Over the years I have created a lot of files, taken countless photos, videos and PDFs. I have several internal hard drives, but wanted a compact high-capacity external hard drive for backup purposes.
Western Digital’s(WD) My Passport Ultra hard drives is light-weighted and compact enough to take it anywhere, also easy to connect them to PC. They connect to a single USB 3.0 port (and are backwards compatible to USB 2.0), and require no external power. Plus their smaller size makes them easy to store in a drawer or any off-site location.
Housed inside a firm, black plastic shell, the right side of the casing displays the Western Digital logo and the My Passport Ultra branding. The case feels sturdy in my hand and would have no problem surviving when being transport within a laptop bag.
In the future, a metal casing may be an interesting option for more sturdiness, but the plastic case works perfectly and keeps the weight of the device down to half a kg. We can easily fit in a pants pocket if needed.
On the bottom of the case, it has four small rubber feet to keep the drive from slipping off a table. The model and serial number is on the bottom of the drive as well. There’s only one port on the drive, a Micro-USB 3.0 port that can be used with less than half a-foot USB cable included with the device. Would have been better if they include with One foot long USB cable.
Power for the device is provided through USB cable itself and data can be transferred via USB 3.0 speeds as well as USB 2.0 if the port on the computer isn’t USB 3.0 capable yet. When the drive is connected to the computer, the user will notice a LED activity light shine when the device is active.
SOFTWARE and PERFORMANCE
Western Digital includes a few software packages with the drive including WD Backup, WD Security, WD Drive Utilities and WD Quick View software. WD Drive Utilities includes diagnostic tools to determine if the drive is faulty and can scan the drive for bad sectors. The software package also allows the user to reformat the drive as well as register the drive with Western Digital to take advantage of the 3-year limited warranty for service and support.
WD Security allows the user to specify a password that will prevent unauthorized users from accessing the drive. This is particularly helpful if the drive has been stolen or the drive was simply misplaced in a public area. However, setting the password does lock out the user from accessing the data if the password is forgotten. The user can setup a password hint, but Western Digital cannot recover user data is the password cannot be remembered.
WD Backup is a helpful tool for computer novices and can automate the data backup process for users. Using the category backup method, the software automatically seeks out files in categories such as pictures, videos, documents and music. There’s also a file backup method where users can specifically select directories that should be backed up on a regular basis. After the data is backed up for the first time, the user can simply leave the drive plugged into the computer and the backup process kicks in when data is changed on the computer. However, this action occurs when the computer shifts into idle. The software also offers a retrieval process to access older versions of files.
Regarding performance, we tested the 2TB drive with a Skylake PC using a Intel 520 series internal SSD. Maximum reads and writes in Windows 10 came in at 167 MB/s and 124 MB/s, and small-file averaged 16.7 MB/s, but in the same write performance test had the slowest overall speed of just 7.73 MB/s.
The Western Digital My Passport Ultra portable hard drive provides up to 2TB of storage in a slim and well-designed body. WD is an excellent storage solution for consumers working in remote locations, business users looking to protect data or basically anyone that wants to regularly backup data on a home laptop or desktop computer.
Perhaps the best feature of My Passport uses a 2.5″ hard drive, the unit is Bus-powered, so no external power source is required. While this particular portable hard drive has no intention of breaking any speed records, it does offer a near perfect solution for travelers on the go who need to transport lots of data in a small device. The 2TB Western Digital My Passport Ultra portable hard drive is available on Amazon at a price of INR 7099/- and also available in local stores.