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500GB Passport Elite External Hard Drive (Red)
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Western Digital 500GB Passport Elite External Hard Drive (Red)

Condition: Brand new, USA Warranty
WD's ultra-portable My Passport Elite USB drive is packed with features: automatic, continuous backup, password protection, an illuminated capacity gauge and a convenient grab-and-go USB dock. Choose your favorite premium finish.

Take your digital life with you on WD's ultra-portable My Passport Elite drive. It's our smallest drive but it's packed with smart features.

WD's smallest portable drive ever - WD are experts in portable storage, so they designed a smaller, high-quality integrated USB hard drive inside a premium finished package. Smaller is always better for a portable drive.

WD SmartWare - A control center for your drive that gives you the power to:

  • Protect your data automatically - Relax, your data is secure. Automatic, continuous backup will instantly make a second copy whenever you add or change a file.
  • See your backup as it happens - Seeing is believing. Visual backup organizes and displays your content into categories and show the progress of your backup.
  • Bring back lost files effortlessly - Retrieve your valuable data to its original location whether you've lost all your data or just overwritten an important file.
  • Take control - Customize your backup, set drive security, run diagnostics, manage the power settings, and more from the WD SmartWare control center

Drive lock - Gain peace of mind knowing that your data is protected from unauthorized access or theft with password protection and military-grade 256-bit hardware-based encryption.

Illuminated capacity gauge - Connect the drive to your computer and see at a glance how much space is available on your drive.

Grab-and-go USB dock - Convenient one-hand connection to your computer.

Ready to plug-and-play with Windows PCs - if you're a Mac user, check out our Mac version of this product.

USB 2.0 interface - Powered directly from the USB port on your PC. No separate power supply is needed. An optional cable is available for the few computers that limit power from the USB port.

Planet friendly - We designed a small box from recycled materials to minimize waste. We encourage you to recycle it.

Ideal for

  • Protecting your data with automatic, continuous backup
  • Retrieving lost data effortlessly
  • Securing private or sensitive data
  • Adding extra storage space for photos, videos and music


  • Automatic, continuous backup
  • Password protection and 256-bit encryption
  • Grab-and-go USB dock
  • Illuminated capacity gauge
  • Premium finishes


  • Formatted NTFS for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
  • Requires reformatting for Mac OS X Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard
    Note: Compatibility may vary depending on user's hardware configuration and operating system.

Product Specifications

  • Data transfer: rate 480 Mb/s (maximum)
  • RoHS compliant: Yes

Product Dimensions

  • Length: 4.3 in (110 mm)
  • Width: 3.2 in (83 mm)
  • Height: 0.6 in (15 mm)
  • Weight: 0.39 lb (0.18 kg)

Power Specifications

  • AC input voltage 100 - 240V
  • AC input frequency 47 - 63 Hz

Environmental Specifications

  • Operating temperature 5 degrees C to 35 degrees C
  • Non-op. temperature -20 degrees C to 65 degrees C

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5 out of 5 stars   Does what it says!
By OhanaRocks! (Fresno, CA) July 12, 2010
Review submitted for Western Digital 500GB Passport Elite External Hard Drive (Red) (WDBAAC5000ARD)
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Pros: Fast, Easy To Install, Highly Compatible
Other Comments: This was pretty easy to figure out and connect. Had a slight problem with the system recognizing it at first but after I tried it again it worked great. I am not using it as a backup for my computer though. I am simply using it as an external drive to store my multimedia. It's a super easy interface. Just drag and drop. It also looks good, small, sleek and slips easily into laptop bag. Good purchase for the price.
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