Western Digital My Passport Pro review: A hefty portable RAID

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Benchmarks

Write Folder
  • Western Digital My Passport Pro (4TB)188
  • Adata DashDrive HV620 (1TB)107
  • G-Technology G-Drive mobile USB (1TB 7200-RPM)128
  • LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series (2TB)111
  • Seagate Backup Plus Fast (4TB)212
Read Folder
  • Western Digital My Passport Pro (4TB)180
  • Adata DashDrive HV620 (1TB)107
  • G-Technology G-Drive mobile USB (1TB 7200-RPM)128
  • LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series (2TB)108
  • Seagate Backup Plus Fast (4TB)171

All drives are mechanical with 5400-RPM platters unless otherwise stated.
Results are in MBps; larger numbers/longer bars are better.

Write File
  • Western Digital My Passport Pro (4TB)204
  • Adata DashDrive HV620 (1TB)108
  • G-Technology G-Drive mobile USB (1TB 7200-RPM)130
  • LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series (2TB)109
  • Seagate Backup Plus Fast (4TB)229
Read File
  • Western Digital My Passport Pro (4TB)206
  • Adata DashDrive HV620 (1TB)109
  • G-Technology G-Drive mobile USB (1TB 7200-RPM)131
  • LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series (2TB)113
  • Seagate Backup Plus Fast (4TB)234

All drives are mechanical with 5400-RPM platters unless otherwise stated.
Results are in MBps; larger numbers/longer bars are better.

BlackMagic Write
  • Western Digital My Passport Pro (4TB)202
  • Adata DashDrive HV620 (1TB)108
  • G-Technology G-Drive mobile USB (1TB 7200-RPM)130
  • LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series (2TB)108
  • Seagate Backup Plus Fast (4TB)233
BlackMagic Read
  • Western Digital My Passport Pro (4TB)190
  • Adata DashDrive HV620 (1TB)109
  • G-Technology G-Drive mobile USB (1TB 7200-RPM)132
  • LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series (2TB)112
  • Seagate Backup Plus Fast (4TB)218

All drives are mechanical with 5400-RPM platters unless otherwise stated.
Results are in MBps; larger numbers/longer bars are better.

AJA Write
  • Western Digital My Passport Pro (4TB)205
  • Adata DashDrive HV620 (1TB)108
  • G-Technology G-Drive mobile USB (1TB 7200-RPM)131
  • LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series (2TB)113
  • Seagate Backup Plus Fast (4TB)238
AJA Read
  • Adata DashDrive HV620 (1TB)109
  • G-Technology G-Drive mobile USB (1TB 7200-RPM)131
  • LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series (2TB)113
  • Seagate Backup Plus Fast (4TB)238
  • Western Digital My Passport Pro (4TB)205

All drives are mechanical with 5400-RPM platters unless otherwise stated.
Results are in MBps; larger numbers/longer bars are better.

AJA 4K Write
  • Western Digital My Passport Pro (4TB)202
  • Adata DashDrive HV620 (1TB)108
  • G-Technology G-Drive mobile USB (1TB 7200-RPM)131
  • LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series (2TB)112
  • Seagate Backup Plus Fast (4TB)230
AJA 4K Read
  • Western Digital My Passport Pro (4TB)206
  • Adata DashDrive HV620 (1TB)109
  • G-Technology G-Drive mobile USB (1TB 7200-RPM)132
  • LaCie Rugged USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series (2TB)112
  • Seagate Backup Plus Fast (4TB)229

All drives are mechanical with 5400-RPM platters unless otherwise stated.
Results are in MBps; larger numbers/longer bars are better.

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At a Glance
  • The My Passport Pro has some good things going for it: a huge capacity, ability to create a RAID from the internal drives, and a tethered Thunderbolt cable. However speeds are lackluster, which makes the Thunderbolt cable seem unneeded.

    Pros

    • Large capacity
    • Tethered Thunderbolt cable with adequate length
    • Bus powered RAID solution

    Cons

    • Fan is infrequent but noisy
    • Big and bulky
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