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WD My Passport Ultra 3TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Review

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   With the arrival of the very first 3TB 3.5" external and internal HDDs a few years back most of us knew that although at home we'd be able to have sufficient storage space to support our work and "hobbies" it just wouldn't be possible to carry that amount of data around with us since at that time the largest 2.5" internal/external HDD models had just hit 1TB (let's face it, carrying around a 3.5" desktop drive with its power adapter isn't the easiest thing). Since then it's always been the same story again and again and even now although the highest commercially available 3.5" HDD has hit 10TB its 2.5" equivalent is only 4TB in capacity. Still both 3TB and 4TB 2.5" portable hard drives offer sufficient storage space to cover the majority of consumers out there and since many of you asked today we're going to be testing the latest My Passport Ultra 3TB USB 3.0 portable hard drive by WD.


   WD, a Western Digital company, is a long-time innovator and storage industry leader. As a storage technology pacesetter, the company produces reliable, high-performance hard disk drives and solid state drives. These drives are deployed by OEMs and integrators in desktop and mobile computers, enterprise computing systems, embedded systems and consumer electronics applications, as well as by the company in providing its own storage products. WD’s leading storage devices and systems, networking products, media players and software solutions empower people around the world to easily save, store, protect, share and experience their content on multiple devices. WD was established in 1970 and is headquartered in Irvine, California. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.wd.com.


   Much like the Backup Plus 4TB portable hard drive by Seagate the My Passport Ultra 3TB by WD is a rather thick model (20.96mm) so if you're looking for something which you can take with you in your back pocket such drives may not fit that description. For the My Passport Ultra 3TB USB 3.0 portable hard drive WD has used a durable hard plastic enclosure inside which they have placed the brand new WD30NMVW-11C3NS2 2.5" SATA III/600 HDD model which is roughly 15mm thick and features four perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) 750GB platters, rotational speed of 5400RPM, AES 256-bit hardware encryption (SED) and 8MB Cache. WD also ships the My Passport Ultra 3TB with their very own WD Software (Security/Backup/Utilities/QuickView) and has it covered with a 3 year warranty.