With increasing capacities of internal 2.5-inch hard drives, the portable drives that house the same were destined to follow suit. So here we have a portable hard drive from Western Digital called the My Passport Essential SE with a huge 1 TB capacity. The drive looks better and leaner than its predecessor. The finish is rich and the drive seems to be rugged. Armed with the SmartWare software, the drive is capable of taking backups secured with 256-bit AES encryption using a password. We have reviewed this USB 2.0 hard drive, so read on to find out if it is any better than the rest.
The first thing we noticed on opening the box was that the drive comes securely packaged in the box with plastic damping material to protect it from shock damage. This reduces the chances of you getting a dead on arrival drive.
As usual WD has provided all the necessary cables required to be used with this drive. Conspicuous by its absence is the software disc, but this is situated on the drive itself (as we later learnt). While the drive can work well with any PC with a USB 2.0 port, there always is a chance that it may not work because of insufficient power.