My name is Jim and I am a compulsive fanatic about backing up my hard drive. For years I have used an external drive for this under the theory that, if disaster strikes, (earthquake, fire, aliens attack) I can grab the external and run.
Recently I had to replace an external drive and I found a Western Digital 1 TB external drive at a (for Brazil) good price. The external size of hard drives has shrunk amazingly in only a couple of years. This drive model is called "My Passport" and it is about the size of a cigarette package but thinner.
Even better, it requires no external power connection but operates entirely from a USB 2.0 or 3.0 port. It needs no software installation although I did use the Disk Utilities software on my iMac to split it into two drives, both in FAT format. I use that instead of a Mac format as then I can plug the drive into nearly anything and it will be happy.
One half of the drive I named "Backup" (clever no?) for my internal drive back ups. My video editor (Final Cut Express) like a scratch disk that is separate from the main disk so the other half is named "Scratch" (also clever?)
The drive performance so far has been flawless. I can leave it connected all the time and eject it from the finder and remount it from the menu bar. It's so small. I can leave it tucked out of the way behind the computer and never give it a thought until I need it.
The read/write speed seems to be a bit slower than the previous drive. This has not mattered as my back up software (Carbon Copy Cloner) works entirely in the background. In fact, it's doing a back up as I type this review. If I had USB 3.0 on my system, it would likely be far faster.
I love the idea that the drive requires nothing but a USB port and can easily fit in a pocket or a laptop bag with no worries.
My next external purchase will likely be an SSD as, to me, nothing less less wold be worth having.
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James Smith (slrman)
Retired bum, technical writer and fitness fanatic in João Pessoa, Brazil.