WD My Passport Ultra Portable Drive Review

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Introducing the WD My Passport Ultra

The Western Digital ‘My Passport’ range of portable hard drives already includes the great value ‘Essential’, the ‘Slim’ portable hard drive and now we have the ‘My Passport Ultra.’
The quality of the supplied backup software is the Ultra’s high point in a solid performing portable hard drive.


  • Advanced Backup Software.
  • USB 3.0 connectivity.
  • Great Value.


  • Plastic Case

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WD My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive Review

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Western Digital have produced a great looking, well made portable hard drive with the My Passport Ultra range of drives.

The 2015 model comes in four different colors and four different sizes ranging from 500 GB up to an impressive 3GB.

The USB powered portable drive has USB 3.0 connectivity for high data transfer speeds.

The included software is one of the best bundles supplied with any drive, the software is easy to use but still offers hardware encryption, drive integrity monitors and backup utilities.


wd passport ultra 2015

Available in Black, Red, White, Blue and Titanium the Ultra is a totally plastic case, it still feels tough enough to stand up to everyday use though.

The 3 year limited warranty offered by Western Digital should is certainly proof of their faith in the durabilty of the drive.

The My Passport Ultra is powered by the now standard Micro-USB 3.0 cable which is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 for data transfer.

The case itself is a nice minimal design, which isn’t so glossy that every lit mark becomes an annoyance. The internal 2.5″ drive means that the dimensions are also minimal, the largest capacity 3TB drive is still only 11cm x 8.2cm x 2.1cm.

The supplied carry pouch and light weight make the Ultra easy to slip into a bag or pocket for transport.

Model Year2015
Available Sizes500GB, 1TB , 2TB and 3TB
CompatabilityWindows XP on; Mac OS 10.4 on, XBOX One
Backup SoftwareYes
Plug and PlayYes
Portable (USB Powered)Yes
USB 3.0Yes, with USB 2.0 backwards compatibility
Speed5400 RPM
Data Transfer Speed625 Megabytes Per Second

Performance and Features

The My Passport Ultra is supplied pre-formatted in a NTFS format and so would need to be formatted in the appropriate format for a Mac or for use with an XBox One console.

The software supplied for the Ultra is one of the easiest to use backup software utilities supplied with any hard drive.

As well as backing up to the Ultra drive you can also backup to a cloud based Dropbox account, backup’s can be automatcally scheduled for differing timespans.

Protecting the content of your drive is easy with the 256-bit hardware encryption, this is off by default but can be easily selected from within the software.

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 The My Passport Ultra 2015 version is one of the quickest portable hard drives when tested under real world testing. Peculiarly it was slightly slower than its 2013 incarnation, although the difference was marginal.

Using the hardware encryption on the drive appears to make no difference to the very high transfer rates.

USB 2.0 transfer rates are also at the higher end of the speed spectrum.



WD MY Passport Ultra  Drive Summary

WD have produced a great all round portable hard drive, the My Passport Ultra offers great transfer speeds with easy to use backup software.
Hardware encryption keeps all your data secure plus you have the piece of mind of a three year limited warranty.

Easy to use software with hardware encryption at one of the lowest prices per GB.

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Item Weight159 g
Product Dimensions8.2 x 1.6 x 11 cm
Item model numberWDBGPU0010BBK-EESN
SeriesMy Passport Ultra 1TB
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive Size1 TB
Hard Drive InterfaceUSB 3.0
Software IncludedYes

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Overall Rating:

4.2 / 5

Ranking: 3rd 

in Portable Hard Drives

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