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  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great size and speed; Clunky software

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Set up, Use with macs

    I've owned countless Western Digital My Passport external hard drives over the years and they have all proven extremely fast and reliable. This latest iteration of the My Passport lineup looks to the the thinnest and most portable yet with a handful of other improvements. There are a couple of notable issues, though. PROS: - WD has finally brought USB-C to the My Passport lineup. Included in the box are two cables: a standard USB-A cable, and a new USB-C cable. The USB-C cable is a must-have for MacBook Pro users, since newer models lack traditional USB-A ports. - Speeds over both USB-A and USB-C are among the fastest I've observed on portable, mechanical hard drives. Copying files from my MacBook to the drive, I clocked speeds faster than 125 megabytes per second. - The drive itself is incredibly thin and light-weight. It's certainly the thinnest My Passport drive I've ever owned, but it's not quite as small as the more expensive portable SSDs. Still, this drive is small enough to fit in a pocket or throw in the small pouch of a backpack. - The included WD Discovery software allows you to change the drive's default sleep timer as well as turn off the activity light on the drive, which are both nice options to have. - Completely quiet -- I don't hear any noise from the drive as it's being written to. - The drive comes formatted as HFS+ and works seamlessly with Time Machine. If you're buying this as a Time Machine backup drive, then rest assured knowing that it will work without any additional configuration or reformatting required. CONS: - Unlike my older WD drives, there are no rubber feet on the bottom side of this drive. This means that the drive tends to slide across any surface that I set it on and has a hard time staying in one place on my desk, especially if the cord is touched. - WD has built in its own backup and encryption solution into this drive, which are managed via the WD Discovery software. However, WD's software is not as elegant as macOS's own encryption feature or Time Machine. To configure WD's encryption settings, you must install the WD Security utility on whatever computer you're using. WD has included some useful features to backup files from social media and cloud accounts, but there's no easy way to use WD's software to backup files from your actual computer. Just stick with the built-in macOS encryption utilty and Time Machine -- skip the WD utilities. OVERALL: As an external drive, it's nearly perfect. I just wish it had rubber feat to keep it in place. The encryption features that WD boasts likely work well enough, but there are drawbacks compared to other encryption solutions. Buy this for the drive itself -- not for the included software. It's amazingly thin, fast, and quiet, and the inclusion of USB-C means it will serve you well into the future.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Compact, easy to use

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Backup, Ease of use, Set up

    An external hard drive that is definitely plug & play with my Mac. It comes with USB B and USB C cables so most anyone should be able to use it. Definitely heats up as time passes on which is typical for a mechanical drive, but it does not get excessively hot. Quiet overall and good transfer times. The included discovery utilities are easy to install. One thing of note to me is the feature that allows back up of files in cloud storage and social media sites. While this could be a great feature, it did not find any data in my facebook profile to back up and I definitely have photos there. Also the cloud storage options that it offered to import did not include iCloud. This could be a contractual limitation with Apple, but as a full-time Mac user this would have been a nice offering since I do not have any content on other cloud services. The integration with Time Machine is seamless and I was able to initiate a backup within seconds. I really like that I can back up both to my Time Capsule device and this portable drive simultaneously. One minor annoyance with this is the WD MyCloud account. This device is not capable of MyCloud and therefore the user should not be prompted to log in. It would be useful to those who may have other WD backup devices that are compatible, but this one isn't per WD website.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Small/Light/Easy backup Drive for Mac!

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Backup, Use with macs

    What first impressed me with this drive is it’s size and weight. It small enough to fit easily in the palm of your hand and negligible in weight. That is very handy because you have a great drive that is small and light enough to throw in your backpack or bag that you take your Mac in and you have a very easy to manage backup device. I used this to grab a backup of my daughters Macbook Air that she had never backed up. She had used few flash drives here and there to get groups of files, etc., but she had never used the Time Machine backup to do a full device backup. As soon as I plugged it in, Time Machine popped up and was prepared to backup. Before I did that, I did notice that the Drive did come with backup programs for both Mac and PC, even though it says for Mac. It also comes with regular USB and USB-C cables. I opted for the Time Machine backup as it worked seamlessly with the drive. I am very happy with the size, the speed and it didn’t even get warm after an hour or so backing up her entire Macbook Air. No issues at all with this drive, I would definitely recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Very thin and lightweight

