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WD 2TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver)

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Product Highlights
  • Portable Drive With 2TB Storage
  • USB 3.0 Plug-and-Play Connectivity
  • User-Friendly Software Suite Included
  • Automatic Back-Up Software Included
  • Windows and Mac Compatible

The 2TB 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 2TB 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 2TB
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 0.8" (11.1 x 8.2 x 2.0 cm)
Weight 0.51 lb (0.23 kg)
WD 2TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver)
  • WD SmartWare Software
  • WD Drive and WD Security Utilities
  • USB Cable
  • Quick-Install Guide
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    WD2TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver)
     
    4.8

    (based on 48 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (39)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (42)
    • Portable (41)
    • Large capacity / good size (38)
    • Easy to use (37)
    • Easy to set up (32)

    Cons

    • No power switch (6)

    Best Uses

    • Additional storage (35)
    • Back-up (34)
    • Photo storage (28)
    • Video (22)
    • File transfer (17)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (26), Power user (18)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (40), Business (4)
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC (25), Mac (18)

    Reviewed by 48 customers

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    5.0

    I would buy this product again and again

    By Alex C. Lopes

    from São Paulo, Brazil

    About Me Casual user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Compact
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Easy to use
    • High Capacity
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • File Transfer
      • Video

      Comments about WD 2TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

      Small, light and fast, great product and Great performance

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Computer Platform:
      • Mac

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      5.0

      Compact, fast and excellent

      By Lorraine

      from Rural America

      Comments about WD 2TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

      The Western Digital Passport does not take up a lot of room. The USB 3 works excellent and the 2 TB size should hold just about everything including the kitchen sink. Price at B&H was the best I found. Excellent deal and extremely quick shipping. Will definitely purchase from them in the future. Thanks for stress free shopping.

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      5.0

      WD 2TB My Passport USB 3.0 HD

      By NewYorkMinit.

      from NYC

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Compact
      • Easy to use
      • Portable
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • File Transfer
        • Photo Storage

        Comments about WD 2TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

        This is my 3rd WD My Passport USB 3.0 HD.. the other two are 1TB & this one is 2TB. They all work flawlessly and very fast transfer rate. I'm using this one to store my photos. I have a Nikon D7100 24MP camera and each picture is around 12-15MB. That is way too big to keep thousands of pictures in the computer, so I transfer them to the WD portable HD. Works perfect and I free up computer space so it doesn't slow down. Great product, reliable and blazing speeds.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        5.0

        Handy and great

        By Bert

        from Elmhurst, New York

        Comments about WD 2TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

        Great

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        5.0

        Totally satisfied

        By Wesley

        from Mountain View, CA

        About Me Casual user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Compact
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy to use
        • High Capacity
        • Portable
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Additional Storage
          • Photo Storage
          • Video

          Comments about WD 2TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

          The hard drive was shipped in a great condition within less than a week with the ground shipping. It works great for both my mac and windows PC after FAT32 format. Sleek design and very convenient without a power cable! Nothing to complain about.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          5.0

          Stellar performer

          By Calvinator

          from Rancho Santa Fe, CA

          About Me Power user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Compact
          • Compact But Not Too Small
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Easy to use
          • High Capacity
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Additional Storage
            • Backup
            • Macbook Backup
            • Photo Storage
            • Video

            Comments about WD 2TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

            I knew I'd be adding a lot of photos and thought a backup before and after would be prudent. It turns out that my computer didn't have room for all the RAW photos and crashed. My Passport restored my system in ten minutes (Mac). i've had it for two weeks and it's already saved the day.
            It just works.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            5.0

            Excellent external drive

            By MJ

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Casual user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Compact
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Easy to use
            • High Capacity
            • Portable
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Additional Storage
              • Backup
              • Photo Storage

              Comments about WD 2TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

              I use this external drive specifically for photo back-up in Lightroom 5. Works excellent and easy to organize pics into folders, etc. Lightweight, compact and easy to use.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              5.0

              Western Digital the best

              By Photog Limited

              from Corvallis, OR

              About Me Casual user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Compact
              • Easy To Set Up

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Additional Storage
                • Photo Storage

                Comments about WD 2TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                This is my third My Passport drive. Appreciate the quality in Western Digital products.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • PC

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                5.0

                WD, sturdy, fast reliable.

