2TB Western Digital My Passport Portable Hard Drive Review Last week WD announced the latest generation of their popular My Passport portable hard drives. The newly redesigned enclosures surround a 2.5" 15mm Western Digital hard drive that uses four platters to offer capacities up to 2TB, making it the highest capacity drive available in this form factor. The My Passport also picks up USB 3.0, making it idea for not just toting files, but for completing high-speed local backups of your PC as well. Western Digital offers the redesigned My Passport USB 3.0 drives in a variety of capacities including 500GB, 750GB, 1TB, and 2TB with MSRPs of $129.99, $149.99, $179.99 and $249.99 respectively. WD also offers several color options that vary by capacity. WD My Passport Specs Capacity and color combinations:USB 3.0 2TB Black (WDBY8L0020BBK) 1TB Black (WDBBEP0010BBK) Blue (WDBBEP0010BBL) Red (WDBBEP0010BRD) Silver (WDBBEP0010BSL) 750GB Black (WDBBEP7500ABK) Blue (WDBBEP7500ABL) Red (WDBBEP7500ARD) Silver (WDBBEP7500ASL) 500GB Black (WDBKXH5000ABK) Blue (WDBKXH5000ABL) Red (WDBKXH5000ARD) White (WDBKXH5000AWT) Silver (WDBKXH5000ASL) Dimensions - 0.82" x 4.4" x 3.2" Weight - 0.51 Pounds Temperature - Operating 5 C to 40 C, Non-operating -20 C to 65 C Design and Build The new My Passport design picks up on many of the same elements seen in the My Passport for Mac and the My Passport Studio, but those two drives topped out at 1TB, using more standard height 12mm 2.5" hard drives. The design of the 2TB My Passport is black on black, with a sturdy plastic body protecting the large 2TB drive inside. The back of the drive contains one USB 3.0 port and an LED activity light. The USB port is actually a Micro-USB connection on the drive, a nice touch since most users have done away with dated mini-USB cords. It's a small thing for sure, but we still see new drives released with old interface designs. The bottom of the drive is all-black, with black rubber feet and a product information label which includes important information such as the model number and serial number. The My Passport isn't exactly the easiest case to take apart, with two plastic case halves which snap together very securely. With a little effort from a fingernail and an old credit card, we were able to split the case open without damaging it, exposing custom hard drive within. The drive is similar to the 1TB WD10TPVT found in the My Passport Studio, although this one integrates the USB 3.0 controller with the circuit board of the drive, allowing for fewer internal components and circuitry. It also prevents us from popping the drive outside of this enclosure and using it inside another device as a SATA notebook hard drive. Performance The 2TB My Passport includes a USB 3.0 interface, which offers compatibility with close to every computer on the market and good performance for most users. While not as fast as eSATA, it still provides good speeds for a 5400RPM notebook hard drive. With most users buying this drive to store photos in a second location or move large files between computers, the USB 3.0 connection is more than adequate. In our tests we measured transfer speeds of 109MB/s read and 109MB/s write through our consumer testing rig using IOMeter
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