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WD 3 TB My Passport Wireless Pro, Black

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Second, I found the process of copying data from a cloud provider to be painfully slow, something I could easily avoid by just plugging it directly into my computer. Since I often end up taking a power bank with me when traveling, I can now skip it and bring this gadget instead.

As for the buttons, since powering the device on/off requires the wireless network to boot up/turn off, there’s a delay between you pressing the button and something actually happening. While the setup process was easy, as soon as syncing data from my phone got kicked off, it completely froze the WD My Cloud app and crashed it a number of times. This is obviously a huge improvement over the wireless options and the only way you’ll exploit the faster speed of the internal SSD versus a traditional hard disk (as the bandwidth on the SD slot is also limited as I’ll show in the next section). Use My Passport Wireless Pro as a portable media server and wirelessly stream media to a Smart TV, smartphone, or any other supported device with Plex. Since I have no plans on streaming content from mine and I only want to use it to backup my memory cards in the field, I skipped through this process.

On the positive side, the transfer process was still faster and the battery discharge was still far more efficient compared to what I had previously seen on the Gnarbox. I am not sure if it was done due to specific chipset limitations, but come on – who on earth is using USB 2. A built-in SD card reader and one-touch copy button makes it easy to quickly back up photos and videos from an SD card without a computer or additional software. WD offers a wealth of portable drives, ideal for backing up your photos, videos and other precious data, but most are simple devices which require a host computer or laptop to provide power and data transfer over a cable. Meanwhile Windows 10 presented it under Computer, Media Devices and Storage, or via the Network, within which I could again access the Storage folder with drag and drop facilities.

To reach the benchmark numbers provided below, you will need to plug the included USB cable into the device (with the micro USB 3. In addition, without the RAW file to edit on my iPad, I’d not be able to make effective edits to white balance, nor really dig into the file’s data. My Passport Wireless Pro gives photographers and videographers portable storage to easily offload, edit and stream photos or high-definition videos in the field.It’s much smaller and lighter than even a small laptop and I really noticed the difference when I left my computer at home and went out with the drive alone. I guess looks are somewhat subjective, but I found the My Passport Wireless SSD was trying to be like the iconic LaCie Rugged with its rubberized orange jacket, but getting it slightly wrong…! If you connect wirelessly, whether directly or via an access point, multiple devices can access the device simultaneously and there’s no need for cables; connecting via a shared access point also means your device still enjoys internet connectivity (assuming the access point also does), but data transfer to and from the drive will be slower than a direct connection. If you’re someone who travels, or simply wants the smallest, lightest and fastest in-field backup solution available today, this is the product for you. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice.

On the downside, the unit is fairly large (although still smaller than any laptop), it's not water-proof, and you'll only enjoy the speed of the SSD with a direct USB connection. Well, essentially it’s a portable solid state hard drive with a slot where an SD card can be plugged in, and with the touch of a button backed up onto the drive with no need for a laptop, so it can be backed up in the field, in the airport, or anywhere. If this new backup took place on the same day as a previous one, then this new time-stamped folder will be nestled within the existing date folder.Anything that’s in the root of the SD card is copied over, so no videos, nor logs or other data are left behind. Speaking of USB ports, I was disappointed that Western Digital is still pushing standard USB Type A and micro USB ports when the whole world has been transitioning towards USB Type C. It is a built to be a rugged device that can survive quite a bit of abuse, including occasional bumps and drops (it is not water or dust-proof though).

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