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WD 1TB My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive (Black)

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Product Highlights
  • 1TB Storage Capacity
  • USB 3.0 Interface
  • Data Transfer Rates up to 5 Gb/s
  • Bus Powered
  • Local and Cloud Backup
  • Windows 8 Compatible
  • WD Drive Utilities

The black 1TB My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive from WD is a bus powered, durable, portable hard drive. This USB 3.0 compatible drive connects directly to your USB port allowing you to transfer data at speeds up to 5 Gb/s simplifying the once arduous task of transferring large files such as HD video, movies, pictures, photos, music and more. Backing up your data has also been simplified, as you have the option to backup data to both the drive and the cloud via Dropbox. Once configured, you can manage nearly every aspect of your drive by utilizing the included Drive Utilities by WD. You can also secure your drive by taking advantage of WD Security enabling you to password protect and encrypt your drive.

Local and Cloud Backup
WD SmartWare Pro automatic backup software lets you choose when and where you back up your files.
• Choose scheduled backup to back up your files on the schedule that fits your needs
• Choose automatic, continuous backup to back up files as they are added or changed and saved
• Use your Dropbox account to back up files to the cloud (Dropbox account is required for cloud backup)
Enhanced Transfer Rates
When connected to a USB 3.0 port, My Passport Ultra lets you access and save files with enhanced data transfer speeds. Transfer data up to three times faster when compared to USB 2.0 transfer rates.
USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Compatibility
This single drive is compatible with the latest USB 3.0 devices as well as many USB 2.0 devices.
Windows 8 Compatibility
The WD Windows 8 app makes it easy to discover the digital media stored on your My Passport Ultra drive with your Windows 8 computer. Your content is automatically displayed and organized so you can easily locate and enjoy your photos, videos, and music.
Secure Your Files
WD Security allows you to set password protection and hardware encryption for your drive to help protect your files from unauthorized use or access.
WD Drive Utilities Software
Register your drive, set drive timer, run diagnostics and more using WD Drive Utilities.
Durable Enclosure Protects the Drive Inside
This WD drive is designed for durability, shock tolerance, and long-term reliability.
USB-Powered
No separate power supply is needed as this drive is powered directly from the USB port on your PC.
Performance
Capacity 1TB
Interface USB 3.0
Drive Speed Not specified by manufacturer
Buffer Not specified by manufacturer
Sustained Data Transfer Rate USB 3.0 up to 5 Gb/s (max)
USB 2.0 up to 480 Mb/s (max)
System Requirements Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
(Requires reformatting for Mac OS X operating systems)
General
Mounting External
Environmental Requirements Operating Temperature: 41 to 95°F / 5 to 35°C
Non-Operating Temperature: 4 to 149°F / -20 to 65°C
Dimensions (WxHxD) 3.23 x 4.35 x 0.61" / 82 x 110.5 x 15.4 mm
Weight 0.34 lb / 0.16 kg
WD 1TB My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive (Black)
  • USB Cable
  • WD SmartWare Pro Software
  • Quick Install Guide
  • Limited 3-Year Manufacturer Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    WD1TB My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive (Red)
     
    4.7

    (based on 75 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (58)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Quiet (43)
    • Easy to install (30)
    • Fast (30)
    • Compact (25)
    • Highly compatible (24)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Back-up (22)
      • Additional storage (17)
      • Photo storage (17)
      • File transfer (13)
      • High-end multimedia (9)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Frequent user (24), Casual user (13), Heavy duty user (13), Power user (13)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (41), Business (22)
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC (18), Mac (7)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Good but not perfect

      I bought this hard drive to work as my time machine for my iMac. The drive is fast, pretty, small, and works almost perfectly. The one issue I have is that it...Read complete review

