Western Digital My Passport 2TB Review

Pushing the boundaries of what portable hard drives can provide users in terms of storage, Western Digital released a 2TB version of their My Passport, making it the largest capacity portable drive on a 2.5-inch body available in the market for consumers.

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I couldn’t believe when I first saw this compact-looking external drive bearing a whopping 2TB capacity, without the need of an external power source, and supports USB 3.0. But that’s what the WD My Passport 2TB offers its customers.

Design

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This portable drive is compact but not as light as its lower-capacity brothers, not with the four 500MB 2.5-inch platters inside it. However, it won’t be a burden to lug around on your pack with its 0.5lb weight. The heft makes this hard drive feel solid and sturdy, and the cross-hatch textured finish allows it stand out with other plain external drives in the market.

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Keeping things simple as all portable drives, the My Passport 2TB has one micro-USB 3.0 port and a 1.5-foot USB cable to go with it for both power and data. If you’re not familiar with a USB 3.0 cable, it has a mini-plug joined into the main microUSB plug that provides power to the drive. However, you can still use your ordinary microUSB cable if its own USB 3.0 cable is missing, you’ll just have to make do with USB 2.0 speeds. And the USB 3.0 cable is also backwards compatible to USB 2.0 ports by the way.

Features and Software

The My Passport 2TB is ready-to-use out of the box with no setup required. It is preformatted in NTFS so you don’t have to worry about dealing with greater than 4GB files. However, if you will be using your Mac to write onto it, better format it into HFS+ right away.

The drive comes preloaded with WD Utilities, WD Security and WD Backup that should work in both Windows and Mac environment. Not sure if you’re interested in using them but WD Utilities is used to monitor the drive’s condition and for other tools like reformatting. WD Security is simply for implementing a password system into the drive. WD Backup is a staple to My Passport for easy back up under Windows although you’re better off with third-party back-up software for more complete features.

Performance

If your machine supports USB 3.0 then you’ll gonna love the transfer speed on this Western Digital My Passport 2TB. Here’s a comparison on the same files transferred to this drive using USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 on the same machine.

USB 3.0 USB 2.0
1 file – 4.7 GB 45 sec. (98.565 MB/s) 2:58 mins. (25.119 MB/s)
53 files – 1.8 GB 3 sec. (50.810 MB/s) 10 sec. (17.388 MB/s)

Verdict

If you want a simple hard drive that you would be using for a really long time, the Western Digital My Passport and its 2TB capacity should be more than enough to store your data. Its huge storage capacity, small and portable profile, and USB 3.0 speed should make it an appealing buy for the ultimate external storage they can bring anywhere. SRP: Php9,700.


15 Comments

  1. Looks very cool. But I won’t buy one though. Free cloud storage does it for me. :)

    • Me too! :) By this time external storage price should go down already since there are free cloud storage available. :)

      • martin /

        agree!

        • Cloud Storage??? Still not a viable option as the internet speeds in the Philippines is still slow compared with other countries.

          Good luck downloading and/or uploading even 500GB worth of data into the cloud with our internet speed. It will definitely take you a long time.

  2. To the good people above, your opinions are only a fraction of the many real-world usage scenarios. There are people like me and my many friends who move data ar.ound regularly in the terrabytes or hundreds of gigs. Do you have any idea how long that would take to upload and download from the cloud? :) If I need to watch a 20gb HD movie, you can’t stream that.

    So in many ways the cloud still doesn’t cut it.

    Where can we buy this?

    • Complink has ‘em. You might also want to try other big PC stores.

    • I have to move large amounts of video around quickly when editing so the cloud is really not an option for me either! And USB 3 could make a huge difference to my speed of production.

  3. mrt /

    Hi Calvin,

    Can you double check the performance stats(math) above? Just want to validate if this USB3 drive is really that fast in transferring 53files (1.8GB), just 3seconds? Wow!… Compared to 1file 4.7GB 45secs even if this was running at a higher transfer rate.

    Thanks.

    ——————–

    USB 3.0 USB 2.0
    1 file–4.7GB–> 45 sec. (98.565 MB/s) -> 2:58 mins. (25.119 MB/s)
    53 files–1.8GB-> 3 sec. (50.810 MB/s) -> 10 sec. (17.388 MB/s)

    • mrt /

      Just want to be sure its worth saving for this … :)

      thanks.

    • that’s 53 files totalling to 1.8GB (MP3s). It’s always like that with Windows, faster transferring a lot but smaller files than 1 humongous file.

  4. Walrus Medalla /

    this is so cool.. an new external drive by WD.. i have their 1TB and ang bilis dn ng transfer ng mga files..

    Sir calvin, how much capacity ang binabasa ng windows?

    my WD 1TB kasi only 940GB lang detected sa Windows..

    malaki bawas.. sayang yung bawas na yun..

  5. Jayson /

    This is what I want and need.
    Thanks to your review.

  6. mudznir /

    saang store meron ng available neto at a price of P9,700?

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