Western Digital My Passport Pro

86
Global
Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Engadget Summary

The price of the My Passport Pro may induce sticker shock, but considering it's a portable RAID drive with Thunderbolt connections the price is plenty justified.

Western Digital gives you the choice of 2TB and 4TB options, both of which can be configured for RAID 0 or RAID 1. But ultimately the worth of the My Passport Pro will be determined by how fast it is. And it is fast -- PC World Australia found that the "write speed of 202.6MBps was very close to the read speed of 205.5MBps," and Macworld UK says the Passport Pro is "about 60% faster than any of the conventional portable hard drives that we’ve reviewed recently."

For professionals who are traveling and want to protect their data without sacrificing speed, the My Passport Pro is a good choice -- just make sure your computer has a Thunderbolt port, since the Pro lacks a USB port.

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Model
2TB

Key Specs

Addressable storage
2 (max) TB
Array types
RAID
USB
no
eSATA
no
FireWire / 1394
no

General

Addressable storage
2 (max) TB
Drive form factor
2.5 inches
Storage interface
SATA
Drive insertion
Bare drive

Array types and file systems

Array types
RAID (0, 1, 01) (no) (no) (no) (S.M.A.R.T. compliant)
File system support
HFS+ (Journaled)

Speed

Read speed (max)
233 MBps
Write speed (max)
233 MBps

Connections (to host computer)

USB
no
Thunderbolt
yes (1 port(s))
eSATA
no
FireWire / 1394
no

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
no

Power

Power adapter
Internal
Model
4TB

Key Specs

Addressable storage
4 (max) TB
Array types
RAID
USB
no
eSATA
no
FireWire / 1394
no

General

Addressable storage
4 (max) TB
Drive form factor
2.5 inches
Storage interface
SATA
Drive insertion
Bare drive

Array types and file systems

Array types
RAID (0, 1, 01) (no) (no) (no) (S.M.A.R.T. compliant)
File system support
HFS+ (Journaled)

Speed

Read speed (max)
233 MBps
Write speed (max)
233 MBps

Connections (to host computer)

USB
no
Thunderbolt
yes (1 port(s))
eSATA
no
FireWire / 1394
no

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
no

Power

Power adapter
Internal
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