My Western Digital External USB Hard Drive

I remembered having posted something about the western digital external usb hard drive as one more gadget in my wishlist sometime in August. Well, look here, I just got one.  No, it’s not the exact model nor is it the 500 GB unit. I got the WD Passport Essential 250 GB.


I thought this thingy is just like the plug and play ease-of-use as regular USB flash drives. The first time I plugged it, I got a flurry of errors. I had to restart my computer to make sure everything’s good before attempting another re-install. When the wizard popped up, I clicked ‘cancel’ as directed in the manual and it just installed itself automatically. The next thing that baffled me is that there are now  2 drives added when I checked the directory. The first one is the ‘WD SmartWare (G:)’ drive, and the other is the ‘My Passport (H:)’ drive. I got even more baffled when I found that the ‘WD SmartWare (G:)’ drive is untouchable. It contains  pre-existing SmartWare files. When I tried to create a new folder, it popped an ‘Unable to create folder’ – ‘Access Denied’ messagebox in front of my face.  So, I instintively went to google to search for ‘unbafflement’.  After 15 minutes of not finding the right answers, I almost resigned myself to thinking that I may have gotten a defective unit. Then I remembered that other directory. The ‘My Passport (H:)’ directory. There’s my answer. It is here where I could create folders, add files, etc.  Turns out that the first directory, the (G:) one, contains system files that one shouldn’t touch with a 10 foot pole. Confusion solved.

I’m now enjoying my 250GB Western Digital External USB Hard Drive, knowing that it’s gonna take some considerable time before I could fully use up the whole capacity. By the time I use it up, or grow tired of it, whichever comes first, there will already be 2 TB (or greater) capacity external hard drives. By that time, the internal hard drive capacities of notebooks would be even way more than that and there will actually be be no more need for portable external hard drives.


Currently, there are 500GB, 750 GB and 1TB Western Digital External USB Hard Drives available.


  1. Wow, that thing looks tiny! I’m still using an old Seagate 100G and it’s about the size of a car radio. I was amazed at how small that was when it first came out. What are we going to do when the entire World’s data fits in your pocket?

    I was going to guess that first folder was created when you first attempted installation and it didn’t complete the job. They should have explained upfront that it was going to create a separate folder for program files. I’m glad you figured it out though, now when someone else faces the same problem they will find the solution when they search.

  2. I remember when I got my first external drive. It was a must because I had almost used up all my computer’s hard drive and it was slowing everything down. Once I got the external drive I merely transferred as much stuff to it as possible and the computer speed went almost back to normal.

    As for the size of that baby, like Brian said, it’s pretty small. Now who was it that said that good things come in small packages? 😉

  3. I’m considering of buying something like this for my desktop PC hopefully soon. It’s really difficult to manage low memory hard drive but on my end, I’m keeping only those programs that I often use.

  4. I have filled two internal drives with my files over the years, but my trusty 250G USB Drive is still not completely full. I carry it with me wherever I go. It’s almost like a security blanket for my files.

    I am looking at a 1T drive to store in a safe place just in case anything happens to my smaller drive. I really believe in redundancy. You can’t back up too often in my book.

    My house was broken into a couple of weeks ago. They stole my 6 year old desktop. I really miss the software that was installed on it over the years, but all my files were backed up!

    Everyone who has files they need should have external backup!

  5. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you…

    Trying to help my Mom over the phone, to get an WD external drive going. She wasn’t able to do a simple copy and paste. My “MyBook” external drive has only one drive letter. Your post here clued me in, and we were able to get things going.


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