WD My Pass­port For Mac 3TB

Tons of stor­age to go


£124 from West­ern Dig­i­tal, store.wdc.com fea­tures 256-bit AES hard­ware en­cryp­tion, USB 3.0

West­ern Dig­i­tal’s My Pass­port drives have been around for a while, but this lat­est up­date in­cludes a 3TB model that makes it one of the high­est­ca­pac­ity por­ta­ble drives that we’ve seen so far.

The drive also gets a bit of a re­design, with a smart black-and-sil­ver case that feels solid enough to cope with the oc­ca­sional bump or bruise. And, de­spite the im­pres­sive stor­age ca­pac­ity, the My Pass­port mea­sures just 2.1cm thick, so it’s still a highly por­ta­ble de­vice to carry around on the go.

It uses USB 3.0 (not Thun­der­bolt) to con­nect to your Mac, and when back­ing up a 5GB batch of mu­sic and video files from iTunes, it achieved read and write speeds of 125MB/sec and 89.3MB/sec re­spec­tively. That's pretty re­spectable for a con­ven­tional hard drive. Its also made specif­i­cally for the Mac, so doesn't need to be for­mat­ted first. As well as that, it's com­pat­i­ble with Time Ma­chine, comes with 256-bit AES hard­ware en­cryp­tion, and also comes with WD's di­ag­nos­tic and se­cu­rity soft­ware.

If you don’t need quite so much stor­age on the go, then there’s a 2TB model avail­able for £88, or 1TB at £63.

The 3TB My Pass­port drive is very com­pact given its ca­pac­ity.

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