Western Digital My Passport Essential 320GB review

Compact and affordable storage

  • £130
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Our Verdict

A well-made and portable storage solution


  • Fast transfer speeds. Easy to use. Installed security software. Compact and lightweight. Good value

With 320GB of space the WD My Passport Essential is great value. Its compact design is supposed to resemble that of a small notebook, which keeps it in the same theme as the larger My Book hard drives.

The difference is this device houses a 2.5-inch laptop drive, which spins at 5400rpm.

The styling is simple with a mini-USB connector for hooking up to your laptop and a small LCD light to indicate when it is active.

It supports both Windows and Mac OS X. When it came to testing, we found it could copy 1GB of files in 70 seconds, which is fast for such a drive.

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Tech Specs

OS requirementsApple Mac OS 10.4 or later Microsoft Windows 2000 Microsoft Windows XP Microsoft Windows Vista
Software suppliedGoogle Software Pack, WD Sync
Max transfer rate480
Features3 year warranty; 180g