Like most people (and probably more so than a lot of non-bloggers or non-photographers), I have a lot of photos and other essential documents on my laptop that I really don’t want to lose. That means backing up photos and documents on my hard drive regularly.
I’m not the only one who values their digital content. According to WD research, the average consumer values their digital content at £3,241 and 1 in 4 (26%) say their digital content is ‘priceless’. 1 in 3 (31%) run out of storage capacity at least monthly.
I did have a scare about 4.5 years ago when my old laptop died with a motherboard problem. Thankfully at the time I had a WD My Passport external hard drive, so I knew lots of my photos were already backed up on there but my more recent ones weren’t. Luckily a computer expert retrieved my photos and ever since I’ve been a big fan of external hard drives. Yes I have a (very full) drop box where some photos are saved, but I don’t find it user friendly and begrudge paying for extra space which works out expensively compared with external hard drives. So since then I have bought a couple more external hard drives. Of course, owning them doesn’t mean regularly backing up, but I try to do it every 6 months or so.
Recently WD approached me to review one of their products – the WD My Passport Ultra 1TB. Having already used the My Passport range in the past, of course I wanted to share my experiences with them.
What I want from an external hard drive like the WD My Passport Ultra is a lightweight, compact, easy to use, fast hard drive, that will work with no problems with my laptop and any others I need to connect it to. It does all of these things…and looks pretty because you can have it in various colours. I’ve had the blue before, but the red’s pretty nice too. Being a bit of a girl, they’d look fab stacked on a shelf together, although I do usually keep mine hidden away from N’s sticky fingers and the OH prodding them about wondering what they are!
The main thing I love about the WD My Passport is how easy they are to use. The Ultra will let you set up auto back ups when you want, and you can also back up to the cloud if needed. All you need to be able to use one is to plug it into the USB port. I usually use mine by opening windows explorer and just dragging and dropping the files or folders as I do with normal document management. Simple. The only thing you would need to watch out for is if you want to use it with a Mac. It needs reformatting to do so.
Everything is encrypted, so your back ups will be secure, you can even set a password.
The transfer speed from pc to hard drive will depend on the speed of the passport, space, number of files and the USB port speed you have. The Ultra’s compatible with both USB2 and USB3 ports.
It always amazes me how many files you can get on small hard drives. The My Passport ultra is small enough to be held in one hand, and the 1TB will hold thousands of photos.
What I love:
- Ease of use through drag and drop
- Small compact size
- Speed of transfer
- Secure and stable – so far I’ve not had a problem with using one across a couple of different laptops. There’s a 3 year warranty just in case.
- Price – you can often get good deals on the Passport ultra and other WD products
- Choice – a range of colours, and storage space – the one I’ve reviewed is 1TB, but I’ve also got a 3TB device.
I’ve only found one apart from the fact I need to remember to do my back-ups rather than it miraculously doing them without my intervention. When I transfer over folders, if I’ve got the folder already on my passport, it doesn’t merge the two, it duplicates. So I’ve found I have to copy at the lower level rather than just copying the whole lot. Of course if you delete everything from your computer after putting it on your device (and the cloud for a second back up), then it wouldn’t be an issue because you’re just copying over new folders.
There’s not really an excuse for not backing up and I really need to get into a month habit of doing it.
You can buy the My Passport ultra from the WD store.
For one lucky reader, I’ve got one My Passport Ultra 1 TB to giveaway. Just put your answer in the comments below, then complete the rafflecopter widget.
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Disclosure: I was sent a My Passport Ultra for the purpose of review, all words and opinions are my own.