The WD My Passport vs The Seagate Backup Plus Western Digital (WD) My Passport 1 day ago   14:03

All Portable USB 3.0 Drives, But which deserves your Data?

External Portable Hard drives are commonplace. The marketing is saturated with all manner of capacities and manufacturers claiming their model is best. However with prices being so similar and the drive itself being built almost identically, how can you choose the right drive for you? Robbie at SPANTV is comparing the 3 leading models for Students, holiday travellers and office backup executives and seeing their strengths and weaknesses. Ultimately to find out which one is the best. Below are some details about each.


Access your files anywhere and from any device. The new Canvio Connect II is a smart storage solution that will soon become your favourite data companion. Not only do you get up to 2 TB of portable storage, the Canvio Connect II can also turn your PC into your own personal cloud server. Pre-loaded remote access software gives you instant access to your files from all your devices, wherever you are.*

* Canvio Connect II must be connected to a PC and WiFi environment. (PC must be on or in stand-by mode)

Seagate Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive

Be Ready. Bring Your Backup.
Thin, Light and Easy Backup That's Good to Go.

Back Up Your Stuff — Anytime, Anywhere
The Seagate® Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive is the simple, one-click way to protect and share your entire digital life. Perfect to take on the go, the sleek metal case design allows for the thinnest portable hard drive available with up to 2TB of capacity. It goes anywhere — without getting in your way.

Features mobile backup using the Seagate Mobile Backup App
Protect your data with easy flexible backups
Back up from Facebook® and Flickr® and share to YouTube®
Easy to share files between Windows® and Mac computers
USB 3.0 plug-and-play with no bulky power supply adapters

Back Up From Your Mobile Devices
Use the Seagate Mobile Backup App to easily back up photos and videos on the go directly from your mobile devices to Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive.

Back Up and Protect Photos, Videos and More — Automatically
Choose from two easy backup options in the Seagate Dashboard – scheduled or continuous.

Do More With Social Networks
Don’t risk losing those great pics you’ve posted online. The Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive finally bridges the gap between your online life and the rest of your life, letting you automatically back up your favourite memories from Facebook® and Flickr®. You can even share new videos to your YouTube® account.

Western Digital My Passport Ultra

My Passport® Ultra™ delivers USB 3.0 performance and high capacity in an ultra-compact design. WD SmartWare™ Pro automatic backup software offers local and cloud backup. Password protection and hardware encryption secure your data. The 3-year limited warranty and soft pouch help protect your investment.

Ultra-sleek design with high capacity - At just half an inch thin (12.8mm) for the 500 GB model, this drive is sleek and fast with plenty of capacity for your important digital content. The 1 TB model is a mere 0.60 in (15.3 mm), while the massive capacity of 2 TB is only 0.81 in (20.5 mm).

Ultra-fast transfer rates - When connected to a USB 3.0 port, My Passport Edge lets you access and save files in blazing speed. Reduce transfer time by up to three times when compared to USB 2.0 transfer rates.*

*Performance may vary based on user's hardware and system configuration.

USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility - With this single drive you get compatibility with your USB 2.0 devices today and the ultra-fast speed of USB 3.0 when you're ready to step up to the next generation. With this single drive you get compatibility with the latest USB 3.0 devices and backward compatibility with USB 2.0 devices as well.

Local and cloud backup - WD SmartWare Pro lets you choose how, when and where you back up your files.
- Select automatic, continuous backup to instantly back up your files as they are added or changed.
- Select scheduled backup to back up your files on a schedule that fits your needs.
- Select cloud backup and back up ryour files to the cloud using your Dropbox account. Or be double safe and back up your Dropbox account to you're my Passport Ultra drive.
*Dropbox account required for cloud backup. Cloud services may be changed, terminated or interrupted at any time and may vary by country.