      I bought this hard drive to work as my time machine for my iMac. The drive is fast, pretty, small, and works almost perfectly. The one issue I have is that it will randomly disconnect when it is plugged straight into my iMac. This interrupts my backup and makes me worry about the integrity of the drive. After reading several reviews, forums, and other complaints I realized that this is a problem with how much power the drive is sucking from the computer. Apparently, the drive uses too much power when it is backing up large amounts of data. Since it is USB powered and there is a limit to how much power USB can provide the drive will shut down and disconnect. I read that many people have called WD to get a Y cable to connect to 2 USB ports. However, I found out that using a powered USB hub makes the drive work perfectly and not disconnect. Before, I could barely get my iMac to backup without the drive disconnecting. Now it never disconnects. WD knows about this issue but they refused to admit it unless you call them and ask for a Y cable. For that I have to only give them 4 stars.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      was not formatted for mac

      when i bought this it did not say clearly enough that it was only for windows. i had to phone the 1 800 number for WD to figure out how to format if for...Read complete review

      when i bought this it did not say clearly enough that it was only for windows. i had to phone the 1 800 number for WD to figure out how to format if for Mac. next time read carefully which system it is preformatted for.

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      5.0

      Easy back up, huge storage

      By Dr. Ruth

      from NY, NY

      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
        • Photo Storage

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

        Compact, easy to install, fast. A great way to securely back up computer content.

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

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        5.0

        Small & Fantastic!

        By Carissa

        from Denver, Colorado

        About Me Power user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy to use
        • High Capacity
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Additional Storage
          • Backup
          • Photo Storage

          Comments about 1TB My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive (Blue):

          I use this to back up my OTHER external harddrive with all of the weddings / portraits I shoot. It's compact and easy to use. Plus, if formatted correctly you can use it on a PC & Mac!

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

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          5.0

          Portable hard drive

          By Fiddlergene

          from Nj

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

          Works great

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          5.0

          Perfect for Backups

          By Dave

          from Acton, MA

          About Me Heavy Duty User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backups

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

            I use these drives to backup my digital video media. Solid and fast performance.

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            5.0

            Nice Performance

            By Toni

            from Queens , Ny

            About Me Frequent User

            Pros

            • Easy To Install
            • Fast
            • Highly Compatible
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Runs Hot

            Best Uses

            • High-End Multimedia

            Comments about 1TB My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive (Blue):

            WD is always great 2 me ... i hav bought 2

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            I would buy again!

            By Jboss

            from CA

            About Me Heavy Duty User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Storage

              Comments about 1TB My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive (Titanium):

              Hard Drive works great.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              5.0

              Great !

              By Leo

              from Nj

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

              Good product

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              5.0

              Works perfectly!

              By RJM

              from Long Island, NY

              About Me Frequent User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about 1TB My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive (Titanium):

                  great 1TB drive, nice & small so you can toss it in your bag & bring it anywhere..

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  5.0

                  Great!

                  By EZ

                  from NJ

                  About Me Heavy Duty User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      Got it for my daughter that is going to college. Small, fast, cheap and reliable.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      Good network hard drive

                      By Jim

                      from Texas

                      About Me Frequent User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Install
                      • Fast
                      • Highly Compatible
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • High-End Multimedia

                        Comments about 1TB My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive (Titanium):

                        Looked at several compatible hard drives to connect to my Linksys router for camera video storage. It was so simple, plugged it in, worked instantly. Good value for the dollar. It will take time to test the reliability, but so far, all good.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        5.0

                        Good Value for the money

                        By dramamom

                        from massachusetts

                        About Me Frequent User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install
                        • Fast
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about 1TB My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive (Blue):

                            The product is easy to use. I mostly use it to store pictures that I take. Love the amount of data that I can store and not clog up my personal computer.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

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                            5.0

                            Excellent Performer

                            By Luis

                            from Pennsylvania

                            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 Ultra Portable Hard Drive (Black):

                              Purchased this drive to back up three systems. Flawless performance. Nice looking drive. I purchased a case for it too.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business

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                              4.0

                              So far, a great drive

                              By bhowell

                              from Nevada City, CA

                              About Me Heavy Duty User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Bus-Powered
                              • Easy To Install
                              • Quiet
                              • Small

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about 1TB My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive (Blue):

                                  My wife uses this for backups, which have always been a hassle for her. She is thrilled that this drive is (a) very small, and (b) bus powered. It's not especially speedy plugging into her laptop's USB2 ports, but after all, those parts are only USB2.

                                  Of course, time will tell. Durability is a big issue with any hard drive.

