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Recently I have had to move files from my pc to my laptop and have wanted to have a back up copy. My old external drive was rather bulky and very heavy and needed its own charger so my husband suggest My Passport.
I find using a USB frustrating as because I had a lot of video and audio files it filled up all too quickly so I ordered My Passport with 1 TB. I have to confess that I backed up all the files on my pc and I still have used only a fraction of the available space. I do like the comfort of knowing that I don't really have to worry about transfering files onto my Passport and running out of space. The 1TB does cost a bit more than the smaller My Passports but the convenience is worth it in my opinion.
Apart from the fantastic size the other thing I love is the weight and size of My Passport compared to my old external hard drive. It fits neatly into my handbag and is lighter than my purse. It weighs 195g which is a fraction of my old drive. It is so easy to use as you just have to plug it into the USB port on your PC. I have used it on several pcs now and have not encountered any problems and it downloads files very quickly.
I did purchase a carry case to protect My Passport when I am travelling but have forgotten it a few times and it has survived being bounced around in my handbag and even being dropped once so it does appear to be quite hardy. Although I wouldnt recommend dropping it to test it! I got my passport from amazon for around the £60 mark so it wasn't cheap but I do find the easy of use, size and reliability well worth the money. I am not sure what I would do if I lost all my files so this is my passport to an organised life.
Until about 18 months ago, I had an external hard drive that required a power source and was about 4 times the size and weight of this. As it began to die I started looking for a new hard drive. After the difficulties that came with my first hard drive, it had to be portable, small, light and completely rid of the wall socket power requirement. If you are considering an external hard drive I'd urge you to find something that ticks all of these boxes (and then choose this hard drive!)
After reading a lot of reviews, I opted to go for this hard drive at £70 and all I can say is "wow". It is lighter than you would ever think and it is smaller than your hand, in fact it even fits in my pockets. As a result, you can easily keep it in your laptop bag while you're travelling and all of a sudden you can have every piece of music/work/film you could possibly need with you.
It comes in a great little package, easily dismantled to reveal a smart, stylish, black hard drive. It also comes with a shortish USB cable that plugs straight into your PC.
Within seconds of plugging your hard drive into your PC the drivers are installed and you're ready to go. I've actually got the latest version of this hard drive which comes with both USB 2.0 and 3.0 capability and it does pretty well in my speed tests. Perfect for getting the best out of my old shoddy laptop at the moment and new laptop coming in the next 6 months!
Internally, according to the technical reviews I've read, it is pretty advanced and so should be relatively resistant to drops and bumps, but obviously don't go testing this out of a fifth floor window! It does come with a two year warranty which, while not as long as some, is better than nothing!
I was over the moon to receive this as a Christmas present because we are emigrating in a few months time and I knew that we needed to back everything up before this point. I had specifically asked for a minimum 1TB sized external hard drive and aimed the request at my tech-savvy brother in law, knowing that he would know which one was the best for us.
So, what we have is a 1TB Western Digital 'My Passport' which is surprisingly small and wonderfully simple to use. In the packaging (which was also pleasently simple to get in to - one of my pet hates is those godawful shrink wrapped plastic box things) was a small black box, about the size of one and half iPhones and a short lead with a USB attachment at one end and a smaller attachment at the other which fits in the box.
Literally all I had to do was attach it to my laptop where within 10 seconds I received the message that my new hard drive was ready to use. Yes - THAT EASY! So, I started a full back up which took a couple of hours (as expected given the amount of data on my laptop) and that was it. My full back up had taken up about a quarter of the space on the My Passport.
I have also purchased a small zip pocket to keep the hard drive safe while we are travelling, this has a seperate net pocket for the lead. The great thing about this hard drive is the size of it, so very convenient for us and a huge relief to know that it is a complete back up of all our data, photos and music should the worst happen.
On Amazon this size My Passport costs around £75 but it is well worth it for the peace of mind it provides, you can also get a range of smaller ones for less. This brand is well regarded and I can see why - brilliant, small and reliable as well as being stunningly simple to use - I would highly recommend it.
I received this My Passport WD Hard Drive as a gift around 6 months ago. At first I wasn't sure that I would use it or need it since I already had another large Hard Drive that I used for Time Machine back ups on my MacBook Pro and general backing up of data. I soon realised though that the benefit of this Hard Drive is it's extremely portable!
The unit itself is deceptively small in size for a hard drive with 1 TB of storage space. My previous hard drive is at least 4 or 5 times the size and has significantly less memory. The My Passport Essential is smaller than a CD case in breadth and width, though slightly thicker in depth. It is really extremely sleek and portable, although I wouldn't quite say it was pocket-sized (unless you are used to having very full pockets!).
Connecting and using the My Passport really couldn't be easier. You just plug it in via the provided USB cable and you're away. I thought there might be some extra formatting required with my Mac but that wasn't the case and I was able to use it straight away. The USB cable provided is fully adequate but very short, so that's something to keep in mind.
I particularly like to use the Passport when I am travelling, it's light and easy to take in my laptop bag and allows me to back up any important files I make on the road. This seems especially important to me given the probably slightly higher risk of something going wrong with your laptop (getting knocked, dropped, wet etc) when you're travelling compared to when you're just working from home or the office.
I have had absolutely no problem with crashing, corruption or any other file problems since I got this hard drive. That being said I do have a friend who dropped hers onto a table - just a very short distance - and was shocked to find it was completely destroyed and all files had been lost. I guess it's best to assume that the drive is fragile, despite it's apparently robust build, and make sure you treat it with care. I always try to have two back ups anyway.
For years I've thought that I need to purchase an external hard drive to safey store all my music and hundreds of pictures taken over the years and for the easy transfer of files as I do alot of travelling around the country, but have never known which one, how big it needed to be or which brand would be best.
A member of my family purchased a Western Digital hard drive a number of years ago however I felt it was too chunky for easy transport. While I was looking for the best hard drive for me this one stood out from the rest due to its size. It fits in the palm of your hand and is small enough to fit in my handbag! There is no power source required and connects easily to the computer through a USB cable, however this is the only disadvantage I have found as the cable is quite short.
I am extremely pleased with this little hard drive and would recommend it to anyone.
I needed a large external hard drive to store my movies and music aswell as for backing up my PC. The "Western digital My Passport 1TB" HDD was exactly what I was looking for.
The first thing which stood out was the size of it. It is slightly larger than a bare 2.5" SATA drive, about the size of a fist, which is considerably smaller than my non portable WD external drive. It's a rather sleek HDD with a glossy black finish. The only downside is that it attracts the dust!
As it's a portable HDD it doesn't require the need for an external power supply, it is instead supplied via the usb cable. This has two advantages - Firstly it's ideal for using with a laptop if you're outside or on the go. Secondly it means one less cable around your PC.
The USB cable supplied with the HDD is very short, about 40cm which some users may find rather annoying. The HDD uses the USB mirco B connection so you can always buy a suitable replacement cable if needed.
The HDD comes along with backup and formetting software. I personally didn't find the software that useful and instead used the backup software provided by Windows 7. It may be a benefit for those who are less computer literate however.
Despite only being USB 2.0 I found the read and write speeds to be sufficent for my needs. The HDD has a habit of going to "sleep" when it is not in use and it can take a few seconds for it to get going again.
Overall this is stylish external HDD which packs a massive 1TB capacity in a small and potable case.