|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||1|
WD My Passport for Mac Portable External Hard Drive
|Compatible Devices||USB 3.0 port; USB 2.0 compatible|
|Digital Storage Capacity||1 TB|
|Hardware Interface||USB 3.0|
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- Designed for Mac and Time Machine ready
- Password protection with hardware encryption
- Reimagined design. System Requirements : Formatted HFS + Journaled macOS High Sierra, Sierra or El Capitan
- Trusted drive built with WD reliability
- USB 3.0 port; USB 2.0 compatible
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The My Passport for Mac portable hard drive is trusted to store the massive amounts of photos, videos and music you love. Its sleek style is fun and fits comfortably in the palm of your hand, so you can easily take your treasured content everywhere you go.
- Built for Mac and Apple Time Machine-ready
- Password protection with hardware encryption
- Easy and ready to use out of the box
- Reimagined design that complements your Mac
- Trusted drive built with WD reliability
- Formatted for Mac OS X
- Up to 4TB capacity
- USB 3.0; USB 2.0 compatible
Built for Mac, Time Machine-Ready
Ready to go with your Mac straight out of the box, the My Passport for Mac drive helps protect your files with Apple Time Machine backup software. And you can quickly drag and drop files to and from the drive with Finder.
Password Protection with Hardware Encryption
Built-in 256-bit AES hardware encryption with WD Security software helps keep your content private and safe. Add a 'return-if-found' message as the password prompt in case your My Passport for Mac drive ever gets lost.
Easy to Use
Ready to use out of the box with your Mac, you can start transferring files, saving memories and backing up. The My Passport for Mac drive works with Apple Time Machine, and included WD Security software helps protect your data.
Designed to complement your Mac, the rich, black shine and artful composition makes the My Passport for Mac drive fashionably fun.
With up to 4TB, you can take the massive amounts of photos, music and videos you love wherever you go, and have plenty of room for other important documents, too.
WD Quality Inside and Out
WD builds drives to demanding requirements for durability, shock tolerance and long-term reliability. And we stand behind the trusted My Passport for Mac drive with a 3-year limited warranty.
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|Other Products||Trusted and loved. Reimagined design.||Blazing-fast portable SSD storage in a cool, durable design.||High capacity, trusted storage.|
|Capacity||Up to 4TB||Up to 1TB||Up to 8TB|
|Auto Backup Software||Works with Apple Time Machine||with WD Backup for windows||WD Backup and downloadable Acronis True Image WD Edition for Windows. Apple Time Machine compatible for Mac|
|Dropbox cloud service||with WD Backup for windows||with WD Backup for windows|
|Password protection and hardware encryption||256-bit AES Hardware Encryption||256-bit AES Hardware Encryption||256-bit AES Hardware Encryption|
|Social Media/Cloud storage imports||with WD Discovery, import all photos, videos and files from social media and cloud storage||with WD Discovery, import all photos, videos and files from social media and cloud storage|
|Shock resistant||Built to withstand a 6.5-foot (1.98 meters) drop test|
|Interface||USB 3.0. USB 2.0 compatible||USB Type-C and USB 3.1 Gen 2 ready; USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and USB-A compatible||USB 3.0. USB 2.0 compatible|
|Interface||Mac||Windows, Mac compatible (reformatting required)||Windows, Mac compatible (reformatting required)|
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|Compatible Devices||USB 3.0 port; USB 2.0 compatible||—||Desktop, Laptop, Television||Mac, PC||Laptop|
|Digital Storage Capacity||1.0 TB||2 TB||2 TB||2 TB||2 TB|
|File System||HFS+||—||HFS, HFS+||NTFS||—|
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|Hard Disk Size||1 TB||2.0 TB||2.0 TB||2.00 TB||2 TB|
|Hardware Interface||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB 3.0, USB||USB 3.0||USB 3.0|
|Item Dimensions||3.21 x 4.33 x 0.64 inches||4.22 x 2.95 x 0.44 inches||4.33 x 3.21 x 5.00 inches||4.35 x 3.23 x 0.59 inches||4.60 x 3.15 x 0.58 inches|
|Item Weight||5.92 ounces||4.23 ounces||4.64 ounces||4.66 ounces||6.72 ounces|
|Memory Storage Capacity||1 GB||2000 MB||2 TB||2000 GB||—|
My Passport for Mac is trusted, portable storage that perfectly complements your on-the-go lifestyle. Designed to fit in the palm of your hand, there’s plenty of space to store a massive amount of photos, videos, music and documents. Perfectly paired with Apple’s Time Machine backup software and password protection, the My Passport for Mac drive helps keep your files safe.
