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WD MyPassport ULTRA 4TB – Amazing Editing Hard Drive! [REVIEW]

Using an HDD for editing: is it any good, does it affect performance and should you buy an HDD? I did the test!



  • It has built in security features
  • Cheap price for 4TB of space
  • Works very fast
  • No difference in speed when editing on Premiere compared to an SSD
  • It’s very rugid
  • Looks good


  • Writing speed is slower compared to an SSD (for example when you import files)
  • It’s not completely quiet because of the motor inside
  • You need to format it for Mac


I was always wondering whether there’s a big difference between using an SSD or an HDD while editing. WD sent over their MyPassport Ultra 4TB HDD and I compared it to MyPassport 1TB SSD, which I have been using for the last 2 years. I searched the web on this subject and never found a good and clear answer whether an HDD is good enough. After testing I have to say that it really is. I found no differences in editing whatsoever and all the files are directly on the HDD, so Premiere reads them from there. Off course the Macbook Pro that I use is fully specced out, so I don’t know whether it would make a difference on slower PC’s. However, writing speeds are slower compared to an SSD when I import my files from my SD-card. Overall very satisfied with this drive. For only 130$ you get 4TB extra space with no difference in editing speeds. Nice! You can find the HDD here.

Simon loves gadgets even more than he loves chocolate, and he’s from Belgium… How weird.

Simon Bossuyt – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.

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