Review: Western Digital My Passport 4TB Portable Drive

I was having some issues with my NAS and I needed an external drive with at least 3TB of space to back up the contents so that I could erase it and set it up from scratch. Thus it was timely that my local computer store had a sale on the Western Digital My Passport 4TB portable drive as that would more than satisfy my need to back up 3TB of data.

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It is a USB 3.0 drive with a stylish exterior (which has the added bonus of being available in multiple colors, but its finish is a bit of a fingerprint magnet) that fits in your pocket. Though I would recommend getting a case for it to ensure that it survives any bumps that it might be subjected to.

Western Digital does include some software in the box in the form of backup software, a drive utility that will check the status and secure-erase the drive, as well as encryption software for dealing with sensitive data. Further to that, the encryption is hardware based which won’t slow it down. I should note that the drive utility software works on both Mac and PC. Ditto for the security software. But the backup software is PC only.

So, how does it perform? It isn’t the fastest drive around if you’re copying large amounts of data such as 300GB disk images like I was last week. But for most people that won’t matter as I found the performance to be pretty good when copying things like MP3s and movies which are far smaller in size.

So what does this drive go for? You can pick up the 4TB version for $120 USD which is a pretty good deal. It is also available in 3TB, 2TB, and 1TB versions as well if you don’t need that amount of storage or don’t want to spend the cash on a 4TB drive. One thing to consider is that it has a 3 year warranty which makes it an even better value. Not that you’ll need to use that warranty as from my experience Western Digital drives are extremely reliable. And in my mind it should push it to the top of your list if you’re looking for an external hard drive.

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