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Western Digital My Passport Elite review

£109 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Western Digital

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

The flat profile and the modest dimensions made the Western Digital My Passport Elite portable hard drive the most discreet of all those we have tested.

The flat profile and the modest dimensions made the Western Digital My Passport Elite portable hard drive the most discreet of all those we have tested.

Western Digital – or WD as it often styles itself – has a whole line-up of external hard drives, from this small 2.5in notebook hard drive to its My Book 3.5in models to high-capacity network-attached storage (NAS) drives, all of which sport the same flat design rounded-off on one corner.

This flat profile and the modest dimensions made the Western Digital My Passport Elite drive the most discreet of all those we tested. It was also near silent in operation and, in contrast to the LaCie and the plastic-coated Verbatim drive, didn't feel warm to the touch even after being attached to a USB power supply for an hour or two.

This Western Digital My Passport Elite also has one of the most indepth yet straightforward feature sets. Upon first being attached, the Western Digital My Passport Elite quickly installs and lets you choose whether you want documents, documents and media files, or email contacts and messages to be backed up.

Web browser settings can be taken with you from PC to PC (IE and Firefox are default browser options; others can be added). You can even take your own computer wallpaper with you so you get the same look and feel regardless of the machine you're working on.

As well as creating a strong, near impossible to crack password with full 256bit AES encryption, Western Digital encourages you to provide some user information in the form of a name and business address to which the drive should be returned if recovered.

This limited Lost and Found information pops up should someone try to use the drive without entering secure login details, so they know that further attempts to access files stored on it are futile since all data has been copied to the password-protected Sync 4.0 Deposit.

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Western Digital My Passport Elite Expert Verdict »

Western Digital Passport Elite 320GB Scores 8.5 out of 10 based on 2 reviews
480/12Mbps transfer speed
5,400rpm hard drive
8MB cache
31.7Mbps burst speed
encryption: 128bit AES
bacukup options: scheduled, full, incremental, file name, type search, restore
Windows 2000/XP/Vista, Mac OS X
WD Sync software
124x177x15mm
181g
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 10 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

Leaving aside this one poor result, we are impressed with the Western Digital My Passport Elite. From the moment we installed it to the conclusion of our tests for all the drives, it easily stood out as the best of the crop.

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