Western Digital My Passport
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The Western Digital My Passport is a small, portable hard drive with a huge capacity – 2TB to be precise (that’s 2000GB). No larger than a standard Passport drive with dimensions of 111x82x21mm, the unit is connected via a USB 3.0 cable that’s also backwards-compatible with the more common USB 2.0. It’s powered via the USB port by the same cable, so there’s no need for a power supply.
USB 3.0 is the latest and fastest USB interface, offering a transmission speed of up to 5Gbit/s (625MB/s) – over 10x faster than USB 2.0’s maximum of 480Mbit/s (60MB/s). However, to take advantage of the high-speed you will need a computer with a USB 3.0 port.
Plugging the hard drive into the USB 3.0 of our test computer, it took just 11secs to transfer 1GB of data from desktop to drive, and 11secs to transfer back again. Moving the same data using a USB 2.0 port, the transfer was much slower, taking 52secs from desktop to drive and 33secs from drive to PC.
Included are a host of additional software packages, including security options such as password protect and hardware encryption, Drive Utilities that allows you to register your device and run diagnostics, as well as a backup manager that, once installed, operates in the background and automatically creates a back-up of files as you work. The drive comes pre-formatted to the NTFS system for use with Windows 7, Vista and XP. There’s also a 1TB Mac-formatted version at £130, but this is currently restricted to USB 2.0.
With cameras producing larger files than ever before, a Terabyte or two of storage is a sensible option. To have all that in a portable device like this is invaluable.
2TB hard drive
As featured in the July 2012 issue of Digital Photo. For a back issue copy of the magazine please contact 0844 848 8872.
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