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Comments 184 Comments

David Alcaraz
Good job on the explanation SPANdotCOM! I am a Dinosaur and I believe I was able to understand the information and make an educated choice in a new External Hard Drive. Thank You.
rajdip singh
How to password protect the toshiba, can you tell me, i hope you reply me asap
Deborah Sike
My WD passport ultra hard drive fell down, now when I plug it in the light on the drive indicates that it has been plugged in but the drive isn't showing on my system.
wd passport 4tb external hdd if format your data you have never recover your data to your hdd
Extremely detailed video. Thank you so much. Subscribed.
Cristina Wright
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Been hearing how shitty seagate hdd is so im considering wd and toshiba 1 TB. Which one would be better i wonder?
cut nur amna
@spandotcom, the software in wd, does it automatically run when we plug the hard drive on computer?
John Goodwin
On the wd drive . If you forgot your password then what? will wd help recover drive?
aksh zeni
*Buy a Hard Drive for a Affordable Price*
Dakkar nadir
which one the best Segeate expansion or WD element please ? and thank you so much...
commando azbo
I own 10 western digital hard drives they have never failed. I buy 2 seagate and 1 of them fail.

Seagate warrenty doesn't cover data recovery. The charge £50.00 none refundable up front then £650.00 to get procces what data they can. You are not guaranteed anything.

I would buy western digital.
Colours and aesthetics? Seriously? Is that a big factor on buying an HDD? Especially the colours, I always buy the black ones, they're the most discreet.
now i gotta go shopping in Albany. lotsa poms there. they prefer gst.
we dont have vat in Australia. we we have gst. australia is a backward country that is being reemed by Tea Party Arseholes. dont come here even southern england is better .
his arms are skinny without the vat
needs to joke
that blue background is spacing me out
I'm lucky using Seagate drives than western digital as my Seagate drives are still working up to this day.
Juls Marabe
Seagate Sucks !!!
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Western Digital (WD) My Passport The WD My Passport vs The Seagate Backup Plus 1 day ago   19:01

Looking for more then just a product demo? Perhaps by someone that has actually purchased the WD My Passport Wireless and used it for more then a week then you are in the right place.

If you are like me you take a lot of pictures and video. But you also have a lot of movies and music that you would like to take with you while travailing but don't have enough room on your smartphone or tablet for them all. That is where the Western Digital My Passport Wireless comes in. The WD My Passport can act as a wireless media hub but also has one other trick. It can off load media files from an SD card with out the use of a computer.

In this video I cover general information about the WD My Passport Wireless as well as battery life, run times, and read/write speeds. I also cover the WD My Cloud App. But to find out if the Western Digital My Passport Wireless is right for you will have to watch.

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Product Dimensions:
5 x 3.4 x 1.2 inches ; 12.3 ounces

Formatted ExFAT for Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating systems and Mac OS X.
•Android and IOS

Formats compatible with WD cloud app:

Photo: jpg, png, gif, tiff, bmp
Video: mov, mp4, m4v
Music: mp3, m4a, aiff, wav

Photo: jpg, png, gif, tiff, bmp
Video: Depends on the third party app used to play video
Music: mp3 (support for m4a, wma, wav and aiff added in release 3.1 - requires Android 4.0 or later)

DLNA supported formats;

Audio: MP3, WMA, WAV, LPCM, OGG vorbis, FLAC, M4A, M4B, 3GP, AAC, MP2, AC3, MPA, MP1, AIF

Video: 3GP, 3GP/H.263,3GP/H.264,3GP/MPEg-4, ASF, ASF/WMV, AVI, AVI/DivX, AVI/Full Frame, AVI/MPEG-1, AVI/MPEG-2, AVI/MPEG-4, AVI/WMV, AVI/XviD, DivX, DV, DVR-MS, DVR-MS/AC-3 Audio, DVR-MS/MP1 Audio, FLV, M1V, M2TS, M4P, M4V, MKV, MKV/DivX, MKV/Full Frame, MKV/MPEG-1, MKV/MPEG-2, MKV/


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