My Passport is synonymous with the Western Digital external hard drives and we have seen various flavours in this segment over the years. With the My Passport Ultra, WD has gone for a comparatively slimmer form factor in a range of colours and capacities. The Ultra goes from 500GB to 2TB. We would love to get our hands on the 2TB variant, but for now we have the 500GB one with us. The USP of the drive apart from the looks is the bundled software. But first, let’s take a look at its design and build quality.
Western Digital My Passport Ultra 500 GB
The WD My Passport Ultra measures 110mm x 81.6mm and is only 12.8mm thick and weighs only 135 grams. We got the gray-coloured drive with a subtle design on top. On the base you have four rubber feet which allows the drive to rest with easy grip on flat surfaces. It is quite compact and easily fits in your shirt and jeans’ pockets. Even though it has a plastic build material, the drive feels quite sturdy when held. The top portion does flex a tiny bit when pressure is applied, but nothing to cause worry.
The WD My Passport Ultra 500GB has a single USB 3.0 interface and it is USB powered
WD My Passport Ultra comes with a 500GB Hitachi drive inside the USB 3.0 casing which gives around 465.76GB of unformatted user-available space. The internal 2.5-inch drive is the WD5000LMVW which runs at a rotational speed of 5400RPM and has an 8MB of cache which is pretty standard for this segment. The drive is USB-powered and the box also bundles in a black-coloured pouch to carry the drive.
You enter your name and email ID to get the activation code to upgrade to SmartWare Pro to be able to backup to your Dropbox account
WD Drive Utilities lets you secure erase your drive, set timers to turn off the drive when not in use and so on.
The final utility named WD Drive Utilities, allows you to run diagnostic tests, set sleep timers for the drive when not in use and secure erasing of the drive.
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