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Less is more. This is an essential addition to your laptop.
I decline to bore anyone with a lot of turgid technical detail.
These come in different sizes - I have the 750 GB model but they can go to 1TB (and maybe even more)
Password protected to ensure privacy to your documents.
I travel a lot, with a lot of documents. This is the 21st Century...and this can save you a few kilos in weight of carrying paper, save the environment and an awful lot of trees, and allow you to take ALL of your favourite movies and music around with you.
Essential for the business traveller - and especially one who needs a bit of relaxation at the end of the working day.
Stuck in Germany (or Wales, or wherever) with only German (or whatever foreign language TV)? Use this through your laptop. Watch what you want to, not what someone else dictates.
Kilos of paper documents to your next meeting? (and many of them not used)? Use this!
A walletful of CDs and DVDs for your laptop? Use this instead!
This is a small unit with huge memory , yet only weighing about the same as a sandwich.
Plug in and use.
No difficult techie hoops to jump through.
I can say no more.
I have had a hard time with PCs and have lost a lot of data that, quite frankly, I would have preferred not to lose. So I invested in a rather bulky hard drive that required external power, just more cables to carry around. I then decided after about 2 years that that was too bulky and I should invest in a smaller, more portable version. This is what I chose. I paid around £60 for this about 3 months ago from Amazon.co.uk. I went for the 500GB version so I could back up all of my music, pictures and videos as well as have enough space for carrying files around. I use it on my Macbook.
FUNCTIONALITY, Straight out of the box it is all very easy to use. No set up required just plug it in and start transferring files. There is an LED light display that shows when the hard drive is being used, so you know when not to disconnect. There is no on/off button it just starts working when you plug it in.
STORAGE, for me 500GB is ample space. On average you will fit 1264 movies or 125,000 mp3 files or a combination of those, it will however hold any type of data that you wish to store. It is a very large hard drive!
BUILD, I think it feels very sturdy as a whole, the only downside I would point out is that it's easily scratched but that is purely aesthetic. The USB cable supplied is very short, which I like due to it being tidy on your desk but if you need a longer reach you will have to get your own longer USB cable (around £3).
IN SUMMARY, I have been very pleased with this product so far and have had no problems with it structurally or technically. It seems reliable and is a good looking bit of kit. Highly recommended.
The portable storage market is a competitive one with lots of options to choose from. The WD My Passport is a great choice as its light and small enough to be easily carried around and a pretty quick access rate although there are better options if speed is important. Build quality is excellent and has a nice glossy finish that comes in several colours. On the downside the USB cable is very short which is rather annoying as it has to be placed right next to the access device and cant be hidden away. If you are a PC user but want to share with MACs, then the drive should be formatted in FAT32 format which the Mac can read without issue. Only limitation is that the maximum file size is 4Gig. To get round this I have two of these drives one to share with the Mac and another in NTFS format for storing larger files.
This was the first external hard drive I ever bought and I'm so happy with it that all the other drives I've bought since have been made by Western Digital.
The 500GB WD My passport is an absolute cracker! It's even smaller that the pictures of it suggest! It's covered in an attractive black plastic gloss finish, which apart from easily picking up finger print marks looks really stylish.
I actual storage space is actually 470GB (I think, it's around that anyway). It comes with WD smartware which is supposed to make it easier to back up your files. I really don't know how the smartware works because I've never used it! I just drag and drop whatever files I want to back up in to the drive folder. It comes with a USB cable for connecting the my passport to your computer. The lead is actually very short. It's only approx 15 inches long which means you have to make space for it on the USB port side of your computer. It doesn't need much space though but thought I'd just mention that! There's no need for a power lead because it takes the power from the computer through the USB lead.
The drive can also be password protected. Again, this is something I've never enabled on it because if you forget the password the drive will be locked forever and you won't get your files back!
I've got quite a few external hard drives and the passport 500GB is my favourite of them all because it's so compact and easy to take with you anywhere you go.
To clarify my position: I am pretty computer illiterate. I deal with books (English degree) not binary. Unfortunately, my laptop recently took it upon itself to get the famous 'blue screen of death', give up the ghost and largely implode. THANKFULLY due to some lovely guys I am at uni with, I was able to rescue my main files (all dissertations included-phew!) using some Linux ninja wizardry. That accomplished- I of course needed to purchase somewhere to house all my English essays and drunken Friday night photos, so I set about buying an external hardrive.
Now I won't lie to you dear reader, I majorly copped out and half chose the passport for a) its funky name (yes I am that sad), and the fact it was coloured. FAIL, I know. However, I did have the sense to check out some reviews and the spec. (ooo get me!), and all seeming well I plumped for this model from PC World.
First major disappointment (sort of) was the fact the pretty turquoise one I wanted was unavailable for home delivery, and with the nearest store a good two miles away in a pretty much busless city, I went for the red. The hardrive was already on sale (along with all data storage devices currently) and was a very reasonable £48.00 with free postage. I managed to get a further £5 off using a discount code that I found online- hurrah! For a juicy 500GB of storage potential (that's a lot of Friday nights) I think that was a pretty good deal.
In terms of operation, it couldn't have been simpler- no formatting to mess around with, it was all automatic. Literally, a case of idiot-proof 'plug in and go'. The unit came with a USB adapter- a word of warning though, the sales pitches on the website and the packaging were slightly misleading and made it sound like another lead componant was necessary, that sat the Passport up like a IPhone/Player dock. At £17 extra it is a completely superfluous element, DO NOT BUY IT! There are also models that offer digital file display information- however these retail on average at about £30 extra, which I don't feel offers much value for money.
As the name suggests the model is ridiculously easy to transport, it is light and the plastic casing seems pretty hard-wearing (just don't go throwing it out of windows or anything). Of course, I'll update if I break it- and if anyone will, it'll be me! Equally this is a newer smaller model which is now even smaller than a standard passport (hence the original name) and its sleek finish adds a touch of glamour (even if it is red) to the usually grey/black techie standard.
Most importantly all my files are safe and secure- and you really can't put a value on that.