|The Western Digital My Passport WDBY8L0020BBK 2 TB external HDD is an excellent storage solution for users who travel often. With a massive storage capacity, this WD hard drive meets the growing demands of storing your digitized content. Get data transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbps with the USB 3.0 interface in this external HDD that makes way for consistent storage and archiving abilities. With an automatic backup utility software, this WD hard drive provides continuous backup with encryption for all your files, thereby ensuring data safety. The Western Digital My Passport WDBY8L0020BBK uses its USB cable to draw power, thus eliminating the need of an adapter.|
|Model||My Passport Black|
|Hard Drive Type||Portable|
|Spindle Speed||5400 RPM|
|Interface||USB 2.0, USB 3.0|
Average review score based on 100 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
This drive is a good price for the space. I bought it so I would not have to worry about backup for a couple years. Its design is good, very small, and practically silent when operating. Overall I love the product but only gave 4 stars overall because its included backup software is not lenient enough on CPU use.
I am disappointed by some of the software that comes with the drive. I ended up only leaving drive utilities and using windows backup to store emergency system images. After I set up the automatic back up software, that can select files by type, and constantly update the backup. I noticed what I felt was an excessive (12%) CPU usage from the backup software even when the drive was not connected. (CPU may have only been running at 50% maximum frequency) This bothered me enough to uninstall the included backup software. I never updated the included backup software, so it may have improved if I had, and might be useful to some. I kept the driver utilities to run diagnostics and it does not hog CPU. Additionally I simply copied some files for immediate use if they are lost on my internal drives.
This product is not technically 2TB but rather exactly two trillion bytes. Two terabytes actually should equal 2^40 bytes which is about 2 trillion 200 billion bytes. Rather than using the standard base 2 interpretation of a terabyte, this drive uses the base 10 interpretation which windows recognises as about 1.82 TB. This is no big deal if you want only want two trillion bytes.
DRIVER & INSTALLATION
Do not let windows install this device. It should open only as mass storage. Once you can access the files on the drive you can install everything it comes with and read instructions. I incorrectly allowed windows to search for additional device drivers and other secondary device installation procedures. This is warned against in the instructions. This led to Windows not installing the drive right, and constantly asking me to format it and intermittently disconnecting the drive. Do not format the drive. Once I undid the attempted installation I continued having difficulty reaching USB 3.0 speeds. My USB 3.0 driver had to be rolled back to an earlier functional version on my ASUS G73 laptop before I could get it to work. It was not difficult to find the driver. Apparently I had installed an updated driver that was not approved by ASUS. USD 2.0 was always fine. I would recommend reading the instructions (included on drive)because I did not, and I experienced difficulties that required moderate computer knowledge to overcome.
Much of this review relates to my own personal experience with this device. Overall I am very happy with the device. My review is meant to help people if they experience problems similar to what I faced based on my own mistakes and expectations. Included software did work for me, but I am simply not patient enough to use it in its entirety
I've had this product for about a month now, and I've been happily surprised. I never considered WD a good drive, I never gave one a chance though. Some other older WD drives required the use of proprietary software, this drive does NOT. The Size of the drive is striking, and I mean that in both Physical size and the amount of data it can hold. This drive is TRULY portable I love the fact it doesn't need a power cord and the one I have came with a free neoprene drive holder which holds the drive and the little cord (It uses a USB 3.0 cord, however, if you don't have a computer with a USB 3.0 port it's ok as it will work with USB 2.0, it is backwards compatible, So all you need is a USB input.) It's like having a 2 Terabyte thumb drive (2TB= 2000GB). It is a true Hard Disk Drive but it's so smooth you can barely tell it's spinning when holding it, and while plugged in it does have a light indicating it's writing/reading. The Bottom line is that for the price you cannot get a better drive or even one nearly as good, some in the computer community may think this drive isn't as good as there drives which they paid much more for, but, IMO if they gave this drive a chance they would be extremely surprised. I give this 5/5 stars.
This is my second 'My Passport'. My first has never failed me in any way whatsoever. I bought it on a nice bid and I bought this new one because it was an extra terabyte more USB drive. I quickly transferred all of the information from my one terabyte to my new two terabyte. Now I have plenty of extra space to easily load and transfer files from one computer to the next at a decent speed and with no discernible problems. I love the sleek design and the flawless style. It doesn't get hot and doesn't cause any problems whatsoever. I wanted to get it at the lowest price per terabyte that I could, and I believe I achieved that goal with this 2TB highly portable diamond. I have other external drives but they get hot and they have the bothersome power adapter plugs. They work but they are cumbersome and clumsy, heavy and cheap looking. This Western Digital 'My Passport' is my favorite, and I would buy more if I catch another price break. Thank you!
Bought this for my DJ Collection! It says external, yet, it is portable running off of usb power! =D Get the rugged case for this though as I dont trust hard drives. I usually use ssds. But for this price I got it for about 130. It was a steal! This is why I love eBay! :-)
This is so far one of the best back up drives i have used, small compact, capacity of 2TB's, bundled apps for security + automatic backup!in my i5 i get transfer speeds of 60mbp's what more can u ask for!!excellent!i would buy one more in an instant!
Only complain is that you get a 48cm usb cable with this and its not with gold plated terminals but buying a 1m or 2m long gold plated cable isn't that expensive.