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Western Digital My Passport USB3.0 External Hard Drive, 1 TB, WDBYVG0010BBK-WESN,Black
- Password protection helps to keep digital life's contents safe
- Builtin 256 bit Aes hardware encryption
- Auto backup to protect data
- Stylish design that fits in the palm of hand
- Included WD discovery software for social media and cloud storage import
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Western Digital 1 TB My Passport USB3.0 External Hard Drive is trusted, portable storage that gives you the confidence and freedom to drive forward in life. With a new, stylish design that fits in the palm of your hand, there's space to store, organize and share your photos, videos, music and documents. Perfectly paired with WD Backup software and password protection, the My Passport drive helps keep your digital life's contents safe. Keep your digital life's contents secure with My Passport password protection and built-in 256-bit AES hardware encryption. Just activate password protection and set your own personalized password using WD Discovery. Black colour My Passport Hard Drive with SuperSpeed USB, you can quickly start backing up everything in your life and keep driving forward.
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A very good price. Took less than the predicted time to arrive.
A suggestion for Western Digital. Supply two leads!
The drive came with, USB C to USB C, plus USB A adaptor.
It would have been nice to have a USB C to USB A lead. I've misplaced the adaptor on a number of occasions. And, although the adaptor is not too expensive, if you find yourself without one it can be annoying as you might understand. Even as an extra-cost option, it would be nice.
With that winge, out of the way, the purchase was, to quote DT, "Perfect"!
I have never had a problem with WD and find them reliable and they just work which is what I like. I once had to do a time machine restore and it was thankfully effortless and well in that moment the WD paid for itself as I was back up and running in no time.
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I like to keep backups of backups of my lifetime collected data & thus have over 15 TB of external harddisks in my arsenal with a dominant share of Western digital disks( both passport & elements ) & few others like Transcend , Samsung SSD & a seagate ( old usb 2.0 ).
🔶️ Now , whenever we opt to go for a new external Disk purchase, the following challenges are encountered & if you are planning to invest thousands in purchase - my detailed review, even though a bit lengthy is worth reading.
👉 HDDs vs SSDs :
While none of the mechanical HDDs can reach the blazing fast speeds of SSDs in excess of 500 MB/s R/W, The HDDs definitely offer a better value for money per MB of storage.
Also if data is corrupted in a SSD its almost never retrievable while in a HDD , there is always a hope depending upon extent of damage.
🔷️ So for majority bulk backup - HDD are a better option to costlier SSDs.
👉 WD vs Seagate :
This is again a topmost struggle making a decision.
🔸️Now both are giant reputed american storage brands & preference is mostly based upon personal usage experiences.
🔸️I read somewhere that seagate offers better speeds& WD better reliability but i dont feel its true as speeds depend upon type of files being transferred & reliability upon manufacturing processes , which is hard to doubt for both brands.
🔸️ Regarding price WD is a bit costlier to seagate for same capacity.
🔸️ Both offer same warranties of 3 years.
I had a wd failure & my friend had seagate failure - yet we both got replacements with data restored from their service centres.
🔸️ Regarding inbuilt software , i suppose WD is better as it comes with WD discovery that can link with all your social portals for backup too.
🔷️ So you can go for any of these brands - WD being my personal favourite.
🔷️ To ensure failsafe operation , testing for bad sectors before use ( using WD utility or any other HDD inspection software like HD sentinel etc ) is always a good idea.
🔷️ Store these drives horizontally in a dry case & not vertically or inclined , as in latter case the heads and platters tend to deform & get stuck.
I learnt it the hard way.
💝 I bought the latest 2019 4 TB passport drive and 3.63 TB of usable space was available in it.
🔸️ The packing as usual was good enough with an instruction manual & 8 inches of connecting cable.
🔸️ The HD enclosure is premium ABS plastic which can surely withstand few non- severe slips & falls.
A periphery cushioning or base padding with shock absorbent rubber would additionaly be great.
4.2 /5 ⭐
🔸️ The design & looks of this new drive aren't as elegant & classy, as previous passports & elements as my personal opinion.
🔸️ The drive is very compact, sturdy & light weight too.
🔸️ It was formatted in NTFS mode with 4096 bytes of allocation unit size.
ExFat is another option & you can play with allocation size also for better speeds but a bit less space.
🔸️ With a mixed media & software file folder transfer of 5 GB , i registered - a write speed of 112 MB /s & a read speed of 160 MB /s on my HP omen core i7 configuration , which i suppose is fair enough for a mechanical Hard drive.
🔸️ The new Hard disk has softwares for mac & windows backup both.
🔸️ The HD has a very small point like white led indication for status & won't bother much in dark rooms.
🔸️ The HD is very silent during operation & doesn't heat much even after few hours of backup.
🔸️ Warranty offered is 3 years which is contemporary to industry standards & similar to seagate.
As already quoted earlier , i had one harddisk replaced & data restored in warranty like 6 years back by WD.
So no issues there, noone is going to offer pick & drop at home - be assured.
