Great portable hard drive with a lot of space.Cons
Not compatible with certain games if you plan to use it for game backups.Verdict
Very good price for a dependable, quality portable hard drive with a ton of space.
The Western Digital My Passport 1 TB is the Perfect Portable Hard Drive
At just a little over a hundred dollars, this is quite the price reduction from just a year and a half ago when these drives were selling for nearly four hundred dollars.† This is also a great example of why it sometimes pays to wait until an electronic is out for awhile before buying. I bought my first one when they were recently released and much higher in price. I had used Western Digital externals before and I am a fan of the My Passport series but when they came out with the 1 TB storage space, I had to get one to start with. Later, when the price dropped, I got two more.
They are portable so theyíre great for when we go on vacation or business travel and I need to bring my files with me. In my line of work, I cannot afford to lose my hard drives or lose my files in my computer becomes infected. There are so many great features on this hard drive in addition to the great storage capacity that I recommend them to all of my friends and family.
- Ability to Password Protect
- Compact yet Sleek Design
- Automatic Backup Feature
- 1 Full Terabyte of Storage
- USB Plug and Play Connection
Why It Rocks!
So, the huge capacity of this hard drive is the biggest selling point for me along with the low price tag on it.† I mean seriously, the My Passport that is five hundred gigs is just thirty dollars less and I am not sure why anyone would buy the smaller one.† The transfer rates on this unit are super fast when connected to a USB 3.0 port but they do slow down considerably when using the older 2.0 or lower ports.† I love the fact that when I have this unit plugged in it automatically updates as I am working. †I donít have to click on anything for this to happen.† As soon as I hit the save button, the file is not only saved on my computer, but also to the hard drive.† How easy is that?
Itís Not All Roses
While there is so much I love about this drive there are some issues that concern me.† First, it does have some issues with staying connected but that can very well be because the port is not a 2.0 USB or higher.† Another thing, this hard drive is not compatible with some of the gaming systems I use but while Iím not worried about that, others who want this hard drive for that reason may be.† The bottom line is that this hard drive is very affordable and as long as it will back up my hard drive, which is does, then I donít have a problem purchasing it.
What Others Say
LDB says, ďThis is my first experience with a Western Digital hard drive. I purchased the 1 TB Passport drive as opposed to others mainly because CNET awarded its Editors' Choice for the 2 TB model ( which was not available for sale when I placed my order). I am currently using the WD SmartWare (version 22.214.171.124) that comes with loaded the device.Ē
Anonymous states, ďMy entire world revolves around secure and simple backup and storage for my files. Over the years, I've tried several external hard drives and USB units, each of which wound up being replaced by one with fewer glitches and less down time required for use. I thought the last unit I purchased would be just that: my last. But it suffered from a problem that this My Passport Essential does not: it was too complicated and the software was hinky and had to be updated, upgraded and re-down-loaded repeatedly. My Passport seems to have bypassed the software and firmware craziness with a good, solid product in all area. Of course it's possible that over long-term use my opinion might change, but at this point, I'm delighted with the ease of use and the simple interface that facilitates that. It's got my vote for Backup Unit of the Year!ĒLetís Sum It All Up!
I need a big hard drive that will back up all my computers and where I can store my photos, videos and all my work files and personal documents.† This hard drive does just that and for a great price too which is really surprising to me.† Itís an all-around good product. They are durable, too.
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