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NEW! My Passport Essential 500GB USB 3.0/2.0 Portable Hard Drive Silver
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Western Digital NEW! My Passport Essential 500GB USB 3.0/2.0 Portable Hard Drive Silver

Condition: Brand new, USA Warranty
Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility Connectivity today; speed tomorrow Up to 3x faster transfer rates with USB 3.0 Automatic, continuous backup Hardware encryption, password protection

Put your digital life on the stylishly small My Passport Essential portable hard drive. With WD quality and USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connectivity, this drive is designed for today with tomorrow in mind. 


Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 interface  A single drive with universal compatibility today and next generation speed for tomorrow. Use it with USB 2.0 now and step up to USB 3.0 speed when you are ready.


Up to 3x faster transfer rates  When connected to a USB 3.0 port this drive lets you access and save files up to 3 times faster than USB 2.0. Transfer a 2-hour HD movie in just 5 minutes instead of 13 minutes.*

*Performance may vary based on users hardware and system configuration.


WD quality inside and out  For over 20 years, millions of people worldwide have trusted their data to WD hard drives. We are successful because we understand the importance of your data and our first concern is keeping that data safe. Learn more.


WD SmartWare software  You are in control of your backup. Install all the features, select just the components you need, or if you prefer, choose not to use the software at all.


Automatic, continuous backup  Works quietly in the background to protect your data using minimal PC resources. Whenever you add or change a file it is instantly backed up.


Password protection for privacy  Gain peace of mind knowing that your data is protected from unauthorized access with password protection and encryption.


USB-powered  Powered directly from the USB port on your PC. No separate power supply is needed.


Planet friendly  We designed a small box that uses recycled material and minimizes waste. We encourage you to recycle it.



Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility

Up to 3x faster transfer rates with USB 3.0

Automatic, continuous backup

Password protection and hardware encryption

Ideal for


Connecting with your USB 2.0 port today and using with USB 3.0 when you?re ready

Transferring files up to three times faster when connected to a USB 3.0 port

Protecting your data with automatic, continuous backup

Adding extra storage space for photos, videos and music

Securing private or sensitive data with password protection and hardware encryption



Portable hard drive

WD SmartWare software

USB cable

Quick Install Guide



Formatted NTFS

Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7

Mac OS Leopard or Snow Leopard (Requires re-formatting and will work in USB 2.0 mode)


Product Dimensions


4.3 in (110 mm)  0.10


3.2 in (83 mm)  0.10


0.6 in (15 mm)  0.10


0.31 lb (0.14 kg)

Product Specifications

Data transfer rate1

Up to 480 Mb/sec in USB 2.0 mode and up to 5 Gb/sec In USB 3.0 mode


USB 3.0 and 2.0

RoHS compliant2


Environmental Specifications

Operating temperature

5C to 40C

Non-op. temperature

-20C to 65C

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