WD My Passport Edge External Hard Drive Review

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Our Summary and Conclusion

Performance Summary: The WD My Passport Edge is not exactly a speed demon, and its 5400RPM rating and SATA 3Gbps interface won’t wow anyone with raw performance. That’s not really a knock against the drive though, as it’s not particularly designed for high-end performance. It’s worth noting, however, that the unit does perform rather well with small random file transfers.

Western Digital My Passport Edge

WD didn’t overdo it with the My Passport Edge, keeping the specs modest and price point proportionally in check. This unit is designed simply to offer plenty of bulk storage capacity and optimal portability, and although certain power users may be turned off by the slower 5400RPM drive and a last-generation SATA 3Gbps interface, most people don’t need (or want to pay for) that next level of performance for the majority of applications. Instead, WD wisely included useful backup and security software as well as drive utilities that many users will be very happy to have on hand. If speedier performance is something you really need, there are plenty of other options in WD’s lineup.

You can find the My Passport Edge at various outlets for between about $79.99-$99.99, which is right on par with similarly-appointed external drives.

What the My Passport Edge has going for it is that it’s delightfully compact, offers a more-than-adequate 500GB capacity, and includes useful software, which is sufficient for us to confidently recommend this little backup storage unit.

  • Compact size
  • Sufficient storage capacity
  • Includes solid backup software tools
  • Relatively modest performance

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