WD My Passport Review One Year Later – The Best Portable Hard Drive for Creatives?

A portable hard drive, one of the essentials for creatives on any type. Storage is just so vital for so many things, whether it’s when you work on several devices or are low on storage on your device. But what makes a hard drive worth it? And is it the best portable hard drive for creatives? We’ve been testing it for a full year to make sure that we can answer this “best portable hard drive for creatives” question.

Design Matters

Creatives. Sometimes messy. Sometimes clean. Either way, we often want to stand out. And far too many hard drives are just hard drives. There’s no design aspect to them. Why would I get a beautiful Dell XPS 13 that screams “beautiful” to complement it with a hard drive that looks like it was designed in 2005?

WD My Passport Review One year later - The best portable hard drive for creatives?

The best portable hard drive for creatives won’t be the best because of design, but this WD My Passport is truly beautiful. But this is a WD My Passport review one year later, and this hard drive is pretty much in perfect condition one year later. There are no scratches on it at all, and that kind of stuff matters as a great looking product is only great before it’s scratched. And this hard drive has been put through all kinds of pain across many countries whether that’s Most of Europe, Thailand, South Korea, or Russia.

The only thing that is not of the same quality is the back of the hard drive. The little four stickers that provide grip, some of them rubbed off, and the text at the back also rubbed off.

WD My Passport Review One year later - The best portable hard drive for creatives?

I personally love the white finish. Half of the portable hard drive consists of a white plastic meanwhile the rest consists of a metal build with diagonal lines. It’s weird to talk about hard drives from a context of “beautiful,” but this WD My Passport is truly beautiful!

Oh, and there’s also an LED light on it to show that your hard drive is working.

It’s safe to assume that you notice that it’s also pretty small and in a shape of a passport. In fact, very easy to carry with you.

What Are the Storage Options?

You don’t want a hard drive that will require you to buy another hard drive in the next 2 months. Do you?

This WD My Passport comes with up to 4TB of storage. And one year later I still have 2.16 TB left. That’s pretty impressive based on how much video and photos are stored on it from over 15 countries. Will 4TB last you? I don’t know you but what I do know is that a 4TB option is much better than 1TB.

And WD My Passport provides that option. Well, it’s actually 3.63TB. You never really get the true storage.

If you are looking for the best portable hard drive for creatives, 4TB is a must. Unless you aren’t an actual creative.

Is It Fast Enough to Be the Best Portable Hard Drive for Creatives?

This WD My Passport is not an SSD. People believe in this misconception that if you don’t have an SSD, that the hard drive is slow.

Maybe 10 years ago but hard drives caught up a lot. They aren’t slow. This certainly isn’t slow. You can edit hours of full-HD videos, or do intense photography edits, and this hard drive will handle all of that perfectly. Like seriously. It never failed me during the year of using it.

People think that standard hard drives are slow. They aren’t slow. It’s just that SSD’s are so much faster that makes it feel like standard hard drives are slow when in reality they aren’t slow and handle pretty much everything you throw at them.

The big difference you will really see is in exporting videos or copying files. That’s where an SSD can really shine. This WD My Passport isn’t the fastest at copying or pasting things into it. It’s not bad, but it’s just nothing compared to an SSD.

The Pricing Is Incredible Though

You are paying around 100 for 4TB. That is insane. A few years ago that was not accessible at all. A hard drive that’s fast enough for work, with 4TB of storage for just $119 that also doesn’t look cheap due to the price? Sounds like a dream. But what about reliability? What about security? And what are the flaws? And then let’s start with the flaws.

No USB-C Connection

This WD My Passport comes with one of these weird ports that you could have seen in the Galaxy S5. They are so irrelevant that I don’t even remember the name of them as I’m writing this review. You lose one, well, good luck finding one in a shop. 

WD My Passport Review One year later - The best portable hard drive for creatives?

Laptops today are going full USB-C mode. XPS 13 for instance. It only has USB-C ports. This means that I need to use a dongle to connect this drive to that machine. That destroys on the design aspect but also is a struggle as it requires even more unnecessary tools to make this hard drive work.

On the bright side, the cable did actually hold up pretty well. Sometimes I get connection problems when I move the hard drive, but overall it worked pretty well and lasted longer than any of my phone chargers for sure.

WD My Passport Review One year later - The best portable hard drive for creatives?

Oh, and by the way, WD released a newer version of this device that comes with USB-C and is just around the same price!

How Reliable Is It?

It dropped a bunch of times. It was thrown around in my backpack. It was disconnected unsafely a bunch of times by me. And, well, this WD My Passport, one year later, damn, it is so damn reliable. Hopefully, it doesn’t break today because I wrote that.

Oh, and WD is an incredible company when it comes to recovery, and they include both recovery and encryption software. Encryption is vital for the protection of your data, as you don’t want somebody to steal things from your drive, and recovery, well if something gets lost, you want to be able to recover it.

WD My Passport Review One year later - The best portable hard drive for creatives?

But I honestly didn’t get to test out how great this drive is with recovering data as it’s reliable to a point where I didn’t have a need for that future as of yet.

WD My Passport – The Best Portable Hard Drive for Creatives?

This WD My Passport review has been done almost a year later. It will be one year exactly in November. $119 or €121 for 4TB of a portable unit that looks great, is portable, fast enough, and reliable? Absolutely.

WD My Passport Review One year later - The best portable hard drive for creatives?

Oh, and by the way, it’s not loud which also important if you need to concentrate!

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