Western Digital My Passport Evaluate (2017, 2TB)
On the lookout for a handy technique to domestically again up your recordsdata? Western Digital’s trendy transportable exhausting drive could also be what you’re in search of.
Design and Setup
We final appeared on the Western Digital My Passport Extremely in 2015. That drive was an up to date model of the one we reviewed in 2014. The My Passport we’re reviewing right here isn’t technically the successor of these drives, because it doesn’t have the “Extremely” branding. The My Passport Extremely drives embrace further software program and have a extra upscale look, however are in any other case similar to the My Passport collection. (We’ll talk about software program later on this evaluate.)
The My Passport is bought in six completely different colours. We’ve got the blue and black variations for this evaluate, however you too can get them in purple, orange, yellow, and white. The outside development is all plastic, though it’s thick and of excellent high quality. The pricier My Passport Extremely drives have a mixture steel and plastic exterior and, after all, a snazzier look. They have a tendency to retail for about $10 extra.
The drive itself has a sturdy feel and appear. The highest half has a clean and glossy end, whereas the underside half has a grooved floor and an anti-glare coating. The My Passport feels sturdy sufficient, though it doesn’t carry any form of official MIL-spec sturdiness or waterproof ranking.
The size of the drive are four.four×Three.2×zero.9 inches, and it weighs about one-fifth of a pound, together with the cable. Right here you’ll be able to see our My Passport drives subsequent to a typical espresso cup, for reference.
On the underside of the drive, there are 4 small rubber toes to maintain it from slipping round an excessive amount of.
The included cable connects to the drive utilizing a “Micro B” connector. The tip that goes into your pc is the usual rectangular Kind-A USB. This can be a USB model Three.zero drive, but it surely’s backwards suitable with USB 2.zero. The cable measures about 16 inches from finish to finish.
Specs and Efficiency
The accessible storage capacities for the My Passport are 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB as of this writing. From a gigabytes-per-dollar perspective, the 4TB drive is one of the best worth; it retails for $119. The 2TB variations we’ve got retail for $79, however we discovered them going for a number of much less on-line. Competing drives, such because the Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB and the Toshiba 2TB Canvio Fundamentals, appeared to be priced with 10 of the WD drive, indicating its worth is aggressive. There’s no hiding the truth that these sorts of drives are commodities.
As we anticipated on a drive of this dimension, the My Passport comes formatted with the NTFS submitting system, which is able to permit you to copy recordsdata as much as a number of gigabytes in dimension. It’s able to exit of the field for no matter you need to copy to it. To check the storage efficiency of the My Passport, we hooked it as much as our Home windows 10 take a look at pc and transferred a single 9GB file backwards and forwards. To eradicate any type of bottleneck on the PC aspect, the supply file was saved on a lightning-fast solid-state-drive (SSD).
Copying the file from our take a look at pc to the My Passport, we recorded a peak write pace of 97MB per second, with the switch finishing in 1 minute, 35 seconds. Transferring the file again to the pc, we noticed a peak learn pace of 117MB per second, with the operation finishing in 1 minute, 21 seconds. That efficiency is about nearly as good as you’ll be able to anticipate from a transportable 2.5-inch exhausting drive. Utilizing this drive to again up or synchronize many gigabytes of knowledge frequently shouldn’t be an issue. Observe you’ll need to join the drive to a USB Three.zero port for the absolute best switch speeds. (As we famous, the drive is suitable with the older USB 2.zero connection.)
Included Software program
The My Passport sits between the Parts collection and the My Passport Extremely drives in Western Digital’s exterior storage lineup. The Parts drives don’t embrace software program, whereas the My Passport consists of WD Backup software program and knowledge encryption. The My Passport Extremely consists of further software program.
The WD Backup software program is preloaded on to the drive. After you plug the drive into your pc for the primary time, you’ll be able to entry the software program installer proper on the root of the drive (WD Apps Setup.exe). It takes just some clicks of the mouse to put in the software program.
As soon as put in, WD Backup runs within the background and backs up your recordsdata as per your schedule. The setup wizard for choosing recordsdata to again up is easy.
You’ll be able to choose whichever recordsdata you want out of your native pc. By default, your whole paperwork, photos, and so forth shall be chosen. On prime of that, you’ll be able to even choose these out of your cloud storage providers. Dropbox was put in on our take a look at pc, and WD Backup gave us the choice of getting recordsdata from there.
It’s a matter of enhancing the backup schedule from there. The default schedule is hourly, however that may be simply modified by clicking the Edit Schedule button:
In our instance, we set the backup to run as soon as each day at 12 am.
Within the occasion it’s essential retrieve and restore your recordsdata out of your My Passport, you’ll first need to set up the software program in your pc (assuming you’re utilizing a brand new pc, that’s). Open the software program after it’s put in and click on the Restore button. The software program has an automated mode that can try to revive the recordsdata the place they have been initially situated. Alternatively, you’ll be able to simply inform the software program the place you need it to position the recordsdata. (We’d most likely simply do the latter, after which copy them the place we needed.)
The My Passport drive additionally consists of the WD Safety software program. This lets you password-protect your My Passport, stopping unauthorized entry. These drives are fairly transportable, in any case, so don’t rely out that you possibly can by accident depart the drive someplace public. You’ll have to enter the password you set every time you need to entry the drive. Should you’re regularly accessing the drive, it is likely to be extra handy to allow the drive’s auto-unlock characteristic within the WD Safety software program. So long as you’re logged into your pc, the drive will stay unlocked.
We used the My Passport for a number of weeks as a private backup drive, taking it with us wherever we introduced our pc. This may kind of boil down to private desire, however we thought the squared-off corners have been a bit sharp. The costlier My Passport X affords a sleeker design with rounded corners should you assume the squared-off edges shall be a hassle to you.
The shiny plastic exterior appeared to carry up effectively to put on and tear. At the very least, holding it in our pc bag unprotected alongside a bunch of different peripherals didn’t appear to scratch or mar the end that a lot.
One thing we are going to advocate for each day transport is that you just unplug the drive’s cable earlier than placing it in your bag. If left linked, the cable can put undue stress on the connector and doubtlessly result in failure over time. It’s not well worth the danger when it’s really easy to disconnect the cable.
One thing value mentioning about this drive is that it consists of a typical three-year guarantee. The competing drives we checked out from Seagate solely included a one-year guarantee. You’d anticipate an exterior storage drive like this to final for a while, and a three-year guarantee provides you peace of thoughts. Our private expertise with these drives is that they’re dependable if handled with fundamental care. (Which means not throwing it round; there are transferring elements inside, in any case.) The WD My Passport Extremely we reviewed in 2014 continues to be going sturdy.
The fundamental concept with the WD My Passport is that it’s a easy backup machine. The included WD Backup software program is straightforward to configure and use. You’ll be able to schedule recurring automated backups, which is actually the way in which to go. As well as, the My Passport has built-in safety that you may configure so a password is required to entry it. The inexpensive WD Parts storage drive line doesn’t embrace the software program we simply talked about. (Should you go for the pricier My Passport Extremely collection drives, they’ve a barely higher-grade development and extra software program.)
The My Passport drive we reviewed didn’t have wi-fi or cloud-based options. Should you want these, WD affords the My Passport Wi-fi Professional for $179 in a 2TB capability. That’s fairly the rise from the $79 My Passport 2TB we reviewed right here. However once more, should you’re simply after a easy backup machine with out community options, then the My Passport is a strong decide.
- Consists of backup and safety software program
- Out there in a number of colours
- Customary Three-year guarantee
- Good knowledge switch efficiency