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Good Drive For The Money 03/22/2014
This review is from: WD My Passport Ultra 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive WDBZFP0010BBK-NESN Black
I use portable hard drives primarily to store System Image backups for multiple computers. I bought this 1TB WD My Passport Ultra to replace a WD My Passport 750 GB unit (needed more capacity). The 750 GB drive benchmarked at: 92.1 MB/s Sequential Read and 88.6 MB/s Sequential write. 4K Read performance was 0.344 MB/s and Write was 0.746.
With the new WD My Passport Ultra one third full, it benchmarks as follows: Sequential Read 112.3 MB/s, Sequential Write 112.6 MB/s. 4K random Read is 0.545 and Write is 1.150.
So the WD Ultra outperforms the non-Ultras by a significant amount. I have two Silicon Power portable drives (a 1TB A15 and a 750 GB A80) and both outperformed my WD 750 GB drive. The 1TB WD Ultra, however, our performs both Silicon Power drives.
The 1TB Ultra drive is also a bit slimmer than (not as thick as) my WD 750 GB non-Ultra drive.
It was on sale for $59.99 when I bought it. I would say it is a bargain at that price.
Not really a con, but I would have preferred a Red or Blue case but Black was the only color on sale.
Some have mentioned they thought the cable was a bit short. It is 19" long which I find long enough. Additionally, it is about 1/2 the thickness of many other USB cables which makes it much easier to "coil up" and store in a Case Logic carrying case along with the drive.
The USB cables that came with my Silicon Power drives were 24" long and much too thick to allow storage in the same case as the drive. I think the dimensions of the USB cable are a plus.
I would recommend it to friends.
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