I now own a good many ‘thumb’ and ‘key’ drives that I use to move data around from one computer to another. My first had the capacity of only 258 Mb and I still use it – though it is larger than modern key drives at that capacity. Until this current acquisition, the greatest key capacity was 4GB – room to store all my digital photos – but beginning to get outsized by my perpetual photo collection. So, in shopping around for something a bit larger, I came across this Western Digital Passport Pocket Drive that, with its 6GB capacity, looked like it might be just what the doctor ordered. I compared, shopped, bought and have used it – and I was right!
First off, it is not a key or thumb drive. It is bigger, measuring Height- .370 Inches; Length-2.410 Inches; Width-1.80 Inches; and weighing in at 1.6 oz. It won’t fit, nor is it designed to, on your key ring. As the name of the product suggests, it gets carried in your pocket – conveniently contained and protected by a rubber cover (available in multiple colors) which adds a non-slip quality to the device. A welcome feature after years of various small external drives slipping out of my hand and onto the floor! Both synch and encryption software are built in (as options) and the rotating USB plug is an added convenience as the layout and positioning of USB ports varies from CPU to CPU or from Port-ready screen to screen. It does not have to be removed from the case to access/open the plug and is completely protected when closed from pocket schmootz as well as from the inevitable drop to the floor.
Read Seek Time
Track-To-Track Seek Time
1.0 ms (average)
Temperature: Operating41° F to 95° F Non-operating-40° F to 149° F
New computer buyers, Please Note:
It is compliant with both Windows 200 and XP but not, unless/until the drivers are updated, with Vista.
First impressions and experience
I have successfully and reasonably quickly downloaded, stored and moved nearly 2,000 .jpg photos in one fell swoop I have not yet tried loading and moving videos of music. The swivel base is very handy and the metal enclosure adds a feeling of solidness to the device even before it is inserted in the easily gripped soft plastic case. While it is bigger than a key drive, it has no ‘loop’ – the part which most often breaks first on small thumb drives, and simply sits in my pocket – too small to be bulky and too big to be easily lost or misplaced.
A nice and useful new addition to my growing library of small external drives. I recommend it.