🤏 Final Verdict :
All in all , I have always been a WD guy & this new 2019 version further restores my faith in the same.
Este es el caso de este nuevo disco de Western Digital, que ha bajado en tamaño físico,-lo que está muy bien-, aumentado en capacidad,-que también esta bien-, pero bajando las prestaciones, lo que ya no está tan bien; nada bien, en realidad.
Respecto de la serie anterior, el rendimiento es entre un 25% y un 35% inferior. Esto se traduce en que, al copiar contenido, donde la versión anterior mantenía unos dignos 80-90 MB/s ahora se obtienen 50-60MB/s. En mi opinión, esto es inaceptable. Por poner un ejemplo, para copiar 4 TB necesitarás más de 36 horas, 12 horas más que con la serie anterior. Y hablando de Teras, ya sabréis que la industria juega a manipular los datos sobre capacidades hablando de teras no informaticos (base 10) en vez de los que cualquier usuario espera (base 8). No os extrañe por tanto comprobar que vuestro PC informe que el disco tiene una capacidad de 4,54 TB en vez de los 5 TB anunciados. Me parece poco ético que utilicen una medición fuera del ámbito PC y más propios de la industria de las telecomunicaciones.
Por todo ello, y en mi opinión, no es un producto recomendable.
Añado que es mucho más ruidoso que la serie anterior. Yo creo que es debido al fino plástico de la carcasa que hace de caja de resonancia cuando gira.
📦 IN THE BOX & HDD CONTENTS
◾ 4TB Blue Portable Harddisk in a bubble case
◾ Superspeed USB cable
◾ Quick Install Guide
◾ WD Discovery software for WD Backup
◾ WD Security and WD Drive Utilities
🗓️ MY USAGE & EXPERIENCE
The product has been manufactured in Thailand and imported to India and this New Edition WD My Passport is supposed to have lesser failures and supposed to be more robust than the previous version.
Upon connecting 3.63TB was free and 297MB was used by the formatting of the disk which stores the disk geometry that allows hard disk to accept, store, and retrieve data. The hard disk was formatted with NTFS.
This hard disk fits inside the palm of the hand and is quite small for a 4TB, 10.7cm length, 7.5cm breadth and 1.8cm depth, and is not heavy too.
Being a portable hard disk, it doesn’t require any power. I was able to connect it with my Xbox, WD MyCloud, Laptop and Desktop with ease and it detects quite fast.
The write speeds were at 110 MB/s in actual and read speeds was around 115 MB/s. The disk reports were also almost similar at 120-127 MB/s. (see attached report). But the speeds changes depending on the free disk space, how much the disk is fragmented and whether there are any bad sectors, etc. This is quite impressive in my opinion.
I didn't see any heating up issues with this new edition and temperature always remained under 37 degree C even under heavy writes in my testing with room temperature around 27- degree C.
The WD Discovery software is super cool, it can import files from social media and maintain a backup. Just need to sign into Facebook or Instagram or Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive. It can also take a backup from WD MyCloud devices.
The WD Security app provides a way to setup a password for the hard disk and contents can be encrypted, so when data is written it's encrypted and when data is read it's decrypted when password is used. I haven't tried any brute force recovery of data on this disk yet but the encryption seems to be good enough for home use. I didn't set the password as if password is forgotten I can't recover it back and only way to re-use the disk is by formatting.
The hard disk has a small led indicator which can be turned off from the WD Discovery settings if required.
I was able to backup all my YouTube video edits with ease and quickly, also was able to back up my Dropbox.
I don't see any cons as of now, and since I haven't contacted the customer service I can't comment on that part.
💖 WHAT I LIKED
◾ 3 years warranty
◾ Good looking and light weight
◾ Automatic backup, Password protection + 256bit Encryption
◾ Fast read and write speeds
A great hard disk at a good pricing. This new edition should be more stable and when take care well like not moving the hard disk while it being used, doing a safe eject of the hard disk, not dropping etc. this hard disk should last longer in my perspective, only time will tell. Overall am happy with my purchase as it meets my expectations.
WD claims this product to be "plug and play", ready straight out of the box. Mine disagrees and requires me to format the drive before I can use, potentially losing any pdfs or readmes if there were any inside the drive.
SMART tests results returned OK.(refer to image)
Overall a decent drive with decent space at an affordable price BUT the read/write speeds are painfully low, especially with smaller files and folders; which to be honest, is expected of a drive which doesnt require an external power supply. Compared to the WD Elements Ext HDD, I could easily achieve speeds of up to 3-10mb/s. With This HDD, speeds may start off at 50mb/s but slowly decrease until its around 1,50mb/s for large files and about 50kb/s for smaller files. Moving 40gb could take up to "18 hours". Again, refer to images for example.
If you plan on purchasing this drive, I suggest you only use it for backup purposes. Viewing videos on the drive can also be a headache.
1 star for WD, and an overall reliable and robust HDD,
1 star for the cost since its quite affordable for a 5tb HDD.