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November 28, 2007

WD Passport 250Gb drive review

I bought one of these today in Best Buy for 139 bucks plus tax. I needed more space immediately on the macbook pro just because of vmware images taking so much room. I have a big WD 320GB 3.5" USB external drive that I use with time machine for backups but it's too big to take on the road.

The unit itself is very small, looks very nice. It's a little bigger than an iPod classic, probably same size as an iPod touch. It uses USB for power so there is no power brick to haul around with it. It has a single USB cable and just plugs in to the MacBook Pro. I'm using a left side USB port. I'd read that people had trouble with these because of the power needed at boot but this is working fine for me on battery or on mains power. My MacBook pro is one of the newer ones (3,1 in the preferences) 2.4Ghz core 2 duo. The drive comes with one cable, it's a micro USB to USB cable and is short, about 6 inches long (a good thing, less to tangle up).

Speed wise, well, it is what it is. It works fine, I can run vmware images from it and it's fine for what I want. It's a 10ms, 5400rpm 2.5" drive inside so like I said, it is what it is and for me, thats adequate.

The model number of the drive is WD2500U017-005. Best Buy had another 250GB passport also but it was 209 for some reason and the look and packaging were different but I couldn't see any difference.

I reformatted it when I first plugged it in and switched the partition table to the apple one and formatted to HFS with journalling to avoid any issues. Overall, happy, it as cheap, 250gb is enough for portable storage and it is real easy to haul around when travelling with minimum fuss and cables.

Recommended.

November 28, 2007 in Product Review | Permalink

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