Western Digital 1TB My Passport Portable External Hard Drive-USB 3.0-WDBYNN0010BBK-WESN
I’m happy with the little drive, well my wife is which translates to me being happy.
I’m a long time WD fan so when my wife needed an external back up device I didn’t need to do a lot of looking.
Hooking it up to her Windows 7 machine was simple. The OS immediately recognised the drive and set it up. When plugging into my Windows 10 machine there were no issues either. It just works, you don’t need to be technical to use or set this up. The included USB cable has connections that won’t confuse, the PC or laptop end is the standard USB A connection, on the drive end it’s a standard USB B micro connection (used on a lot of external enclosures) which means that you can’t plug the cable in backwards.
Like almost any external drive you can buy these days, this came with included software for setting up automated backups. This is located on the drive itself so no need to download anything. While not the most sophisticated software it does work quite well and was easy to install. Again you don’t need to be technical for this, the software walks you through the setup process.
Using the drive is nice, the read write speeds are excellent, up there with USB 3 speeds, and while not the fastest it is fast enough for almost any back up task. It’s ultra-quiet and has only slightly warmed up during a very long, 800GB, back up.
For size, it’s not the slimmest or smallest but it’s still easy enough to tuck into a pocket or my laptop bag. I’m not sure why its dressed up the way it is with the funky design but to me that’s irrelevant anyway, I care about read/write speeds and a drives life time. I’ve used WD drives for the last 13 years with only a few failures and these were on servers where things are running 24/7 for years at a time.