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WD 1TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Blue)

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Product Highlights
  • Portable Drive With 1TB Storage
  • USB 3.0 Plug-and-Play Connectivity
  • User-Friendly Software Suite Included
  • Automatic Back-Up Software Included
  • Windows and Mac Compatible

The 1TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive from WD is a convenient, high capacity option for anyone with a lot of videos, photos, music, and files that they want to keep secure--and take on the road.

Designed for speed and convenience, the My Passport series of hard drives make backing-up your files fast, easy, and most importantly automatic. You can set up the included software to automatically back up files and folders so you never have to worry about making copies of your favorite photos, videos, or music. It has a low impact on computer resources while running in the background, and will instantly back up any files the moment you add or change them.

Using high-speed USB 3.0 technology, and also compatible with any USB 2.0 port, you can now transfer files faster than ever before, with rates of up to three times faster than previous USB 2.0 technology. Keep those files not only stored, but protected, using WD Security for password protection and hardware encryption--to protect your files from unauthorized use or access.

Massive capacity, yet small design
Offering a capacity of 1TB in a near pocket-sized enclosure, My Passport hard drives are the ideal companion for taking your videos, photos, music and files around with you--or safely stored at home.
Automatic, continuous backup software
Creating and storing copies of your files means never losing your photos or music, and always having a copy to bring back. WD's automatic backup software makes this easy by quietly working in the background to help protect your data, while using minimal PC resources. Whenever you save or change a file, it is instantly backed up without you having to manually move or copy a thing.
Ultra-fast USB 3.0 transfer rates
When connected to a USB 3.0 port, My Passport lets you access and save files with blazing speed compared to USB 2.0. Reduce transfer time by up to 3 times when compared to USB 2.0 transfer rates. However with this single drive you do get compatibility with your USB 2.0 devices today and the speed of USB 3.0 when you're ready to step up to the next generation. The drive is also powered through the USB port, so there's no need to lug around a bulky power adapter.
WD Security and WD Drive Utilities
WD Security utility allows you to set password protection and hardware encryption for your drive to protect your files from unauthorized use or access. Or register your drive, set drive security, run diagnostics and more, using WD Drive Utilities.
Performance
Capacity 1TB
Interface USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
Drive Speed Not Specified by Manufacturer
Sustained Data Transfer Rate 5Gb/s (Max)
System Requirements Comes formatted NTFS for Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7
Requires reformatting for Mac OS X Leopard, Snow Leopard, or Lion
General
Power Requirements Powered via USB port
Environmental Requirements Operating 41° to 95° F (5° C to 35° C)
Non-operating -4° F to 149° F (-20° C to 65° C)
Dimensions (L x W x D) 4.4 x 3.2 x 0.7" (11.1 x 8.2 x 1.9 cm)
Weight 0.43 lb (0.19 kg)
WD 1TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Blue)
  • WD SmartWare Software
  • WD Drive and WD Security Utilities
  • USB Cable
  • Quick-Install Guide
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    WD1TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Blue)
     
    4.7

    (based on 435 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (337)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (88)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to install (304)
    • Quiet (304)
    • Fast (293)
    • Highly compatible (237)
    • Reliable (234)

    Cons

    • Pricey / poor value (10)
    • Difficult to install (6)
    • Slow (5)
    • Flimsy (3)
    • Unreliable (3)

    Best Uses

    • High-end multimedia (115)
    • Back-up (47)
    • Photo storage (34)
    • Additional storage (25)
    • Video (24)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Frequent user (237), Heavy duty user (92), Infrequent user (30), Casual user (25), Power user (18)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (309), Business (95)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (30), Mac (12)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    I love this hard drive, I really do.

    When my eagerly anticipated newest WD 1 TB external hard drive arrived recently I wasted no time in plugging it into my MacBook Pro. In mere moments I had partitioned the drive, formatted it...Read complete review

    When my eagerly anticipated newest WD 1 TB external hard drive arrived recently I wasted no time in plugging it into my MacBook Pro. In mere moments I had partitioned the drive, formatted it for Mac and had started to back up my precious data using one partition for Time Machine and the other for tons of photos and movies.
    I could sense my wife's mounting displeasure as she menacingly towered over me in the living room. "Why the heck do you need another one of those little things she hissed, you've already got four or five". "Give me just one good reason".

