Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Passport
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WD My Passport 2TB Review
29 April 2013
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
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.
Excerpt: SSDs packed in 2.5-inch USB 3.0 casings are the fastest portable storage devices. But that’s only for a handful of those who prefer speed over capacity. To the rest, size matters most! Here, hard drives come into the picture because they offer a strikingly low price-per-GB. Thanks to high areal densities, the latest high capacity drives sport an unbelievable diminutive form – for example a 2.5-inch hard drive with a whopping 2TB of storage space.
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.