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WD 500GB Black My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive – USB 3.0 – WDBWWM5000ABK-NESN Reviewed by Mikerose23 on Jan 30 . Rating: 5 WD 500GB Black My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive – USB 3.0 – WDBWWM5000ABK-NESN Secure and dependable, My Passport Ultra can be trusted to safeguard your private files. Set an optional password, that only you know, to activate 256-bit hardware encryption to add an extra layer of security. Combined with WD Backup, our most […]

WD 500GB Black My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive – USB 3.0 – WDBWWM5000ABK-NESN


WD 500GB Black My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive - USB 3.0 - WDBWWM5000ABK-NESN


Secure and dependable, My Passport Ultra can be trusted to safeguard your private files. Set an optional password, that only you know, to activate 256-bit hardware encryption to add an extra layer of security. Combined with WD Backup, our most powerful backup software yet, it’s easier than ever to have a backup plan that fits your life.

  • Secure portable storage with up to 2 TB capacity
  • Optional 256-bit AES hardware encryption
  • Automatic local and cloud backup
  • Stylish design with a range of exciting colors
  • USB 3.0 connectivity
  • Formatted for Windows, reformatting required for Mac
  • 3-year limited warranty



What customers say about WD 500GB Black My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive – USB 3.0 – WDBWWM5000ABK-NESN?

  • 676 of 696 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    good drive, May 29, 2015
    By 
    Harry Spalding (NY,USA) –

    WD Released these updated versions of the Ultra’s 500GB, 1TB , 2TB, and a new 3TB. (For the 2TB The old version was Model # WDBMWV0020BBK-NESN and new version is Model # WDBBKD0020BBK-NESN)
    I researched if there are any differences, so here is what I came up with…

    Pros
    Overall Size of new model is a tiny bit smaller ( see picture for comparison of dimensions on each new model vs old model )
    Higher Capacity Available – Now Up to 3TB vs the older model only up to 2TB capacity
    Optional 256-bit AES hardware encryption
    Now available in white

    Same as Old Model Nothing Changed
    Weight is the same exact at 0.50 lbs ( 0.23 kg )
    Automatic local and cloud backup
    Comes in 4 colors ( they still offer black, and blue, red became berry and they replaced titanium for white on the newer models)
    USB 3.0 connectivity
    Formatted for Windows, reformatting required for Mac
    3-year limited warranty
    Same Data transfer rate and Operating temperature
    USB 3.0 up to 5 Gb/s (max) / USB 2.0 up to 480 Mb/s (max)
    Operating temperature: 5°C to 35°C / Non-op. temperature: –20°C to 65°C

    Cons
    None so far …..

    Bottom Line – They are pretty similar so get what is cheaper, unless you need/buy the 3TB they never had one before

    New Model WDBBKD0020BBK-NESN
    Old Model WDBMWV0020BBK-NESN

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  • 379 of 393 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Dependable USB 3.0 Drive, New 3TB Model, Faster Than Last Year’s Model, May 31, 2015
    By 
    Stephanie Sullivan (Boston, MA) –
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    (TOP 50 REVIEWER)
      

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    This model is the latest generation of the many My Passport drives I’ve owned or purchased for clients. They have proven reliable and good performers. They have incrementally improved with each new generation.

    BOTTOM LINE (for the impatient):
    The new model is a little bit faster than last year’s and adds a 3TB model. This My Passport Ultra has a more attractive satiny finish and there is now a white model to fit in better for Mac users. Otherwise it’s almost identical to the older model.

    If these differences are not important for you, you may want to get this or last year’s My Passport Ultra depending on which is least expensive. You’ll have an excellent drive in either case.

    If you want more details, read on…

    SUMMARY:
    The My Passport USB 3.0 drives are simple to use and come with reasonable software tools and backup/sync software. There are Mac versions of WD tools on this drive as well as the Windows tools. The newer software can also be downloaded for older models. I don’t use this software, but plenty of people do as basic backup and/or sync with your WD MyPassport.

    Pluses:
    + This drive works fine with Linux or Mac out of the box. It performs best when reformatted with a native file system for the respective operating system.
    + This generation adds a 3TB model to the 500GB, 1TB and 2TB sizes in previous versions.
    + This drive is faster than the last generation. Up to 25% faster in benchmarks, but just noticeable in practical use.
    + The form factor of the new drive is almost exactly the same as before and they have a nice satin like finish.
    + The titanium color has been replaced by a white color (never liked the titanium color)

    Minuses:
    - It comes with the same very short USB 3.0 cable as previous versions.I like a longer 3ft (or more) USB 3.0 cable: a very good upgrade purchase for the My Passport drives.
    - There is no drawstring pouch with this generation of My Passport Ultra drives. Some protection for toting drives around.

    IN THE BOX:
    The My Passport comes in a easy to open retail package containing the drive and a annoyingly short USB 3.0 cable. That’s it. The cable in this model is the same as previous versions. This may be just fine for a lot of folks but I keep some 3ft (or more) USB 3.0 cables handy for longer runs to my desktop or even on top of a tall computer.

    FORM FACTOR vs PREVIOUS GENERATION:

    I’ll compare the new generation of My Passport Ultra with a My Passport Slim (a repackaged version of last year’s My Passport Ultra).

    This My Passport Ultra’s dimensions:
    500GB: 0.32lb, 4.33in X 0.62in X 3.21in
    1TB: 0.34lb, 4.33in X 0.62in X 3.21in
    2 & 3TB: 0.50lb, 4.33in X 0.83in X 3.21in

    Last year’s My Passport Ultra’s dimensions:
    500GB: 0.30lb, 4.33in X 0.50in X 3.21in
    1TB: 0.34lb, 4.35in X 0.61in X 3.23in
    2TB: 0.50lb, 4.35in X 0.82in X 3.23in

    TESTING:
    I tested both my older My Passport slim 1TB drive and the new My Passport 2TB model using CrystalDiskMark benchmark software and by copying 11GB folder of updates and files to the drive. This was to compare the benchmark with real-world copying. The 11GB folder has a broad mix of file sizes and types including files over 2GB iso DVD images.

    Using CrystalDiskMark I found sequential reads were about 25% faster and writes about 10% faster with the new model. Random reads were just a tiny bit faster, but writes were about 25% faster. While the benchmarks showed significant differences in practical use the difference was noticeable but not great.

    For my testing the My Passport drive was connected to the Renasas USB 3.0 chip set on my Dell Precision E6500 laptop. I have the latest Renasas drivers installed. The laptop also has a Samsung EVO SSD as the hard drive (matters for my real-world copy testing).

    CRYSTALDISKMARK Results:
    The New Generation My Passport:
    Sequential Read: 112.750 MB/s
    Sequential Write: 72.353 MB/s
    Random Read: 4KiB 0.584 MB/s [ 142.6 IOPS]
    Random Write: 4KiB 1.373 MB/s [ 335.2 IOPS]
    Sequential Read:…

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  • 207 of 213 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Use for Xbox One, WORKS GREAT, September 1, 2015
    By 
    Jerin

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    I bought it for my Xbox One, had just paid off my preorders for Rise of the Tomb Raider and AC: Syndicate, and was already with only 40GB left on my 400GB console. So I researched and researched to find the right one.

    I found this one and was willing to take the chance. IT WAS SO EASY, just plugged it in, formatted it, and I was good to go.

    Highly Recommended!

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