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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fast, Quiet, Highly Portable Drive with USB Type C

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    optimummind
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    ==== Summary ==== The WD My Passport Ultra is an excellent portable hard drive and a winner from Western Digital. It looks good, it's light, setup and operation are simple, and file transfer speeds are fast and reliable. With a long 3-year warranty and WD's excellent reputation for durability and reliability, the Passport Ultra surely sits nearly at the very top tier of portable hard drives. I'm very happy & satisfied with it. *Pros: -Slick & modern design finished in anodized metal. -Light and easy to grip. -Ample storage (4TB). -USB Type C cable comes with a Type C to Type A adapter. -Supports up to 10 Gb/s transfer speed (USB 3.1 Gen 2). -Simple Plug-n-Play installation and setup. -Useful features: auto-backup, password protection, drive diagnosis, & hardware encryption. -Quiet operation. -3-Year Warranty. *Cons: -None. ==== Design ==== The WD My Passport Ultra is a slick and contemporary-looking portable hard drive updated for modern computers (USB Type C, USB 3.1 Gen 2) outfitted in a compact & lightweight design. The anodized aluminum silver faceplate with its grooved and dimpled lines look cool and the black rim and bottom cover offer a nice contrast. The unit looks premium and the build quality is excellent as is the fit-and-finish. Taking this thing out at school, work, or at a coffee shop definitely won't cause any embarrassments and it will look great sitting next to your laptop or PC. Placing the 2018 Passport Ultra next to my older 2016 plastic model made me appreciate the great strides in design that Western Digital has progressed. On the bottom of the casing, at each of the four corners, are some rubber feet that offer secure grip on any surface. The front of the Passport Ultra includes an LED indicator light for power & activity status as well as a USB Type C port. The included cable has USB Type C connector types on both ends, which is perfect for modern desktops and laptops. Should your PC support only a USB Type A connection, that is no problem as Western Digital included a small USB Type C to A adapter. Brilliant and thoughtful. Another noteworthy thing about the Ultra was its near-silent operation. Even during long file transfers, I could barely hear the drive as it quietly performed its duties in the background. WD did a fantastic job with the sound control and dampening. To sum it up, I give the Passport Ultra a 10 out of 10 in terms of design & build quality! ==== Setup, Usability and the Extras ==== Using the Passport Ultra couldn't have been any easier. To get it up and running on my Windows 10 laptop, all I did was plug the USB Type C cable into the drive then plug the other end into a Type C port on my laptop. Windows 10 recognized and installed all the necessary drivers silently in the background and it was ready to go in a couple minutes. Out of the box, 3.63 TB of space (pre-formatted as NTFS) was available with just 2 files preloaded onto the drive - a "Install Discovery for Mac.dmg" file and a "Install Discovery for Widows.exe" file. Launching the file for Windows with an active Internet connection started the downloading of the WD Discovery application plus a few more apps. Through the Discovery app, one can perform device registration, sign in to the WD "My Cloud Home" account, view Notifications about new app updates, install updated apps directly, import data from cloud storage (Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon, OneDrive) or a social media account (Facebook, Instagram), set a device password, control the LED light behavior, and launch other WD apps such as WD Drive Utilities, WD Security, and WD Backup. The "WD Drive Utilities" app has 3 main functions - diagnosis (check status, scan for performance issues), drive behavior (sleep timer, LED control), and drive erase. The "WD Security" app allows you to set a drive password with an option to auto-unlock it when the drive is connected to a trusted computer. The "WD Backup" app, as its name suggests, is used to backup and restore your data. Initiating the backup routine will give you an option to backup your data to either the Passport Ultra or to your Dropbox cloud account. Once you've made your choice, you then set up a backup schedule (Hourly, Daily, or Monthly -> Week of the month -> Day of the Week -> Time of Day) and select the files and folders you want backed up. Setting up an automated backup schedule couldn't be any easier. The fast and clean UI interface design of all the WD apps made all operations super simple and easy to use. It's another 10 out of 10 for the Passport Ultra. ==== Performance ==== Fortunately, the Passport Ultra backs up its good looks & lean software with great performance. Moving 26.9 GB of 4K 60 FPS drone footage from my laptop to the Passport via a USB Type C Thunderbolt connector only took about 4 minutes with an average transfer speed of 120 MB/s. When I transferred 180 GB of data (9551 files, 53 folders, 153 GB in videos, 27 GB in photos, 654 video files, 8897 photos), it took 29 minutes over a USB Type 3.0 Gen1 (5 Gbps) Type A connection on my desktop PC. For a portable storage system with a spinning drive inside, these speeds are quite good. If you require even faster transfer rates, then you would need to get an SSD portable drive which costs A LOT more (e.g., 1TB Samsung T5 SSD is $228 & 2TB Samsung T5 SSD is $398). For most people, I think the Passport Ultra will be more than adequately fast for their transfer and storage needs. I, for one, am very happy and content with the performance of the Passport Ultra. ==== Closing Thoughts ==== As expected from WD, it has produced another fantastic portable hard drive product. The My Passport Ultra looks great with its metal design & clean lines, it is light & portable, compact, very performant, and arrives with modern interface technology (USB Type C, USB 3.1 Gen 2). It is also a great value at about $0.03 per gigabyte. It's an absolute Win & I can easily recommend this for anyone looking for ample and reliable storage.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good overall with a few weaknesses

