The WD My Passport vs The Seagate Backup Plus vs The Toshiba Canvio Connect II – Which one is best?

All Portable USB 3.0 Drives, But which deserves your Data?

External Portable Hard drives are commonplace. The marketing is saturated with all manner of capacities and manufacturers claiming their model is best. However with prices being so similar and the drive itself being built almost identically, how can you choose the right drive for you? Robbie at SPANTV is comparing the 3 leading models for Students, holiday travellers and office backup executives and seeing their strengths and weaknesses. Ultimately to find out which one is the best. Below are some details about each.


Access your files anywhere and from any device. The new Canvio Connect II is a smart storage solution that will soon become your favourite data companion. Not only do you get up to 2 TB of portable storage, the Canvio Connect II can also turn your PC into your own personal cloud server. Pre-loaded remote access software gives you instant access to your files from all your devices, wherever you are.*

* Canvio Connect II must be connected to a PC and WiFi environment. (PC must be on or in stand-by mode)

Seagate Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive

Be Ready. Bring Your Backup.
Thin, Light and Easy Backup That’s Good to Go.

Back Up Your Stuff — Anytime, Anywhere
The Seagate® Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive is the simple, one-click way to protect and share your entire digital life. Perfect to take on the go, the sleek metal case design allows for the thinnest portable hard drive available with up to 2TB of capacity. It goes anywhere — without getting in your way.

Features mobile backup using the Seagate Mobile Backup App
Protect your data with easy flexible backups
Back up from Facebook® and Flickr® and share to YouTube®
Easy to share files between Windows® and Mac computers
USB 3.0 plug-and-play with no bulky power supply adapters

Back Up From Your Mobile Devices
Use the Seagate Mobile Backup App to easily back up photos and videos on the go directly from your mobile devices to Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive.

Back Up and Protect Photos, Videos and More — Automatically
Choose from two easy backup options in the Seagate Dashboard – scheduled or continuous.

Do More With Social Networks
Don’t risk losing those great pics you’ve posted online. The Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive finally bridges the gap between your online life and the rest of your life, letting you automatically back up your favourite memories from Facebook® and Flickr®. You can even share new videos to your YouTube® account.

Western Digital My Passport Ultra

My Passport® Ultra™ delivers USB 3.0 performance and high capacity in an ultra-compact design. WD SmartWare™ Pro automatic backup software offers local and cloud backup. Password protection and hardware encryption secure your data. The 3-year limited warranty and soft pouch help protect your investment.

Ultra-sleek design with high capacity – At just half an inch thin (12.8mm) for the 500 GB model, this drive is sleek and fast with plenty of capacity for your important digital content. The 1 TB model is a mere 0.60 in (15.3 mm), while the massive capacity of 2 TB is only 0.81 in (20.5 mm).

Ultra-fast transfer rates – When connected to a USB 3.0 port, My Passport Edge lets you access and save files in blazing speed. Reduce transfer time by up to three times when compared to USB 2.0 transfer rates.*

*Performance may vary based on user’s hardware and system configuration.

USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility – With this single drive you get compatibility with your USB 2.0 devices today and the ultra-fast speed of USB 3.0 when you’re ready to step up to the next generation. With this single drive you get compatibility with the latest USB 3.0 devices and backward compatibility with USB 2.0 devices as well.

Local and cloud backup – WD SmartWare Pro lets you choose how, when and where you back up your files.
– Select automatic, continuous backup to instantly back up your files as they are added or changed.
– Select scheduled backup to back up your files on a schedule that fits your needs.
– Select cloud backup and back up ryour files to the cloud using your Dropbox account. Or be double safe and back up your Dropbox account to you’re my Passport Ultra drive.
*Dropbox account required for cloud backup. Cloud services may be changed, terminated or interrupted at any time and may vary by country.

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Typical Khyle says:

WD My Passport Ultra or WD My Passport? Which is the best?

mike fishwick says:

A little boring nut worth it.

Bhanu Nayak says:

thanx …i just ordered wd passport ultra.

Sujoy mondal says:

wd my passport 4tb or seagate back up plus 4tb. which will be more reliable…

Serom says:

Sitting here with my dead 2TB WD with no hope of recovering any of my almost 1.5TB data from it. All these comments saying WD’s the best, confuse me as hell! I had my 1TB Toshiba for four years with no single issue, till I gave it away.

Ewser X says:


RizetoPower says:

so which one is most reliable?

rondhole says:

If the USB controller is death. WD has no easy rescue. Dead and dead, only USB controller cannot be put on a caddy. Seagate can be put on a caddy and recover all the files. Some toshiba may still have sata cotroler.

demon6937 says:

I’m lucky using Seagate drives than western digital as my Seagate drives are still working up to this day.

GRBTutorials says:

Colours and aesthetics? Seriously? Is that a big factor on buying an HDD? Especially the colours, I always buy the black ones, they’re the most discreet.

Fiona Sam says:

there is no space left in my laptop, I want to buy a hard drive 1TB
To download moves & tv shows.
but I’m still can’t decide which one should I buy please recommend me a great hard drive

my dad have the Toshiba 1TB FOR A LONG YEARS, he told me toshiba is a great hard drive but I’m can’t decide so please HELP ME ??

Marcos Vinícius says:

What was the result? i’m brazilian and no understand very good

dissiscool says:

very useful review. thank you!

Adnan Ali Syed says:

My confusion is over. Going for WD 3TB for 159 euros in PC world Ireland.
Used WD before and I dropped it once and the casing was broken but my Data was safe.
Thanks for Videos, really helps.

M home says:

review something u dont have???? stupid

Cole Gaskins says: you make life so bad with your super long infomercials.

The Cake is a Liar! says:

A Korean technician told me Seagate hard drives tend to fail more frequently than WD, Toshiba or Hitachi. I’ve used a Toshiba Canvio Basic drive for 4 yrs and it still works. Maybe I’m one of lucky people. But this time I’m considering getting the WD Passport Ultra. I heard Hitachi drives tend to have more issues with Mac computers so I guess WD is a safer option. If you have something to say please reply to my comment. Any recommendation will be appreciated.

Mayanglambam Joymala says:

talking to much. come the point man

Mohamed Najee says:

What is the memory capacity of the drives,,,in the sense actual bytes …

bel fekih hichem says:

Great job i like your comparaison and by chance i already bought the western digital so that’s ok for me :p

buddhastaxi666 says:

that blue background is spacing me out

T0NY STARK says:

I want hard disk who is best

cut nur amna says:

@spandotcom, the software in wd, does it automatically run when we plug the hard drive on computer?

buddhastaxi666 says:

his arms are skinny without the vat

dissiscool says:

I used seagate, it looks so nice but its fragile and it was broken without any certain reason, and the data was not save. so I’m going to try WD

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