As time rolls on Moore’s Law allows to slam larger data into increasingly smaller blocks. I remember being proud of my 60GB hard drive and finding it absurd Knights of the Old Republic required 15 of them from 4 discs; though to be fair GTA V took 7 discs and 65GB of space.
So it has become common to spread data across hard drives. For example my OS runs on my C:/ drive, whilst nearly everything else such as steam runs off the D:/ drive. From here, I tend to keep any other data on external drive. Therefore I Segway into introduction the WD My Passport™ Ultra, the first consideration for most when using external storage.
The Passport Ultra is a standard high-quality HDD, ranging from 500GB to 3TB (Review copy is 1TB model.) Depth and weight vary depending on the model chosen, with the 2 and 3TB models 5mm longer and .07kg heavier than the 500GB and 1TB models. There is also a metallic model (previously reviewed: https://invisioncommunity.co.uk/2015/02/14/2tb-wd-passport-ultra-metal-edition-hard-drive-review/) and in the X editions (reviewed simultaneously.) This is the standard PC external hard drive model.
The hard drive is well protected in a plastic enclosure and does not feel fragile. Previous reviews (see earlier link) have done bounce tests on these. I however need to return one of the hard drives so I shall not start bouncing the products around my room. From feel the item will definitely hold up and those wishing for extra protection can buy various cases for them.
The hard drive connects to the computer with a USB 3.0 cable. This gives up to 5Gb/s transfer speed. Which given the size of the hard drive and the likelihood of large files being transferred means that it gives you not only plenty of storage space but also enough speed to properly utilise it.
A TB hard drive will store about (depending on encryption) 17,000 hours of music; 40 days of video; around 300,000 photos and 500 hours of movies. There is also the possibility of installing games on it. Most standard hard drives have a 6GB/s so 5GB/s is not too much of a drop. However I would recommend not loading seriously demanding games such as GTA V to play off it. However for most games will simply have a longer loading time.
For privacy WD provides some security features, mainly 256-bit encryption. You also get various allocation software to allow the hard drive to do specific functions such as backup data and cloud data automatically to various sites such as Dropbox. The drive can also put itself to sleep when not in use meaning it will not sap away at your computer when you have forgot to unplug it.
The current iteration of portable hard drives are all quality pieces of kit for good value, with this being what I would consider the standard in portable hard drives. For me, I can put movies, music and University work on it to transport around. With the surprisingly low price per gigabyte (this retails for around £65.00) they are incredibly useful pieces of kit with pretty much the same portability as USB sticks nowadays.
This hard drive is a high quality piece of kit which comes with useful features, with a 3.0 USB connection to really access all of the available space at speed. If you need a portable hard drive I would instantly consider one of these. For the, this gets a 5.0.
- Formatted NTFS for Windows® 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista® operating systems
- Requires reformatting for Mac OS® X operating systems
- Note: Compatibility may vary depending on user’s hardware configuration and operating system.
- Portable hard drive
- USB cable
- WD Backup, WD Security and WD Drive Utilities software
- Quick Install Guide
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