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.