Having put off backing up my laptop for so long due to never getting chance, my laptop was stolen from a popular budget UK-wide hotel chain in Coventry and almost everything was gone. Luckilly lots of photos were saved elsewhere and music was on my phone and could transfer it over to a new one but some photos, videos, documents had gone. Clearly I was gutted but I learnt my lesson and so spent the money this portable hard drive from WD which is very stylish and sleek in Silver/Grey.
It's the first external hard drive I've had and since buying it a few years ago I have never looked back, its very good and easy to use, plug it in and drag files over to the folder for the hard drive is the way I do it, simple and quick to do. It does come with instructions and the USB cable, it also comes with the bits & bobs needed to do a full back up etc but I just drag the files over as its simpler and quicker in my opinion.
The item is small and very lightweight so its easy to carry, it fits perfectly into a nice small case (think of maybe a digital camera size case kind of) and then slots nicely into my laptop case. Cases are very cheap for these, I got a memory foam one off eBay for somet like £2 and it has kept it snug and safe for years.
500GB is a lot of space but I now need another one soon so will be getting another, probably stick with 500GB unless a great deal comes up on 1TB but I found 500GB model was very good for me.
The WD 500 essential is a very well built, reliable and high speed data transfer device.
The main purpose for this device is store backup all your data on to this device such as documents, video, music and other media. It plugs into any computer with a us 2.0 slot. you do not need to install drivers as windows detects the device automatically. Transfer speeds are super quick just like a built in hard drive in a desk top or laptop.
I have used the device for a few months now with heavy use and it is very reliable and for that affordable price of 60 pounds its a steal.
Overall it is great for data backup on hte go and you can transfer business files and other media anywhere with a usb port. You also get data syncing software out of the box which automatically updates files and folders you choose to watch which was pretty handy.
very happy with this product.