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Western Digital My Passport 2TB review

Western Digital My Passport 2TB review

Review Overview

Design
9
Features
8.5
Performance
9.5
9

Very Good

Exceptional USB 3.0 transfer speeds, compact chassis but, not future-ready like competitors and only USB as connectivity option.

| On 19, Jun 2013

Speed and capacity are the two parameters used to gauge a portal hard drive. In most cases there is a tradeoff wherein either one of these would be weak in the HDD which consumers would need to accept but in case of the Western Digital My Passport 2TB portal HDD, with USB 3.0 connectivity and ample of storage space, consumers are definitely in for a surprise and ample of satisfaction.

Design and Features

The 2TB hard drive is definitely not as sleek as a passport, but considering that Western Digital is providing 2TB storage a little thick HDD shouldn’t be an issue. The HDD weights around 200g adding to the portability factor to a great extent – just pop it in your laptop bag and you are ready to roll.


If you compare the My Passport with its anodized aluminum sibling My Passport Studio, you may find that the former is quite light thanks to its plastic chassis. The feel of the My Passport is pleasingly smooth and with matte finish on its edges and underside you won’t be disappointed even if you like HDDs with metal chassis. The drive is quite sturdy and has smooth rounded edges with dotted pattern on the lid.

At the rear of the drive is the USB Micro-B port for connectivity and the supplied cable can be used to connected to either the USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port. There is this activity indicator right next to the ports which flashes bursts of white light as and when the drive is in use. When it comes to connectivity that’s about it as the My Passport doesn’t support FireWire 800 like its metallic sibling My Passport Studio. But, considering the support for USB 3.0 and 2.0, most users shouldn’t mind absence of other connectivity options.

The drive comes with pre-installed software on the including WD Drive Utilities (Diagnostics, Sleep Timer, Drive Erase), the WD Security app for hardware encryption, and WD SmartWare, which is effectively an easy-to-use backup program with revamped interface that not only allow for backing up of data but also retrieves deleted files for you. Even though it is not that great as Seagate Dashboard software that comes with Backup Plus, the WD SmartWare is there.

Performance

The My Passport 2TB drive has come out as an exceptional HDD when it comes to performance as in our PCMark 05 tests it managed to score 6,016 via USB 3.0 and 3,078 via USB 2.0. These scores are within close range of that of Seagate Backup Plus which managed to garner 6,436 (USB 3.0) and 3,125 (USB 2.0).

I put the My Passport to test by connecting it using its USB 3.0 port and managed to copy a 1.22 GB test folder in just about 15 seconds – the same time as our test Backup Plus’ with USB 3.0 took. USB 3.0 transfer speeds of My Passport 2 TB outperformed those of My Passport Studio’s FireWire 800 by a huge margin of 15 seconds.

USB 2.0 turned out to be slow and yielded slower transfer speeds for the same amount of data – 38 seconds. But, the drive did manage to outperform Backup Plus by 2 seconds.

Conclusion

Western Digital, it seems, has tweaked what it already had in terms of technology rather than reinventing the wheel. By addressing the two primary concerns of most of the consumers out there – speed and capacity, Western Digital has certainly put out a mammoth of an HDD. Though it is not as versatile as the Seagate Backup Plus, which has more features the My Passport 2 TB is definitely an option worth going for if you are OK with sticking to USB based data transfers.