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    Drj5j
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    I acquired the WD My Passport Ultra 4TB external hard drive simply to have another backup storage device. I already have a 2 TB WD Elements Desktop WDBAAU0020HBK Hard drive and a 1 TB My Passport portable drive. But I say it never hurts to have redundant backups. As a side note, the variety of names of WD's drives really slays me. The name on the box and drive itself, WD My Passport Ultra, does not tell the full story. When I used "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" feature of Windows 10 to disconnect the drive, this program gave me the option to eject the "My Passport 260D," So I looked that up on the WD website and found that there are four versions of the My Passport Ultra with USB C connections: the 260D, 260E, 2605, and 2606. Who knows what the differences are. The site did not explain. I was particularly interested in two features of the newer Passport Ultra (besides its huge capacity). One is that it uses a USB 3.1 Type C interface (although it comes with a Type A adapter) supporting transfer rates of up to 10 GB per second. I thought this would be a perfect match with my laptop, which has a Thunderbolt Type C port (rated up to 40 GB per second). Second, the accompanying software includes easy importing from online sources such as Facebook, OneDrive, DropBox, and Google Drive. Backing up Facebook with one click was a major draw for me. Now, I normally prefer to back up my files in a rather old-school fashion, using a script containing commands such as: xcopy C:\Download\*.* E:\Filesbak\Download\ /E/V/S/D/Y/Z This good old DOS-based xcopy command, if working correctly, should copy all of the files from my Download folder to the location I specify on the external drive that I labeled E:\. But only if a file with the same name as an existing file is a newer version. That's what I want. I don't like keeping tons of multiple versions of my files in storage. The trouble is, after working for years, for some reason the xcopy command no longer checked to see if files with the same name were different. It insisted on copying all the files in the specified folder, even those that were identical. What a waste of time. So I was interested in checking out the backup software that came with the WD Passport Ultra. The written instructions that came with the drive were typical. One tiny paragraph explaining where to find PDF versions of the manual and how to register online, followed by a huge section on "binding individual arbitration and class action waiver agreement," safety, and other legal matters. In 24 languages. Fortunately, the installer for the important software, WD Discovery, was already on the drive. The software was both easy to install and intuitive to use, although I did download the manual to check on a couple of issues. Then, I downloaded the WD Backup program from a link on WD Discover and set up my first backup, selecting 185 GB worth of files from my solid state hard drive. Obviously, with all the steps necessary in backing up files, a USB 3.1 theoretical transfer rate of 10 GB/sec does not mean that the files will be backed up in 20 seconds, or even 20 minutes. I was not prepared, however, for how long this initial backup would take: 1 hour and 28 minutes. Curious about the transfer rate, I downloaded and ran the ATTO Disk Benchmark program, testing transfer rates from files sized from 512 bytes to 64 MB. The results showed an increase in speed until the 32 KB size, at which the rate plateaued at about 109 MB/sec. So that is the realistic transfer rate. You can set the backing up frequency to just about anything you want, so I set mine for a weekly backup. Because the future backups will include only new and revised files, the process should not be lengthy like the initial backup. One thing I did not like was that the backed up files were in a format that was not directly readable. For example, there is no possibility of browsing to a backed up PDF file and opening it with Adobe Acrobat. To read any files, they must be restored first. Furthermore, one can not restore a single file, only a folder full of files. I tried the process, and it was not difficult. You can restore the files to their original location or any location of your choosing. I restored a couple of folders to my desktop, and all of the files in them were readable and fine. As for the importing of files from online sources, I immediately ran into a problem trying to back up Facebook. My attempt resulting in the following message: "Facebook has detected WD Discovery isn't using a secure connection to transfer information. Until WD Discovery updates its security settings, you won't be able to use Facebook to log into it." I then scoured the user's manual, the WD help pages, and the entire Internet for a solution to the problem. Nothing. I email Western Digital and am still waiting to hear back from them. On the positive side, imports from Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive ran almost flawlessly. I got "Import Complete" messages from Google Drive and Dropbox, and when I browsed to the folders where I asked for the import, all the files were there and readable. However, with OneDrive I got the following message: "Import failed. Files imported 130 of 131" and it gave me the name of the file that failed to import. It was just a short text file and I have no idea why it was not backed up. So, it looks like this hard drive and its associated backup software are not perfect. But is that ever the case? The disk and software worked well enough and look like they will serve me well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I love the speed and size of this 4TB hard drive!

