Review: WD My Passport Ultra

4:01:00 PM

For someone like me who loves to download music, movies and TV Series, my laptop will definitely need more memory to be able to store all those files. 

Last year, I bought my first ever external hard drive from Seagate (1TB) which I got for less than P2,500.00. It was cheaper than all the other brands I've checked at the mall, though it lacks design and color because this is the only style available. 

But with all those files saved including the animated films that my kids enjoy watching, my 1 terabyte external drive is close to getting full. 

Weeks ago, I checked my mail and got interested on an email about an external drive. It was the WD Passport and I decided to give it a try by contacting their PR. I really thought I will have it for free, unfortunately they were just letting me borrow it and see for myself how good their drive was. :( Moving on...

Here's what I received:


It is a WD: My Passport Ultra 1TB (Noble Blue). 


This 1 terabyte external hard drive costs P3,890.00 and it comes with a USB Cable, Backup and Security Software and a Quick Install Guide. 

It has a Backup Software that offers automatic, local and cloud backup options.

It also has a WD Security that offers a 256-bit hardware encryption to help keep your files secure. This means that when your passport was taken from you or fell into the wrong hands, he/she will not be able to have access to your files because a password is needed to open it.



WD My Passport Ultra is Compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista operating system. It can also be used with Mac OS though it need to be reformatted first. 

Transferring of files from my laptop to the passport was fast enough and there is no lagging compared to a flash drive although that is expected since it has a USB 3.0 compatibility that is known to have a transfer rate of up to 5 gigabits per second.

To summarize it all up:
  • I love the color of the passport, plus there are 3 more colors to choose from (black, white and red)
  • It is smaller than most external hard drives, making it easy to carry inside your bag or purse.
  • The WD Security (encryption) is very useful when it comes to your files' privacy.
  • Downside is it can be very pricey compared to the other brands.


Final Verdict: 

I like the totality of the WD My Passport Ultra which I would recommend to my peers, but when it comes to its affordability, which is one of my primary basis in buying stuff, I would definitely buy a brand that has the same functions and capacity at a lower cost. Hopefully they can have it on sale. :)

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20 comments

  1. Very nice! My daughter will love this. I need to get one soon!

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  2. Well, i also prefer Seagate hard drives because WD drives are busted quickly. It does look nice though! Just handle it well I guess.

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  3. Wow, Just like you I really dont care about what hard drive, the important thing is, I have a hard drive. But then again with the functions and security of this one, might be worth it to invest in it

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  4. I had a WD My Passport HD before and loved it. I don't know what exactly happened to it but somehow it stopped letting me access my files (it had a password) and it seemed that the program running the password protect thing was corrupted. So many files in that drive. I still have it around, hoping to find a way to retrieve my files.

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  5. It really is quite pricey because my 2TB hard drive only costs 2/3 of this but you can't put a price on security! This hard drive totally has that covered! :D

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  6. I will keep this in mind when I get a new external hard drive. I also had an experience like Mommy Roxi above that I could not access the files from one of my first ext. hard drives. Hope that never happens again.

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  7. This is a good price for 1tb. I'm in desperate need of one since my g-drive is running low on space. When it comes to hard drives, i think it's best to pay a little more for a good brand. Don't wanna lost those files. So I think you shouldn't regret not getting a cheaper one

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  8. This one looks nice, This post is timely since I need one for myself too.

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  9. Seagate is a long time trustworthy brand. My harddisks are also from seagate!

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  10. i need a new external hard drive. i wonder if i can get this one in the uk

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  11. its pricey compare to other brand. how can you make a full review if they will just let you borrow the HD??

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  12. its pricey compare to other brand. how can you make a full review if they will just let you borrow the HD??

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  13. It's nice to see one TB storage getting more affordable and more compact. This is a good buy especially if you need storage.

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  14. okay, i'm maxing out my current old ext hdd and it's probably time to get a new one. but i think i'll stick to a more budget friendly one....

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  15. good price for what seems to be a good product. I'll let my son know about this one.

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  16. We also invested in a WD passport which we got for PhP 2,500 in Gilmore, QC. Transferring of files is done easier and we can carry them anywhere we go from one laptop or PC to another.

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  17. I am using WD as by back up hard disk too. Well the brand is quite reliable so far everything is ok on my side. Do remember to back up your files & photos.

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  18. Function wise, it sounds great, but I do agree with you, it is a bit pricey. I hope they bring the price down so more people can purchase it.

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  19. I personally like seagate hard disk and have been using it from sometime. Really trustworthy and great but yes on little pricey side.

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  20. I rather spend on hardware stuff and I think WD would suit my needs well. Thanks for sharing the review. I think I have my answer for backing up my (blogging) files.

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