WD My Passport 4 TB Portable Hard Drive for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 - Blue
- The My Passport portable drive is trusted to store the massive amounts of photos, videos and music you love; available in an array of vibrant, fun colors, the sleek style fits comfortably in the palm of your hand, so you can easily take your treasured content everywhere you go
- Auto backup: Automatically back up photos, videos, music and documents from your system onto your My Passport drive with the included WD Backup software. Set it to your schedule; just pick the time and frequency
- Password protection: Built-in 256-bit AES hardware encryption with WD security software helps keep your content private and safe; easily add a “return-if-found” message as the password prompt in case your My Passport drive ever gets lost; even minds like yours can accidentally leave things behind
- WD reliability: WD builds drives to demanding requirements for durability, shock tolerance and long-term reliability
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My Passport is the trusted, portable storage that perfectly complements your on-the-go lifestyle. Designed to fit in the palm of your hand, there's plenty of space to store a massive amount of photos, videos, music and documents. Perfectly paired with WD Backup software and password protection, the My Passport drivehelps keep your files safe. lt BR
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The Western Digital hard drive is equipped with a large 4TB storage space. This enormous storage capacity lets you load it with your favorite apps, movies, games, photos and so much more. With its auto backup feature, you don’t have to worry about losing your content. Even if anything gets deleted by mistake, you have another file safely in place for quick access.
- 4 TB
- Interface : USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 compatible
- Password Protection
Loaded with Protection
To make your user experience highly secure and hassle free, this My Passport portable hard drive has multiple protective software installed. It has built in 256bit AES Hardware Encryption along with the WD Security software that helps you protect important data from being accessed by prying eyes. It also has a 'return if found' message feature that can be used when your drive gets lost.
This external hard drive has a stunning design in blue color. You can carry it wherever you go due to its slim and highly portable structure. This drive is also made to be tough and shock proof for long term usability. You can effortlessly store content in the device by attaching one end of a USB 3.0 or 2.0 port to it and other to a smartphone or a laptop.
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BOTTOM LINE (for the impatient):
The new model is a little bit faster than last year's and includes the 4TB model added to the previous generation My Passport Ultra early in 2016. This model (I got the 4TB size) is just noticeably faster than the 2015 model on sequential reads and but especially writes using Crystal DiskMark.
This My Passport has a new design that replaces rounded corners with pointy ones and adds some odd (to me) styling to the case. The new case shows fingerprints and scratches much more than the old. It's a purely aesthetic change. Other than outward appearance it's functionally almost identical to the 2016 My Passport Ultra model.
If these differences are not important for you or you prefer the old model's aesthetics, you may want to get last year's My Passport Ultra or this depending on which is least expensive at the time. You'll have an excellent drive in either case.
If you want more details, read on...
The My Passport USB 3.0 drives are simple to use and come with reasonable software tools and backup/sync software. The drive includes software: WD Backup, WD Security and WD Drive Utilities. I have my own backup solution and have not explored this software. If these are of interest, be sure to check for newer versions on the WD web site.
+ This drive works fine with Windows, Linux or Mac out of the box. With Linux or Mac it performs best when reformatted with a native file system for the respective operating system.
+ This generation has 4TB, 3TB, 2TB, and 1TB models. The 500GB sizes in previous versions has been dropped.
+ This drive is faster than the last generation. Up to 10% faster in benchmarks, but just noticeable in practical use.
+ The form factor of the new drive is almost exactly the same as before except for pointy corners and about a 1mm increase in thickness.
+ The early drives came with 2yr warranties, but NOW come with 3 years. Yeah!
- It comes with the same very short USB 3.0 cable as previous versions. I like a longer 3ft (or more) USB 3.0 cable: a very good upgrade purchase for the My Passport drives.
- The redesign of the drive case is not a plus for me. Not much of a minus either as it's not why I selected this drive. The worst thing is going with pointy corners. From a handling perspective rounded corners are nicer.
IN THE BOX:
The My Passport comes in a easy to open retail package containing the drive and a annoyingly short USB 3.0 cable. There are a couple small pieces of paper for warranty and quick-start. That's it. The cable in this model is the same as previous versions. This may be just fine for a lot of folks but I keep some 3ft (or more) USB 3.0 cables handy for longer runs to my desktop or even on top of a tall computer.