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The ONLY difference between the Mac and PC versions is the initial formatting and pre-installed software suite (which can be downloaded from Western Digital). Getting the Mac version saves some time for the Mac user. That's about it.
This 2016 model features a new case design which has sharp 90 degree corners and a shiny finish that shows fingerprints and scratches easily. In my case I get these drives for how they work much more than how they look, but recognize others may feel differently.
BOTTOM LINE (for the impatient):
The new model is a little bit faster than last year's and includes the 4TB model. A 4TB model to the previous generation My Passport Ultra for PC in early 2016, but the Mac specific version maxes out at 3TB.
In practical use (copying a 11GB folder of mixed large/medium and small files back and forth) this speed improvement is just noticeable. With just large files reading/writing is more noticeable faster. I got the 4TB size. This matches my experience with the PC version which I tested with Crystal DiskMark.
This 2016 model My Passport for Mac has a new design that replaces rounded corners with pointy ones and adds some odd (to me) styling to the case. A purely aesthetic change. The shiny surface collects fingerprints and mars/scratches easily. Other than outward appearance and the addition of a 4TB model it's functionally almost identical to the 2015 My Passport Ultra Mac model.
If these differences are not important for you or you prefer the old model's aesthetics, you may want to get that one last year's My Passport Ultra Mac (only up to 3TB) depending on which is least expensive. If you want the older 4TB you'll need to get the PC model and reformat. You'll have an excellent drive in any case.
If you want more details, read on...
The My Passport USB 3.0 drives are simple to use and come with reasonable software tools and backup/sync software. The drive includes software: WD Backup, WD Security and WD Drive Utilities. According to the manual these are compatible with Mac OS X versions Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan and Sierra. I use Time Machine for backups with this drive and I have not explored the included software. If these are of interest, be sure to check for newer versions on the WD web site.
+ This drive works fine with Mac, Linux or Windows out of the box. With Linux or Windows it performs best when reformatted with a native file system for the respective operating system.
+ This generation has 4TB, 3TB, 2TB, and 1TB models. The 500GB sizes in previous versions has been dropped.
+ This drive is faster than the last generation. Up to 10% faster in benchmarks, but just noticeable in practical use.
+ The form factor of the new drive is almost exactly the same as before except for pointy corners and about a 1mm increase in thickness.
+ Includes hardware encryption capability (I do not use this, but good for people who take their drive with them where it could get into the "wrong" hands.
- It comes with the same very short USB 3.0 cable as previous versions. I like a longer 3ft (or more) USB 3.0 cable : a very good upgrade purchase for the My Passport drives.
- The redesign of the drive case is not a plus for me. Not much of a minus either as it's not why I selected this drive. The worst thing is the pointy corners. From a handling perspective rounded corners are nicer.
- The warranty has been reduced from 3 years to 2 years
IN THE BOX:
The My Passport comes in a easy to open retail package containing the drive and a annoyingly short USB 3.0 cable. There are a couple small pieces of paper for warranty and quick-start. That's it. On the drive is software: WD Backup, WD Security and WD Drive Utilities. According to the manual these are compatible with Mac OS X versions Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan and Sierra.
The cable in this model is the same as previous versions. This may be just fine for a lot of folks but I keep some 3ft (or more) USB 3.0 cables handy for longer runs and less constrained placement on my desktop.
FORM FACTOR vs PREVIOUS GENERATION:
I'll compare the new generation of My Passport with my 2015 My Passport Ultra
This Model My Passport's dimensions:
1TB: 0.37lb, 4.33in X 0.64in X 3.21in
2TB-4TB: 0.54lb, 4.33in X 0.85in X 3.21in
2015 My Passport Ultra's dimensions:
500GB: 0.32lb, 4.33in X 0.62in X 3.21in
1TB: 0.34lb, 4.33in X 0.62in X 3.21in
2TB-3TB: 0.50lb, 4.33in X 0.83in X 3.21in
I did an 11GB subjective copy test on this drive. I also have the PC version of this drive and used CrystalDiskMark benchmark on that drive. My subjective sense of this vs. the 2015 My Passport Ultra drive it is just noticeably faster. This is with the mixed folder of large and small files including some gigabyte plus ISO image files. When just copying very large files the speed difference is much more apparent. Perhaps 10% faster reads, but large writes are almost 50% faster. For writing large files like backups this could be a time saver.
