I have a WD Ultra 'My Passport' external hard drive and had originally configured it to my MacBook pro, but I just received the surface pro 4 as a gift and I'm trying to use the external hard drive with this device.
Western Digital continues to impress us with its 'My Passport' range of external hard drives, with the being a very good all-rounder and the recently released being an excellent slim and portable device with fantastic read and write speeds. The Western Digital My Passport Ultra has some tough acts to follow, then, with the 'Ultra' part of the name being a particularly bold statement. Can it deliver?
Viewing WD Passport files on 2nd computer Maxpower6972 Nov 16, 2013, 7:16 AM I had backed up my files on my laptop to a WD Passport, I am now trying to access the information from my desktop. Jan 19, 2015 hi all, just purchased a WD 2TB My Passport Ultra. I am running mac book pro 10.6.8 mac os x. Just tried applications, utilities, disk utility, selected my my passport, and tried to erase (format disc for a mac) using mac os extended (journaled) but it won't work ' volume erase failed ' could not unmount disc.
The body of the Western Digital My Passport Ultra is small, light and nicely designed. It's slightly larger and heavier than the My Passport Slim, but also a bit smaller than the My Passport Essential. It lacks the sturdy design of the My Passport Slim, trading the metal case of the smaller hard drive for an all-plastic body. It's certainly not flimsy or cheap-feeling, but we much prefer the feel of the Slim's body, which also gives the drive a bit more protection.
The Western Digital My Passport Ultra also comes with a cloth bag that can be used to carry the drive around in. As with other Western Digital external hard drives there are a number of programs that come included with the hard drive that you can click on to install on your PC.
SmartWare Pro. The WD SmartWare Pro software helps you configure the Western Digital My Passport Ultra to automatically back up all of your important files and folders. It can also be set to back up your files to Dropbox as well, which is a nice, though not particularly helpful, feature – especially if you only have the free 2GB Dropbox account.
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The Western Digital My Passport Ultra is USB 3.0 compatible, and in our benchmark tests it managed 115.2MB/s read and 115MB/s write speeds, both very good, though slightly slower than the My Passport Slim's 120.9MB/s read and 120.8 MB/s write speeds. However, in our real-world tests we copied over a 1GB file in just 9.5 seconds, a whole half a second quicker than the My Passport Slim. Whilst we tested the 1TB version, which offers more than enough space for most people, there is also a 2TB version which is especially useful for people with large photo and video collections – especially considering the fast transfer speeds. Final verdict So is the Western Digital My Passport Ultra the ultimate external hard drive? Its speeds are around the same as the Western Digital My Passport Slim – which of course is no bad thing – but because of the Slim's sturdy and small case, we much prefer it to the Western Digital My Passport Ultra. It's by no means a bad external hard drive, however, and it's a testament to the quality of Western Digital's external hard drives that even if the My Passport Ultra isn't its best, it's still a damn good external hard drive anyway.