Western Digital (WD) My Passport 1TB Portable Hard Drive Review

Friday, 30 January 2015

I bought this external hard drive a while ago and thought it would be useful to review it for those looking to buy one. I paid around £60 for a 1TB version, which is plenty for most people's uses. The first thing you will notice is how small the hard drive is, as you can see from the photo the size relative to my laptop. It has a short USB 3.0 cable to attach it which gives faster transfer speeds if your laptop or other device has got a USB 3.0 port, which makes copying things over quicker. Don't worry it will still work with a USB 2.0 connection on laptops. Unlike other hard drives this comes with software that can be installed to make backing up and storing your data much easier.

The software contains backup and retrieve, and security which allows for a passport to locked with a password to securing your hard drive. The main software is this backup and retrieve. There are a few settings changes available such as how many backup versions to keep, which means you could select, for example 5 versions, and it would keep up to the last 5 versions of your document. This is great because it means if you accidentally saved over a document, you could go back and retrieve your previous version.  

Home Screen

This is the home screen for the control centre when deciding what you want on the hard drive. It will let you select what you want to back up and show the relative capacity and space used on the laptop and hard drive. 

 The first backup screen will let you choose whether you want to do File Backup or a backup of everything. I chose to use to back up everything which groups your data in types, such as documents or movies as shown above. You can select which type of files you wish to backup. Alternatively you could use the switch to file backup, will let you select specific files that you want to backup instead of all of one group which is better if you only one certain files to be backed up. 

You can also select the backup frequency of the hard drive via the button at the bottom of the screen. You can choose between continuous backup and scheduled backup. Continuous backup monitors the files and whenever a change is made to them and saved, it automatically backs this up. Scheduled will let you choose days and a time to back up on, which is good if you wanted to only do a backup at the end of each day, for example.

This is a great function for restoring those documents you might have deleted or saved over and lost the copy you needed. When you go onto the retrieve tab it will ask whether you want to retrieve the files back to their original places or to a different location such as another folder. This is a great feature as you can instantly get a file back if you delete it by accident. 
The next screen for retrieve will let you select which files you wish to get back. Similar to the file viewer on laptops it will let you search through and find the file you need. You can then retrieve this and it will either be back to the place you deleted it from or in the folder you specified. 

One tip I found when using this hard drive to move all my files from my old laptop to my new one, it was much easier to select the files you want to copy over and manually copy and paste this to the hard drive in their folders, and then copy them onto the new laptop. This is much better than trying to retrieve everything to the new laptop as their is an issue with the file formats. 

I did a lot of reading around before I bought this, and haven't regretted going with this hard drive! Its from a well known brand and has plenty of storage and features for anyone looking to buy a hard drive and I would highly recommend this. Better still, they sell this in quite a few different colours so don't worry if you aren't too keen on the black version.

Protective Case

I also bought a Case Logic hard drive case for around £8 which has proven reliable and keeps its well protected when its not in use. As you can see it has a separate section for the hard drive and the detachable USB cable and has a reasonably protective outer. There are plenty of different cases out there, but I thought I would let you know I have used this and its worked really well.

I hope this review has helped in deciding which hard drive to buy, if you have any comments or questions let me know down below!

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