Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2 TB Portable Hard Drive, Black

Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2 TB Portable Hard Drive, Black

My Passport Ultra – Ultra-compact, local and cloud backup to go.

My Passport Ultra portable hard drive features WD SmartWare Pro backup software that lets you back up to the drive itself or use Dropbox to back up to the cloud. Move files quickly with the blazing speed of USB 3.0 connectivity. Keep your data private with password protection and hardware encryption.

Automatic cloud backup.

Safeguard your memories with WD SmartWare Pro automatic backup software. Back up directly to this drive or back up to the cloud using Dropbox.

My Passport Ultra - Cloud backup
High-capacity, compact, storage to go.

Offering up to 2 TB in a compact design, My Passport Ultra is the ideal companion for your Ultrabook and other slim notebooks. Travel light with all your digital content.

My Passport Ultra - Storage to go
Password protection secures your drive.

Use WD Security to set password protection and hardware encryption and protect your files from unauthorized use or access.

My Passport Ultra - Password protection
My Passport Ultra

Ultra-sleek design with high capacity.
At just half an inch thin (12.8mm) for the 500 GB model, this drive is sleek and fast with plenty of capacity for your important digital content. The 1 TB model is a mere 0.60 in (15.3 mm), while the massive capacity of 2 TB is only 0.81 in (20.5 mm).

Ultra-fast transfer rates.
When connected to a USB 3.0 port, My Passport Ultra lets you access and save files in blazing speed. Reduce transfer time by up to three times when compared to USB 2.0 transfer rates.*
*Performance may vary based on user’s hardware and system configuration.

USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility.
With this single drive you get compatibility with your USB 2.0 devices today and the ultra-fast speed of USB 3.0 when you’re ready to step up to the to the next generation.

Automatic, continuous backup software.
WD SmartWare Pro automatic backup software works quietly in the background to help protect your data using minimal PC resources. Whenever you add or change a file, it’s instantly backed up.

Local and cloud backup.
WD SmartWare Pro lets you choose where you back up your files. Back up files to your My Passport Ultra drive or back up your files to the cloud using Dropbox.

Secure your files.
WD Security utility allows you to set password protection and hardware encryption for your drive to help keep your data private.

WD Drive Utilities.
Register your drive, set drive timer, run diagnostics and more using WD Drive Utilities.

Durable enclosure protects the drive inside.
We know your data is important to you. So we build the drive inside to our demanding requirements for durability, shock tolerance, and long-term reliability. Then, we protect the drive with a durable enclosure designed for beauty.

USB-powered.
Powered directly from the USB port on your PC. No separate power supply is needed.

Ideal for

  • Transferring files in blazing fast speed with USB 3.0
  • Connecting to the latest USB 3.0 devices and even backward compatible with USB 2.0 devices
  • Backing up your files to the local drive with automatic backup software
  • Backing up your files to the cloud using Dropbox
  • Adding extra storage for your videos, music, photos, and files.
  • Securing your files from unauthorized access with password protection and hardware encryption
  • Connecting and powering through your USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 interface

What’s in the box
Portable hard drive, USB cable, WD SmartWare Pro software, Quick Install Guide.

Compatibility
Formatted NTFS + Windows 8 or higher, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP operating systems
Requires reformatting for Mac OS X
Note: Compatibility may vary depending on user’s hardware configuration and operating system.

Features at a glance

  • Ultra-compact design with plenty of storage
  • Blazing-fast data transfers with USB 3.0 interface
  • Automatic backup software for local backups
  • Cloud backup through Dropbox
  • Password protection and hardware encryption
  • USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility

My Passport Ultra

Portable Storage for PC
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Premium Storage

My Passport Ultra My Passport Slim
Perfect for Added storage and backup when you’re on the go. Stylish storage and backup for your music, movies and photos.
Available colors Black, White, Blue, Red, Titanium Silver
Connection USB 3.0, USB 2.0 USB 3.0, USB 2.0
Capacity range 500 GB – 2 TB 1 TB – 2 TB
High-capacity for all your photos, music and videos
Automatic backup with WD SmartWare Pro
Cloud backup with Dropbox
Password protection
256 bit hardware encryption
Metal design

Product Features

  • USB 3.0 connectivity
  • Automatic and cloud backup
  • Password protection and hardware encryption
  • Works great with Windows 8
  • 3-year limited warranty

