Western Digital Passport portable USB drive review: Western Digital Passport portable USB drive

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.0
  • Setup and ease of use: 8.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 7.0
  • Service and support: 7.0
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The Good Low price; speedy; compact; attractive design; supereasy installation; no power adapter required with most computers.

The Bad Doesn't include a carrying case; lacks software utilities.

The Bottom Line The Western Digital WD Passport is a fast, easy, inexpensive way to take and transfer large files on the road.

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Western Digital Passport portable USB 2.0 drive

Each extra ounce you add to your travel bag means a heavier burden to carry--so everything in your pack should be well worth the load. The Western Digital Passport portable USB 2.0 drive--available in 40GB, 60GB, and 80GB capacities--is one of those worthy additions, offering a compact design, fast performance, and ample storage space for a low price. We recommend it to anyone who needs affordable storage on the go, save those who can't deal with its lack of a carrying case and software utilities.

The Western Digital Passport is a fitting name for this device, since it's about the size of a standard passport (albeit a bit thicker). It weighs a light 9.8 ounces and measures 5.7 inches long, 3.5 inches wide, and 0.8 inch thick, though it looks even smaller because of its curved edges. The top and front edges are made of silver-colored plastic, while its remaining edges and bottom are covered in a smooth, blue rubberized material that helps to keep the drive from sliding around. A blue status light on the front edge blinks to indicate drive activity. The WD Passport's USB 2.0 and AC connectors sit behind a handy protective cover on the right edge; we wish the entire unit shipped with a protective carrying case as well. Western Digital claims that the drive offers shock-absorbing capabilities; while we can't verify whether the Western Digital Passport will withstand years of abuse, it continued to function fine after we subjected it to a few drops.

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Where to Buy

Western Digital Passport portable USB drive (40GB)

Part Number: WDXML400UETN Released: Nov 1, 2004

MSRP: $149.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Nov 1, 2004
  • Form Factor 2.5"
  • Hard Drive Type external hard drive
  • Interface Type Hi-Speed USB
  • Capacity 40 GB
  • Average Seek Time 12 ms
  • Spindle Speed 5400 rpm
  • Buffer Size 2 MB