It’s blue, metallic, small, lite and has loads of space, no its not a car, it’s the new 2TB WD My Passport Ultra Metal Hard Drive, when I say small I mean small.
As you would expect for a quality piece of hardware, the Hard Drive is well protected, and is viewable from the front display, you can instantly see quality shining through. You can clearly see how much storage your new Hard Drive has, thanks to the green logo at the bottom,if you turn the product around you will be able to view the boring technical specifications if you wish to.
When opened up, you get a small manual, the HDD it’s self and a Micro USB to USB 3.0 Cable. What more do you expect, you are just purchasing a Hard Drive, if you where expecting a small, lite, metallic blue car… then try your local Toys R Us.
The Hard Drive itself is small as we said before, total size is 3.15in x 4.33in x 0.74in in mm it is 90mm x 110mm x 18.8mm. The cable length is 18.9in or 480mm long and uses the ultra fast 3.0 for super fast transfer speeds.
We can simply say that Hard Drive looks and feels wonderful, it is very lite as expected and it does the job as expected.We did try it as a coffee cup holder as well, that seemed to work as well, but not recommended.
There is so much more to this Hard Drive than just storage, yes 2TB is massive and will back up around 400,000 photos or 150hrs of music or 500,000 songs, for us though it’s all about gaming and games.
With games getting larger to install and some going over 100GB in size with all the DLC and Expansions, the need for larger storage is a necessity. We are also looking for Privacy, thanks to Western Digital (WD) this Hard Drive comes with 256-Bit hardware encryption which will help protect your valuables.
If you are interested and have a high speed connection you can backup everything on your Hard Drive to the Cloud, with your Dropbox account.
WD offers a number of utilities which allow watch out for errors, easy drive erase and a sleep timer to put the drive to sleep when not in use.
“So in Basic Terms, after you have already read the very long version, you get cloud backup via Dropbox, 256-Bit Security, some what useless utilities, but basically you can store stuff on it.”
We use mostly a MSI GS70 Gaming Laptop for Gaming it comes with a 256GB SSD and a 1.5TB Hard Drive and we can fill that rather fast with the amount of games we have and have to review, most of the games we also keep installed after reviewing as they can be pretty good games.
We have used external drives for a while now, the last one we had was a 320GB WD Passport Drive in black, which suited us rather well for a while, now it’s used for the Wii U as there are less games to download and games are somewhat smaller.
“320GB not good enough anymore, let’s use it for the Wii U instead”
So in goes this new 2TB HDD, we deleted all the software once we checked it over and away we go. Once connected up we found the drive had a total space of 1.62TB that’s a loss of 380GB, we never understand where this space disappears too, maybe one day we shall look into it.
We looking into it and found it was that damn Hard Drive Fairy that keep stealing that space, for what, we think its for Fairy…… stuff
We installed Diablo 3, Wildstar and Guild Wars 2,and then we installed the steam library, with just a few games, these included Dishonored, Nekro, South Park stick of truth, Tomb Raider, Wasteland 2 and the Castlevania series for PC.
Now the question is, and always will be, can you really play games on an external HDD, would the load times be stupidly crazy, it’s not as fast as an SSD and it’s a tiny bit slower than a SATA 3 Drive. We can can tell you now, all the games we have played on the drive, they do load slower, but they work just as fine once you are in the game. We can see once technology catches up, maybe USB 4.0 will give even faster transfer rates and they could be on par with SATA 3 drives or just as fast as an SSD.
The Bounce Test
Something new and Interesting and maybe dumb, the new Bounce test, will the Hard Drive Bounce or will it not, also will it work after. Dropping the Hard Drive from 1 Metre approx
- Carpet, No Bounce
- Laminate Flooring, No Bounce,
- Stone Tiles, No Bounce.
The Hard Drive gained no substantial damage apart from slight scratching on the case, plugging the Hard Drive back in for use, No issues, all worked fine.
This test was done to test mobility as no one is perfect.
Speed on load is not always required for many games and you certainly do not need load speed for movies, music and other basic applications. A Portable Hard Drive can be very handy for backing up your PC as a whole, or just your most precious memories. With the availability of Cloud via Dropbox, this just gives you that extra bit of protection and less worry.
The huge storage gives plenty of extra space for either backing up your games or loading your games from. Load times are slightly slower, but nothing to worry over, as the games are still fully playable.
The HDD is compact and portable, however, we feel that they needed to include a little bag just to protect the drive while in transit. The warranty covers you for many years as WD offers a 3-year limited warranty, by that time though, you would most likely have purchased a brand new drive, even bigger, to hold even more.
It is a bloody Hard Drive, its does not break when bounced, it stores stuff, has cloud backup, good security, its an all round good quality Drive for just under £100.
The HDD is Compatibility with the following operating systems
Formatted NTFS + Windows 8 or higher, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP operating systems
Requires reformatting for Mac OS X
Disclaimer:All scores given within our reviews are based on the artist’s personal opinion; this should in no way impede your decision to purchase the game.