3 thoughts on “Western Digital My Passport Ultra 2 TB Portable Hard Drive, Black

  1. Chuck Bittner "Disabled comedian & gamer!"
    Chuck Bittner "Disabled comedian & gamer!" says:

    How to format on your Mac – A nice external hard drive be sure to get the best price. 0

  2. Gravemind

    Not so Ultra. Update 2/23/14 – Okay fellow Amazon shoppers. I’m caving in to some of the comments that have been posted on my review and upping my star rating to four stars. Reason being that the price of this storage drive keeps fluctuating so much that it’s often a better deal than other, lesser drives out there. I’ve also edited my review a bit to accommodate that. The drive itself has been working like a champ for me so far and I’ve got no complaints there. However, I’m still holding off one star due to most of the reasons I stated in my original review. The WD Smartware included software is still garbage despite recent updates/patches, and I stick to my story that the packaging is misleading to the non-technical.I had been using a Seagate FreeAgent Go 640GB portable drive for about three years now, and wanted something with some more space and higher transfer speeds. I purchased this drive for it’s beefy 2 TB of storage space and speedier USB 3.0 interface.Out of the box, you get the drive, a 15″ USB 3.0 cable, soft pouch, quick install guide, and a 3-year limited warranty. The drive looks nice, and appears to be of good construction. Doesn’t look or feel cheaply made. I like how compact it is. It’s about an inch shorter in length than my FreeAgent Go, and maybe a millimeter or two thicker. The included soft pouch is a nice addition and helps keep dust and dirt off of it. Not an ideal case solution if you’re prone to dropping things or somewhat rough with your belongings, so you might want to invest in a more rugged case. It works fine for me though as I keep mine in a messenger bag when on the go, and it’s a nice addition considering most other drives don’t come with anything. The included USB cable is long enough to plug into the USB port on the front of my PC and reach my desk’s surface. So, thumbs up there.Functionally, the My Passport Ultra 2TB works as advertised. Transfer rates are roughly 3x faster than that of a USB 2.0 drive. I noticed the difference in speed right away when transferring large files (1-5GB+), taking only 2-3 minutes instead of 5-10 minutes or longer depending on file size. I work with large media files all day long, so the bump up in transfer speeds is really nice. The drive is very quiet while running. You wouldn’t even know that it’s on except for a tiny little LED indicator light to the right of the USB connector port.So, why only four stars? Hardware-wise, The Passport Ultra is no different from WD’s regular Passport series of portable drives. They’re the same exact drives, only slightly different in appearance. What the regular Passports lack from the Ultra is the soft pouch, the Ultra label, and WD’s misleading labeling on the box that touts, “Auto & Cloud Backup Plus Security.” The “Auto” backup is merely referring to WD’s abysmal backup software included on the drive, WD SmartWare (more on that later). The “Cloud” backup is basically instructions on the box for setting up a DropBox account. No kidding! They’re advertising cloud storage on the front of their packaging like it’s a feature they’re offering. Flip the box over and you’ll see that it’s nothing more than an advertising gimmick for DropBox with instructions on how to set up an account.As for the included backup software, WD Smartware, they should consider renaming this to Dumbware or Stupidware, because it simply doesn’t work. The software is supposed to keep your designated files and folders on your PC synced to your Passport, meaning, when a file is updated or a new file is added, Smartware is supposed to see those changes and update the files on your Passport the next time you sync. Unfortunately, the current version of Smartware has a bug where it doesn’t notice any updated or newly added files and doesn’t copy them to your drive when you sync, rendering the whole thing useless. People have been complaining about this on WD’s support forum for a while now, and WD has yet to acknowledge it’s customers about the issue on the forums or address the issue with an update or fix. This is highly unacceptable!EDIT 2/23/14: Despite a new update for WD Smartware (v2.2.1, updated 11/25/13) which was supposed to, “fix an issue where files are not backing up properly in some instances,” it still does not function properly. After running the update, the software often hangs for too long or freezes up altogether. So, I’ve given up on WD Smartware. I wish I could use Seagate’s Manager software with this drive, as I never had a problem with that software.In summary, the WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable External Drive is a really great drive. It’s small, fast, quiet, and works as advertised. However, the drive retails for $30 more than the regular Passport model of the same storage capacity. All you’re really getting for that extra $30 is a silly, soft pouch, Ultra labeling on the drive, and the feeling that you’ve been made a sucker for believing this…

  3. Parka

    Incredibly spacious little hard drive 0

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