The installation of this new hard drive on a PC or Mac is totally Plug & Play, simply by connecting it the operating system will automatically recognize it. For Xbox One users, they just have to connect it and follow the instructions on the screen, also for Xbox 360 users they must go to the “Storage Devices” section of the “System Settings” menu to format the hard drive and start it. use.
Thanks to its compact size, we can easily take it anywhere, although we must bear in mind that being a disk with 2TB of capacity, it is thicker than other disks of the firm with lower capacity, such as the WD My Passport Edge.
Technical characteristics of the WD My Passport X
- Capacity: 2 TB.
- Interface: USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 (backward compatible).
- Compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems.
- Compatible with consoles like Microsoft Xbox One and Xbox 360.
- Dimensions: 81.5mm wide, 110mm long, and 20.9mm thick.
Once we know the main characteristics of this hard drive, we will start with its external analysis.
This WD My Passport X hard drive comes in a small box, on its front we find the main features of the model, such as that we can download more games for consoles thanks to its 2TB capacity. A very important detail that it indicates at the bottom is that it is compatible with Xbox One and also with any PC, both with Windows and Mac operating systems, although we have tested it under Linux and it also works perfectly.
On the right side of the box we find the three steps necessary to start using this WD My Passport X hard drive quickly with our Xbox One console. On the back of the box it indicates that this hard drive will allow us to increase the memory capacity internal of our console quickly, with 2TB of storage we will not have the need to delete any game from our disk.
Inside the box we find both the WD My Passport X hard drive and the USB 3.0 cable that is also compatible with USB 2.0 equipment to provide the greatest possible compatibility. The connector of this disk is USB 3.0 + USB 2.0 like most of the manufacturer’s external hard drives. Along with the disk and the cable, we have a sheet where it will tell us how we should connect this disk to the console itself, and it is that simply by connecting the cable we can start using the capacity of this disk.
The design of this WD My Passport X hard drive is really elegant, with a black finish and very compact, it will be ideal to transport it anywhere without any problem.
The only negative about this hard drive is that it is too thick, more than other discs from even this same manufacturer, the main reason for this thickness is because it incorporates a capacity of 2TB and therefore has several plates inside that make it increase in size. size. The dimensions of this hard disk are 81.5 mm wide, 110 mm long and 20.9 mm thick, if it were of a smaller capacity it would also have less thickness, this happens with all manufacturers.
So far we have come with our external analysis of this hard drive, below we will show you the performance tests carried out with this equipment.
We have tested this 2TB hard drive with USB 3.0 interface on our main desktop computer that incorporates USB 3.0 to achieve the highest possible speed. Below you have the detailed analysis of the CrystalDisk Info where you can see the disk capacity (2TB), the current temperature (23ºC) and also the SMART report where you can see that we do not have any errors regarding the health of this hard disk is good. We must also look at the rotation speed of this hard drive, specifically this model is 5,200 RPM with a buffer size of 8MB.
To check the maximum performance of this hard drive, we have used the CrystalDisk Mark tool to measure the performance of both sequential and random read and write:
As you can see, the read speed of this 2TB external hard drive goes up to 117MB / s, an excellent performance for this type of device. Likewise, the writing speed is around 106MB / s, an exceptional performance that will allow us to intensively use this hard drive for both PC games and consoles as well as for massive storage on our computers.
Below you can see the performance with the HD Tune program that allows us to know the speed as we move through the capacity of the hard disk, both in reading speed and writing speed:
We have also checked the random reading and random writing on this external hard drive, we must bear in mind that it is a hard and external drive connected by USB 3.0, so the results are not comparable to for example an SSD. Below you can see the values achieved:
So far we have come with our analysis of this 2TB WD My Passport X hard drive, below you can see the strengths, weaknesses and finally our conclusions.
- Hard drive capacity by having 2TB of storage.
- USB 3.0 interface to provide the highest possible performance.
- USB 2.0 compatibility for older computers.
- Performance achieved in both read and write speed tests.
- Price: we can currently buy this album for about € 100.
- No notable weak points.
This WD external hard drive has an unbeatable quality / price ratio. It is designed specifically for gamers who need to increase the storage capacity of their Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles, of course it will also help us to increase the storage capacity of our PC or Mac.
Thanks to the large 2TB capacity of this equipment, we will not have to worry about deleting files or games that we have copied, we will have a good cushion before worrying about space. That WD has decided to incorporate a USB 3.0 + USB 2.0 connector is a success to increase compatibility with older devices. Currently we can find this WD My Passport X for a price of about € 100, a really competitive price if we take into account its performance and storage capacity.
Taking into account the characteristics, the performance achieved and the price, RedesZone’s assessment is as follows:
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