Always have your files on hand with the black WD 4TB My Passport USB 3.2 Gen 1 External Hard Drive. Designed with a slim form factor, it's also available in a variety of colors to suit your style. Aside from its 4TB of storage capacity, it's built with 256-bit AES hardware encryption to help ensure your files are protected, and features USB 3.2 Gen 1 connectivity for fast transfers. It and comes formatted NTFS for Windows 8.1 and 10, but may be reformatted for other operating systems, and connects to your host system using an included micro-USB to USB Type-A cable. Users can take advantage of WD's Discovery and Backup software to help manage and back up their files as well.
USB 3.2 Gen 1
USB 3.2 Gen 1, USB 3.1 Gen 1, and USB 3.0 are synonymous and all can transfer data at a max speed of 5 Gb/s.
Make the most of your journey with style that suits you. The My Passport has been redesigned to feature a convenient, slim form factor and is available in a range of vibrant colors.
Make sure everything you create while on your own life journey - photos, videos, music, and documents - doesn't get lost. The My Passport drive comes equipped with WD Backup software that can be set to run automatically to your schedule. Just pick the time and frequency to back up important files from your system onto your My Passport drive.
Keep your digital life's contents secure with My Passport password protection and built-in 256-bit AES hardware encryption. Just activate password protection and set your own personalized password using WD Discovery
My Passport portable storage is ready right out of the box, including all necessary cables. And with USB, you can quickly start backing up everything in your life and keep driving forward.
Included WD Discovery software lets you connect to popular social media and cloud storage services like Facebook, Dropbox, and Google Drive. Seamlessly import, organize, and share your photos, videos, and docs to the My Passport drive to backup your online social life. WD Discovery can also manage your drive through WD Drive Utilities.
WD builds drives to demanding requirements for durability and reliability.
Hard drives are key component in modern computers. It’s normal to purchase a new one every few years, either to replace an old hard drive or to use an additional hard drive.
But with so many choices out there, which one is best for you? Which one should you buy?
The good news is that hard drive shopping isn’t all that difficult. In fact, there’s a lot of leeway for error here – as long as you follow these guidelines, you won’t have to worry about “buying the wrong hard drive” or anything like that.
Factors to consider before making a purchase
Physical size & interface
How much space you need will depend on how much data you have. If most of your files are word processing documents and spreadsheets, you won’t need the biggest box on the block. 500 GB or 750 GB will last you quite some time. Data drives come in two sizes – 2.5 inch drive and 3.5 inch drive.
Some drives just act as storage boxes they’ll hold your data and nothing more. Others provide some measure of extra security, whether it’s automatic backup or file retrieval. These features typically cost extra, but worth spending the money for the peace of mind they’ll bring.
When talking about speed how quickly it takes for the drive to read and write files most drives are either USB 2.0 drives, which are between 7.9 MB to 9.5 MB in write speed. The USB 3.0 drives they tested go from 11.4 MB all the way up to 286.2 MB.
Types of Storage
There are generally two types of external hard drives: solid-state drives and hard disk drives. Solid-state drives, although extremely fast, are also expensive. You can pay nearly triple that of an external HDD when you start getting into large capacities.
Hard disk drive vs. Solid state drive
The absolute first decision to make as far as data storage is concerned is whether or not you want a Solid State Drive (SSD). While an SSD fulfills the same function as a traditional Hard Disk Drive (HDD), it has its own set of pros and cons.
For those who don’t know, an SSD is a type of drive that uses something called flash memory for storing data instead the spinning metal disks you’d find in a traditional HDD. Think of it like a massive USB thumb drive.
What difference does it make, anyway?
First, SSD’s are faster at reading and writing data. Second, SSD’s require less power draw which conserves energy and extends laptop battery life. Third, SSD have no moving parts so they make no noise and have longer lifespans. The downside is that SSD’s are more expensive and have smaller data capacities than HDD’s
What’s the bottom line? If price is a big concern, go with a traditional HDD. Or if you’re buying the drive mainly as a backup drive, go with a traditional HDD. And as far as HDD’s are concerned, you can’t go wrong with the 1 TB HDD.