    Posted
    MarilynB
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    The external hard drive comes with a charging cord with both ends having USB Type-C connections. Included is a USB Type-C to USB-A adapter which will fit on either end of the cord. To use the drive, you plug the adapter into either end of the cord (matching the tabs and notches) and plug that end into a USB port on your computer. The other end fits into the portable hard drive. It is compatible with USB 3.0 drive transfer speeds, so if you have a 3.0 port on your computer, you should use that, but it will also work with a 2.0 port. It also comes with a quick install guide and WD Discovery software is included on the drive. Speed comparison: I compared the speed on this drive to my older WD My Passport drive (model WDBYFT0040BRD) which I had purchased in January of this year. I didn’t use my 3.0 port since it is loose and I didn’t want any interruptions, so I used my USB 2.0 port. I backed up 1.2 TB to the older drive and it took 9 hrs and 55 min while the newer drive (this one) took 7 hrs and 51 min. That is a 25% increase in speed – well worth the extra $10 purchase price for the Ultra. I have used the WD Discovery software before and it is usually good software but I already own another software that does the same thing, so I usually use it. However, I tried this software this time since I wanted to review everything. For my backup needs, I want to be able to plug in my drive at night before I go to bed and have it automatically back up anything new or changed. This is called an incremental backup. The WD Backup software does an incremental backup. Every time you disconnect and reconnect the My Passport drive, the WD Backup software rescans your source device (computer) for new or changed files and resumes automatic backup protection according to the schedule. You can also bypass the schedule and choose to perform an immediate backup. Basically, I backup my 4 main libraries (Pictures, Documents, Videos, and Music), my Downloads folder, my Desktop, and a few folders that have files that I would have to recreate if I didn’t save a copy of them. (For example, I use a watermark creator program for my photos since I’m a photographer and I spent a long time creating a custom watermark. The program doesn’t save my custom watermark in any of my library folders, so I made sure and added the folder where it is saved to my backup task list.) The first back up was lengthy because every file in those folders had to be saved. Now my backups are very quick (under 5 minutes) since it only has to backup new or changed files. Size: I have 2 of the old enormous desktop style backup drives and I tended to never use them since they were always kept put away on a shelf and out of sight. Since I use a laptop instead of a desktop, and I keep it on a side table in the family room, I didn’t like have a large, unsightly backup drive on the table and I always forgot to use it. I would back up maybe only once or twice a year which was very risky. Now, I keep this drive on the table next to my laptop and I use it almost daily because it is small enough to keep nearby and it looks nice. Portability: For travel, I bought a case for it and I bring it when I travel since it gives me access to my files in case I need them. I can easily fit it in a purse or carry-on and it doesn’t weigh much. Price: I am especially pleased with the price. I can keep 2 entire backups of my laptop on this device for a very reasonable purchase price. Efficiency and reason for purchase: The speed isn’t the best available, but for the price it is definitely worth it. Since I back up my laptop while I’m sleeping, it isn’t really an issue for me. Every time I back up, I get a report that shows 0 errors for the task which is important to me. I like that I know ALL of my files were successfully backed up. When I plug the drive into any computer, it is recognized quickly and shows up as another device (usually Drive E or F). I bought this brand because Western Digital has been an extremely reliable company and I’ve bought their backup drives for years without any problems. I mostly keep buying new ones because I need an increase in size rather than any problem with the drive itself. I’ve given my older drives to family members and they are still working. I got this drive because I wanted to have a separate backup drive for another laptop. PROS: portable, 4TB hard drive that is small enough to easily carry Sleek and modern. Looks nice sitting out on a table. Trusted brand with a good reputation Excellent software Faster than previous models Affordable – low price CONS: Not the fastest backup speed available, but a good speed for the price

