Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Passport
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WD My Passport Pro 2TB review
7 days ago
Excerpt: We’ve seen quite a number of dual-drive desktop storage units come through APC Labs over the years, but never a portable model. Well, not until this month, when two dropped in at almost the same time in the shape of the WD My Passport Pro 2TB and the Seagate Backup Plus Fast 4TB. The WD My Passport Pro 2TB is the more left-of-field option of the two — it’s a Thunderbolt-only design, meaning it’s essentially intended for Mac users exclusively.
Summary: Western Digital designed and preformats the My Passport Studio for use with Macs; however, it works well as a portable external storage solution for Windows and OS X, as long as USB 2.0 is your connection of choice.
Cons: The My Passport Studio doesn't support USB 3.0 and its FireWire performance could be faster. Its backup software doesn't allow for much customization, and its cost per gigabyte is relatively high.
Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable Storage
23 January 2014
Summary: The My Passport Ultra 1TB portable hard drive is a stylish little USB hard drive that delivers big performance. In testing it performed consistently well and was able to outperform a comparable 1TB drive from Seagate in all tests.
Many manufacturers now ship their drives with additional software included, and the My Passport Ultra is no exception.
Pros: » High speed USB 3.0 connection provides for super quick transfers, » Faster than comparable Seagate Backup Plus 1TB drive, » Security through password protection and drive encryption, » Available in a handful of colors and capacities, » Compact housing is aesthetically pleasing
Cons: » More expensive than comparable Seagate Backup Plus 1TB drive, » Cloud feature is just instructions to go use Dropbox
Summary: Overall, there’s a lot to like about the WD drive, but we’re dinging it pretty hard for having flaky backup software. The password-protection function is nice, but our favorite two things about it are that it’s the biggest USB drive available, and of these three, it’s also the fastest.
Pros: Huge capacity; great speed; full-featured software package
Cons: Backup software is not reliable or good for advanced users; can’t make backup images
Excerpt: Not as sleek as the new Edge series the My Passport (formerly known as My Passport Essential) isn’t without considerable appeal. Sure it’s a little chunkier than the Verbatim Mobile Hard Drive and the design’s quite bland but it’s what inside that counts right? And like all WD drives it makes a good case for itself with the supplied SmartWare software used for drive security and backup.
Conclusion: Knowing that the USB 3.0 interface has a real-world bandwidth ceiling of around 400MB/s under ideal conditions, the limiting factor, in terms of raw speed, is going to be the 2TB mechanical drive. To give you a comparison against something speedier and more expensive, we've included an Intel Series 510 120GB SSD housed in a Tsunami D-25 USB 3.0 enclosure, and the comparative numbers will tell you just how a super-sized spindle-based drive stacks up.
WD My Passport 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Review
11 June 2012
Excerpt: Western Digital and the My Passport portable hard drives need no introduction here on Legit Reviews. For the past five years, Western Digital has made backing up your data as easy as possible thanks to these small and easily portable life savers. The idea of a simple backup solution that comes with the needed software to back up, retrieve and secure your files is ingenious.
Summary: The Western Digital My Passport 500 GB HDD retails at Rs. 4,299. It might be small and sleek but as far as storage is concerned, it’s just 500GB. The Seagate FreeAgent 1 TB retails at Rs. 5,000 and makes buying the My Passport a bad idea. Also, it doesn’t particularly impress as far as read and write cycle times are concerned. At that price, it’s not really the best portable hard disk to recommend to someone.