WD My Passport Ultra 1TB

Western Digital have updated their WD My Passport Ultra with a new revision, in this case the seventh generation drive (WDBGPU0010BWT) is a portable hard drive that offers both cloud storage and hardware encryption. Also see: Best portable hard drives.

WD My Passport Ultra 1TB review: Price

The drive comes in 500GB, 1-, 2-, 3- and 4TB options. It's found in four colours: Classic Black, Brilliant White, Wild Berry and Noble Blue - where all apart the Classic Black colours have a glossy finish. The black variant has a matt finish.

The WD drive can be found on Amazon for around £50 and in the US for  $53.99 on Amazon. In comparison to its competitors it is marginally more expensive at 5p per GB - do bear in mind prices do fluctuate.

If you tend to drop or abuse your drive, you can protect it with WD's own Grip Pack, a colourful silicone protector for the drive that can be found for as little as £5.50 on Amazon.

WD My Passport Ultra 1TB review: Features and design 

The drive has a full plastic enclosure, where some colour variants, such as the one we received in white has a glossy finish to it. This does mean it attracts fingerprints and smudges easily. It also is a slightly chunky drive with a 130g weight to it - nevertheless, we still consider it portable.

The WD My Passport Ultra has 256-bit AES encryption, which is a huge plus for those concerned about security. Everything you store to the drive is encrypted and makes it harder for those wanting to steal your data.

WD My Passport Ultra 1TB - Windows 10

Included with the drive is WD Backup and WD Drive utilities. WD Backup is easy-to-use, and allows you to backup your files to your drive or to a selected cloud service, such as Dropbox or Baidu. Its interface is really easy on the eye and will appeal to a lot of users. Also see: Best NAS drives.

WD My Passport Ultra 1TB - Cloud

WD Utilities has a lot more options, where we were impressed by the diagnosis tools provided by Western Digital. You can test your drive for errors and even prevent drive failures from occuring.

There is also the option to put the drive to sleep and a way of erasing it securely.

WD My Passport Ultra 1TB - Software

The drive is connected through a USB 3.0 interface, works on Mac and comes with a three-year warranty.

WD My Passport Ultra 1TB review: Performance

Being a hard drive, it enheritently won't perform as fast or as quietly as an SSD portable drive. We found the WD drive to perform well versus other hard drives in the market.

WD My Passport Ultra 1TB - Crystaldiskmark

Sequential read/write speeds hit 114.3/114.1MB/s respectively, with its 4KB benchmark only achieving 0.5/1.4MB/s. The drive's 4KB performance is nothing to be surprised about, with all portable hard drives on the market achieving similar speeds, such as the Toshiba Canvio Connect II 3TB and Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim 2TB.

The drive is good at its write speeds, making it an ideal solution for those looking for a relatively inexpensive, high-capacity drive to store large files on. If you will be transferring multiple small files, you will be better off opting for a portable SSD instead - such as the Adata SE730.

WD My Passport Ultra 1TB: Specs

  • Price per GB (at tested capacity): 5p
  • Capacity tested: 1TB
  • Capacity range: 500GB, 1-, 2-, 3-, 4TB
  • Storage Type: HDD
  • Sequential performance: 114.3/114.1MB/s
  • 4K performance: 0.5/1.4MB/s
  • Interfaces: USB 3.0
  • Encryption: 256-bit AES encryption
  • Software: WD Backup & WD Utilities
  • Dimensions: 81.5x110x15.8mm
  • Weight: 130g
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Price per GB (at tested capacity): 5p
  • Capacity tested: 1TB
  • Capacity range: 500GB, 1-, 2-, 3-, 4TB
  • Storage Type: HDD
  • Sequential performance: 114.3/114.1MB/s
  • 4K performance: 0.5/1.4MB/s
  • Interfaces: USB 3.0
  • Encryption: 256-bit AES encryption
  • Software: WD Backup & WD Utilities
  • Dimensions: 81.5x110x15.8mm
  • Weight: 130g
  • Warranty: 3 years

OUR VERDICT

As a high-capacity portable drive, the WD My Passport Ultra 1TB offers cloud services, hardware encryption and a respectable hard driver performance.

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