    Well Let's see I thought, apart from there being no such thing as 'too many hard drives'.
    1. This unit, like it's reliable older stable mates has so far performed flawlessly.
    2. Compatible with both PC and Mac
    3. USB 3.0/2.0
    4. It's extremely fast
    5. Did I mention its quiet
    6. Setting it up is a cinch
    7. Huge capacity
    8. Great price
    9. Stays cool
    10. And can I be honest, it looks great
    My backup plan involves having multiple backups stored in geographically separate locations, and this WD 1 TB Drive is an integral part of that plan. As far as I am concerned there is no such thing as 'too many hard drives'.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    1TB My Passport

    Purchased to use as a backup drive, as it was designed. Not impressed with the software supplied on the Western Digital website, it caused conflicts with existing devices on my Win 8 notebook....Read complete review

    Purchased to use as a backup drive, as it was designed. Not impressed with the software supplied on the Western Digital website, it caused conflicts with existing devices on my Win 8 notebook. Had to uninstall and then manually remove any reference to the passport in the system registry. The automated uninstall process left a great deal of dirt behind. Still wound up performing a system restore to a pre-passport install date to regain acceptable pc functionality. I reformatted the Passpoort and use it with the native Win 8/7 backup program. It works fine that way, and I would encourage future purchasers of this item to do the same. Update the firmware on the Passport when you receive it and be happy with that. For a product produced by Western Digital, I was surprised to have experienced these issues and pretty disappointed with how far below my expectations it fell.

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    5.0

    Satified

    By rteller

    from Scottsbluff, NE

    About Me Frequent User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Fast

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about 1TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

        Makes a nice back up for my images. I am a serous photographer. It does what it is suppose to do.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        5.0

        Great to back up your word

        By Karen

        from MT

        About Me Frequent User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about 1TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black):

            I use several of the passports to backup my photography. I rotate between them just in case one should have a mishap.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            I would buy it again, & refer for others

            By Miek

            from NY

            About Me Heavy Duty User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

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                  Comments about 1TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black):

                  great devise

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  5.0

                  Great Service

                  By Landon

                  from Atlanta, GA

                  Comments about 1TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black):

                  I ordered this external drive as a backup for one I have already. I did a lot of research and found that this is really the best one with the best price. I ordered it and received it on time. Would definitely order again from b&h.

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                  4.0

                  WD quality

                  By CascadeYeti

                  from Seattle, WA

                  About Me Infrequent User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install
                  • Quiet
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • High-End Multimedia

                    Comments about 1TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black):

                    Ordered it on a whim due to sale. Haven't used a drive in this form factor before, so was pleasantly surprised at how small & light it is. Fast enough for carrying media around.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Everything was great!

                    By joe

                    from river ridge, la.

                    About Me Infrequent User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install
                    • Fast
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Quiet
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • High-End Multimedia

                      Comments about 1TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                      I use this for backup and it was very easy to set up and use.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      Good all around!

                      By SDR

                      from VA

                      Comments about 1TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                      Easy process, quick shipping, good product! Thanks!

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                      5.0

                      Light, Compact and Works Great!

                      By Rissriss

                      from California

                      About Me Heavy Duty User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Install
                      • Fast
                      • Highly Compatible
                      • Quiet
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • High-End Multimedia

                        Comments about 1TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                        I purchased this for myself after purchasing the same one for work. I have only used this for a couple days so far, but I know from the past that this is a trustworthy model and I like the WD brand. This drive is a great size, and I received an instant rebate when I purchased it ... so it's been a great buy! Plus, I love the USB 3.0 ... it still works with 2.0 inputs for older computers in case I need to plug into a friends', but for my 3.0 input on my Mac, it's quick! Also, I had to reformat it to work on both my Mac and others' potential PCs (I use this to share files), but it was really easy and the instructions on the WD Support website were quick and easy to follow.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        5.0

                        Dependable Drive

                        By Macbyers

                        from Cedar City, UT

                        About Me Heavy Duty User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • High-End Multimedia

                          Comments about 1TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                          Use a bunch of these in different capacities for editing video in FCPX. They work great with no problems and you can't beat the cost/capacity ratio.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business

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                          5.0

                          Does what its supposed to.

                          By mikeyatc

                          from Western US

                          About Me Heavy Duty User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Install
                          • Fast
                          • Quiet
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • High-End Multimedia

                            Comments about 1TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                            I haven't had a need to use the back up because I use a mac pro. Its there just in case.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business

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                            5.0

                            Great Little Drive

                            By - MK -

                            from Redondo Beach, CA

                            About Me Infrequent User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Install
                            • Fast
                            • Highly Compatible
                            • Quiet
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Backup

                              Comments about 1TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Red):

                              I purchased two of these drives as backups for our laptop and desktop machines. They work great and I highly recommend them!

