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WD My Passport 1TB Portable Hard Drive - Silver
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My Passport – Massive capacity, small design
Offering massive capacity upto 2 TB in an amazingly small enclosure, My Passport is the ideal companion for anyone with lots of videos, photos, music and files that they want to help protect and take on the road.
Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Interface
If you're worried that your portable drive won't be able to keep up with the transfer rates of the future, then look no further than the My Passport. With the dual interface you'll have a single drive with both universal compatibility for today, and the next-generation speed you need for tomorrow. Use it with USB 2.0 now and step up to USB 3.0 speed when you're ready.
Up to 3x Faster Transfer Rates
When connected to a USB 3.0 port this drive lets you access and save files up to 3 times faster than USB 2.0. Imagine being able to transfer a 2-hour HD movie in just 5 minutes instead of 13 minutes.* Not only will this save you time and allow you to do other tasks, but it also makes your media that much more portable, available to take with you or be transferred within minutes.
*Performance may vary based on user's hardware and system configuration.
WD Quality Inside and Out
For over 20 years, millions of people worldwide have trusted their data to WD hard drives. We are successful because we understand the importance of your data and our first concern is keeping that data safe.
WD Drive Utilities
Register your drive, set drive security, run diagnostics and more using WD Drive Utilities.
Automatic, Continuous Backup
A backup system that works as you do, running quietly in the background to protect your data using minimal PC resources. Whenever you add or change a file it's instantly backed up, so you can be safe in the knowledge that if the worst happens, your stored data will let you carry on from only moments before.
Password Protection for Privacy
Data privacy is a big concern for many people, and with a portable drive there is always the possibility that it could be misplaced during a journey. Gain peace of mind knowing that your data is protected from unauthorised access with password protection and encryption.
No power adapter required
The drive is powered through the USB port, so there's no need to lug around a bulky power adapter.
We designed a small box that uses recycled material and minimises waste. We encourage you to recycle it when you're finished, to help reduce waste further and help the environment.
- Connecting with your USB 2.0 port today and using with USB 3.0 when you're ready
- Transferring files up to three times faster when connected to a USB 3.0 port
- Protecting your data with automatic, continuous backup
- Adding extra storage space for photos, videos and music
- Securing private or sensitive data with password protection and hardware encryption
Portable Storage Comparison Table
|Western Digital Elements Portable||Western Digital Elements Portable SE||Western Digital My Passport Essential||Western Digital My Passport Essential SE||Western Digital My Passport|
|SUMMARY||Simply affordable, easily portable.||Maximum capacity storage in a compact design.||Next generation storage to go.||Next generation high-capacity storage to go.||Next generation high-capacity storage to go.|
250GB - 500GB
500GB - 1TB
750GB - 1TB
500GB - 2TB
USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
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Experience with several hard drives regardless of their form factor, connectability etc, has proven that the backup software provided on those drives is not a fully-featured, top-level choice software but tends to be limited in some area or another, usually in their range of functions and options. Choice of which source drives, directories or groups of directories is not normally offered and neither is a choice of full, incremental or differential backups or any other of the many variables that I would expect to see. Generally, but not always, the backup is directed towards data files which typically means your photos, downloaded music, movies, documents and other such personal files rather than the system and any installed software. You may not therefore lose that much-loved photo of granny or the new baby, but you may not be easily and quickly able to restore a faulty system installation to a usable state.
The software package is not simply a backup solution but includes a full manual in the usual language mix, plus an SES driver for those who need it and some management software. A brief printed Quick Start Guide is included but all other documentation is digital.
As a 2.5-inch enclosed hard drive, this unit is rather thicker and heavier than is normal and, in the event that you need a storage case, some may not have sufficient internal space. WD market a matching hard case but it fails to provide storage for the cable. As with most current drives of this format, this drive is bus-powered and uses a single-ended but rather short 45cm cable with micro-USB 3.0 connection drive side for both its power and data requirements.
Currently the largest capacity drive of this form factor, for those who need both portability, reasonable speed of transfer, portability, and by no means least, its capacity it is currently unequalled. Although you may be able to purchase a faster and more capacious 3.5-inch drive for a similar outlay, it will not have the same portability and will be of far greater weight and bulk, especially with its needed power adapter.
In using it with my own system, it has so far worked completely reliably in one of its own USB 3.0 ports and via a hub. With another system where there is sometimes an exchange of data with my own PC (two-way exchange, at times), the second system ofen fails to recognise the drive whether directly connected to the PC or via a hub although it has never had any issues with other hard drives. On a third PC and with direct connection, it worked correctly on the one occasion when it was needed. It is possible that some PCs provide more power to their USB ports than others, hence its lack of reliability on the second PC, but that is not supposed to happen. I also have other USB 3.0-equipped hard drives, but of lesser capacity and of different brands, and it is only this drive that has ever been a problem.
I plugged it in, I think it did a quick format so that it would work with the file systems on my Mac, it was so quick I think I missed it.
It works flawlessly with the Time Machine backup in OSX, which not only backs up the data but can also encrypt it if required.
Apple does sell the Time Capsule which can do a WiFi backup but I needed something more portable, and was not prepared to pay out three times as much for the Apple storage. USB3 might not be as fast as Thunderbolt, but it took only took a short while to back up a 1TB hard drive. To get these speeds you will need to have a USB3 socket on your computer.
All in all, it's dinky, feels well put together, good value and if I have any reliability concerns I will post them as an update.
Works well on Windows 7 as well.
Seems fast and no issues so far.
But the usb connection on the unit feels extremely weak and flimsy.
And the flashing light on it is super bright, I had to cover it in tape because it was too bright at night. Both distracting during work and when I went to sleep.
It's not a seller issue it's a hard drive issue.
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I used it to back up a load of files and stored it safely away.Read more