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Western Digital My Passport

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Overall 8
8.0

WD My Passport 2TB Review

maximum pc
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 roundup, but only by a tiny margin over the 1.5TB Toshiba.
  • 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
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Overall 7
7.0

Western Digital My Passport 500GB review

APC
10 January 2013
  • 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.
  • Pros: Excellent software.
  • Cons: Crummy performance.
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Overall 8
8.0

Western Digital My Passport 2TB USB 3.0

HEXUS
5 July 2012
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

Western Digital My Passport 2 TB Review

Tech2
8 March 2012
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

WD's latest My Passport Pro is an excellent portable drive for Mac users

CNET
12 February 2012
  • 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.
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Overall 8
8.0

First 4TB Thunderbolt portable drive is here

CNET
29 January 2012
  • 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.
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Overall 7
7.0

The WD My Passport Edge drive makes a handy portable backup/storage solution

CNET
26 January 2012
  • Summary: Thanks to its compact physical size and bundled software, the WD My Passport Edge is a very good companion for mobile users.
  • Pros: The WD My Passport Edge is compact, and offers fast USB 3.0 performance as well as useful software.
  • Cons: The My Passport Edge is comparatively more expensive than other drives of the same capacity.
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Overall 7
7.0

WD My Passport Studio series (Autumn 2011)

CNET
26 January 2012
  • Summary: Mac users who need a fast portable hard drive will find it in the new My Passport Studio. Windows users should look elsewhere for a better deal.
  • Pros: The WD My Passport Studio features all-metal scratch-resistant housing and supports FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 connections. The drive offers very good performance.
  • Cons: The My Passport Studio is comparatively expensive and doesn't have USB 3.0.
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Overall 8
8.0

Review: Western Digital My Passport

Wired
13 November 2011
  • Excerpt: These tiny My Passport drives from Western Digital earn our recommendation for a few reasons. They’re extremely small and portable, they’re capable of both USB 2.0 and 3.0 speeds, and priced between $90 and $180, they’re quite affordable. Sure, you can get a 2TB desktop drive from WD, Hitachi or Seagate for close to the same amount of money as a 1TB My Passport drive, but the other options are much larger and require external power supplies.
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Overall 8
8.0

Western Digital My Passport Studio (320 GB)

PC Magazine
27 August 2011
  • 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.
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