Pros

  • Great USB performance
  • Low-profile docking station

Cons

  • USB only

At A Glance

The best USB performer we tested, this My Passport model comes with versatile WD SmartWare software and a docking station.

The Specs

Storage
Drive size 500.0 GB
Drive type External
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces USB 2.0
USB 2.0 Yes
Warranty
Warranty information 3 Years
Warranty information 3 Years
Included Software
Included Software WD SmartWare Software
Hardware
Installation Kit Hardware USB cable, USB dock

Warranty Information

3 Years

Performance

PC World Test Center
Interface tested USB 2.0
External Performance, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit)
Copy Files Read, 3.68 GB 126.1   seconds
Copy Files & Folders Write, 3.68 GB 139.9   seconds
Copy Large File Read, 3.68 GB 108.2   seconds
Copy Large File Write, 3.68 GB 116.3   seconds
Install OpenOffice.org 3.1 51.9   seconds
Uninstall OpenOffice.org 3.1 68.8   seconds
Malware Scan 517.6   seconds
System Power, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit)
Copy Files & Folders Read, 3.68 GB 85.1   watts
Copy Files & Folders Write, 3.68 GB 84.9   watts
Copy Large File Read, 3.68 GB 85.6   watts
Copy Large File Write, 3.68 GB 85.8   watts
Install OpenOffice.org 3.1 87.2   watts
Uninstall OpenOffice.org 3.1 85.8   watts
Malware Scan 95.7   watts
System Idle State 80.3   watts
System Sleep State 79.8   watts
System Work State 90.2   watts