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Hardware is Great, Software Unexceptional

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    rtbestbuy
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    The WD My Passport Ultra 4TB drive is an excellent piece of hardware for backup and archival storage. Unfortunately the provided software doesn't really measure up, which is a shame. This is a commodity priced drive in a small, solid-feeling enclosure about the size of a double high 2.5" drive. The enclosure is sealed and appears very rugged. WD doesn't publish any specs on the actual hard drive itself, but it is pretty fast. It's a good choice for backup and archival secondary storage. The single connector is a USB-C connector that also powers the drive; no separate power brick. The supplied cable is a USB-C to USB-C cable with a USB-C-USB-A plug adapter. I tested the drive with Atto and it quickly peaked out at about ~115MB/sec write and ~130MB/sec read, with encryption on. In comparison, the internal 7200rpm SATA drive peaked at ~150MB/sec write and ~165MB/sec read with no encryption. Using file explorer to copy directories of photos, videos, and music yielded similar results. So, all things considered, performance is quite good for an external drive. Encryption requires a utility be installed to input the password for the encryption key and is currently available on Windows and IOS; Linux and Chrome users are currently out of luck. One very nice feature, the drive appears to be very low power for a performance drive; running it on my laptop didn't significantly shorten the battery life of the laptop. Very impressive. The supplied software was a distinct disappointment (NOTE: This is a windows only review, for IOS your mileage may vary). The WD Discovery program ran extremely slowly on both the desktop and laptop on which I installed it. It's really a system tray app manager, allowing you to access the utility, security, and backup apps. It took a long time to launch, and once launched, started the other apps sluggishly. The utility and security apps let you see the drive status, put it to sleep, set the key password, etc. The Backup utility was atrocious. The initial backup took almost 2hrs to complete, for a drive containing about 400GB. By contrast, a full backup using Acronis (my backup manager of choice) took about 35min backing up the same drive to the Ultra 4TB. The WD Backup utility can then be run on a scheduled basis, copying any new or modified files to a separate archive on the drive. I'll stick with Acronis. WD makes a older version of Acronis available for download (for free) and I recommend this over the supplied backup utility; it's far faster and more versatile. BTW., the backup utility is supposed to be able to back up some cloud stores, but it seems to have problems with the Facebook authentication protocols and fails. Hopefully that will get fixed soon. All in all, the hardware is a very solid drive that provides excellent performance with or without encryption. The supplied software was disappointing, but there are so many alternatives it really didn't detract much from the purchase. What with upgrading hardware, malware attacks, and simple laptop theft, the investment in this quality backup unit is well worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fast drive but not perfect

