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Western Digital My Passport Essential USB 3.0 review: Western Digital My Passport Essential USB 3.0

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The Good It comes with USB 3.0. Multiple colours.

The Bad USB 3.0 performance isn't great.

The Bottom Line Usually external hard drives are much of a muchness, but if you want USB 3.0 speed and a better warranty, then in this case we'd go with Seagate instead.

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7.5 Overall

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Western Digital's My Passport Essential is a pretty standard external USB 3.0 drive, which comes with a substandard two-year warranty. Compare this to Seagate's three-year warranty, and the maxim that all hard drives fail equally, then the Essential has quite a hill to climb at the start.

Western Digital has bundled the drive with SmartWare, its backup software that can sync files across hard drives to make things easier, and categorises them into sections like movies, pictures, documents and music. You can also set a password on your drive for security, which should work on both Windows and OS X.

We had two drives to test — a 500GB, which sells for around AU$79, and a 1TB drive that goes for around AU$119.

Sequential data (MBps)

  • Sequential read
  • Sequential write
  • 9393
    Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra Portable USB 3.0 (1.5TB)
  • 8582
    Western Digital My Passport Essential (1.0TB)
  • 6867
    Western Digital My Passport Essential (500GB)

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