Tech Recommendations – Western Digital My Passport Essential
Previously I had been using a larger 500GB external hard drive which needed to be powered separately. This much smaller HD is usb powered and is a lot less of a hassle to use. If you are looking for a portable HD you will most likely end up with one of these since it seems to be the most marketed one out there. The features it has are the preloaded software to manage CD images, encryption and backup. There very little you can do to differentiate in terms of features so it all comes down to design, price and perception of quality. I got the 500GB WD My Passport Essential for AUD 165 which is mid range with prices for 500GB portable HD ranging from 150 to $200. You can go for the cheaper brands but there is always a risk of HD failure. I feel safer with a Western Digital HD but in reality there probably isn’t much of a difference.