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    Tony
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    The drive itself is nice but security can be a concern in a multiuser environment. Read / Write speeds for me are only limited by the hardware it is connected to. 4K video plays instantly with no delay whether connected via USB 3.1 or 3.0. It also connects via USB 2.0 with no issues. The file transfer speeds are just slower at 2.0. The size and weight are reasonable considering it has a metal housing. My older Passport model was comparable to the size of a smartphone and could easily fit into a pocket. The new model is about twice as thick so that is no longer an option. But this new model has a much larger capacity and much faster performance. The drive comes with software that gives people the option of automatically unlocking the drive when they log into a computer. It says that it is limited to the specific user. However, once the drive is unlocked, there is no way to lock it without ejecting. If someone else logs into the machine while the drive is unlocked, they can access everything on the drive. This could be a major problem whether at home or work if multiple people log into the same computer. If only one person uses the machine, this is not an issue. And the auto unlock feature is pretty nice in that scenario. The drive would be automatically encrypted if stolen or connected to a different computer. But it works smoothly when connected to the proper machine. When it comes to ejecting, it sometimes gets finicky. My computer will insist that it is still in use which makes me wait longer or shutdown just to unplug the drive. It is not doing it as much now but it still happens from time to time even though nothing is running on the drive. For speeds, when connected via USB 3.1, it reads and writes files to my hard drive at about 120 MB/s. For USB 3.0 (on a different machine), I was able to achieve a max burst of 700 MB/s when transferring a 3.5 GB file to an SSD but also slowed down to around 120 MB/s average. It averaged around 30 MB/s when copying the same file to my mechanical drive and to another USB drive. Compared to my older model, I am happy with the enhanced performance. My only major frustration is the security issue requiring it to be unplugged in order to re-lock it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Just plug in and go!

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    NBCTeach05
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    I got the My Passport Ultra for two reasons: 1. to make a copy of the numerous files (music, photos, documents) on my home laptop so I can delete the ones I no longer use, but am too afraid to delete in case one day I find I might need them. I have had my laptop only 18 months, but already it is creeping up to capacity on file storage on the hard drive. 2. I frequently bring my work laptop with me home or when I travel in order to have access to files I want to continue working on. My work laptop is a workhorse, and weighs about as much as a Clydesdale! By saving the latest versions of the files I recently modified, all I have to do is drop this in my purse and go. It is about the size of a deck of card and only weighs 8 oz. Strengths: The setup is simple with plug-n-play installation. It runs on a Mac or PC. It is quiet and doesn’t vibrate when backing up files. The feet on the bottom help in grabbing onto the surface and avoid sliding across the desk/table. It is easy to update files you have worked recently on. You are prompted whether or not to replace a previous version of a file. The file transfer speeds are fast and reliable. I backed up 2 laptops with huge amounts of files, photos, videos, and music. It took a lot less time that I expected. The blinking light in the front shows when it is transferring and will turn off when you have ejected the drive. The My Passport is fairly light (8 oz), being small enough to fit into a purse or carry-on for travel. The best thing about this is I no longer have to bring two laptops with me when I travel. That just saved me 10 minutes in the TSA line at the airport to remove and put back into my carry-on one of the laptops. The USB A and USB Type C compatibility is great as I have both connections with my laptops. Even more convenient, it is just an adaptor versus another cable that you just end up losing. It has the ability to import files from cloud storage and social media, it offers password protection, a 3-year limited warranty, and more. 4 TB is H-U-G-E. I moved all the files from two laptops and I still have 3.34 free of 3.63 TB. Unbelievable! The My Passport Ultra is a super fast, large capacity, portable hard drive at a very reasonable price…and a no brainer purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Small, Fast, and USB C...very portable 4TB drive

