Product Name: MyPassport
Product Type: Portable Hard Drive
Manufacturer: Western Digital
Cost at Time of Review: Varies (Depending on HDD Size)
Works With: PC & Consoles
Release Date: Out Now!
I won’t even lie, the name is clever and I think it fits perfectly for what it is used for. I have been using the portable HDD for some time now and have put it to good use. The HDD I’m currently using is 2TB in size so I had to get plenty of files to max it out, see where it stand, format and re-format to see how it holds up to constant abuse day in day out.
I use a portable HDD a lot. I at least carry 3 USB’s with me for ease of movement and back up so it was nice to carry around just one HDD with me with some size to store everything in there instead of chopping and changing the USB’s I use.
Appearance & Features
Straight off the bat, the size of the WD MyPassport is small and compact. Easily enough to carry around in a bag or your pocket with ease. There is a slight bit of weight to it, more than you expect there to be because of the size of the HDD but nothing out of the way that is going to stop you from carrying it around with you. I currently have the white version but there are many colours to choose from, so if you’re into a certain colour to match your scheme or setup.
While I use and discuss the 2TB version there are a few other options. So if 2TB is too big or too small for you, you can choose 1TB, 2TB, 3TB & 4TB. So there are many options to choose from here.
While you can use the HDD just for personal use, to quickly store data, it actually comes with a few nice features that not many other HDD’s even come with. Firstly, when you plug in the MyPassport for the first time, you will be introduced to a couple of WD apps already on there that you can either remove or install. Up to you. I’d personally get them installed. One of the features is Auto Backup. You can Automatically back up your files when you plug in your HDD or if you want it to be remained plugged in, you can set times to back up your device. That alone is worth the entire HDD. Another feature you can setup is Password Protection, so if you are carrying it around you can protect all your private documents without worry of losing it and other people getting it.
First thing I did was completely wipe the HDD. I stored the WD files and wiped and formatted the HDD. I then got all the photo’s we have used on this site and got just under 2TB’s and sent them over. With USB 3.0 it didn’t take long at all. So I uninstalled and formatted the drive to then put it back in and do the whole thing over again. Done that a few more times and while there was one error at one point stating the files were too big even though it was the same amount as used before. There was no issues after another format and storing it.
I then put it to the test on both Xbox OneX and the PS4 Pro. With a full format on the PS4 Pro it was easy setup and moving files, saves and games over was easy enough with not an issue what-so-ever. Same goes for the Xbox One X. No issues what-so-ever. Transferred files and data over and it worked perfectly fine.
After a good solid week of usage on everything we could think of and throw at it, it is a solid HDD with added features giving you the better value for money. Wether you’re a user of consoles and need extra storage or you’re on the go constantly this has multiple uses and giving you the peace of mind that is needed when using the MyPassport.