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Use with macs

    This is a very thin HDD (Less than 1/2 in). It's a 3.5" HDD in a very thin and lightweight enclosure, with an USB 3.0 interface. The enclosure is dark blue, matte (Does not attract fingerprints). It comes with two cables: One with an USB-A 3.0 connector and the other is USB-C, so it can connected equally to either a new or older Mac or PC. Note that there is nothing specific to Macs on this drive, except that it comes pre-formatted for Macs (MacOS Extended, Journaled). Software: It comes with WD Discovery for Mac and for Windows. This utility is a front-end to the optional utilities and hardware encryption tools. It also has a tool to backup data from different consumer cloud services into the drive: Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Amazon Drive, Facebook and Instagram pictures, and also for WD MyCloud. The utilities has diagnostics and firmware upgrade (for the drive), and settings for the default sleep timer on the disk and to enable or disable the activity LED on the disk. As for security, the drive provides native hardware-based encryption, or can use the standard encrypted drive format that's part of macOS. To use the drive's hardware encryption, it requires the optional WD Security tool, and that needs to be installed on each computer that's going to be connected to the drive. The drive supports Apple's Time Machine. In my case, I'm using this drive as a Time Machine backup destination, and reformatted it o MacOS Extended, journaled and encrypted. Not using the WD Security tool so the drive can be used to recover without having to install additional tools. Speed: AJA System Test reports 102 MB/Sec Write and 107 MB/Sec Read (1 GB Sequential). (With an Encrypted File System). Caveat: The drive is USB 3.0. Because of this, can't use standard USB-C cables, and need to use the ones that came with the drive. Overall is very portable, well designed as I'd expect from a WD drive.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great for extra MacBook memory

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    Pros mentioned:
    Use with macs

    I bought a 2020 13 inch MacBook Pro and it hardly has any space right out the box. I use this product as my primary source of memory and it runs smoothly. Decent price considering the options out there and it has a lot of power.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Tiny, Light, Fast, Secure

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use

    Pros: * Much smaller and lighter than expected. * Easy to carry for extra on-the-go storage. * Comes with both USB-A (standard) and USB-C cables. * Pre-formatted for best use on a Mac (Mac OS Extended (Journaled)) Cons: * Since it’s pre-formatted for the Mac, it can’t easily be used with other systems unless reformatted. My Review: I was genuinely surprised at how small and light this external hard drive is. I have the 2TB version and it is literally about 2/3 the size of my iPhone XS (although a tad thicker). I have an older Seagate hard drive that is thinner but it’s only 750GB and I trust my data to Western Digital a LOT more than I do to Seagate. The drive has a standard USB-3 port and comes with two short cables; one has USB-A (the typical USB connector) and the other has a USB-C (the newer connector). There is a small white LED on the drive to tell you when it’s working, but otherwise it’s just a semi-stylish box that you can carry around to supplement your Mac’s storage. For what it's worth - this drive won't work (as is) with a new iPad Pro running iOS 12.4 via USB-C. It may work with iOS 13 or if you re-format the drive, but out of the box it doesn't work with the latest iPad Pros. It also comes with some software utilities that seem kinda nice. Not much else to say - fast, small, light, reliable, and easy to use.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Back UP

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    I purchased this item because I had to send my Mac in to have the battery replaced. Apple was very insistent that the machine be backed up for fear my information would be loss during the battery replacement procedure. The Passport worked flawlessly with Time Machine with no effort on my part other than to plug it in. So, in that regard, the device did it's job. However, my Mac was returned to me with no missing programs or files. So, for me, this was a wasted purchase as I have no critical information stored on my machine. I suppose if I did and something happened to my stuff this would have been an outstanding purchase.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great no complaints

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    Pros mentioned:
    Use with macs

    Great for my start up YouTube channel I’ve had no problems with it for the month I’ve had it and it works great with my Mac

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    2TB Peace of Mind

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    This little gem gives me peace of mind that I will not lose data files and valuable photos stored on my MAC with plenty of room to spare. I hardly notice my WD passport for MAC because it is so quiet and compact while creating a backup file every day. Now that my data is continuously backed up, I am confident I’ll be able to move it to another device easily, if need be.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    I suggest getting the regular one instead

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    Owned for 4 months when reviewed.

