Western Digital today introduced new My Passport and My Passport for Mac hard drives, which are equipped with up to 5TB of storage.
The drives are the slimmest 5TB options in the WD brand portfolio, measuring in at 0.75 inches thick, and Western Digital says they're about palm sized.
Western Digital refreshes its My Passport lineup each year, and this year's models have a new look in Black, Blue, and Red color options. My Passport hard drives are formatted for Windows 10 and feature a USB 3.0 connector.
The My Passport for Mac option, which is formatted for macOS Mojave and features a USB-C connector, comes in a Midnight Blue color option. Mac users who have a USB-C machine and are looking at WD hard drives will want the Mac version so it will work out of the box without an adapter.
The new drives are available starting now from the Western Digital Store and Best Buy in the United States. Prices start at $79.99 for 1TB of storage and go up from there.
Article Link: Western Digital Updates 'My Passport' Hard Drive Line With Up to 5TB Storage
Did the drive show up on the desktop ?Bought a My Passport 4TB drive for use w my 17,1 iMac Mohave. Connected via USB slot. The stupid drive barely lopped along while the LED light slowly went on and off after I erased and formatted for MacOS Extended Journaled. Had to put it away. Maybe you must get a SPECIFIC posted compatible Passport drive, but I wiped and formatted mine and it just struggled to run. Never again a WD drive.
That's not all. If they haven't changed anything from earlier versions, the Mac version comes with an NTFS write driver. The Mac version also supports the more efficient UASP protocol, whereas the PC version is limited to the older USB BOT. (That's the dumb thing about WD, since Seagate drives have supported UASP on all models for years.)It has a USB-C connector, just on one side of the cable. It's just not a pure USB-C cable.
In short, for the extra $10 the Mac version costs you, you get two different connectors (A & C) to make sure it works out of the box. Windows version only gets one cable.
If you don't need USB-C, you can get the Windows one (USB-A) and just reformat the drive and save $10.
Or if you have a USB-C to USB Micro-B kicking around, you can buy the Windows version and use that. Saving $10.
Rather have two 2 TB drives dying after a month than one 5 TB one. Because restoring two 2 TB drives per month is better than restoring one 5 TB drive per month.Great! Now I can have 5TBs of data get lost forever when the drive invariably dies on me after a month, instead of just 2TBs!
When Hurricane Dorian was predicated to pass through my area, I started to do a backup on my three Macs as well as my GFs Mac. My 1.5 year old 4TB WD My Passport decided to die at this time. I can't even erase or do first aid in disk utilities. Frustrating but not dire as I have redundant backups and iCloud for my most important files. I could never imagine having just one backup source. I guess its time to use another brand external HD.I see some negative comments above about the WD My Passport line.
I'll add my 2 cents. I've had nothing but bad luck with their reliability. Now I know to stay away from them.
So weird, as I was posting my comment my electric was intermittent. And the storm isn't even in Fla. anymore. Sorry for the double postAs Hurricane Dorian was predicted to pass through my area, I was going to do one last backup on my three Macs. My 1.5 year old 4TB WD My Passport decided to die. I can't even erase the hard drive
When Hurricane Dorian was predicated to pass through my area, I started to do a backup on my three Macs as well as my GFs Mac. My 1.5 year old 4TB WD My Passport decided to die at this time. I can't even erase or do first aid in disk utilities. Frustrating but not dire as I have redundant backups and iCloud for my most important files. I could never imagine having just one backup source. I guess its time to use another brand external HD.
Showed on desktop.The WD my passport drives that I own / use never have had any issues.
Although I recommend the drive, I still would never trust it for time machine backups (this goes for all manufacturers of small USB drives).
The drives also seem very slow.
Did the drive show up on the desktop ?
What were you attempting to do with the drive ?
Was it running slowly or not at all ?