Looks aren’t always very important to storage devices, nonetheless they don’t hurt, either, and regarding the WD My Passport Ultra, looks certainly are a great bonus. That is for the reason that drive has the rest: fast performance, large space for storage, and helpful bundled software.

The new drive may be the successor to last year’s similar-looking WD My Passport Edge. In my own testing, it’s considerably faster than its predecessor. The Ultra offers up to 2TB of space for storage, includes WD SmartWare backup software, and comes in four colors: titanium, red, black, and blue.

At the suggested retail price of $100 for 500GB or $130 for 1TB (the cost of the 2TB version isn’t yet available), the My Passport Ultra appears slightly more costly than its peers. The drive’s street price, however, may very well be lower, as was the case with the Edge.

The WD My Passport Ultra is among my favorite lightweight drives because of its fast performance, large space for storage, and its visual appearance. It’s simple to recommend it, since it ranks among the very best drives that you can buy.

Design and features
Initially, the My Passport Ultra could easily be recognised incorrectly as the My Passport Edge. Actually, other than the term “Ultra” instead of “Edge” on the casing, the brand new drive looks exactly like its predecessor. The drive is quite compact and light, but it addittionally feels sturdy.

Unlike the Edge, which only came in titanium, the Ultra can be purchased in three other colors: red, blue, and black. Dong Ngo/CNET
The device includes a Micro-USB 3.0 port using one side and has a foot-long USB cable. It is the only cable you will need; it handles both power and data functions. The Ultra works together with both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, but if you wish to get the very best performance, you have to make make use of it with USB 3.0.

The My Passport Ultra is preformatted for Windows (NTFS), nonetheless it could be easily reformatted for Macs (HFS+). The drive includes the WD SmartWare backup program, in addition to WD Drive Utilities and WD Security. By default this suite works only with the drive it’s bundled with, but with the Ultra, you can upgrade to the Pro version free of charge. WD SmartWare Pro works together with all external hard disks, including those created by other vendors. With the My Passport Ultra, you can activate WD SmartWare Pro 2 times on two separate computers.

Though not necessary to be installed for the drive to work, the bundled program pays to. WD Drive Utilities contains (as you might guess) utilities that permit you to be sure of the drive’s status, test its functionality, and even reformat it. WD Security enables you to secure the drive’s quite happy with a password. The drive supports strong encryption, as soon as you’ve picked a password, this content is totally inaccessible if that password is forgotten. Both WD Drive Utilities and WD Security are for sale to both Windows and Mac.