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WD My Passport Pro Review (4TB) Discussion

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The WD My Passport Pro suits the needs of creative professionals and enthusiasts alike who need to shuttle large volumes of data in the field. The abundant 4TB capacity certainly delivers on this goal and the Thunderbolt connectivity lets the drive flow seamlessly with existing workflows.

WD My Passport Pro Review (4TB)

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Hmm, sequential benchmarks from SR: the WD Passport Pro:

under RAID0 configuration, read speeds measured in at 203.9MB/s, while write activity hit 196.1MB/s

Seagate Backup Plus:

Seagate Backup Plus clocked in at an impressive 237.2MB/s in the write column and 183.4MB/s for read activity.

True, one is TB and one is USB 3.0, but good to know performance is pretty comparable...

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Oh my.... pretty bulky, heavy and thick. The design of the enclosure doesn't help either.

Looks like someone had a bunch of 15mm enterprise targeted drives around and didn't know what to do with them..

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They're 15mm Green drives, not enterprise. WD made these specifically for branded applications like this, they've been around for over a year. You could argue that Samsung out-engineered them with the 9.5mm 2TB and you'd be right. If WD had those drives to do this over again, the results would have been much better from a design standpoint.

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In addition to MacBooks, the other TB computer is the new MacPro. It appears that the built-in TB cable, which appears to be non replaceable, may be too short to work with it. If so, this is a bone-headed design decision.

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Hmmm, the Pro is so tiny and those ports are midway up. Should make it but I don't know for sure. I'll get an official answer.

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We've kind of lost interest in taking the drives apart unless there's a good reason for it. Is there something specific you're looking for?

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We've kind of lost interest in taking the drives apart unless there's a good reason for it. Is there something specific you're looking for?

Thank you, I don't know what I am looking for in particularly reason I just want to know how the design inside are. I am consider to buy this WD or Seagate Backup Plus Fast Portable but I don't know which one can be more trusted because it's RAID that concern me a lot, usually I will go for Thunderbolt fist but in this case the cable is far way too short and not user replaceable the design is really really thick and very very heavy compare to Seagate Backup Plus Fast Portable which is feel more 'portable' but then again it's back to the RAID which company design better? which one that I can put my life with?

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If it's the only backup, there's no way I'd trust RAID0. Depending on how much data you have, I'd rather see you get a NAS and back up to it regularly.

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If it's the only backup, there's no way I'd trust RAID0. Depending on how much data you have, I'd rather see you get a NAS and back up to it regularly.

Yes it's the only backup and I need 4TB of storage that don't need extra power cable, I'm thinking about using JBOD with the WD. Seagate doesn't have this option. Right now Seagate is the only one that I can buy although both of HDDs were manufactured in my country.

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You're really better off with a NAS. A single disk backup as the only backup is not a good policy.

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I'm sorry for reviving such an old topic, but would it actually be possible to put 2 Samsung SSDs in this enclosure or could WD have prevented this through the firmware perhaps? The form factor of the 2TB enclosure looks good to me but I'd rather have the SSD speeds in RAID-0 compared to the sluggish hdd performance provided the bridge actually supports SATA-3 of course.

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You may be able to but I'd strongly encourage you to buy something designed for that use case rather than the hard drive enclosure. Who knows if the internals would even support the SSDs well, even if you swap out the drives.

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Ok thanks and that actually seems solid advice, particularly after I opened up a WD My Passport Pro 2TB and found out there's not a regular 2.5" drive with a sata-3 connector in there but a 2.5" drive with a usb-3 connector soldered directly onto the pcb. WD seems to limit re-using the drives it incorporates into its external storage enclosure solutions but also the re-use of the enclosure itself.

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