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal

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                              5.0

                              Reduce

                              By T

                              from Texas

                              About Me Heavy Duty User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Install
                              • Fast
                              • Highly Compatible
                              • Quiet
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Gaming
                                • High-End Multimedia

                                Comments about 1TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Red):

                                i have many images on disc or prints. this helps keep them organized and available in on specific place. i do not have to hunt through several boxes of disc or photographs to find a specific image. they are all together in one place labeled for easy access. great.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business

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                                5.0

                                Easy to Use Fast Backup.

                                By AndyR

                                from Glendale, CA

                                About Me Frequent User

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Fast
                                • Highly Compatible

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about 1TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black):

                                    Backup time is faster than my old one.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal

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                                    5.0

                                    Great product!

                                    By Pablo

                                    from Idaho

                                    About Me Frequent User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Install
                                    • Fast
                                    • Highly Compatible
                                    • Quiet
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about 1TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black):

                                        Talk about easy set-up. The last external hard drive I bought was difficult to set up and use but this one has all the set-up with it. We have a small business and use it for storing company stuff as well as lots of family photos. We love it!

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Business

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                                        5.0

                                        Great Backup for Photographs

                                        By Birdman

                                        from Burlington, KY

                                        About Me Heavy Duty User

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Install
                                        • Fast
                                        • Highly Compatible
                                        • Quiet
                                        • Reliable

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Maintaining And Backing U

                                          Comments about 1TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                                          I recently bought 2 of these hard drives from B&H. While they are designed for USB 3.0, I have been using them on a computer with USB 2.0 ports.

                                          They seem to run a bit faster on my USB 2.0 than previous models. I am sure they would run faster on 3.0 though.

                                          The build is a bit better than previous models.

                                          The included software allows for easier back up of files, which is great since I typically use pairs of these to back up photos. You can install files on one unit and get the other to back it up.

                                          They are excellent values.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Business

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                                          5.0

                                          Very handy piece of gear

                                          By archer

                                          from RI

                                          About Me Frequent User

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Install
                                          • Fast
                                          • Highly Compatible
                                          • Quiet

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Backing up files

                                            Comments about 1TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                                            I use this for backing up my tens of thousands of digital pictures from my network server. It's not as fast a a Gb network transfer, but it's fast enough to be useful, and quite handy to move around. I put an add-in USB3 card in my computer so I could run this at near full speed, and it works great.

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                                            4.0

                                            Does what it should

                                            By Phil

                                            from New Hampshire

                                            About Me Frequent User

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Install
                                            • Fast
                                            • Highly Compatible
                                            • Quiet

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about 1TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                                                Easy to use, does what it should, great price!

                                                • Primary use:
                                                • Personal

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                                                3.0

                                                within limits

                                                By magcut

                                                from nyc, ny

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Highly Compatible
                                                • Quiet

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about 1TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Red):

                                                    Good looking, lightweight, compact storage. Great as far as that goes. Included backup software nearly useless. They try and soak you for more money for a "pro" version, which is redic. Beats Toshiba software, which wouldn't install on Windows 7 Sony. Be warned: The Passport won't allow mirror backup; it's a non-bootable disk by design, but fine if you use Windows Backup Utility and make a CD startup disk. Is it reliable? I'll know in a couple of years. But generally, you can't count on any one single backup.

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Great for backup, but if you have 2.....

                                                    By Outwest

                                                    from Colorado

                                                    About Me Frequent User

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Easy To Install
                                                    • Fast
                                                    • Highly Compatible
                                                    • Quiet
                                                    • Reliable

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                        Comments about 1TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Black):

                                                        I've used these for years to backup photos. Just got two of them, one for photo backup and one to backup the backup. Turns out Windows 7 will assign a drive for the first one but gets stumped when the second one is connected. You have to go in to the nitty gritty areas of Windows and physically assign an available drive ID - I used "I" and then everyone was happy.

                                                        • Primary use:
                                                        • Personal

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                                                        5.0

                                                        I love My Passport

                                                        By sheila the photographer

                                                        from Thornwood, NY

                                                        About Me Frequent User

                                                        Verified Buyer

                                                        Pros

                                                        • Easy To Install
                                                        • Fast
                                                        • Highly Compatible
                                                        • Quiet
                                                        • Reliable

                                                        Cons

                                                          Best Uses

                                                            Comments about 1TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                                                            I have many My Passports and have never had any problems with them. Easy formatting and easy to use. Never failed to-date. I use them for storing all my images. Good price.

                                                            • Primary use:
                                                            • Personal

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