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transam02
2010-02-13T20:28:01Z

Hey guys I am needing some input and feedback on the Western Digital brand My Passport Essentials external hard drives. I am wanting to get one and have read some reviews on them and some say they are worth the money and some say they arent. I was wondering if any of you guys have any input about them.I am looking at prolly a 500gb or maybe a 320gb. Thanks for the input guys.

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Super Dave
2010-02-13T23:16:14Z

I have had outstanding success with Western Digital hard drives, transam02, although none of them were external. I wouldn't hesitate to purchase a Western Digital drive!

transam02
2010-02-13T23:26:45Z

Thanks Dave, I have a couple of there internal drives as well. I have just read bout there external drives and have mixed views on it. 

Soupstyle
2010-02-14T11:12:37Z

Yes, my WD passport external drive has worked great for me, I also used to have a Hitachi external drive, but the deskstar hdd inside of it's motor failed and I replaced it with the WD one. (aka don't get a hitachi drive)

Super Dave
2010-02-14T12:01:58Z

Soupstyle wrote:

I also used to have a Hitachi external drive, but the deskstar hdd inside of it's motor failed and I replaced it with the WD one. (aka don't get a hitachi drive)

Deskstar by Hitachi was also known as the Deathstar!

transam02
2010-02-14T12:05:19Z

Soup- What size do you have and how much was actually on the drive compared to what was advertised?

Soupstyle
2010-02-14T12:07:17Z

Super Dave wrote:

[quote user="Soupstyle"] I also used to have a Hitachi external drive, but the deskstar hdd inside of it's motor failed and I replaced it with the WD one. (aka don't get a hitachi drive)

Deskstar by Hitachi was also known as the Deathstar!

I think that was back when it was IBM's hdd unit that the deskstars were known as deathstars, but yes I didn't know that Hitachi had bought them and were using the deskstar hdd's in their external drives before mine died ;_;

Soupstyle
2010-02-14T12:23:28Z

Well it is a 500 GB model which is 500,000,000,000 Bytes which when converted into real chunks (1024 instead of 1000 sections) is ~466 GB.

I also have a Story drive from samsung and an simpledrive by SimpleTech which work great.

(but SimpleTech has since been bought by hitachi, so I wouldn't recommend one of their new drives).

transam02
2010-02-14T12:51:25Z

So were talking about a 30-40gb loss of storage space depending on how big of a drive I get.Thanks for the info. 

Soupstyle
2010-02-14T13:07:56Z

its more like you get a little over 93% of the advertised space of a GB drive and a little under 91% of the space on a TB drive (1000/1024 ^(3 for GB, 4 for TB))
Some drives do their calculation on MB instead of Bytes (which would make the % go up) but not often due to them having to provide more space on the drive (and usually not advertising it).

transam02
2010-02-15T07:23:17Z

Thanks Soup for the info.  It will help me with picking a external hard drive.