Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Passport
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WD My Passport Pro ( 4TB)
3 April 2014
Summary: The WD My Passport Pro is an all-around excellent storage solution for any Thunderbolt-enabled Macs, particularly the MacBook Pro or Air.
Pros: The WD My Passport Pro is fast, portable, and has some of the largest storage capacity you can find. It supports multiple RAID setups, has a well-designed built-in Thunderbolt cable, and is comparatively affordable.
Cons: The drive doesn't support USB nor does it have an extra Thunderbolt port. The 4TB version is bulky.
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.
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
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.
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.
Conclusion: If you were thinking of getting the WD My Passport Elite but have a Mac, get the My Passport Studio instead. It works better with Macs—particularly those running OS X Leopard—and has FireWire to boot (pun intended).
Pros: Speedy portable drive. Drive capacity indicator. Protected I/O ports. Both FireWire 400 and USB 2.0. Preformatted for Mac OS X. Works with Time Machine backup.
Cons: Capacity indicator requires utility installation. Mac OS X (10.4) Tiger users will need a separate backup utility.
Conclusion: The Western Digital My Passport Studio (1TB) is a capacious and speedy external hard drive for those who need quick, home studio?quality storage in a portable package, but don't want to wait for Thunderbolt drives to become affordable.
Pros: Equipped with dual interfaces. Offers good throughput. Rugged metal enclosure. Includes security software.
Cons: Comes with shorter warranty than some competing products. Does not support USB 3.0.
Conclusion: It doesn't reinvent the wheel, but the WD My Passport Studio (2TB) gives users what they want—enormous capacity and fast performance, all in an attractive package that shares the MacBook aesthetic.
Pros: Handsome, compact chassis. Enormous 2 TB capacity. Mac formatted. FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 cables included. Excellent dollar per gigabyte value.
Conclusion: The Western Digital My Passport (2TB) is a speedy and capacious drive that will undoubtedly satisfy most users, but it's missing some of the features and future-proofing that give other drives in its price range an edge.
Pros: Enormous capacity. Speedy USB 3.0 transfer rates. Attractive compact chassis.
Cons: Not as future-proofed as some competitors. Connections limited to USB.
Conclusion: Western Digital's My Passport Elite gives you a few more features than your standard commodity 320GB hard drive. It comes with several innovations that echo what we've seen before on other My Book drives.
Pros: Speedy. Large capacity. Includes backup and sync software. Drawstring bag. LED capacity indicator. Port protector. Prompts you to install software on plug-in (no install CD needed).
Cons: Capacity gauge works only with Windows utility. Backup software is Windows-only.