WD My Passport 1TB Portable Hard Drive – Black

September 11, 2013 - Comment

Product Features Interface:USB 3.0 Weight:194 g Device Type:Hard drive – external ( portable ) Depth:11.1 cm Capacity:1 TB

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Product Features

  • Interface:USB 3.0
  • Weight:194 g
  • Device Type:Hard drive – external ( portable )
  • Depth:11.1 cm
  • Capacity:1 TB


L. Hubbard says:

Quick, reliable, portable and silent. The best portable hard drive for the money. Yet another fantastic hard drive by Western Digital – this is the second that I have. Like the previous reviewer said, just plug and play and it’s ready to go. One other point of note is that it is USB 3.0 (and backwards compatable with USB 2). Essentially, this just means that for computers with USB 3.0 slots, your data transfer speed will be a lot faster. I have two of these for different reasons – transferring files from home (mac) to work (windows) and vice versa. No issues with differences in operating system. The second reason is to use it to back up files using Time Machine on the Mac. For both of these functions, the drive is silent and works perfectly. I have no hesitations for recommending this for both Windows and Mac users, with speed, reliability and silence just three of the many reasons to pick this as one of the best portable hard drives you can buy.

Rich Hill says:

Can be used as an external boot disk on a Mac Even though there is every reason to expect any external hard drive to be usable as a boot disk on a Mac, these days some manufacturers perform tweaks to their drives (such as omitting certain components from USB controllers to further reduce the size of the drives) that inadvertently prevent them from being bootable on a Mac.Samsung’s S2 portable drives and even some of Western Digital’s own FireWire drives come to mind.Prior to buying this drive, which at the time of this review is currently the only widely available 2TB USB 3.0 bus-powered portable hard drive, I was unable to find any information online about whether it boots a Mac, so I finally decided to try it out for myself.I am happy to report that this drive (Western Digital My Passport 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive) can indeed be successfully used to boot a Mac, via both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0.For best results (and especially if booting is required) on a Mac, you’ll need to…

Caroline P. says:

Amazing little thing! This drive is a marvel – 2 whole terrabytes of data in something you can slip into your pocket. It’s dimensions are 11cm x 8cm x 2cm. As such, it’s not very well padded and a case is probably a good investment. I did have some problems getting it work properly but don’t let it put you off as that seems to be down to my own PC. I ran several Google searches and similar problems are clearly extremely rare. Having said that, just in case you have a similar setup I’ve described the issue further down. But for the vast majority of people, it will be irrelevant.The built-in software on this drive is intended for data backup only. It doesn’t and cannot backup your entire system. For most people this is absolutely fine – it is your data which is really the precious stuff after all. Techie types who want system backups will probably have their own favourite software anyway. It is a routine thing to re-partition the drive and setup your own sytem. WD even provide instructions…

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