My Passport Ultra, we tested this external hard drive

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Products to test continue to arrive in our newsroom. That is the case of HD external Western Digital My Passport Ultra. An excellent device with an elegant design and varied capacities to satisfy the different needs of each user. Previously we have been fortunate enough to see the performance of other models from this same manufacturer, such as the WD My Passport SSD, from the same manufacturer of which we keep a fond memory and a satisfactory performance. Let us now see if this different reference makes the same impression on us.

Presentation, design and construction of the Western Digital My Passport Ultra

He WD My Passport Ultra it is a portable storage unit. Your manufacturer, Western digital, presents the peripheral as a unit that stands out for its ease of use. Such simplicity that it is summed up in connecting and starting to use. It is a perfect solution for professionals and amateurs in the audiovisual world, such as photographers and video cameras, or simply for those who require an element to make backup copies. He My Passport Ultra It is therefore perfect for transferring and keeping our most precious memories safe.

My Passport Ultra

Before going into more technical aspects, we will discuss less fundamental details, but just as important when deciding on a product. And in the end, everything adds up.

Box and packing

My Passport Ultra

As is customary in this manufacturer, WD take care of the detail of an aspect as superficial as the presentation of the product. The hard drive is delivered in a compact and minimalist white and yellow color combo box. The product image appears on the front. Being exposed around the model and capacity, as well as other of its important qualities. Therefore, with a simple glance, the user has at his disposal all the relevant information of the unit. In the back part the information is completed, in a summarized way, solving any doubts about compatibility and content of the package.

My Passport Ultra

Inside the box is obviously the external hard drive, plus a short cable USB 3.0. Everything is sandwiched between two rigid cardboard covers. Both disc and cable are in turn protected with a plastic wrap to avoid any aesthetic damage. Apart from this, a brief welcome sheet, which repeating the graphic style of the box, greets us with a HELLO. On the back a simple diagram that indicates the utilities included in the hard drive, and also that we have a great manufacturer’s website if we need any help. The last item we find inside the box is the typical multi-lingual technical service and warranty brochure.

Design and build

Once we remove the external hard drive from its packaging we see that it is an element that stands out for its elegant design. The housing, which is made of plastic, combines metallic and matt finishes. In our case, the unit that they have given us for the test is the color unit white and silver. Although there are other variants that combine the matt black with aluminum and the white with gold metal. The device is rectangular in shape with overall dimensions of 110mm x 81.5mm with a height, in our case for being the model of 4 TB, of 21.5 mm. It is a fairly light peripheral, which only weighs 250 grams.

My Passport Ultra

The rectangle is symmetrically divided between both finishes. The manufacturer’s logo is embossed on the matt white part. For its part, the metallic finish part presents a wavy and diagonal pattern along its entire surface. It is on one of the sides of this metallic imitation part where both the connector USB like a little Led of State. Is this little little light The one in charge of indicating that the device is connected and when it is working by blinking.

Western Digital My Passport Ultra Features and Functions

The disc Western Digital My Passport Ultra of 4 TB that we have tested, it is a unit SATA of 5400 RPM. It offers us the functions well known to all. It is for all intents and purposes an external storage unit, so its advantages are well known. Ease of use and compact style to transport and store anywhere. Its functions are defined and enhanced by the included software.

WD Backup

My Passport Ultra Backup

With this program we can make an automatic backup of the photos, videos, music and documents of our system on the disk. Allows you to quickly and easily set the time and frequency of these backups.

Password protection

My Passport Ultra Security

With the tools of WD Security we have encryption of hardware 256-bit AES Incorporated. Perfect for keeping content safe. We simply have to set a custom password to activate encryption by hardware and data protection.

WD Discovery

My Passport Ultra Discovery

With this software we connect to social networks and the most used cloud storage services. Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox and Google drive. Import our photos, videos and documents to disk My Passport Ultra to safeguard our presence on the web.

Test of performance

The drive comes formatted and ready for use in systems Windows. So if we are a user of Mac we will require a previous step before starting to use the disk. To check the My Passport Ultra We have done some simple reading and writing tests. In this way we discover their performance, both in port USB 3.0 as USB 2.0

Transfer speeds

We have carried out the series of tests using the program CrystalDiskMark. A utility that allows you to perform different tests on a disk drive to check performance. The first two tests have been carried out on the unit connected to the port USB 3.0.

With a data block of 1024 MiB in 5 bursts with 5 second intervals the results are:

  • Sequential Read (Q = 32, T = 1): 132.416 MB / s
  • Sequential Write (Q = 32, T = 1): 124.541 MB / s
  • Random Read 4KiB (Q = 8, T = 8): 0.589 MB / s [ 143.8 IOPS]
  • Random Write 4KiB (Q = 8, T = 8): 1,073 MB / s [ 262.0 IOPS]
  • Random Read 4KiB (Q = 32, T = 1): 0.595 MB / s [ 145.3 IOPS]
  • Random Write 4KiB (Q = 32, T = 1): 0.977 MB / s [ 238.5 IOPS]
  • Random Read 4KiB (Q = 1, T = 1): 0.542 MB / s [ 132.3 IOPS]
  • Random Write 4KiB (Q = 1, T = 1): 1,156 MB / s [ 282.2 IOPS]