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    sundevilchemist
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    4Tb of portable storage in the smallest of enclosures with a cable that can go either way. No more fumbling with the proper direction of the cable. I used this drive on my desktop transferring movies, pictures, and video game backups. The speed is very fast, about as fast as a spinning hard drive can be. The drive is super silent. I don't feel any heat either while in use. has rubber pads at the bottom to keep it in place. No separate power cord needed. Unit comes with usb adapter for those who don't yet have type c ports. I am not sure what type of drive it has in it but based on the size it is a smaller laptop drive so don't think anyone will be shucking it. I used crystal disk mark 6 to check out drive benchmarks. pretty solid and solid in real world transfers (see pic in review for numbers). Also with other 1000 pictures in a folder it quickly thumbnailed the pics. The cable provided is a little on the short side measuring about 18 inches end to end. Cable a little thicker and stiffer than my other externals cabling. But the cable looks solid. The enclosure looks good and no rattling when bumped. I really like the performance this drive offers. Will use it as a back up of a backup of a backup for family photos. I haven't had any hiccups and the access time is very short. It does have a blue LED light that shows operation.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another Dependable HD From Western Digital!

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    k1zit
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    This is yet another great offering from Western Digital. When it comes to mass storage for static files (i.e. files that aren't accessed all the time like photos, videos, documents). When it comes to hard disk drives for mass storage, I have always turned to Western Digital because they have yet to let me down. In terms of design, the HD's silver and black design cues are a welcomed modern touch. However, I definitely would have liked to see WD start using brushed aluminum instead of the silver coated plastic. This would truly make the drive stand out. The drive performs at what you'd expect a Hard Disk Drive to perform at when transferring files over 3.0 USB speeds. For reference, I transferred 162 GBs of 1080p x.264 videos from my PC to this drive and it took about 25 minutes with a write speed of ~ 117 MB/s. What I like about this drive is that it offers hardware encryption in case you are storing sensitive files. The drive itself has a USB Type-C port and comes with a USB Type-C cable that also comes with a standard USB adapter that you can use to connect to devices that don't have a USB Type-C port. I do wish that the cable would have been slightly longer. One HUGE recommendation I have is that if you're purchasing this drive, definitely buy the case that Western Digital sells for $19.99. I bought mine at best buy and they're located right next to the drives. I can't recommend this enough. Not only is it a perfect snug fit for the drive, but the case itself is very high quality and will protect your drive. Especially if you're someone like me that throws their drives in their backpack and takes it work. The case also has a small sleeve to store your USB Type-C cable and adapter!! Overall, great drive and will definitely be picking up more in the near future.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent External and Secure Drive!

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    Titan5178
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    Love this drive. I didn’t even realize it was USB-C until I got it. I’m glad peripheral makers are finally jumping on board the USB-C bandwagon. It’s much better than the existing USB format and almost all of my devices within the past 2 years have a port. It does include a USB-C to USB-A adapter in case you need to use it on an older computer. 4TB of storage is overkill for most people, you could easily backup your computer and store much more on it at the same time. Definitely the best feature of this drive is the built-in hardware encryption. Without it, anyone could plug in your drive and view all of your personal files. Having it built into the hardware allows you to have security without the performance hit that you get with software encryption. It’s also super easy to use, just plug in the drive, install the WD Secure software, and click the option to set a password. It will even work on PCs without WD Secure installed by launching a special virtual disc that will allow you to unlock your drive. As a bonus, it includes an NTFS driver and the WD Secure software to allow your encrypted drive to work on macOS also! However, on macOS Mojave (the latest) you will need to contact the vendor of the driver to get the latest version. The one included on my drive did not support Mojave. Works great with the latest version though! Unfortunately I don’t think Linux users will be able to take advantage of the hardware encryption features but the drive should work just fine without security if you format it for a Linux based file system. Pros Metal build USB-C! 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption Mac or Windows Compatibility Includes Backup Software Includes USB-C to USB-A adapter. 3 Year Warranty Cons: No Linux Compatibility (for hardware encryption)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Lot's of Storage in a Small Package