I'm thinking this newer drive may have a larger on-drive write cache or maybe it's just a bit faster drive. Maybe both. On big copies the new My Passport may save you a few seconds here or there but your last generation My Passport Ultra drives are still pretty good in real-world performance.
The My Passport line of drives from Western Digital has been very good to me and my clients on Mac, PC and Linux systems. This reliable and good to excellent performing line has a long positive history with me.
This WD My Passport Mac model is an evolution over the 2015 My Passport Ultra. I'll pick it for new Mac related purchases over the older model, but won't rush out to replace older drives. I like the 2015 My Passport Ultra's rounded corner case better but it's very minor point for me. Overall it's an excellent successor to a 5 star predecessor and continues to be a very good external storage choice.
For making improvements that outweigh a small misstep in case design and not making a mess of something that has been working well for a long time This new generation of My Passport Mac drives is worth 5 stars in my opinion.
Hope this helps someone!
I've waited WAY too long to back up my Mac computers. I remember reformatting drives in the past, and it was no fun. I decided to pick up the 4TB version of this drive and give it a try. I knew to expect the first backup to take a while, so that was no problem. What I liked was that I was able to plug in, and the time machine immediately opened to start a back up. I just waited until it started, then walked away times... I am now using this as a time machine for two different mac computers. After backing up two computers, I've still got 3.65 of 4TB free. I thought about getting the 2TB, but am now glad that I did not. I did purchase the $9.99 warranty through Amazon, only because it includes data recovery (wasn't clear if the WD warranty would). I do expect this will stop working one day, but I think its the best of the devices I reviewed. I hope to never need to use the warranties, but I'm glad they are there.
I'd get this you have even ONE Mac Device. I don't feel a need to backup my Android phone because I have google photos, and much of my other stuff is backed up on Google Drive.
Finally, I stored it in an old external hard drive case. Its super tiny, so it can be neatly stashed on a bookcase. I'm sure you've heard its important to go gentle on your drive.
Hope this works well for you!
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The Passports works well with my PC laptop too, when I render films to them. I do keep my Mac and PC drives separate though. I use USB memory sticks to pass files between my PC and Mac.
I do stress, I buy the right format Passport drive for my Mac or PC.
One most important golden rule; always eject the drive with the computers software before disconnecting. If the drive won't eject, turning off the computer has always worked for me.
Over all I well satisfied with the WD Passport drives, and so far have five of them for different purposes and will buy more of them in the future.
BTW the case on the current WD Passport HD's are not as rigid as previous models and creak slightly when squeezed... So don't squeeze them.... And don't throw them either.... They're a bit of a fingerprint magnet too but if you store them in a Next sunglasses bag or similar the marks just disappear....
The final endorsement for Western digital is that I have two Compaq Windows machines still running 40 GB system drives
that are over 10 years old still operating and an old WD 120 gb passport external drive that's still in service so they've been good for me.
I have one concern. The USB connecting the HDD does not fully push into the socket and is at a slightly downward angle as though it has been bent. Is this normal, can anyone advise me please?
There is plenty of space available to free up my MacBook, however I do find it a challenge to locate files and data within this backup drive.
It's compact, lightweight and looks sleek, so it is very portable and looks nice with the MacBook too. The casing seems sturdy and has sustained a few falls from the sofa to the carpet with no issue.
My mediocre review is purely because of the lack of information on the formatting, which should be at last documented, or even better could come pre-formatted as I am sure this device is purely for the MacBook!! Equally, it could come with sections for file types or dates of backups as options on the formatting if you are going through the stage of formatting anyway.
This latest hard drive - well, its not very aesthetically pleasing. The prior generation Mac WD HDD was much nicer in a silver-ish sleek enclosure.
IN terms of speed, i can't fault it as how much faster do you really expect your HDD to run in terms of read write speed. The device gets hot with frequent and large file transfer use and isn't the quietest device i own.
Since the inception of the Sandisk Extreme SSD and the Samsung T5, I have switched all my external storage devices to SSD. This HDD from WD, is no longer a match in any way to these devices.