                                  One question: I bought the drive thinking that, when she upgrades to a laptop with USB3 ports, this drive will plug into those ports and work at USB3 speed. What I don't know is whether I'll need a USB3-to-USB3 cable in order to get USB3 speed. What comes with the drive is a USB3 (for the drive) to USB2 (for the laptop) cable.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business

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                                  4.0

                                  Good USB 3.0 Hard Drive for Mac Backup

                                  By MOMO

                                  from SAN DIEGO,CA

                                  About Me Frequent User

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Install
                                  • Quiet

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Backup

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

                                    I use the hard drive for backup of my McBookAir. There is no problem with the disk but there is problem with TimeMacine which more often than not "cannot crete directory for the backup. This is not the drive, this is the Apple OS.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Personal

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                                    5.0

                                    I would buy this product again

                                    By John

                                    from Silver Spring, MD

                                    About Me Frequent User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Install
                                    • Fast
                                    • Quiet

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

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

                                        Good price.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Personal

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                                        5.0

                                        WD delivers again!

                                        By zarfx4

                                        from St. Louis, MO

                                        About Me Frequent User

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • High-End Multimedia

                                          Comments about 1TB My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive (Titanium):

                                          Used to backup photos from iMac to MacBook.

                                          3.0 speed is excellent.
                                          Quality is great
                                          quiet

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal

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                                          4.0

                                          With the size of digital files, extra st

                                          By The Colorado Image

                                          from Western Slope of Colorado

                                          About Me Frequent User

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Install
                                          • Quiet

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • High-End Multimedia

                                            Comments about 1TB My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive (Titanium):

                                            Extra storage space is a must with the size of digital files. The 1 TB My Passport Ultra Portable External hard drive is a great product. The USB 3.0 speeds up the down loads and access by software. The portable size and build add a convenience when used with my laptop.

                                            • Primary use:
                                            • Personal

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                                            5.0

                                            VERY convenient!

                                            By mjg fotog

                                            from OH

                                            About Me Heavy Duty User

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Install
                                            • Highly Compatible
                                            • Quiet
                                            • Reliable

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

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

                                                I have used WD externals drives for 8 or 9 years now. I have 3 My Books of varying sizes. The My Books were a little inconvenient since they have to be plugged into a wall socket to work. This Passport solves that problem completely. Very compact. Just plugs in to the USB port on my laptop & that's it! Very portable; easy to take from room to room or on location. plugged into laptop. I had to reformat mine for Mac & Windows [exFAT]. There were very easy-to-follow instructions on WD's website. Bought 2 more Passports in bigger 2TB size. Love that they come in colors for quick identification when backing up multiple copies of images.

                                                • Primary use:
                                                • Business

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                                                5.0

                                                Very nice

                                                By PBG

                                                from Iceland

                                                About Me Frequent User

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

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

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about 1TB My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive (Blue):

                                                    To transport my photos

                                                    • Primary use:
                                                    • Personal

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Solid Backup Drive

                                                    By Robert

                                                    from Brandon, MS

                                                    About Me Frequent User

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Easy To Install
                                                    • Fast
                                                    • Highly Compatible
                                                    • Quiet

                                                    Cons

                                                    • None

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Data Backup

                                                    Comments about 1TB My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive (Titanium):

                                                    I bought this drive as a second backup for my MacBook Pro. My primary backup drive is a thunderbolt that I use each time I add significant data. I backup to the second drive about once a month and keep it in the safe deposit box at my bank. While I like the speed of the thunderbolt drive, I thought the USB 3.0 would be fast enough and maybe even as fast. I couldn't find any test that actually compared the two drives. The difference in speed between this Passport USB 3.0 and other USB 2.0 drives that I have used is like night and day. That said, its still not as fast as the thunderbolt drive. But for the way I'm using the drive I'm more than satisfied with the speed. After having a little time with the two drives, I don't think its worth the difference in money to use a thunderbolt drive for backup. However, if you need an external drive for a scratch disk or second boot drive, then the thunderbolt is worth considering.

                                                    I've used WD drives in the past and have always been satisfied with them just as I am with this new Passport. In addition to the other qualities, the size of the drive is very nice as space in my safe deposit box is at a premium

                                                    • Primary use:
                                                    • Personal

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