[section_title title=”Introduction”]Introduction

Storage plays a huge part in everyday life, from storing precious digital photographs to music, even word documents for students and businessmen/women alike.  With Cloud storage becoming an ever popular trend, there are still those amongst us (myself included) who trust more traditional methods more such as USB flash drives or the type of product we will be taking a look at today; the external hard drive.

If you had to name one of the largest storage companies in the world, Western Digital (WDC or WD) would surely spring to mind.  With a huge catalogue of storage products, Western Digital have shown no signs of stopping anytime soon and with experience in innovation, this 1970’s born company has done it all.  Last year their revenue was over $15 billion which clearly shows their place on the market and their dominance over other storage brands.

So moving back onto the subject at hand, I have one of Western Digital’s latest creations in front of me in the way of the WD My Passport Ultra 2TB USB 3.0 External HDD (metal edition) which features a solid metal casing; this should prove to be very robust.  With features and a software package included with programmes such as Dropbox Cloud connection (you must provide your own Dropbox) and WD Drive Utilities, this should make for an interesting review.  There are plenty of options out there and with a price tag of £105.29 from various retailers, some might consider that a deal breaker but nevertheless, let’s take a look at the specifications and then take a look at what WD are all about…


Product Specifications
Interface USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
Data Encryption Support Yes

Performance Specifications
Serial Transfer Rate
USB 3.0
Serial Bus Transfer Rate (USB 3.0) 5 Gb/s (Max)

Physical Specifications
Capacity 2 TB

Physical Dimensions
Height 0.74 Inches
Depth 4.33 Inches
Width 3.15 Inches
Weight 0.53 Pounds
Height 18.8 mm
Depth 110 mm
Width 80.0 mm
Weight 0.24 kg

Environmental Specifications
Temperature (English)
Operating 41° F to 95° F
Non-operating -4° F to 149° F
Temperature (Metric)
Operating 5° C to 35° C
Non-operating -20° C to 65° C

Operating System
Compatibility Windows/Mac


Formatted NTFS for Windows 8 or higher, Windows 7 or Windows Vista operating system. Requires reformatting for Mac OS X 


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