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Storage is indeed a very critical factor these days when you go out to purchase a device- be it a smartphone or a laptop. It is always a feel-good factor to have an abundant storage in hand. Gone are those days when people would burn content on CD/DVDs and store it or let’s stay store in a 128 or even 256 GB pen drive. Plus, you got to consider the read and write speeds as well. And now this is where the external hard disks come into picture. I recently got a chance to review the WD My Passport 2TB External HDD and the colour that they gave was Blue. Yes, it did hit bright in my eyes when unboxed then but slowly I started to like it because it is different. Black is too mainstream a colour these days. Western Digital has always been my favourite brand when it comes to external HDDs and here are my thoughts on the WD My Passport.

The Looks

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WD My Passport- In the Box

WD My Passport comes in five colours- black, yellow, red, orange, and blue. The look and build of the device is indeed impressive. The upper half of it is glossy and for obvious reasons attracts the dust and your fingerprints. The bottom half is matte finish and hence balances the overall feel of the device. The blue colour looks indeed a catchy one and I personally liked it a lot. The glossy half has the WD branding in the center. Coming to the sides of WD My Passport, the bottom has the USB Type A connector along with an LED indicator. The dimensions of the device stand at 4.33×3.21×0.85 inches which makes it fairly compact.

The back side of the device does have the padded points on the four corners which allow it to be placed properly on an even surface. The LED indicator when solid indicates that the device is idle whereas it blinks rapidly when there are read or write operations in progress. Also, the device is in the standby mode if the LED indicator is blinking at a slow pace. The WD My Passport comes with the USB cable of the same colour as that of the hard disk. So yes, I did get a blue USB cable along(cool, eh?).

The Performance

Now this is what matters the most when you spend a good amount on an external HDD. All you want is a high read/write speed to save yourself some time during the transfer operations. In order to check this out, we did run a test on CrystalDiskMark for WD My Passport and the results are as follows:

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WD My Passport- CrystalDiskMark Results

There you go- the CrystalDiskMark test showed massive read and write speeds at 118.4 MB/s and 117.8 MB/s respectively. Now these speeds are way too impressive for an external HDD. It would literally take a few seconds if you were to transfer 2-3 gigs of a file. On transferring a file of size roughly 2GB from my PC to WD My Passport, it took just about 20 seconds. I’m impressed, again, not just with the colour this time.

WD Apps

The WD My Passport comes in with three tools for Windows- WD Backup, WD Drive Utility and WD Security.

WD Backup

This is a very helpful tool if you are in a habit of backing up your important data to the external HDD on a regular basis. All you need to do is provide the folder and it will sync the data from that particular folder to the WD My Passport as per the schedule and frequence you have set. You can also sync data to and from Dropbox.

WD Drive Utility

This is a software to manage your device. You get to check the drive status along with an option to run diagnostic tests. The content can be securely erased using WD Drive Utility.

WD Security

Well, you do want to keep your important data secured, be it on your PC or in your external HDD. And that is where the WD Security software comes to your help. It locks your data using 256-bit hardware encryption. All you need to do is set up a password and more importantly remember it. Why is that? Because there is absolutely no way to reset this password. Also, this tool becomes very handy because you do not need to install it on every PC that you connect it to. Once you have set the password, the device will automatically get locked when you reboot the PC or reconnect the WD My Passport again.

The Warranty

WD My Passport

WD My Passport

The WD My Passport is also compatible with Windows 10 and comes with a 2 year limited warranty. Currently priced at Rs. 5,899 on Amazon.in, the WD My Passport 2TB is a smart buy. As mentioned before, the massive read and write speeds count a lot here thereby making it a strong recommendation. It comes in four storage variants- 1TB, 2TB, 3TB and 4TB with pre-formatted in NTFS for Windows operating system. Hit the link below to buy it right away.

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