Review of the My Passport for Mac Portable Hard Drive from Western Digital
Western Digital recently updated their popular My Passport line for portable hard drives. Their current models are the 7th generation of the My Passport line, there are 2 versions available the My Passport Ultra (for PC) and the My Passport for Mac. I tested the My Passport for Mac 2TB drive with my MacBook Pro.
I have been using this drive for the past couple of months and I LOVE IT! It is solidly made, rugged, reliable and really fast. Having used it for a variety of tasks with my MacBook it has become an essential piece of equipment for me that I carry everywhere my MacBook goes.
It has USB 3.0, which I’m sure is an important factor in how quick it is to transfer or copy files to this hard drive. If you don’t have USB 3.0 on your computer you can still use it, as it is backwards compatible with USB 2.0.
Setting it up is very quick and easy as it comes ready formatted the Mac. Just plug it into your Mac USB port and it will prompt you to allow installation of the WD Drive Utilities and security apps. After the initial install using the drive just involves plugging it in to your Mac and you are ready to go. You can access the Utilities app at any time to check for software updates, alter the sleep timer for the drive and check its status.
If you are worried about your drive being lost or stolen you can protect your stored data from prying eyes by setting a password. This optional extra layer of security uses the WD security app to set a password which activates 256-bit hardware encryption.
The drive is very rugged and looks well-made – I have been carrying it around with me for several months and it still looks new.
The drive works seamlessly with Time Machine, making it easy to automatically back up my Mac. I have also used it to download shared photo albums from dropbox; download and store movies, music, documents and photos. Every time I use it I have been impressed by how quick and easy it is, it is noticeably faster than any other drive I have used.
Recently my MacBook was really struggling as its hard drive was pretty much at capacity thanks to my huge iTunes library so I made the decision to move my iTunes library completely off my MacBook and on to My Passport. I was nervous about how well this would work, but it works just as well as storing the iTunes library on my MacBook. I keep My Passport plugged into my computer anytime I am connected to iTunes, have my iTunes library on My Passport selected as my default iTunes library location, and it works beautifully. With all the space now available on my MacBook it is working so much better, and I have lots of space to use for other things such as my photo library. I love that the 2TB drive is big enough to hold my entire iTunes library (over 700 GB), and my complete Time Machine back up and still have room for more!
Overall, I would highly recommend Western Digital’s My Passport for Mac – it is well-made, rugged, portable, easy to use, secure and very fast. My only very minor gripe, is that the PC version, My Passport Ultra, comes in a variety of color options, where as the Mac version is currently only in black. I’d love to see the color options available for Mac too. Meanwhile, WD does offer a way to add a splash of color using the WD grip pack – a colored band you can put around your drive, which costs $12.99.
My Passport for Mac is available from Amazon.com and many other retailers in 1TB, 2TB and 3 TB versions from $69.99
NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.