Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Passport
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Pamela L. Brown, Amazon
2 weeks ago
Summary: I have a number of the neoprene Roocases and I like them very much. They're very light, soft but protective, and the right size for all my external hard drives (Toshiba, Western Digital and Seagate Slims). The zip on all of them except the Berry Blue case is a simple purse configuration that zips from halfway down on one short size across the long side to half way down the other short side.
So far, so good -- but warning: it's hard to encrypt mirrored drives like this
Good Stuff, Amazon
2 weeks ago
Summary: So far, so good. The fans seems active, but so far, it runs very low. If you do recording with utterly sensitive mics, it might pick it up, but honestly I don't hear the fan unless I put the drive near my ear. I don't look forward to having the fan degrade, and get loud over time. I hope this never happens. It would drive me bonkers. I docked a star because, for the life of me, I cannot figure out how to encrypt it with mirroring turned on.
Summary: I really love this drive. There are two downsides from my other Passport drives. Fans...fans can break...only one Thunderbolt port. So much for connecting multiple devices unless this is last. That's the way I have it.
Summary: Expensive for the capacity, but it's fairly speedy. I didn't run any benchmarks - it can't compare to the speed of internal SSD, but it's certainly comparable to the speed of a internal HDD. Runs a bit on the warm side, and the fan noise could drive you crazy if you kept it plugged in all the time, but makes for a nice addition if you need temporary capacity with good speed.
Pros: Very fast - redundant disks. Easy to use. Completely bus powered, which is nice. Redundant disks allow for RAID use. Thunderbolt cable is integral to the unit, and has a neat holder moulded into the case.
Cons: Runs fairly warm. Has a small fan to keep the unit cool that makes a bit of noise. Unit is actually a pair of 2T disks in a RAID 0, which increases the likelyhood of a non-recoverable failure. I did not experience a failure, but I did reformat mine to a RAID 1 (for redundancy), which drops the capacity from the advertised 4T to only 2T. Only Thunderbolt connectivity, no USB or ethernet. The integral cable holder is a big snug, and if a problem develops with that cable...
Summary: The design is quite good, with the Thunderbolt cable permanently attached to the drive, but tucking in along the groove on the edges of the drive.
Pros: Fast! Thunderbolt delivers great speed. I have mine set up as a RAID-0 for maximum throughput. All the data on the drive is from other sources, so I'm not overly concerned about losing it. If you are, you should think about RAID-1 instead. No external power chord. Just plug in to laptop and go! Large capacity. 4 TB is more than I dreamed I'd have so soon.
Cons: Thick. Heavy. No Thunderbolt port. The drive is about the same length and width as a normal WD Passport drive, but twice as tall, made of metal, and quite hefty. The lack of a Thunderbolt port means that you lose one Thunderbolt port when you plug the drive in. The size/weight issues are minor quibbles. But the missing Thunderbolt port for daisy-chaining is why I only rate the drive at 4 / 5.
Summary: A fast, quiet, compact, and unobtrusive outboard drive. If you intend on installing as an NAS, be warned that the set up is not easy. You'll have to tweak various settings on both your router and any computer that you want to access it. Otherwise, can't beat it at the price point. Only unknown is durability.