WD My Passport Ultra: In-Depth Review

Introduction and specs list

Off-late people are complaining. People are complaining of shortage of space and by that we mean shortage in the space of conveyance, shortage in the space of houses and apartments and also the shortage of space in the storage capacity of their computers and laptops. Time and technology has forged on with a good pace and today we are seeing these external devices which support very high storage capacity. This review is about on the most stylish looking, yet cheap and very much convenient Hard Disk Drive: WD My Passport Ultra.



This pocket size wonder, (yes it is that tiny!) can carry your whole world like a pro! It is only 2.5 inches in thickness! We will introduce a brief technical specification sheet for you before we proceed with the detailing and the other faces and facts of this device:





Form Factor

Color options

Transfer speeds



OS Supported



WD My Passport Ultra 1 TB external hard drive

$130 for 1 TB (MRP) (available at cheaper options)

0.6 x 4.3 x 3.2 (inches)

USB 3.0 and USB 2.0


Black, Blue, Red

USB 3.0: about 5 GBPS; USB 2.0: about 475 MBPS;

USB 1.1: 11.9 MBPS

1 TB

Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1; Macintosh: Leopard

Snow leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion

3 years of domestic warranty

Features and functions

Storage devices are used for storage, looks aren’t very much important for them, but if you are getting one of the sleekest devices at a good price and functionality, you won’t mind buying one. The Ultra has one of the best looks amongst storage devices. Talking about everything else, well, this device won’t disappoint you.

The Passport Ultra is the next generation amongst the lineage of WD external hard drives. It succeeds the Passport Edge and has sheer brilliance about its stance. It is much quicker than the previous generations of external drives from WD. The tiny little external drive has quicker performance, better storage space and robust software under its sleeve.

My Passport is a bit pricey when it comes to the rival pricing line up. It is priced at around $130 for 1 TB version and $100 for the 500 GB version. The price and status of the 2 TB version is unknown for the time being.

At first glance you might think that it is the Edge, because the device looks exactly like its predecessor, the only change is that the word “edge” has been replaced with “ultra”. The device will surprise you with its light weight and compact size. The form factor is very much strong as well.

This hard drive has one USB cable slot and that will work both as the charger and transfer medium. The cable is around 12 inches long. It can be used with both USB 3.0 and 2.0, but it is recommended to use it with USB 3.0 for the best results.

This device is ready for Windows (NTFS), but you can reformat it for Mac (HFS+). It also has the WD SmartWare backup program, and the WD Security software and WD Drive Utilities as well. It is not required to get it installed on your computer to work but installation would be a good idea. Its security system will protect your data as the encryption is very rigid.


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