I recently acquired a new notebook PC with USB 3.0 ports built in, no need for a PCI-Express card or any type of peripheral to take advantage of the speed advantages offered by USB 3.0. My only problem was I really didn’t have a portable USB 3.0 hard drive. I did have desktop USB 3.0 drives but I can’t carry those around with my notebook.
So I got my hands onto the WD My Passport Essential SE portable HDD for USB 3.0. I chose it because it is an elegant drive with a sleek piano black finish that matched my notebook perfectly, I like things that match, it was also small enough to fit in my pockets. I liked the small form factor because I am often in a rush and while I may shove my notebook into my briefcase I often find myself sticking my accessories in my pockets.
I immediately noticed the speed improvement from my old Passport drive when compared to the USB 3.0 drive, transferring files were at-least 5 times faster. I was able to transfer files form my Documents folder and Music folder over rather quickly 4GB of data in less than 8 minutes. The drive which contains 1TB of storage can hold tons of music, videos and photos.
The My Passport Essential SE also comes with WD SMartWare software that allows you to easily partition, and back up to the drive. Even though I consider my self an advanced user, I found the software extremely useful, easy to use and a time-saver.
Overall the drive works perfectly, the included software is great. I may have to purchase more when this one fills up.
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