The My Passport Ultra features some pretty handy local and cloud backup software with WD Backup, allowing users to choose when, where, and how to back up their files.
Available in Classic Black, Brilliant White, Wild Berry and Noble Blue, the 7th gen My Passport Ultra is comprised of a new sleek design.
The USB 3.0 connector is located on the side of the drive while the small product label and information printed onto the plastic are located on the rear. To determine its performance, we measured transfer speeds from the My Passport Ultra connected to an HP Z620 workstation and compared it to the previous generation model, Seagate Plus Slim, and Seagate Seven USB 3.0 portable drives. With WD Drive Utilities, users can run diagnostics to determine any issues that may be happening with the drive.
The Sleep Timer option allows users to set when they want the drive (if at all) to go into sleep mode while the Ultra is not in use. The Drive Erase feature simply allows users to erase all content on the drive with one click while giving the newly formatted volume a name.
The About section displays basic information about the software as well as the ability to check for updates and register the drive. WD Security allows users to simply set a password to block users from accessing their WD Passport Ultra. Like its predecessor, the WD My Passport Ultra is released in a market full of capable portable storage devices, which is often overwhelming for casual consumers and workers on the go looking for an external storage solution.
The WD My Passport Ultra offers consumers an easy way to back up their data with feature-rich software and very good performance in a trusted platform. WD has pushed out new models of its My Passport Ultra and My Passport for Mac portable drives. The seventh-generation models have increased the maximum capacity from 2TB to 3TB, and they come in four different colors -- black, white, blue and wild berry.

The My Passport Ultra offers support for USB 3.0, and 256-bit AES hardware encryption to ensure that if you do lose the drive, if some ne’er-do-well finds it they won’t be able to get their hands on your data. Tony Tate, general manager and vice president of Content Storage Solutions at WD, commented: "With more photos being taken than ever before, it’s critical to have a high capacity, reliable external storage solution that you can carry everywhere.
The latest version comes with a maximum capacity of 3TB, comes in a variety of colors, and comes with a Grip pack of soft band accessories that encircle the device.
Users also have the option of running the setup client, which comes pre-loaded on their drive. The Run Drive Status Check option checks for potential drive failures while the Quick Drive and Complete Drive Tests checks for major performance issues and performs a full media scan to detect bad sectors, respectively.
It should be noted that erasing the drive also removes any passwords you may have set up. Though there is no way to access data without the password after it's set, you can recover the password if it is forgotten using a security question.
Although these numbers compete well enough with the best drives of its class and type, we only saw a slight improvement compared to the previous generation in sequential performance, while even having marginally weaker performance in random writes. This is basically a soft band that comes in five different colors -- smoke, slate, grape, sky and fuchsia -- and it wraps around the portable drive to give, well, more grip so there’s less chance of you dropping it, and also some extra personalization (a matching color USB 3.0 cable is also provided with the pack, a nice touch). WD has certainly built the My Passport Ultra the drive as a rugged device, as it is designed for durability, shock tolerance, and long-term reliability.
Here, they can choose whether they want to simply install one program, or to install all of the bundled software.
Consumers should note that WD is unique due to its bundled backup software, which has been developed in house as well as being specifically designed for WD devices such as this one. In addition, the WD Security utility with password protection and its 256-bit AES hardware encryption also adds to the security of the backed up content.

As such, when the locked drive is connected to a computer, a popup with a window will ask for the password in order to continue and access the drive.
The My Passport Ultra also protects this content with the WD Security utility and 256-bit AES hardware encryption, the latter which offers users the option to enable password protection on files and folders. Couple this with its good performance, the seventh generation of the My Passport Ultra makes for a compelling release among a saturated market. Their product WD My Cloud is a hard drive that can very easily connect to our home network.
The My Passport Ultra comes in models as high as 3TB in storage, which is a 50% increase in maximum capacity from its predecessor.
As it is connected to your home network you can access it from your smartphone, tablet, laptop or office computer just like any cloud storage.This less expensive storage is fully under our control. She is a passionate blogger, technology lover, plays chess, likes to express her views via blog and is music lover. She is blogging since 2011 and has contributed a number of great articles to the internet.Latest posts by Alka Saha (see all) Most Important Design Factors for Game Designers - August 7, 2016 The Importance of Web Development - August 3, 2016 Why is My Computer Making a Grinding Noise? Get latest software tips, web tools, new freebies, giveaways & contests' details at your Inbox.

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