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About seven months ago I decided to buy myself a new hard-drive, just in time for going to University. I loved my old 250GB hard-drive and have decided to get myself another WD hard-drive with bigger space (500GB) as I figured with all the essay's I would be writing I'd need the extra GB.
I wasn't very satisfied with the plastic cover of this new model- the old model was a glossy, harder (more durable) plastic - which comes with its disadvantages (in other words, several of my fingerprints on the cover), but this model looked like it's made with flimsier, thinner plastic but comes with a matt finish - which means goodbye to fingerprints but now its at risk for accidental scratches, which from my clumsiness, it has received. However, it is a stylish, lightweight and even slimmer portable device then my previous one, and it has four small rubber fleets that keep the drive in place, which is very handy.
How it works and performs:
One of the main differences in this hard-drive is the SmartWare application, which is a backup facility that saves the backup files as images, taking up less space but you will have to have the SmartWare application in order to retrieve the files.
What irritated me the most was the plug and play feature on this model. When I plugged in the hard-drive, a pop-up window appeared asking me to make a choice between opening the folder to view files or to run the SmartWare application, although the choice to some would seem convenient and refreshing it annoyed me as this pop-up made the process of accessing my files after plugging the hard-drive in longer then I wanted.
Another problem with this machine is that this model uses a micro USB plug unlike the usual bigger ones that we have and so doesn't connect as sturdily as I would like. A slight change in position of the laptop or an accidental bump will cause the hard-drive to disconnect which is really inconvenient. However if placed on a desk then this problem shouldn't occur.
The drive is quite quick, and fine for reading files, and also copying small files to the drive. However, it is slower than similar products, and this become evident when copying bigger files, such as movies, or folders containing pictures to the drive.
When purchased the Box Contains:
Portable hard drive
WD SmartWare software
Quick Install Guide
I bought this for £75 roughly seven months ago but after a little research I found that this model can be purchased for £50-£90 on stores such as Amazon.
Personally, I liked the old version better, but this serves its purpose in allowing you to backup large amounts of data, which is why I bought it. I give this machine 3 out of 5 stars because it does the job I wanted done even if not to my satisfaction.
Thank you for reading my review.
This review will also appear on ciao under the username wessegirls14.
I loved my old 250GB hard-drive and have decided to get myself another WD hard-drive with bigger space (500GB). Personally, I liked the old version better, but this is... not bad. It serves its purpose of allowing you to backup large amount of data - in a stylish, lightweight and even slimmer portable device, with four small rubber fleets that keeps the drive in place.
I wasn't very satisfied with the plastic cover of this new model- the old model was a glossy, harder (more durable) plastic - which comes with its disadvantages (i.e: fingerprints on the cover), but this model looked like it's made with flimsier, thinner plastic but comes with a matt finish - bidding goodbye to fingerprints but now at risk for accidental scratches.
One of the main differences in this hard-drive is the SmartWare application, which is a backup facility that saves the backup files as images, taking up lesser space but you will have to have the SmartWare application in order to retrieve the files.
What bugged me the most was the plug and play - when I plugged in the hard-drive, a pop-up window will appear asking you to make a choice between opening the folder to view files or to run the SmartWare application, hence taking a longer time to access your files after plugging it in.
This model uses a micro USB plug - unlike the usual ones that we have and doesn't connect as sturdily - a change in position of the laptop or an accidental bump will cause the hard-drive to disconnect.
As far as external hard drives go its ok untill you snag the not so std usb cable and its all gone no as in nothing zero serviceable parts inside. I thought on realising I had damaged the smaller than usual usb port that at least I can recycle the hard drive an use it in another laptop. Opened it up with a credit card only to find the circuitboard extended across the hard drive and petruding past up to the money making usb, I might be out of my depth here but I dont think there was any advantage in speed via this usb port and a couple of times lost the usb cable in amongst the wires that untidy my work area with no chance of just getting hold of another. Oh and I did a search to find that WD makes no effort to even sudjest they are using this crap connection or that it contains non srvicable parts.
Western Digital make some of the best hard drives available, and this is no exception. It's good value for money compared to similar drives, is easy to carry around and looks stylish. However, it is slower than similar products, and the build quality isn't as good as it used to be.
First, the packaging of the product is easy to read, and provides the required information. It also protects the product, and it is secured so there is no chance of damage to the hardware while it is in transit.
Next, the design is very nice, and elegant, which means that it will look nice next to your expensive computer, and it will look like it belongs. However, the materials used are quite cheap, as it scratches easily and feels flimsy. This is because the plastic used is very thin, and feels like it will crack if dropped. The cable provided is also very short, and won't reach most things. Also, the connection is very weak, so if the drive or computer is moved, the connection will drop, which can corrupt the files - not good.
The size is very small and compact, and it is very light so it can be carried around easily. Due to this, I keep it on my desk, due to the great storage size. It runs very quietly, but does create a bi of noise when you are copying files to the drive. More importantly, when viewing video it's fine. The storage space and speed makes it perfect for storing an iTunes library.
The drive is quite quick, and fine for reading files, and also copying small files to the drive. However, it is slower than similar products, and this become evident when copying bigger files, such as HD movies, or folders containing pictures to the drive.
Usually running for a few hours per day makes it perfect, as it will last through normal usage. However, the build quality and poor materials could mean that it won't last through the physical usage through normal modern life.
Overall, a good drive. It's cheaper than similar products, but it is slower. Also, the build quality isn't the best and the weak cable connection means that it isn't suitable for constant movement.
I have owned this portable hard drive in the blue colourway since Christmas as I needed to start saving all my photos and music to an external drive to make my laptop perform better.
I decided to go for the Westernal Digital My Passport 500GB model due to its size - both physically and storage wise - and the price. I also liked the styling of it.
The drive looks stylish and is available in a range of colours. My mid-blue one is bright and sleek. It is coated with a hard-wearing plastic shell and I have no scratches on mine despite it being used on a regular basis and carried around a great deal. It's size is approximately 8.3 x 11 x 1.5 cm and weighs 200g. It does not come with a case but I picked up a cheap one to keep it together with the lead.
It connects to your computer via USB and the lead is provided. It has a small camera-type usb connection on the hard drive and the normal USB the other end of the lead. I have found that the small USB connection on the drive is a bit loose. The lead falls out of the drive easily, which can be annoying if you are in the middle of copying a lot of data over.
It is easy to use, plug and play. It installs the driver needed automatically and after a couple of minutes you are ready to start transferring data.
I am pleased with this product apart from the loose lead.