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WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 with Auto and Cloud Backup – Black

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I have been working in IT since 1995 and over the years I have seen an increased demand for storage. As an IT-trainer I need to keep my virtual machine (VM) images which I use for teaching on external hard disks to be able to copy them onto the student machines so we can use them for our lab exercises. The size and the amount of these VMs needed for a training has been increasing year over year. Originally I started with 3x 120GB USB2.0, bought then another 3x 160GB USB2.0, another 3x 320GB USB2.0 and again 3x 500 GB USB2.0 external 2,5″hard disks. Not even to mention the amount of large 5,25″ hard disks I bought over the years, starting with USB2.0 to Firewire 400/800 and finally USB3.0. I have an entire shelve full of hard disks collected over the years, still fully functioning but the smaller ones I hardly use any more. I keep  them though as you never know and you might quickly need one.

With the introduction of cloud computing and cloud storage it seems the demand for external hard disks has dramatically reduced. Cloud storage offers an easy and simple way to upload data into the cloud so you don’t have to carry external hard disks with you. You can access the data from anywhere in he world where internet access is available and sufficient speed and bandwidth not a problem.

Still many people have a concern what happens with my data once I upload them into the cloud. This concern is justified. Would you really fully trust the cloud providers and owners? Do you understand the technology behind or are you just closing your eyes and hoping that all will be fine at the end of the day and somebody is taking care of it. Also what happens if you upload too much data? Most cloud providers offer 5 GB of personal storage for free but once you want to exceed this data volume you will have to open your wallet and start paying on a monthly basis. What happens if these cloud storage providers become too expensive and you want to switch to a different cloud? Well, this isn’t really a big problem as there are smart people out there who can also see here an increasing demand for this particular necessity of data relocation.

It is called cloud relocation service. Never heard of it? I can see a surprised grin in your face – cloud relocation! What the hack is this? – I got you. You recently just learned to fully understand the technical term cloud technology (computer, storage, etc.) and got used to uploading personal content into the cloud and now I want you to think already about data relocation? What the hack? – Well, you don’t have to! You can also download all data from one cloud back to your computer (Hmm…, hopefully your hard disk is big enough!) and upload from your PC back to your new cloud provider. Does it sound cool and time consuming? – Or you take a shortcut and ask your new cloud provider to relocate all the data from your current cloud and they will charge you in exchange a data relocation fee. Well, it is not as expensive as relocating your furniture when you move from one town to another. If you are lucky enough you might get this data relocation service for free in connection with switching your cloud account. This is the new age of cloud storage computing and people increasingly get used to it and accepting the new facts. There is a lot of competition and storage solutions are one of the fastest growing markets with ever increasing demand.

If you however belong to the kind of people who prefer to store their data on a traditional external hard disk then this article might be the right one for you. As mentioned before I mainly use external hard disks to store my VMs but also videos that I produce and upload to my YouTube channel UL360 (http://youtube.com/ulrichlamb1). Just a couple of days ago I decided to buy another 3 external hard disks. It was clear to me that it will be 2,5″ in size and and also wtih USB3.0. From the capacity I was thinking 2 TB and the brand I wanted was Western Digital. Over the years I basically bought all of my drives from Western Digital and have so far only made a good experience. So why should I switch if something proven has been working for me for such a long time?

This is what I finally purchased. 3x WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 with Auto and Cloud Backup – Black (WDBMWV0020BBK-NESN). As I live in Dubai I bought it from a local dealer but had to pay a little bit more (440,00 AED = 319,00 USD).

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As this is the Ultra Edition it allows me to encrypt the hard disk content. This enables you to keep your private stuff private and to gain peace of mind knowing that your data is protected from unauthorized access with password protection and hardware encryption. When you plug in the USB hard disk to your computer it installs the driver and your hard disk will be recognized by your operating system.On the external WD hard disk you will find a program that called WD Drive Unlock.exe that will allow you to create a strong password to encrypt all of your external hard disk content. When setting up the password there is also a check box to automatically unlock the drive when you plug in the external hard disk the next time and you are logged in with the same user account you used to set up the password. This is quite a handy feature. It means if you go to a different computer you will have to provide the password but on your own you don’t have to. It is an option and if you don’t trust you don’t need to set it up this way.

What they also offer with this type of drive is WD SmartWare Pro automatic backup software which backs up directly to this drive or to the cloud using Dropbox.

What I also bought on a previous purchase and use at home are 3 WD My Book 3TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive with Security, Local and Cloud Backup (WDBFJK0030HBK-NESN).

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I have one permanently with me when I travel but you need to wrap it well to sustain and absorb eventual shocks it might get when putting it into a computer trolley. So far this solution worked fine for me for many years without hard disk damage. If I make changes one one hard disk (“Original”) I need to mirror the data to the same type of hard disk (“Copy”) from time to time to make sure I have a complete backup of all of my data at home. This is not a perfect solution and you can call it a manual mirror. But it works fine for me.

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In case you are looking for a professional SMB storage solution then you can also get a WD Sentinel DX4000 Small Business, WD 4TB, WD 12TB or a WD 16TB Network File Storage Server iSCSI NAS.

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As you can see as the demand for storage increases also the size of the storage device itself increases. For personal usage you can get away with simple external hard disk but when you come into the SMB range the price dramatically increases. This is the price you have to pay to keep your data backed up and also protected against hard disk failures. These cloud providers use all the latest technologies available in the market to keep your data safe, backed up and also securely protected against hard disk failures (data protections with single and double parity hard disks). This way you don’t need to worry about these things any more and can leave it up to the specialists for data storage solutions.

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I hope this article was informative to you. If you have got any questions please leave me a comment in the section below and I will be happy to get back to you.

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