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    Cueball2000
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    When I go out to shoot photos with my 36 megapixel Nikon D800, I shoot a lot. So much that I have had to carry multiple 1 TB hard drives to transfer all my files so I can reuse my SD cards. Now with this 4TB portable, I can transfer thousands of photos and videos and still have room for whatever comes along. This drive is one of the first portables to come with the new USB-C jack so I can use it with my new PC laptop which only has USB-C or with my MacBook Pro (an older model) that only has USB 2.0 by using the cable with adapter plug that came with the drive. The drive is about 1/2 inch shorter but slightly thicker than my previous portable hard drives. Using the new USB-C interface, the transfer rate is much faster than before. The design of the drive, not that it matters to the functionality of the drive, is very modern looking with a very professional looking silver cover rather than just a solid black box. The drive came formatted in the NTFS format but since I use it for both my PC and Mac, I reformatted it to ExFAT so both OSes can read and write to it. The drive comes with software installed on it for both Mac and PC that will help you format the drives and turn on hardware encryption. If you plan on reformatting the drive, remember to copy the software to another drive before formatting this one or you will lose it (you can always download it from the WD website I suppose). Of course you could always us the drive for your desktop computers as well to backup your internal drives or just use it to store 1000's of photos, music, movies etc. and take them on the road with you for a long vacation. When I go out on a pro photo shoot, I always carry 2 drives with one backing up the other and carry one in my luggage and one in a pocket or in my car. Just in case something happens to one, I know I will always be able to come back with my valuable photos.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fast FAST Drive

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    AlanD963
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    This is my first 4 TB drive. It’s amazing how much storage one can get on a drive this size. The silver and gray metal design is attractive on my desk and it’s the same two-tone color as my HP computer, so it looks great and works as well as it looks. This is the fastest non-solid state drive I’ve ever seen. I was able to back up my entire laptop with transfer speeds of over 100 Mb/sec. My older “My Passport” drive maxed out at just 35 Mb/sec. Very impressive. The transfer cable is terminated with a USB-C connector which is becoming more and more popular especially with newer laptops. Don’t worry if your computer doesn’t have that port, the drive comes with a standard USB-A adapter which is what I used for those transfers with excellent speed. When I get a new laptop, I’ll be able to remove that adapter. Other thoughts: The drive is very quiet, you can hardly hear those disks spinning around in there. It also remains cool. It does not require any power connections, getting all its power from the single USB connecter to your computer. It’s appreciated as something I DON’T need is another cable on my desk taking up AC power. The drive comes with a three-year warranty. At this price point, it’s an amazing value for such a fast device with this much storage capability. I’m old and I can remember how the first Western Digital drive I ever bought was a 40 Megabyte drive in 1987. It cost $495 !

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Ultimate storage solution

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    MemphisTechieRN
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    I usually stay away from the super huge external hard drives due to a bad experience I had a few years ago with a competing brand. Lets just say my whole music and movie collection was lost due to drive corruption. So now, years later I thought it would be best to make a backup of all of my important files that are spread across multiple drives. 4TB is more than I can fathom filling any time soon. But, it's good to know that it's there to expand to. Now, the best part of this drive is that it is USB-C (backwards compatible as well, so don't worry). I was blown away by the speeds in which my files transferred. While I didn't run any metrics, it was like night and day compared to any external hard drives I have used in the past. The form factor is very sleek (and as those of us down south say, it sure is purty!). It is literally a little bigger than my wallet. Therefore, it will easily fit in a backpack, briefcase or purse. I feel a ton more confident in this drive in its longevity. The key is to always have a backup! And this drive is the perfect one to backup ALL your devices to!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy way to add extra storage

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    xKing
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    It's a very neat little hard drive that is easy to take anywhere you go with your laptop. USB-C connectivity is future proof, and it also comes with a little USB-C to USB-A type adapter just in case you ever need to plug it into the older system. Included USB-C cable is about 1' long. Hard drive is labeled as 4Tb but the exact capacity is 4,000,750,497,792 byes or about 3.63Tb as it came in from the factory (NTFS formatted). Hard drive works fine with either Mac and PC, performance is about 115Mb/s writes, 120Mb/s reads. Hard drive comes with a Wester Digital Discovery tool that has software for drive diagnostic. Activity LED light on the drive itself could be disabled in the software if needed. Overall - it performed real well in all my tests and I would recommend it to anyone needing some extra portable storage.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid Drive with Future Proofed Port

