Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Passport
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WD My Passport 2TB Review
29 April 2013
Excerpt: At 2TB, WD’s My Passport is the largest-capacity USB hard drive we’ve ever tested, and its four chunky 500GB platters rotate at 5,400rpm. In the palm it feels about as thick as a huge English muffin with a piece of ham in the middle, or a water-logged deck of cards; it’s the thickest drive in this...
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
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.
Western Digital My Passport Pro review: A hefty portable RAID
6 April 2012
Summary: The My Passport Pro has some good things going for it: a huge capacity, ability to create a RAID from the internal drives, and a tethered Thunderbolt cable. However speeds are lackluster, which makes the Thunderbolt cable seem unneeded.
Pros: Large capacity, Tethered Thunderbolt cable with adequate length, Bus powered RAID solution
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.
Western Digital My Passport Essential (160GB) Review
9 July 2008
Summary: We love the colors that WD makes available for the My Passport Essential family, and its included backup solutions. Plus, you get an additional 40GB of storage over the LaCie little disk for $10 less.