We all probably have at least 2 or 3 of these floating around in our bags or homes.  Portable USB drives are very useful but have been plagued by several issues.  In the past they’ve been expensive, slow, low capacity, and not as “plug n’ play” as they should be.  The entire purpose of these drives is to store and transfer data with portable machines, so compatibility is mandatory.

 

Introduction

We all probably have at least 2 or 3 of these floating around in our bags or homes.  Portable USB drives are very useful but have been plagued by several issues.  In the past they’ve been expensive, slow, low capacity, and not as “plug n’ play” as they should be.  The entire purpose of these drives is to store and transfer data with portable machines, so compatibility is mandatory. 

The My Passport Essential SE helps all of these issues with its maximum 1tb capacity, improved USB interfaces for more reliable compatibility between machines, faster USB2 and USB3 interfaces, and with a $109 price on Amazon a very decent price for 1tb of portable storage.

 

The My Passport Essential SE helps all of these issues with its maximum 1tb capacity, improved USB interfaces for more reliable compatibility between machines, faster USB2 and USB3 interfaces, and with a $109 price on Amazon a very decent price for 1tb of portable storage.

 

 

Features

USB3 

Now that they’re offering USB3 models it makes absolutely no sense to save the $5 and get a USB2 model.  You might not have USB3 ports today, but your next machine will surely have USB3 and the speed increase is considerable.  Instead of the 15-20mbps of USB2, you can max out these drives with at nearly 50-60mbps with USB3.  USB3 devices are backwards compatible with USB2 devices.

 

Now that they’re offering USB3 models it makes absolutely no sense to save the $5 and get a USB2 model.  You might not have USB3 ports today, but your next machine will surely have USB3 and the speed increase is considerable.  Instead of the 15-20mbps of USB2, you can max out these drives with at nearly 50-60mbps with USB3.  USB3 devices are backwards compatible with USB2 devices.

 

Size 

These are perhaps a ½” wider and ½” less in length than many of the other like units on the market.  The weight is small, the high impact plastic case promises extreme toughness, and there is even a small blue activity light.  Small rubber feet keep the unit from sliding around on your desk.

 

These are perhaps a ½” wider and ½” less in length than many of the other like units on the market.  The weight is small, the high impact plastic case promises extreme toughness, and there is even a small blue activity light.  Small rubber feet keep the unit from sliding around on your desk.

 

WD SmartWare 

This included software lets you manage your 1tb of space with several useful features from fully automatic backup to error checking.  You don’t need to use the software, but it’s nice that it’s included.

 

This included software lets you manage your 1tb of space with several useful features from fully automatic backup to error checking.  You don’t need to use the software, but it’s nice that it’s included.

 

 

Password Protection 

These drives can password encrypt your data on the fly.  Pretty nice, but don’t lose your password!

 

These drives can password encrypt your data on the fly.  Pretty nice, but don’t lose your password!

 

 

Performance 

This is where it really matters.  First, I can tell you that this drive automatically and easily connected, on the first try, to over 8 different machines I tried it with.  This is the only USB powered drive I’ve tried with this level of compatibility. 

 

This is where it really matters.  First, I can tell you that this drive automatically and easily connected, on the first try, to over 8 different machines I tried it with.  This is the only USB powered drive I’ve tried with this level of compatibility.

 

Data transfer speeds depend on what type of data you’re transferring, but speeds in excess of 55-60mbps are possible with the USB3 model.  A huge improvement over USB2 models.

Power is supplied via the single USB cable/port used for data and works fine. 

 

Summary 

This is the easy part of this review.  There isn’t anything not to like about this drive.  It’s small, it’s tough, it’s fast, and it’s lightweight.  Best of all it’s 100% compatible with everything I’ve connected it to.  And it’s cheap.  What else could you ask for? 

 

This is the easy part of this review.  There isn’t anything not to like about this drive.  It’s small, it’s tough, it’s fast, and it’s lightweight.  Best of all it’s 100% compatible with everything I’ve connected it to.  And it’s cheap.  What else could you ask for?

 

A three year warranty?  Okay, it’s yours.  It comes with three year warranty and they have service centers in most major countries including Thailand.  On several occasions WD USA has allowed me to transfer my warranty to Thailand and I’ve received full coverage.

 

Wonderful devices!

 

A three year warranty?  Okay, it’s yours.  It comes with three year warranty and they have service centers in most major countries including Thailand.  On several occasions WD USA has allowed me to transfer my warranty to Thailand and I’ve received full coverage.