WD My Passport Ultra

The Good The compact and good-looking WD My Passport Ultra offers fast data speeds, has helpful bundled software, and comes in stylish color options.

The Bad At launch, the drive's suggested price is slightly higher than those of its peers, and its 2TB-capacity model is not yet available.

The Bottom Line The WD My Passport Ultra is one of the best portable drives you can buy with software that makes backups fast and easy.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Support 8.0
8.0 Overall

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Review

Compact, easy-to-use, and superfast

Editors' note: The rating of this review was updated on May 29th, 2015 to reflect the drive's position on the market in with its successor.

Looks aren't always important for storage devices, but they don't hurt, either, and in the case of the WD My Passport Ultra, looks are a great bonus. This is because the drive has everything else: fast performance, large storage space, and helpful bundled software.

The new drive is the successor to last year's similar-looking WD My Passport Edge. In my testing, it's much faster than its predecessor. The Ultra offers up to 2TB of storage space, comes with WD SmartWare backup software, and is available in four colors: titanium, red, black, and blue.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $130
  • Brand Western Digital Corp.
  • Capacity 1 TB
  • Hard Drive Type external hard drive
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