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    blackdaz
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    I got this drive to back up a Seagate 4 TB external HDD. I haven't had the best luck with WD externals in the past (3 others I purchased all crashed within days of purchase), but I thought I'd give this one a shot. I haven't speed tested it or anything, but for my purposes, it works really well. It transferred about 3.5 TB of content from the original Seagate USB 3.0 external HDD to the WD in about 8-12 hours (I was away from the system when it completed download, so I can't say when it completed for sure). Aside from transfer speeds, I like that the included cable comes with a USB type-B adapter. What's more, the adapter has two notches that line up to two grooves on the cable, this helps to lock the adapter into place so it doesn't fall off when you disconnect the cable from the computer. It's a small touch, but one that I appreciate a lot. Overall, great HDD!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Spacious and small

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    JustBeingHonest
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    The WD 'MY PASSPORT ULTRA" is a sleek looking 4 TB drive (also comes in 2 TB but I have the 4). It is just under 21 mm thick. It comes ready for USB-C and 3.0 with a small included adapter. I like that it comes with a limited 3 year warranty. If you have both a Mac and/or a PC, you can switch back and forth with no problem and back up all your data. The included software now works with several cloud-based storage, such as Google Drive or Dropbox. Additionally, you can encrypt your files with 256 bit AES Hardware Encryption. As a benchmark, I transferred an 18 GB file from my PC to the Passport with USB-C (3.0), and it took 2 min 37 seconds. It was BLAZING fast. Transferring back from the Passport to the PC was slightly quicker, at 2 min 33 seconds. Overall, extremely satisfied.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works great so far...

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    LatteCrab
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    I can't speak for future issues, but so far it works as intended. I would have liked it to be a bit faster, but then again it's not the SSD versions (that are way more expensive) I only hope it lasts longer than a few years. (I only buy WD Passports for portable storage, and sadly, a couple died out before 5 yrs hit. And 2 others I currently use, had for 5 yrs, before one of them started acting weird, and making me nervous it will die out - and make me lose the non-replaceable stuff saved on it). Plus, they were only 1TB @, and I need way more space than that now. (even this 4TB one I just bought, and wrote this review for, is too small. I need another, or a bigger one...)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great little drive for NAS or backup...

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    Todd
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    So far Im loving this incased laptop 4gb hard drive from WD. I this connected to my Linksys routers usb 3.0 port and using it as a NAS. Easy to share pictures, videos, and movies accross your network. This drive was plug n play, no software to install. Just plug it into a compatible router or laptop pc, and your good to go. The usb-C connector makes for faster transfer and read speeds for sure. Luckily I had a 6ft long usb C cable laying around, as the included cable is about 18" long.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for lots of Steam games

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    hockeycanuckjc
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    Now, I understand that not everyone has the same uses for hard drives. To be able to get the speed that the USB C cable provides is awesome! I have over 1tb of games loaded on there and there is room for more Steam purchases! Load speed and power draw is very minimal while providing high performance. Of course, your experience may vary depending on how you connect it. It can be compatible with a USB 3.0 port with the included adapter. Not sure if it's backward compatible with USB 2.0 but I'm sure it is. Did not expect to see 4tb in such a small package but after all this is 2018 and WD has an awesome product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy, Reliable Portable Hard Drive

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    Robs
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    The WD My Passport Ultra 4TB Portable Hard Drive is an excellent choice as an external hard drive. It was very quick to get setup and connected to my computer. It connects into a USB C port on the computer. For a 4TB drive, it has a low profile and a pleasing look. There is an entire suite of software options that you can download to help with space management, security, and backing items up to the hard drive. It performs without any hiccups. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a lot of external hard drive space and solid performance that a drive that will work on any computer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Back-up for the Price

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    PHughes3
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    The WD Passport Ultra 4 GB backup hard drive is a good value. Set-up with my HP laptop was a bit of a trial-and-error. The software was not as easy to install and it took me several tries before it cooperated. The first back-up didn't copy all of the files and I later realized that the user must check all of the files/folders on a C drive list. That list was not apparent to me on the first BU. With that said, although opening the icon to get to a new BU is clunky, the actual full BU was a breeze.

    I would recommend this to a friend