                By JonFoto

                from Miami, FL

                About Me Power user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast
                • High Capacity
                • Portable
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup
                  • File Transfer

                  Comments about WD 2TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                  Have always found WD to be a reliable brand, seems built solid enough, (even then I still put it inside my WD Nomad hardcover case). Have had it for a month now and no problems yet, will update review if any problems surface.

                  Can definitely say this thing uploads blazingly fast. My desktop 7200rpm 2.0 external hard drive took 30 minutes to upload something that this portable 5400rpm 3.0 hard drive was able to do in 13 minutes.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  Very Pleased

                  By Anne

                  from Overland Park, Ks

                  About Me Casual user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Easy to use
                  • High Capacity
                  • Portable
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup

                    Comments about WD 2TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                    I purchased this Passport to replace a portable hard drive unit by another manufacturer for use as a backup to my desktop computer. The other unit failed less than a year after purchase. While this unit is still quite new I am happy with its performance. I have another 1TB Passport that I use exclusively for photography work and have been satisfied as well. Would definitely purchase this product again. Service from B&H was excellent as always.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • PC

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                    4.0

                    Plenty of space and intuitive software

                    By Dan

                    from Redondo Beach, CA

                    About Me Casual user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Easy to use
                    • High Capacity
                    • Portable
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                    • No Power Switch

                    Best Uses

                    • Additional Storage
                    • Backup
                    • File Transfer
                    • Photo Storage
                    • Video

                    Comments about WD 2TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                    I chose a portable vs a desktop due to ruggedness. I wanted something that could handle some movement, even though I won't be moving it much.

                    I've only been using the HDD for a few weeks but so far, so good. The software's very convenient, as you can set it up to backup any new files you have on your computer. This is perfect for me, as I'm a Photographer and constantly have new photos that need to be backed up.

                    If the drive fails, I'll update this review down the road.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • PC

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                    5.0

                    Hard to beat for the size and price

                    By RickyZ

                    from Guam, USA & Pattaya, Thailand

                    About Me Power user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Easy to use
                    • High Capacity
                    • Portable
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Additional Storage
                      • Backup
                      • Photo Storage
                      • Video

                      Comments about WD 2TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                      The drive does exactly what it's supposed to do, and it's a lovely, cute little thing; the physical size is truly remarkable.

                      I recently purchased two portable hard drives, this one and the Seagate 1TB Backup Plus for Mac. I use both for storage of videos, photos, etc. and for backup of my two Macs using Time Machine. I cannot take advantage of USB 3.0 speed because I have only USB 2.0 ports, but if and when I upgrade computers I'm sure it will be welcome. For significantly less than double the price, and slightly smaller in length and width but a bit thicker, this 2TB drive seems like the better deal, although I'm quite happy with both.

                      I've read some reviews that make a point of whether a drive comes pre-formatted for a Mac, but to me that seems like a non-issue since it takes about a minute to format it and partition it as desired.

                      I go back and forth between two homes with my MacBook Pro as my main computer, making small, portable external drives etremely helpful, and as far as I can make out any of these drives will do the trick. It seems to me a matter of personal preference whether one wants to use a higher capacity drive, probably with more partitioning, or multiple lower capacity drives.

                      Of the two models of Case Logic cases I have, the CAPHDC1B is a little larger than necessary unless you've got extra connectors or adaptors to stick in; the CAQHDC101R QHDC-101 is a bit of a tight squeeze with the USB connector but works fine.

