The drive has a tough casing that's resistant to scratches and which doesn't pick up fingerprints. It comes in a choice of black, white, red, blue and grey, although not all storage capacities are available in all colours. In fact, only the black version is available from 500 GB through to 2 TB, while the red, blue and grey models are available from 500 GB to 1 TB and the white drive is only sold with 1 TB of memory.
All drives in the range come with the Super Speed USB 3.0 interface (backwards-compatible with USB 2.0) for data transfer speeds that promise to be three times higher than with standard USB 2.0 HDDs. Let's put that to the test.
And it's true that this external hard drive has excellent data transfer speeds. In fact, they're more than three times higher than those typically seen over a USB 2.0 interface. This latest Western Digital hard drive manages a read speed of 122 MBps compared with around 35 MBps for USB 2.0 models. This makes the new My Passport the fastest external hard drive we've seen yet.
Write speeds come in at 110 MBps. There are faster drives out there—but only by a whisker! The LaCie Rugged Mini has one of the fastest write speeds around at 114 MBps, which isn't that far ahead of this Western Digital drive.