he thinks the 'B' plug (or he's seen micro USB plugs, such as used on some cameras) is a USB mini, then that's where the confusion's come from.

USB is a standard; devices cannot use non-standard cables.
According to Wikipedia; a cable with full size 'A' at one end is standard if it's got either 'B', mini-B, or micro-B at the other end.

Looks like a normal Mini-USB socket.

According to ]the spec sheet the drive only has a 2 year waranty.

http://regmedia.co.uk/2009/09/11/wd_3.jpg

SUMMONER;7273330

Looks like a normal Mini-USB plug.



That's because it is.

All this fuss caused by one person with the letters 'ICT' in his nick (maybe he should review his qualifications):whistling:

pops_here;7273368

That's because it is.All this fuss caused by one person with the letters … That's because it is.All this fuss caused by one person with the letters 'ICT' in his nick (maybe he should review his qualifications):whistling:



Well I've got 25 years PC experience and worked in the industry for 13 years, but feel free to go buy one and see.

part no. is WDBAAA3200ABK-00

the latest WD My Passport Essential hard drives as pictured use a Micro Usb ,The same one as used by most mobile phones,not the same as a Mini usb but they are still widely available,

I have the 500GB version of this - it is NOT a mini-USB plug like you would find on 95% of other 2.5 HDD's out there. Rather, it is a MICRO usb plug which superficially looks like the former, but is not the same.

Anyone who disagrees is welcome to find out for themselves!

The other thing to be aware of is that this drive cannot be removed from its caddy for use in a laptop or a PS3 - that is because the USB circuitry is built into the drive itself!

big_sausage;7273846

The other thing to be aware of is that this drive cannot be removed from … The other thing to be aware of is that this drive cannot be removed from its caddy for use in a laptop or a PS3 - that is because the USB circuitry is built into the drive itself!



But could I still plug this into a laptop via USB?
I have a work laptop, and cant put personal stuff on it, but could use this to put my music on for itunes etc?

micro usb isn't standard in pc industry(yet), u will need a miniusb to microusb adaptor if to use existing standard mini usb data cable.

shell820810;7273905

But could I still plug this into a laptop via USB?I have a work laptop, … But could I still plug this into a laptop via USB?I have a work laptop, and cant put personal stuff on it, but could use this to put my music on for itunes etc?


Yes, no problem. The relevant USB cable comes with the drive.

big_sausage;7273839

I have the 500GB version of this - it is NOT a mini-USB plug like you … I have the 500GB version of this - it is NOT a mini-USB plug like you would find on 95% of other 2.5 HDD's out there. Rather, it is a MICRO usb plug which superficially looks like the former, but is not the same.Anyone who disagrees is welcome to find out for themselves!



Can you tell me if this needs to be powered by 2 USB ports or is one enough - would like to be able to use it on my DVD player :thumbsup:

Does software have to be installed for this, or does it just work like say a USB pen drive?

Banned

martinict;7273616

Well I've got 25 years PC experience and worked in the industry for 13 … Well I've got 25 years PC experience and worked in the industry for 13 years, but feel free to go buy one and see.part no. is WDBAAA3200ABK-00



all that experience and you dont know what a usb port is
success

hallanthony;7273947

Can you tell me if this needs to be powered by 2 USB ports or is one … Can you tell me if this needs to be powered by 2 USB ports or is one enough - would like to be able to use it on my DVD player :thumbsup:


Depends on the Player, 99% of the players with USB support should support it fine. May be try a friends bus powered usb drive, before buying one of these?

shell820810;7273961

Does software have to be installed for this, or does it just work like … Does software have to be installed for this, or does it just work like say a USB pen drive?


On a Windows PC, just works.

ipcam;7273920

micro usb isn't standard in pc industry(yet), u will need a miniusb to … micro usb isn't standard in pc industry(yet), u will need a miniusb to microusb adaptor if to use existing standard mini usb data cable.



Why not just use a Micro Usb cable ??

tonyg1962;7273986

Why not just use a Micro Usb cable ??


