WD My Passport Essential SE 1TB USB 3.0 External HDD

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Like most manufacturers, Western Digital ships the drive with a few hard drive utilities. The software is bundled into one suite called "SmartWare," offering formatting, security, and backup features.

Backing up is relatively simple, done either through categories (it automatically sorts/groups your data) or you can do it manually on a file-by-file basis.

Setting a security password makes a secured, read-only partition visible to the operating system.

Rather than displaying the contents of the drive, only the software that came with the drive and an unlocking program can be accessed.

When plugged in, WD's unlocker application is set to autorun, prompting the user for a password. When the correct password is entered, the drive appears, using an additional drive letter.

In its locked state, drive shows up in Windows 7 as uninitialized, unpartitioned, unformatted, write-protected disk. Not only does this prevent a thief from accessing your data, but it also prevents them from wiping the drive and reusing it for their own purposes.

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