|Hard Drive||4 TB Portable|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||1|
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WD My Passport USB 3.0 Ultra Portable External Hard Drive (WDBBKD0040BBK-NESN)
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- Secure portable storage with up to 4TB capacity
- Password protection and 256-bit hardware encryption
- Automatic, local and cloud backup
- Stylish design with a range of exciting colors
- System Requirements: Formatted NTFS for Windows 10, Windows 8 or Windows 7 Requires reformatting for Mac OS X or other operating systems
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Next-generation portable storage, backup and security.
- Up to 4TB capacity
- Stylish design in 4 exciting colors
- Automatic local and cloud backup
- Password protection and 256-bit AES hardware encryption
- 3-year limited warranty
Huge capacity in the palm of your hand
With up to 4 TB you can take your photos, music, videos and files wherever you go.
Protect what's important
WD Backup software makes it easy to protect your important files, photos, videos and music on your schedule, automatically.
Local and cloud backup
Backup to your My Passport Ultra or to a Dropbox cloud-service account.*
*A Dropbox Cloud account is required for cloud backup. Cloud services may be changed, terminated or interrupted at any time and may vary by country.
Secure your stuff
Help protect the contents of your drive by setting a password with 256-bit AES hardware encryption. With no impact to drive performance, you can lock and unlock your drive.
Reflect your personality
Make it yours with WD Grip Pack. Available in 5 colors with a matching flat, colored USB cable.
3-year limited warranty
We back up our reliability with a 3-year limited warranty.
|My Passport Ultra||My Passport Ultra Metal Edition|
|Capacity||Up to 4 TB||Up to 4 TB|
|Ideal for||Secure on-the-go backup and storage.||Secure on-the-go backup and storage in a metal design.|
|Backup software||WD Backup||WD Backup|
|Password protection||256-bit AES hardware encryption||256-bit AES hardware encryption|
|Powered by USB 3.0||✓||✓|
|Dropbox cloud service||✓||✓|
|Stylish metal design||✓|
|Limited warranty||3-year limited warranty||3-year limited warranty|
Secure and dependable, My Passport Ultra can be trusted to safeguard your files with automatic local and cloud backup software, 256-bit hardware encryption and the reliability of WD.
Top Customer Reviews
I'm a cyber security consultant that happily pays premium for three things: power adapters, memory, and wireless routers all for the three basic code of Confidentiality, Integrity (of data) and Availability (and speed). In the years after I got the MyBook portability has become a big deal both for my industry and in general while the need for increased storage has only grown linearly (as in not-exponentially thank God) which helped me consider 3TB+ 2.5" hard drives like this one. This is in part thanks to the growing size of free cloud storage but also much ado about Netflix and Pandora that offer custom music and subscription based movies and TV shows. Having said that external hard drives are on the way out and I suspect this very well may be my last external hard drive ever.
Pros and Cons of the Passport:
First of all WD hard drives have been a misnomer for they offer first an easy layer of basic password protection in the now standard 256AES encryption "without compromise in performance." I can always of course put my own 3rd party encryption but it always takes from performance and for the level of stuff I keep in my drives I really don't think I need anything more convoluted than the factory offer. Hardcore folks will point out that WD's software has been flawed in the past and researchers managed to brute-force a key to gain access but I'll tell you that if someone so expert wanted access to your drive you've been living the wrong life! The take away for my personal stuff is that if the hard drive WAS stolen it would have a layer of protection that would deter common thieves from getting hold of it. Even theft isn't my main concern really. I just don't want my kids getting hold of stuff like R rated movies they shouldn't be watching...
Second, speed was an initial concern for I was coming down from a 3.5" externally powered MyBook to portable 2.5" speeds. Claimed speeds for MyBook was a modest 7200 RPM 6 Gb/s 64MB while this new drive was the typical 5200 RPM 5 Gb/s 16MB which to me was a perfectly acceptable speed. If neither mean squat do you know this: I perfectly ran a 2K and 4K resolution video without issues. Mind you that MyBook will continue to lionshare of my storage needs for it can handle more work thanks to the increased buffer and transfer rate, MyPassport is to become my personal (not my family's) data-bank often used for backups and then thrown into the safe box.
I strongly recommend getting the drive directly from the vendor or a reputable reseller. Don't cheap out on space for you never want to fill this anything beyond 75% capacity. If you're a Plex user consider the 6 or 8TB MyBooks.
I own about seven of these drives, which I use for various jobs from the usual Windows backup, offline document warehousing and database lab exercises (I can mount a database, put parts of it on one of these drives, unplug the drive to simulate a disaster and template recovery to a different drive for example).
Finally, there is the Western Digital warranty process, which I had occasion to use many years ago on an internal drive, and which was an easy and almost trouble-free business (make sure you return drives using registered mail courier with a signature required in case of paperwork snafus at WD's end).
I give these drives to people who are computer-unsavvy who need an easy backup solution.
I want my valuable info at home with me on my computer, and backed up to my own cloud.... The WD passport or any of their other storage drives.
If you feel the need to... you can encrypt this drive with all your info on it and safely keep it in a safe in your own home or maybe in a bank deposit box or wherever you feel comfortable...... " buried in a vault in the back yard or maybe in your basement ". Let's Get Safe Here!!
Don't pay a price yearly or monthly when you can just purchase your very own Cloud from WD and make it as safe as you want.
I highly recommend Western Digital drives..... have been using them for years when I built or replaced drives for customers.
What I need beyond reliability and speed is quiet and this is silent. Absolutely silent. We will see how it does over time (always back up), but I have two firewire versions of this drive, older version and 2 TB, that have run for years and years, day in and day out and are still chugging away. I will be buying a second 4 TB to serve as a backup. Highly recommended.