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WD My Passport Ultra 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive WDBMWV0020BBK-NESN Black
  • Automatic & cloud backup.
  • Local and cloud backup
  • Ultra-fast transfer rates
  • Works great with Windows 8
  • USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility

5 out of 5 eggs My Passport, my choice 11/21/2013

This review is from: WD My Passport Ultra 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive WDBMWV0020BBK-NESN Black


A very portable design for this Western Digital "My Passport".
It is powered by it's USB connection.
It stays fairly cool while reading/writing.
Also, it is very quiet compared to other similar products I have running.

- Read Benchmark:
Min: 52.5 MB/s, Max: 119 MB/s
Access Time: 18.5ms
Burst Rate: 170 MB/s

- File Benchmark (512MB):
Read: 113336 KB/s, Write: 102836 KB/s
Read: 130 IOPS, Write: 439 IOPS | 4kb random single
Read: 139 IOPS, Write: 403 IOPS | 4kb random multi

- Copying 15GB file from SATA3 SSD to My Passport Ultra 2TB USB 3.0:
105-120MB/s transfer rates, averaging at 109MB/s.


Like most of these smaller USB 3.0 drives the My Passport Ultra 2TB also has a short USB 3.0 cable: 15". May not be a con for some users though. This is more meant to be a pocket drive than to be an addition to your desktop hardware/furniture, I believe.

Other Thoughts:

I have quite a few external USB drives and I believe this is the best physical design I have encountered yet. It is the perfect size for portability: not too big that I need a separate carrying case, not too small that it is easily lost or misplaced. This 2TB drive is near a 1/4 the size of my 3TB USB 3.0.

- Extra Read Tests:
Random seek 50 IOPS 20.145 ms 0.024 MB/s
Random seek 4 KB 56 IOPS 17.722 ms 0.220 MB/s
Butterfly seek 50 IOPS 20.132 ms 0.024 MB/s
Random seek / size 64 KB 56 IOPS 17.904 ms 0.859 MB/s
Random seek / size 8 MB 15 IOPS 66.019 ms 61.420 MB/s
Sequential outer 1706 IOPS 0.586 ms 106.598 MB/s
Sequential middle 1491 IOPS 0.671 ms 93.185 MB/s
Sequential inner 897 IOPS 1.115 ms 56.078 MB/s
Burst rate 2642 IOPS 0.379 ms 165.123 MB/s

I would recommend this to anyone looking for portable storage or even for a good backup option.

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