Passport. RIP.

wdfPassport_PortableMy devoted 40gb WD Passport Drive is no longer with us.

I accidentally dropped it onto concrete from about 5ft on Friday and it’s now rather broken. I use it to ferry personal data between work and home (I get a lot of my web development work done during my lunchtimes at work, for example).

I do back it up, but I’ve not done it for a couple of weeks (I know, I know – I’ll sort that out now) so it’s been a slow job of recreating any changes. There’s still work to do, and some stuff I’ll have lost. Oh well.

And on order from Amazon is a shiny new replacement drive – a black 60gb WD passport. Hmm.

It’s cost me lost work and £60. Sods law I guess.

Posted by David Artiss

Enterprise Happiness Engineer for the WordPress VIP team at Automattic. Gamer, film lover and general fan of all things Marvel, Star Trek and Star Wars. Failed comedian. Writer for The Big Tech Question. World's Greatest Grandma.

1 Reply to “Passport. RIP.”

  1. A quick update…

    The black Passport lasted a little under a year. Bugger. It was clicking and often wouldn’t respond so I rang Amazon and they arranged a replacement.

    Unfortunately, in the meantime, I found out from a forum elsewhere that this clicking means that it’s not getting enough power. There is no power adapter for this, so it means getting a special “Y” USB cable that means you can plug it into 2 USB ports. As luck would have it, if you contact Western Digital they’ll happily send you one free of charge.

    So I got my new Passport and my cable.. this all happened a few months ago… I’ll provide another updated in future if anything untoward happens!


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