WD - My Passport 4TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive - Black

Free up space on your computer with this Western Digital My Passport portable hard drive. This 4TB drive can handle full system backups, or you can use it to transfer a few select files between computers. The slim design of this Western Digital My Passport portable hard drive makes it easy to carry in a backpack, briefcase or purse.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Software
  • USB 3.0 cable
  • WD My Passport WDBYFT0040BBK - hard drive

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2396 out of 2440)

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Features


4TB storage capacity

Provides ample space for storing documents, photos, music and more.

USB 3.0 interface

Offers an easy-to-use connection to devices. Backward compatible with USB 2.0 for simple connection to your computer.

Data transfer rates up to 5 Gbps with USB 3.0

Enable a rapid response when updating files.

Automatic backup options

Allow you to use compatible software to back up your files to the server.

Password protection and 256-bit AES hardware encryption

Help keep your files secure.

Portable design

Lets you take your data on the go.

*500GB of WD2go® cloud storage PLUS FILERECOVERY® software included FREE! Only @ BBY

One year cloud storage & Filerecovery license with included WD Discovery software.


Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars with 2436 reviews

99%of customers would recommend this to a friend

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Cons

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Significant issues trying to work with MacOS

    Posted
    MizuNoHane
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I purchased this hard drive because I had heard so many good things about it - it apparently performs well in terms of reliability, longevity and price. This may all be true and I might update my review in the future, but out of the box I had significant issues trying to get it to work with my computer. For reference I'm running a MacBook Air on macOS Sierra. On plugging it in, the drive was immediately recognized but needed to be reformatted for use, which was fine by me. However, I have both Mac and Windows computers, so I wanted to format it to a FAT32 system to be used by both. Immediately after doing this, the drive became (1) impossible to normally dismount from my computer without Force Ejecting, (2) eventually could not be written to, and (3) stopped being recognized by Disk Utility. This was within 2 weeks of purchase! After a few hard resets and an unplug-replug, I was able to recognize it with Disk Utility and reformat it into MacOS-Journaled, but of course this comes at the expense of loss of compatibility with Windows computers. It has since worked fairly well and I have no issues with it, but I need to mention the significant growing pains involved, not to mention the sheer panic I felt when it was suddenly...unrecognizable...by my computer. I'll keep using it but I have significant concern about suddenly (and permanently) losing access to all my important files. This is definitely not the Western Digital I'm used to.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great solution for digital storage.

    Posted
    kingcd
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I've always trusted Western Digital for my Hard Drive needs. Whether it's an internal drive for a computer or an external HDD. This line of My Passport models are a great solution for digital storage needs. Light and compact, they take up very little space on a desk or traveling in a laptop bag. They can hold as much data as the MY Book models but in a more convenient package for portability and without the need of an additional electrical adapter, as they are powered solely from the USB connector that is simultaneously used for data. They work well as either an occasionally connected external to use for long term storage, or a committed drive that is constantly connected to a main device for backups and often used data, . An overlooked but very useful feature is the variety of fun colors. They don't just make the product look good, they also help in organizing your data with a color coding system. With one quick glance you know by color which drives hold what kind of data, Blue for family photos perhaps, red for legal documents, white for work related data, etc. The series also offers different storage thresholds in various TB amounts for whether you want to store a little, or a lot of data. Price per Passport is also very reasonable in comparison to similar drives from competitors. Particularly when coupled with Western Digital's attention to detail and impressive track record for making dependable, quality products.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Simple drive setup for a backup drive

    Posted
    EdEastridge
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I handle IT and prepress for a small printing company and use technologies like Apple's Time Machine whenever possible to support versioning and simple file recovery. Our preflight station which checks files and does basic preparation for the prepress department also sends out PDF proofs and mirrors most of the company's email accounts to enhance responsiveness. This afternoon, the computer started complaining about the USB time machine drive getting full. The OS does purge older backups, which is usually acceptable but I tend to prefer to retire and archive the drive at that point, allowing for a decent chance at recovering older files if necessary. So the task was simple. Hit the local Best Buy, bought one of these four TB drives, spent a couple of minutes reformatting it for Mac (GUID/HFS+ journaled), hooked it up to the Mac, waited a few seconds for the Mac to ask if I wanted to use the new drive, it began its initial backup, and Bob's your uncle, it's done. Total console time, approximately 10 minutes. It's purring away and I know a simple layer of file protection never was in doubt.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great For Xbox One S

    Posted
    KEYLOCS626
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Bought this with hopes to free up my 1 terabyte on my console. This thing works perfect. I literally have about 15 games, first I transferred what was on my local hard drive to the external, then I installed all my other games that I could never store on my local due to not enough space. Took me about an entire day. Also I do not have internet atm, my guess is if I did the updates would have taken much longer due to more items to download and install. Im really glad I bought this 3.0 usb it was super fast and I highly recommend for anyone looking for external hard drive for a console. I set it on top of my Xbox with a strip of double sided tape to secure it down to the console so it won’t move and it turned out perfect. 5 STARS. NOTE:Been about a month and a half since I’ve owned it, if any problems occur in the future I will be back with a review update.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Good price, but that's it.

    Posted
    Eddie
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I purchased this drive, because it was a great price for such an insane amount of storage. I wanted to use this as a working drive for video projects. The problem is that every single time I plug this drive into a computer Windows tells me there's a problem with the drive and it requires repair. This happens every time I plug it into any computer. My Mac won't even recognize the drive until I plug it into a PC to repair the drive. Really disappointed. I have logged a ticket with WD, but who knows when or if they will get back to me. I would stay away from this drive if you value your time.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Storage...Slow Seek Speed

    Posted
    Saint
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I had a desktop 3 TB drive with my iTunes and iMovie libraries on it and I was filling it up, so I thought, why not migrate to a portable drive? That way I'd never have to worry about the power cord and I could easily take the drive around with me to home or school. Well there's a trade off...you get the larger drive space with a portable, but I lost quite a bit of the seeking speed. It's nothing too bad, just a little spinning-wheel-of-death lag of 5 seconds when choosing a new song on iTunes or when dragging a clip in iMovie. Annoying, but usable. Stick with a desktop if you are a professional user, this is just for casual users with large databases.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    New Awesome Design, Same Dependable Product

    Posted
    RobB22
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I learned the hard way... What's the old saying? If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I tried a Seagate 4tb external because it was cheaper in price, but returned it a few hours later after experiencing major issues with compatibility to my macbook pro. Got this one instead, and have been very happy with the speed and reliability so far. You just can't beat Western Digital! It could have been a fluke that my Seagate drive was defective, but I have been buying WD for years, and have never had any problems like this. To experience problems my first time getting something different than a WD is just not acceptable. I will only buy WD from here on out when it comes to my external hd needs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome external HDD for PS4

    Posted
    Jokester
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I purchased this on Best Buy during a promotion that came with a $25 gift card. I needed an external for my PS4 because we all know 500GB is just not enough space for these next gen systems & games. With a deal like that on a 4TB external I couldn't pass this deal up. This external will work with PS4 but there is 1 annoying little catch. And that is your PS4 does not recognize this external straight out of the box. You will need to format this by other means like hooking it up on your PC or laptop. Once you do that it will work fine with PS4 no problems. I won't deduct a star for that but I wanted to make note of it for any potental buyers. If you feel like that is a inconvience I'd suggest purchasing a Seagate external. My friend has one and it automaticly worked with his PS4 without needing to use a PC to format it. I hope this information helps. Also have to mention the color options for these are nice! I went with white to match my Harley Quinn PS4. ☺ Happy gaming!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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