How to Use WD My Passport on Windows 10

If you plan to buy an external drive, you may consider a WD My Passport drive, one series of WD external drives. How to use WD My Passport on Windows 10? There are three common usages:

  1. Expand your computer storage space.
  2. Back up your computer.
  3. Play games.

Note: WD My Passport drives have been formatted to NTFS that is supported by Windows 10, so you can plug it into your Windows 10 computer and then start using it. If you want to switch to another file system, you can reformat it.

Expand Your Computer Storage Space

If your disk space is not large enough and you always run into insufficient disk space, you can use the WD My Passport drive as external storage to resolve the crises.

As we know, a new external hard drive just has one partition. So, to avoid the misallocation of computer files, it is suggested that you repartition your WD My Passport and then use it to store files.

How to repartition the disk easily? You can try MiniTool Partition Wizard. It is a professional partition manager for Windows 10, skilled in creating/splitting/resizing/expanding… partition.

Let’s repartition your WD My passport drive using MiniTool Partition Wizard.

Step 1: Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard to access its main interface.

Step 2: Highlight the partition on the drive and choose the Move/Resize Partition from the left pane.

Step 3: Move the slide bar leftwards to determine how large the first partition is. Then, click the OK button.

Step 4: Now you get unallocated space on the WD My Passport drive. You can create a new partition

  1. Highlight the unallocated space.
  2. Choose Create Partition feature from the pane.

Step 5: Specify the following details for the partition to be created and then click the OK button.

Step 6: If you want more partitions, repeat Step 3 and Step 5.

Note: You can create four primary partitions and three primary partitions and one extended partition on an MBR drive. If the drive is initialized into a GPT drive, you can create up to 128 partitions.

Step 7: View the pending task on the left pane and then click the Apply button.

Now you have repartitioned the WD My Passport drive and you can store different types of files on the drive.

Back up Your Computer

It is wise to store your important files on different storage devices. This can ensure data security.

WD is a trustworthy brand and the WD My Passport drive features a large capacity, and hence the drive is a good backup drive.

How to back up your computer to your WD My Passport drive? You can also use MiniTool Partition Wizard.

Step 1: Get MiniTool Partition Wizard and launch it to access its main interface.

Step 2: Choose the Copy Disk Wizard feature from the left pane and click the Next button on the following window.