While with a block of 32768 MiB, The results are:

  • Sequential Read (Q = 32, T = 1): 133.624 MB / s
  • Sequential Write (Q = 32, T = 1): 122.355 MB / s
  • Random Read 4KiB (Q = 8, T = 8): 0.510 MB / s [ 124.5 IOPS]
  • Random Write 4KiB (Q = 8, T = 8): 9.657 MB / s [ 2357.7 IOPS]
  • Random Read 4KiB (Q = 32, T = 1): 0.498 MB / s [ 121.6 IOPS]
  • Random Write 4KiB (Q = 32, T = 1): 9,531 MB / s [ 2326.9 IOPS]
  • Random Read 4KiB (Q = 1, T = 1): 0.394 MB / s [ 96.2 IOPS]
  • Random Write 4KiB (Q = 1, T = 1): 9.916 MB / s [ 2420.9 IOPS]

We have executed the second batch with the system connected to the port USB 2.0. The speeds drop considerably as well as the blocks of data capable of moving with ease. Here the results:

With a data block of 100 MiB in 5 bursts with 5 second intervals the results are:

  • Sequential Read (Q = 32, T = 1): 41.362 MB / s
  • Sequential Write (Q = 32, T = 1): 40.445 MB / s
  • Random Read 4KiB (Q = 8, T = 8): 2,746 MB / s [ 670.4 IOPS]
  • Random Write 4KiB (Q = 8, T = 8): 0.677 MB / s [ 165.3 IOPS]
  • Random Read 4KiB (Q = 32, T = 1): 2.801 MB / s [ 683.8 IOPS]
  • Random Write 4KiB (Q = 32, T = 1): 0.799 MB / s [ 195.1 IOPS]
  • Random Read 4KiB (Q = 1, T = 1): 2,594 MB / s [ 633.3 IOPS]
  • Random Write 4KiB (Q = 1, T = 1): 0.868 MB / s [ 211.9 IOPS]

With a data block of 1024 MiB in 5 bursts with 5 second intervals the results are:

  • Sequential Read (Q = 32, T = 1): 41.441 MB / s
  • Sequential Write (Q = 32, T = 1): 40.498 MB / s
  • Random Read 4KiB (Q = 8, T = 8): 0.547 MB ​​/ s [ 133.5 IOPS]
  • Random Write 4KiB (Q = 8, T = 8): 1,268 MB / s [ 309.6 IOPS]
  • Random Read 4KiB (Q = 32, T = 1): 0.539 MB / s [ 131.6 IOPS]
  • Random Write 4KiB (Q = 32, T = 1): 0.945 MB / s [ 230.7 IOPS]
  • Random Read 4KiB (Q = 1, T = 1): 0.420 MB / s [ 102.5 IOPS]
  • Random Write 4KiB (Q = 1, T = 1): 1,194 MB / s [ 291.5 IOPS]

Western Digital My Passport Ultra Technical Specifications

Here is a summary table with all the technical details of this external disk My Passport Ultra:

Western Digital My Passport Ultra
Physical characteristics
Length 1 TB – 4 TB

  • 110 mm (4.33 inches)
Width 1 TB – 4 TB

  • 81.5 mm (3.21 in)
Height 1 TB – 2 TB

  • 21.5 mm (0.85 inches)

3 TB – 4 TB

  • 13.5 mm (0.53 in)
Weight 1 TB – 2 TB

  • 140 g (0.31 lb)

3 TB – 4 TB

  • 250 g (0.54 lb)
Colour
  • Black and gray
  • White and gold
Connections
  • USB 3.0
  • USB 2.0
Performance Specifications
Data transfer rate
  • USB 3.0 up to 5 Gb / s
  • USB 2.0 up to 480 Mb / s
Operating temperature 5 ° C to 35 ° C
Non-operating temperature –20 ° C to 65 ° C
Compatible systems
NTFS format for
  • Windows® 10, 8.1 and 7
  • May require reformatting for other operating systems.
  • Compatibility may vary depending on the user’s hardware configuration and operating system.
Package content
  • Portable hard drive
  • USB 3.0 cable
  • WD Discovery ™ Software for WD Backup ™, WD Security ™ and WD Drive Utilities ™
  • Quick install guide
Others
Capabilities and models
  • 4 TB black-gray WDBFKT0040BGY
  • 4 TB white-gold WDBFKT0040BGD
  • 3 TB black-gray WDBFKT0030BGY
  • 3 TB white-gold WDBFKT0030BGD
  • 2 TB black-gray WDBFKT0020BGY
  • 2 TB white-gold WDBFKT0020BGD
  • 1 TB black-gray WDBTLG0010BGY
  • 1 TB white-gold WDBTLG0010BGD
Limited warranty 3 years

Conclusions, availability and price of the My Passport Ultra

My Passport Ultra

The external disk My Passport Ultra it has undoubtedly earned our desk table. It is a truly adaptable device, which fits anywhere, no matter how small the available space. The enormous capacity it boasts is its greatest asset, which is also complemented by some really intuitive and easy-to-use tools, which make the most of the unit if possible.

PROS:
  • USB 3.0 port.
  • Small and light.
  • Easy to use.
  • Great capacity.

CONS:
  • SATA 5400 RPM.
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