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WD My Passport – Review

Western Digital has launched a refreshed version of My Passport portable external storage. The hard disk is available in Black, Yellow, White, Blue, Orange and Red across 1 TB, 2 TB and 4 TB capacities. My Passport includes WD Backup software loaded in the drive. This software is used to back up or recover data, or just manage them efficiently.

Design

The design of the My Passport is unique and colorful. It has a plastic body. Half the body is glossy while the other half has a texture. The bottom has rubber beads so the drive does not slip. It is shiny and I managed to scratch it, just by wiping it. I personally use the WD Elements and found its design to be more rugged than the My Passport. It has a USB 3.0 connectivity port and a LED indicator. Overall, the design is futuristic, but not rugged.

Performance

Compared to my older WD Elements, the WD My Passport is a faster drive. When connected to a USB 3.0 port, it has maximum efficiency. I was able to get a real life speed of over 100 MB/s of write and read speed. Crystal Disk mark tests gave me 116 MB/s on sequential read and write test. I am pleased with the speed of this hard disk. I have a desktop at home and office, but while traveling, I use my Mac book pro. I used the same My Passport for Mac and windows and found the performance to be satisfactory.

The WD My Passport is a reliable storage solution. Western Digital has gone over the top to make the design look futuristic. The performance is a major improvement over an existing line up of portable storage from Western Digital. I plan to pick up a Red and White disk soon. The Red for my youtube videos and white for use with my MacBook pro. If you plan to buy one, you can from the link below.

WD My Passport – Amazon

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A Technology evangelist, Giridhar reviews gadgets and mobile applications. He is also a passionate photographer and a user experience designer by profession.

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