Western Digital My Passport Ultra Drive
Easy to use, hard to lose
- Intuitive and easy to use
- Great design
- WD Discovery software to sync digital memories
- Formatting required for use with Macs
At $159.99 for 2TB that can store up around 500K 12-megapixel photos, that’s really a good investment to start backing up those precious memories.
Price$ 109.00 (AUD)
Once plugged in, this new improved Ultra drive does come into its own with a well thought-out user-friendly interface for syncing your cloud service accounts and social media content to be stored. The WD Discovery software can be installed instantly, and it will intuitive ask the user to sign into services such as Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive (these accounts will ask you to verify the login). Once signed in, it locates the files and allows the user to import content that are stored on those platforms onto the drive. This is the same with photos and other content from Instagram or Facebook, where you can download your digital footprint onto the drive. The steps are so simple and intuitive that there should be no hesitation even for those who are not technically minded.
The explosion of public cloud services over the last few years have meant that there is increasingly more data that needs to be sort through especially if like most people, given any single week would take upwards of 10 photos. Considering there are more than 2.1 billion active Facebook users every month (Source: Facebook 26/07/2017) and with around 300 million photos uploaded every day, these figures indicate an alarming increase of personal data on the cloud, and a need to take control back on some of this personal data and content out there. And if this means that important photos of our digital selves can be stored on a portable device, then it is a good option to have on hand, especially for accessibility and archiving purposes.
Glenn Hower, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates puts it very well, “As the connected consumer has become more mobile, content is now scattered across multiple devices, cloud services and social media. The fundamental problem for consumers is that they may not remember what content is stored on what account. Device makers and service providers are positioned to provide a better way to integrate and improve the connected consumer experience.”
It really is about offering a one-stop storage solution to the generation of millennials who’s many life experiences is through the digital medium, and they genuinely care about what they share, whether it’s because they want more followers on their Instagram accounts, get in touch with friends they haven’t seen for a while or to relive a moment with their friends. This new software interface makes cataloguing these precious moments so much easier.
The My Passport Ultra Drive comes in 1TB, 2TB and 4TB with a 3 year limited warranty.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 ASUS TUF FX505 (Ryzen 7) review: Tolerable trade-offs
- 2 Oppo A5Xs review: Cutting corners
- 3 Garmin Fenix 5 fitness tracker smartwatch review
- 4 Panasonic Blu-ray recorder PVR set-top box review
- 5 Xiro Drone Xplorer V by Rapoo review
Latest News Articles
- Seagate show off new modular Lyve Drive storage solution
- Is there a better time to buy a giant MicroSD card for your Nintendo Switch than Black Friday?
- Seagate's new portable SSDs are as colorful as they are compact
- Western Digital announces Australian release of travel-ready SSD
- Samsung give a new coat of paint (and a discount) to their T5 SSD
PCW Evaluation Team
This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.
It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.
As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.
The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.
This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.
Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications
- Sonos Arc review: The Main Event
- Soundbars: Why they’re worth it and which one should you buy
- Buying a laptop this EOFY? Here's a cheat sheet
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies