Saturday, 28 March 2015

WD Elements VS My Passport Ultra [REVIEW + UNBOXING] 2017-2018


WD Elements VS My Passport Ultra VS My Passport Slim



A complete breakdown on which hard disk to buy whether the My passport series or WD Elements


Check out my unboxing and review video of Western Digital - Elements 1 TB External Hard disk.

                                 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqWgSM1ubNs





Comparison between WD Elements VS My Passport Ultra VS My Passport Slim.



WD Elements ( 1TB - Price range Rs 3,900 [60$] http://amzn.to/1EfvMPK)





                                    


WD Elements is the most basic edition in there series, Considering its price a good value for money

Suitability:- People who who want a hard disk just to dumb their data, This is one of the best hard disk out there considering its price and brand value.

Features:
  • No External Power needed
  • USB 3.0 Compatible 
  • Light weight (124g)



WD My Passport Ultra ( 1TB - Price range Rs 4,050 [65$] http://amzn.to/1LFyliq )



                                     

Comes in a nice fancy packaging, There is not much difference between the Elements and Ultra.
But this hard disk does come with some pre-installed software which might come in handy like Cloud back up and Hard disk encryption.

2017 March update:- WD have updated and changed their flagship model, Though specification and working still remains the same. However they have transformed style from a classic stripes design to a futuristic eye candy touch and feel, The white color Passport is an eye candy and I personally own one of these and I'm in love with it, the only drawback is the price for the My Passport - White version is the price tag, The My Passport - Black (2TB) would cost your around 7,500 rupees, however the White version would cost you around 13,000 bux! Beauty has it's price - but who knew WD would make it this pricey to obtain.


Suitability:- This would be the best option to those who use their hard disk to store important data and not just to dump there data, Using the cloud back up and password protection the user can have a back up and restrict intruders in accessing there data.

Features:
  • No External Power needed
  • USB 3.0 Compatible 
  • Light weight 
  • Automatic and cloud backup
  • Password protection & Security



WD My Passport Slim ( 1TB - Rs 5600 Price range Rs  [90$] http://amzn.to/1C3MWA5)


                                    


The top shot of the series, My passport slim though expensive comes with some amazing feature, Not to mention a much needed characteristic on a hard disk - METAL FINISH, That's right, Not only does this hard disk comes with a soft pouch but also a metal body, Providing a good all round protection.

Suitability:- If money isn't a barrier and if you are looking for the complete deal, This hard disk is for you. Though expensive we cannot ignore the fact that this has all the features of the above mentioned series with added physical protection which lacking with the rest.

Features:


  • No External Power needed
  • USB 3.0 Compatible 
  • Light weight 
  • Automatic and cloud backup
  • Password protection & Security
  • Metal Body
  • Soft pouch included.


WD My Passport Ultra Anniversary Edition 1 TB  ( 1TB - Rs 5600 Price range Rs  [90$])




My Passport Ultra Metal Edition brings brains and beauty to portable storage. Striking colors and an innovative radial design complement your on-the-go style.

A limited edition series which has just been launched by Western Digital seems to be selling like hot cakes - Get it while they are still in stock!

A Classic finish combing both brains and beauty is a must have for all the collectors out there. Does a great job carrying out the job it was meant to, It comes in 3 colors - Gold, Silver and Navy Blue.


  • Stylish strong aluminium design
  • Local and cloud backup solutions
  • Keep your private stuff private with their 256-bit hardware encryption software
  • A 3 Year Warranty

Speed Test results between WD Elements and MY PASSPORT



No Promo code required (Check out the links below with the discounted price)

http://amzn.to/1EfvMPK - WD Elements 1 TB

http://amzn.to/198MfHL - WD Elements 2 TB

http://amzn.to/2gUqhgA - My Passport 1 TB

http://amzn.to/198LSNB - My Passport 2 TB (Titanium)

 - My Passport Ultra Anniversary Edition 1 TB NAVY BLUE - BUY NOW
 - 
My Passport Ultra Anniversary Edition 1 TB GOLD - BUY NOW
My Passport Ultra Anniversary Edition 1 TB SILVER - BUY NOW


SOFT POUCH FOR PROTECTION:- BUY NOW (Rs 150/-)

2017 Special editions:- (UPDATED)

    WD My Passport Ultra 1TB - http://amzn.to/1K6IJvo  (Crystal white)
    WD My Passport Ultra 1TB - http://amzn.to/1CD23kh (Cherry Red)
   WD My Passport 1TB Portable

Updated 2017 post at - https://deepbheep.blogspot.in/2017/10/wd-elements-vs-my-passport-ultra.html








52 comments:

  1. cool, thanks for the info mate..

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  2. I'm thinking of getting the passport ultra.
    Can you pls tell me if its better then element?

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  3. Like i mentioned, If you are looking for a hard disk just to store date and no extra features you can go for Elements, Really worth the money.

    http://amzn.to/198MfHL )

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  4. Hello!! I use mac and my husband uses PC... can we share the same external hard drive both in the case of elements as for passport? Thanks!

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  5. Hey Solana,

    Most of the external hard disks out there comes with NTFS ready format, which is used by windows.
    You can have this formatted to make sure its readable in Mac or Windows.

    But if you are looking to toggle between Mac and windows without having to format the hard disk.
    I would suggest you use external application on your mac like the Paragon NTFS for Mac.

    Hope this helped.

    Use the below link for a discounted price.

    http://amzn.to/1EfvMPK - WD Elements 1 TB

    http://amzn.to/1G1IiRU - My Passport 1 TB



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    1. is their any difference in speed of transfer too??

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    2. Hi Pulkit,

      There is a slight difference between WD Elements and My Passport when it comes to transfer speed.
      But no difference with Mac and Windows.
      Just make sure that you are using a port with USB 3.0 functionality to make optimum use of the speed.

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    3. Is it usable on Linux? i have linux Mint

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    4. Hi Saurav,

      This can be used on Linux Mint as well, Do let me know if you have any troubles on using this on your system.

      PS: Grab the product quick from the above links on this post from amazon, It's going cheap since the Great Indian summer sale is going on.

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  6. Can I use other encryption soft's like Bitlocker to encrypt the drive if I purchase WD elements?

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    1. Hi Abhi,

      Sure you can, Bitlocker To Go can be used on any Removable/External storage media.
      Other recommended software's for encrypting your storage media :- TrueCrypt, Cryptainer, and DiskCryptor.

      No Promo code required (Check out the links below with the discounted price)

      http://amzn.to/1EfvMPK - WD Elements 1 TB

      http://amzn.to/198MfHL - WD Elements 2 TB

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  7. Hi Deep, good piece of information. I wish to store some extra data from PC and laptop. It consists of some videos, word files etc. On amazon.in there is a WD Elements and Toshiba Canvio Basics HDTB310AK3AA available in the same price bracket. So which would you recommend ? Thank you in advance for your advice.

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    1. Hi Sam,

      I do agree that both are defenitly great hard disks falling under the same price range.
      But I would have to suggest WD Elements over Toshiba Canvio Basics, Simply for the fact that Western Digital is close to 33% faster then the Toshiba and WD specializes itself in storage media unlike Toshiba.

      Check out the links below with the discounted price:-

      http://amzn.to/1EfvMPK - WD Elements 1 TB

      http://amzn.to/1G1IiRU - My Passport 1 TB

      http://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B00N78RZO6?ie=UTF8&camp=3626&creativeASIN=B00N78RZO6&linkCode=xm2&tag=deebhe-21 - Toshiba Canvio

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  8. Hi Deep,
    Does WD hard drives support RHEL/Linux OS..? I have rhel5.2 installed in my system..!!!

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  9. Hi Mr Deep,
    Does wd passport ultra new version hard disk support panasonic viera hd tv to play media files on it.

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    1. Hi Jay,


      Please note that the panasonic viera hd tv does support the 2015 Special editions does support medai files. (most of the Smart TV's are compatible)


      WD My Passport Ultra 1TB - http://amzn.to/1K6IJvo (Crystal white)
      WD My Passport Ultra 1TB - http://amzn.to/1CD23kh (Cherry Red)

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  10. Nice blog. May I know, is there any difference between the

    WD My Passport Ultra(old model)

    - http://www.amazon.in/WD-Passport-Ultra-Portable-External/dp/B00EYCBFDQ

    and the new

    WD My Passport Ultra 2015 edition?

    - http://www.amazon.in/WD-Passport-WDBGPU0010BBK-Portable-External/dp/B00ZFDHV2C

    Does the new 2015 model miss out any features that are present in the old edition.

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  11. Thanks for the good comparison But I am still a little confused.
    So please let me know in your opinion what should I got in for.
    I want to discard one of my internal harddisk and put all my work on an external hardisk so when i travel I can take it around and work on it from my laptop.
    This will include photoshop Ai files and html files. Will also have the xampp(webserver) files stored on it.
    Would it be the passport or elements. Also is there any benefit in performance with ultra?
    thanks

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    1. Hi Raj,

      I understand your confusion, I can see that you are packing in a lot of data and looking forward to use it on frequent travel as well, rather then using it like a normal back up hard disk.

      In this case I would definitely suggest the new My Passport Ultra.
      I personally own this, Very trendy and the added built-in Security/Back up software surely makes it a sweeter deal.
      In terms of speed - Both elements and My passport ultra are very similar and the new my passport might have a slightly better edge, Nevertheless if you are using it on a USB 3.0 hub the speed is more or less lightning fast.
      Do let me know if you have any further doubts.

      WD My Passport Ultra 2 TB - http://amzn.to/1OLrWBv
      WD My Passport Ultra 1 TB - http://amzn.to/1LFyliq

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    2. Thanks Deep. I Guessed as much and I took a decisions as there was lightning deal for passport Ultra 1TB I got it for 3999 Rupees. I purchased it the Elements lowest price was only max 400 rupees less(not from reputed seller like Amazon Flipkart etc).
      Thanks for taking the time to reply Really appreciate it.

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  13. I use mac and I would reformat the hard drive to hsf+ format , so ill lose those preinstalled cloud backup and encryption from wd ultra ??
    Then should I buy ultra or save money by buying elements.?
    Is there any speed difference?
    Thank you.

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    1. Hi Rakesh,

      I feel that you will loose the preinstalled softwares once you have conducted the re-formatting procedure, However I believe these can be downloaded off the internet from their official website.
      From the current speed test, My passport seems to be the faster one when compared to it's counterpart (Elements).

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  14. hi deep nice article just wanna confirm that what does onsite warranty mean like they gonna replace doorstep and repair doorstep?

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    1. Hi ,

      You've got that right, All you need to do is raise a complaint or drop in a call to the customer care and they would arrive at your doorstep to have your product fixed :)

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  15. They can't put a 10 years warranty?
    Why?
    We are in 2015 and they can't make a reliable external hard drive???

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    1. Hi Culturelles,

      I understand your frustration, However I have been using the WD My passport from more then a few years now and i have no complaints and the ones bought from my suggestions by my peers have been more then satisfied with it's performance.
      Hopefully WD can put in more confidence on their products then we have on their's in the coming future.

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  16. Hi Deep. I appreciate the comparison you have published and queries answered by you.
    2 of my seagate ext HDDs have stopped working. So I decided to go in for WD.
    I intend getting a 2TB My Passport. Is there any major difference with Ultra passport.
    Can you update on any latest products WD is currently coming up with.
    Also please tell me the utility of My Cloud - functionalities etc.

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    1. Hi Kamran,

      I agree, I had similar issues with my Seagate back up plus few years ago, But they did really up their game with their recent launch of Seagate 4 TB it is really brilliant and worth taking a look - http://amzn.to/1Kryh5z

      If you are looking for something in the 2 TB segment then I do recommend the WD my passport - http://amzn.to/1OLrWBv as you have already selected, In terms of updates My Passport still has the new trendy look - Since the update was just a few months ago I do not feel that WD will again have a major revamp to their product until it reaches a saturation point or a downfall which doesn't seem so at this moment.