It's nice to have all devices share the same plug type.

My mobile phone, digital camera, hard drives, memory card reader and MP3 player all us Mini USB, which means the cables are interchangeable.

In fact even my Belkin USB hub uses a Mini USB cable to connect to the computer.

just read the previous thread, and the quality (connection etc) isnt supposed to be that good - older version is better??

SUMMONER;7273975

Depends on the Player, 99% of the players with USB support should support … Depends on the Player, 99% of the players with USB support should support it fine. May be try a friends bus powered usb drive, before buying one of these?



Works fine with other USB drives I have it was really whether this particular drive needed the 2 USB ports to power it as quite a few of the 2.5" larger capacity drives seem to now

Mascherano;7273966

all that experience and you dont know what a usb port issuccess



And there was me thinking that My info had been confirmed by many other posters.

I never said the drive was bad - just that certain information would be useful for people looking to buy. If I had known that the connector was a so called (micro usb (never seen before in any pc components )) I would have possibly made a different choice. A mini-usb cable is std in my tool case but not a micro-usb.

SUMMONER;7273330

Looks like a normal Mini-USB socket.According to ]the spec sheet the … Looks like a normal Mini-USB socket.According to ]the spec sheet the drive only has a 2 year waranty.



These New drives have a micro-usb (not mini-usb) fitted !

Looks like this :

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/images/multiple_images/item_images/IMG_135901.jpg

Just bought a 1tb drive for £64 from PC World

andybristol;7274181

Just bought a 1tb drive for £64 from PC World



Yes but that's a 3 1/2" drive that needs its own power supply.

These are powered from the usb socket.

hallanthony;7274136

Works fine with other USB drives I have it was really whether this … Works fine with other USB drives I have it was really whether this particular drive needed the 2 USB ports to power it as quite a few of the 2.5" larger capacity drives seem to now


You should be fine in that case.

WD do sell an alternative USB cable for the drive, that has an auxiliary USB plug to draw more power, as an optional extra. This cable is only needed when connecting the drive to very old computers.

andybristol;7274181

Just bought a 1tb drive for £64 from PC World



make? model?

I will give heat for this device for that price, approx £10 cheaper than amazon.

As a tech person myself, I check out reviews and the first one I saw was this (honestly... this was the first review i came across):

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Bought one when the last offer was on PCWorld. As everyone else has stated it uses the Micro-USB which is a real pain in the neck. If I hadn't mislead my receipt I would've taken it back as at the sheer hint of movement of either the drive or the cable the supplied Micro cable loosens from the unit and becomes a disconnect drive within Windows. Seems to be the MicroUSB cable doesn't have enough grip, seems to small. Don't know why they didn't stick with the standard "Mini-USB".

For a portable usb drive I say this is a major flaw with these drives and I'm sad to say I'm not the only one to experience it, but these are only my rantings. Thankfully my drive is more-or-less static, but when reaching behind the machine etc to remove or changes plugs, if the MicroUSB cable gets knocked.....BANG the drive gets dropped.

Just a word of caution for all you potential buyers.

cableuniverse.co.uk/cat…tml

£1.55 to replace the cable or have as a spare. I've seen a few PC devices use them.

Any decent alternatives?

shell820810;7274316

Any decent alternatives?


The Medion drive.

SUMMONER;7274339

The Medion drive.



Dont have Aldi in N Ireland

My 320gb drive does not have a problem when you wiggle the usb cable at either end but then this is a brand new drive and has only been used a couple of times so far.

I'll make sure I keep the receipt though just in case.

fantastic price

shell820810;7274352

Dont have Aldi in N Ireland


2nd best would be the Hitachi, from Tesco.
http://www.simpletech.com/images/products/storage/simpledrive-mini/red-wine-diagonal-395x252.jpg
http://www.simpletech.com/images/products/storage/simpledrive-mini/red-wine-back-395x252.jpg

What i do not understand about uk deals, is that 2 days ago Damadgeruk posted a Hitachi 2.5 drive for this price in Tesco, and people voted it cold.
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