                      I have an additional comment of praise for B&H. Of several vendors I use for online purchases, B&H is the only one providing a tracking number for USPS shipments. Since I live on Guam, which is within the U.S. postal system but without home delivery, it is extremely helpful to be able to track the shipment and know when it has reached my post office. I might also add that shipping prices used to seem a little high but now seem more reasonable. Thank you B&H.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      5.0

                      A winner in my Book

                      By Undercover_Geek

                      from Austin, TX

                      About Me Casual user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Easy to use
                      • High Capacity
                      • Portable
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Media Library

                        Comments about WD 2TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                        Very compact HDD for it's Large Storage capacity. Doesn't get any better than that. Had purchased one exactly the same 1 year before, filled it up really fast, since I've had no problems with it so I ordered a second but just a different color this time :)

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • PC

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                        5.0

                        Really cute HD

                        By apve

                        from Chicago, IL

                        About Me Casual user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attractive Design
                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy to use
                        • High Capacity
                        • Portable
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Additional Storage
                          • Backup
                          • File Transfer
                          • Photo Storage
                          • Video

                          Comments about WD 2TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                          I am really happy with my 2T HD.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • PC

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                          4.0

                          small & economical choice for Mac backup

                          By Eddie

                          from Boulder, CO

                          About Me Power user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy to use
                          • High Capacity
                          • Portable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Backup
                            • Photo Storage

                            Comments about WD 2TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                            I use a couple of these smallish WD drives to store offsite backups (bootable images, versioned backups) of my Macs, in a bank safe deposit box. The small size is important because this WD will fit into a SD box typically sized 3x5x21 inches.

                            Small form factor and relatively low price are the best features of this product. The worst feature of this product is likely to be reliability, since it is rotating storage; I would not use it for travel.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • Mac

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                            5.0

                            Does as advertised so I'm happy

                            By BigLannie

                            from Cherry Hill, NJ

                            About Me Casual user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Portable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Additional Storage

                              Comments about WD 2TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                              Bought the WD 2TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive, shipped right away and received it quick. It works as adverstised so I'm happy!

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • PC

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                              4.0

                              Lightweight and Portable Hard Drive

                              By Peter Lemonjello

                              from San Diego, CA

                              About Me Power user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attractive Design
                              • Compact
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Easy to use
                              • High Capacity
                              • Portable
                              • Quiet

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Additional Storage
                                • File Transfer
                                • Video

                                Comments about WD 2TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                                I have been using this hard drive to back up video projects. With 2TB, it can hold a lot of sizable files on it and due to the small, portable size, I can take it with me or store it away easily. The USB connection feels fragile on it, but hasn't broken. I am just careful with it when plugging it in.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • Mac

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                                4.0

                                A lot of bang for the buck

                                By Bob

                                from Meadowview, Virginia

                                About Me Power user

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attractive Design
                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • High Capacity
                                • Portable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Additional Storage
                                  • Backup
                                  • File Transfer
                                  • Photo Storage
                                  • Video

                                  Comments about WD 2TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                                  This is a better choice than an AC powered unit.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • PC

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                                  5.0

                                  Best Hard Drive Ever!

                                  By mikejayray

                                  from Asheville, NC

                                  About Me Power user

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attractive Design
                                  • Awesome
                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Easy to use
                                  • High Capacity
                                  • Portable
                                  • Quiet

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Additional Storage
                                    • Backup
                                    • Photo Storage
                                    • Video

                                    Comments about WD 2TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                                    I am about to deploy to Afghanistan and wanted an external hard drive to serve as a backup for my Macbook Pro and another to take my family photo project. I am currently working through my family genealogy and have scanned over 150,000 pictures that I am organizing, tagging, etc. to redistribute to family members.WD's Passport is fast, stable, easy to transport, and I couldn't be happier.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal
                                    • Computer Platform:
                                    • Mac

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                                    5.0

                                    Nice & easy

                                    By Alan

                                    from Tucson AZ

                                    About Me Casual user

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attractive Design
                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Easy to use
                                    • High Capacity
                                    • Portable
                                    • Quiet

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Photo Storage

                                      Comments about WD 2TB My Passport USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (Silver):

                                      I have thousands of digitL pictures and I needed a place to put them besides my computer. Since my Macs, desktop laptop and Iphone all sync, i have way to much to just keep floating. This 2T unit fits the bill wonderfully. It is password protected and I can view the pictures from any mac. I enjoyed the prompt turn-around getting the drive, B & H have their act together. A very painles transaction at a wonderful price.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Personal

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