      With regards to the My Cloud facility as the cloud reolution more and more data is being secured over the internet, as the name suggests you can automatically back up any files/photos over the cloud by syncing your account and hard disk. The software is pretty user friendly do let me know if you have any further doubts. For any recent upgrades on the hard disk - Do go through my latest review below:-

      http://deepbheep.blogspot.in/2016/02/top-5-external-hard-drives-1-tb-5-tb.html

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  18. What is the rpm of elements and ultra passport .

    Also just to make sure am asking that I just want to store the data of my laptop as backup on HDD ,so elements will be sufficient.right ? Anyways if i want it protected then I can search some free softwares which locks the disk

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    1. HI Nikhil,

      Both clocks around 5,400rpm , the speed is almost negligible when connected to a USB 3.0 port, I did notice that the Passport Ultra was a little faster then the elements, like you mentioned you could use third party software to secure your external HDD< in that case you could go for Elements - http://amzn.to/2bfziiH

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  19. Hello, just wondering which one is more durable and better physical/software protection?

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    1. Hi ,

      Please note that both elements and WD passport ultra are made up of Hard plastic, though i felt that the finishing on WD my passport ultra was classier has a better finish, in terms of software the WD elements lacks any type of protection to encrypt your drive where as My passport ultra comes with pre-installed softwares to secure your HDD, My passport would be a more suitable choice for in that case - http://amzn.to/2bfBdn4 (I would also suggest that you do get a protection pouch just in case)

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  20. Hi Deep,

    Can you please tell me the which is best hard disk to buy between My Passport Ultra(http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=1000) and My Passport Ultra-New(http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=1490) and also explain the term EESN and NESN?

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    1. Hi Amit,

      I would surely recommend the new model of My passport Ultra - http://amzn.to/2bfBdn4 (The old model will be obsolete pretty soon).

      For your query regarding the terming of the device please look into the below:

      N = Sales Region: Pan-America
      E = External
      SN = Standard Packaging
      So, the only difference between an EESN, a NESN, and a SESN (or any of the other xESN markings), is where the original vendor who received the drive is located.
      E being Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and S being Multi-City Asia.

      Hope this was helpful, do reach out to me for any further doubts.

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  21. Hi Deep,
    I m confused in seagate slim and in WD 2TB external hard disk. Which one I have to purchase. Please give me a link.

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    1. Hi Raj,

      I would recommend you go through my recent post regarding the top hard disks currently out there - https://deepbheep.blogspot.in/2016/02/top-5-external-hard-drives-1-tb-5-tb.html

      Based on my experience I would currently choose the WD 2TB external hard drive - http://amzn.to/2b9ynEy

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  22. Hi Deep...

    Is WD My Passport backward compatible to usb 2.0...can i connect it to my Sony LED TV...will it Support...WD Elements supports LED TV's...

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    1. Hi Yogesh,

      It surely is, you can connect it to a USB 2.0 port as well and it would work fine.

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  23. Hi Deep Sir,

    i've been following your blog for quite sometime now, thank you so much for all the insightful information and the ready help you provided me on Gmail directly, I got the Macbook Air and WD passport ultra as you suggested for my requirements, 3 months in and it's just been a Joy! Thanks once again for all your time on this.

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  24. Hi Deep Bheep.
    I know I am quite late to comment on your blog. But I had a doubt whether "MY Passport Ultra 2TB Wired" would work with my LED TV. Can I watch movies present in the hard drive directly on my TV?
    Or shall I go ahead with WD Elements?


    Thanks in advance.. :)

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    1. Hi Mradul,

      There should certainly be no problem in using your hard disk on your LED TV, just make sure that the hard drive is formatted correctly.

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  25. Hi Deep,

    Please let me know is it possible to take back up from mobile device using WD my passport ultra using OTG cable.

    Thanks in advance.

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    1. Hi,

      Basically mobile phones are not capable of picking up the NTFS format, but the good news is is that an APP can be used to get past this barrier, please try using ES FILE EXPLORER, it has worked for me. Should sort of your problem.

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  26. hi depp :D
    from benchmark information, is that mean element is more faster dan pasport?
    i want to backup my data but sometime move it to dvd rom :D

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    1. Hello,

      I've since updated this post, please check my latest performance test post.
      Video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_g9nOcc1jg.

      The new revamped My Passport edition result will surprise you.

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