FORM FACTOR vs. PREVIOUS GENERATION:
I'll compare the new generation of My Passport with my 2015 My Passport Ultra
This Model My Passport's dimensions:
1TB: 0.37lb, 4.33in X 0.64in X 3.21in
2TB-4TB: 0.54lb, 4.33in X 0.85in X 3.21in
2015 My Passport Ultra's dimensions:
500GB: 0.32lb, 4.33in X 0.62in X 3.21in
1TB: 0.34lb, 4.33in X 0.62in X 3.21in
2TB-4TB: 0.50lb, 4.33in X 0.83in X 3.21in
I tested both my older My Passport Ultra 2TB drive and the new My Passport 4TB model using CrystalDiskMark benchmark software and by copying 11GB folder of updates and files to the drive. This was to compare the benchmark with real-world copying. The 11GB folder has a broad mix of file sizes and types including files an over 2GB iso DVD images.
Using CrystalDiskMark I found sequential reads were about 10% faster and writes about 40% (!) faster with the new model. Random reads were just a tiny bit slower and writes were about 4% faster. While the benchmarks showed significant differences using them in my real-world copy test the difference was noticeable but not great. If you need to write large files this drive is noticeably better than the 2015 model.
For my testing the My Passport drive was connected to the Renasas USB 3.0 chip set on my Dell Precision E6500 laptop. I have the latest Renasas drivers installed. The laptop also has a Samsung EVO SSD as the hard drive (matters for my real-world copy testing).
The New Generation My Passport:
Sequential Read: 125. 5 MB/s
Sequential Write: 113.7 MB/s
Random Read: 4KiB 0.573 MB/s
Random Write: 4KiB 1.290 MB/s
Sequential Read: 119.1 MB/s
Sequential Write: 113.7 MB/s
Random Read: 4KiB 0.505 MB/s [ 127.4 IOPS]
Random Write: 4KiB 1.305 MB/s [ 327.1 IOPS]
The 2015 My Passport Ultra:
Sequential Read: 112.8 MB/s
Sequential Write: 72.4 MB/s
Random Read: 4KiB 0.584 MB/s [ 142.6 IOPS]
Random Write: 4KiB 1.373 MB/s [ 335.2 IOPS]
Sequential Read: 110.7 MB/s
Sequential Write: 70.7 MB/s
Random Read: 4KiB 0.522 MB/s [ 127.4 IOPS]
Random Write: 4KiB 1.340 MB/s [ 327.1 IOPS]
REAL WORLD COPY:
In my real world copy test the new My Passport drive was just noticeably faster than the older My Passport Ultra. More on the writing than reading side. It peaked out at about 68MB/s with large files. I never dropped below 31MB/s even with large amounts of small files being copied to the drive. The 2015 My Passport Ultra peaked out at about 60MB/s and dropped several times to 29MB/s.
I'm thinking the newer drive may have a larger on-drive write cache or maybe it's just a bit faster drive. Maybe both. On big copies the new My Passport may save you a few seconds here or there but your last generation My Passport Ultra drives are still pretty close in real-world performance.
The My Passport line of drives from Western Digital has been very good to me and to my clients. This reliable and good to excellent performing line has a long positive history with me.
This WD My Passport model is an evolution over the 2015 My Passport Ultra. I'll pick it for new purchases over the older model, but won't rush out to replace older drives. I like the 2015 My Passport Ultra's rounded corner case better but it's very minor point for me. Overall it's a excellent successor to a 5 star predecessor and continues to be a very good external storage choice.
For making improvements that outweigh a small misstep in case design and not making a mess of something that has been working well for a long time This new generation of My Passport drives is worth 5 stars in my opinion.
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If your data is important to you, DO NOT BUY THESES DRIVES.
Western Digital - If your customer support reads these reviews I'd like to know what in the world you're doing to your reputation and your drives. These used to be the best drives on the market because of their reliability but you're destroying your reputation and brand. It would do you well to think long and hard about what your brand means to you because these drives SUCK.
Since I use a Mac I had to format it for use on a Mac. It really took a handful of minutes to do, so it was not that big of a deal. But, what I did not expect was the following when I performed a check on "About this Mac." The image shows "External 4 TB USB Disk." The information, though, lists that I had the following storage: 971.45 GB available of 1.8 TB. I guess I am a bit unsure at how this could be. I though I was purchasing a 4TB EHD....yet I have only 1.8 TB available? I further then went to check the PDF file that is listed for "Product Specifications" and no real more information is listed there other than the sizes available.
So, Western Digital, WHAT GIVES? Why did I pay for this size....when I get less than half of that capacity to use on my Mac?
I just wanted to leave this review for others to be made aware.