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    Ease of Use
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    If I had the choice to purchase this product again, I would have bought the regular one and just formatted it for Mac instead. The reason why I say this is because I no longer need it for my Mac, but this is only specifically formatted for Mac whereas the others, the same exact price and same exact one, are able to be formatted for PC or with my Xbox, so I can’t share files with my PC friends or family and I can’t use it on my Xbox for extra games. Other than that it’s great. It holds a lot of my stuff but I just don’t need it for my Mac anymore so I feel like I wasted money. At least the other regular one can be formatted for Mac AND PC so I could have shared files back and forth. Just another incident where I should have done my homework before buying. I suggest you do the same!

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    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Works perfectly

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    For reference, I have a macOS Mojave, version 10.14.6, and this works perfectly with it. Backing up thousands of pictures and videos. It wants you to save your current version of your computer, in its entirety, and if you don't utilize this feature it's a one-by-one transfer process so that's the only downside but I admittedly don't know squat about computers so maybe clicking and dragging over pix and video I highlight is the idiot's way of doing it. This little thing is the size of an old fashioned cell phone and it's very quiet. I like these two features very much.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Nanleew

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    My older external drive is an WD brand and I've been happy with it. I purchased this WD external drive for the new iMac I bought at the same time. What a difference in size!! My old one is the size of a thick book; this one is the size of a deck of cards and takes up much less room on my desk. I will be using it as a Time Machine backup to my new iMac.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Holds all the 0s and 1s

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    You won’t believe how well it stores the bits and bytes you throw at it. I figured they’d all be a jumble and I’d never find the one I was looking for, but no! It neatly organized all of the 0s and 1SE and kept them in some sort of order so that I was able to put millions of them together and assemble the picture of a cat. If you have piles of code lying around, this would be a great thing to use to keep it off your desk.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    WD backup external drive.

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    Got this for Timemachine backup for iMac. I like the physical size, speed and capacity. Also has encryption option as well. I have several of these WD external drives for various purposes. The USB 3.0 is quite fast as well.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Backups are available even if the internet is not.

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    I’m always backed up and ready for any issue regardless of the time or place. I have plenty of space and sleep easy! Also, I do not have monthly payments to store and protect my data.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Hard Drive

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    I purchased this external hard drive for my daughter. She says it has worked great so far and she is able to save all her photos and important documents with ease.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Works Great!

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Backup, Ease of use
    Cons mentioned:
    Data transfer, Speed, Windows

    I got this drive for my wife's aging Mac Book Air. We have been living in a hotel while our home is being remodeled and do not have access to our WD My Cloud which is usually on our home network. I use My Cloud to backup all of my computers but I have never been able to get her to use it. The other day she thought that she had lost an insurance spreadsheet that she had spent weeks compiling. Thus the need for a portable backup. The computer recognized the drive upon plugging the USB cable in. The WD Discovery software failed to install for two attempts. I assumed that the failure was due to the fact that when my wife got this Mac she took an oath to never upgrade the OS due to many issues with updates and upgrades in the past. I copied and pasted a number of her important files into labeled folders, copied all of her files in a batch and then turned on Time Machine and did a complete backup. All worked flawlessly and quickly. While there is no transfer speed/progress graph as there is on Windows, the transfers progressed quickly and finished in about the stated time. With my Windows machines it seems that these operations start out with blazing speed and then slow to a crawl, this did not happen here. Backing up with this drive seems much faster than me backing up my Windows machines over the home network to My Cloud. The second time I plugged up the drive I was able to install the WD Discovery software. I sort of expected some WD backup software to be included but there is none, it is designed to work with Time Machine and that's fine. We are both happy with this drive, it's simple to use and fast!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Compact and works great

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    Works great. Lots of storage and easy to use. It's compact and comes with a cord to connect. Would recommend

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    WD - My Passport for Mac 2TB External USB 3.0 Port

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    Owned for 8 months when reviewed.

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    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    I AM NOT FOND OF BACKING UP MY ENTIRE COMPUTER TO THE INTERNET. MAYBE SOME OF YOU ARE AND THAT IS FINE. THIS PASSPORT KEEPS MY WHOLE COMPUTER BACKED UP AND IN MY CONTROL. I LOVE IT. IT WORKS AUTOMATICALLY AND JUST DOES IT. IT EVEN DELETE THE OLDER VERSION BACKUPS TO MAKE ROOM FOR THE NEW.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Perfect.

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    Sturdy and small. What more could you want in a 2TB Hard Drive. This this hit my price point.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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