WD- which is better (higher tech)- passport vs element

In western digital, if both - passport and element are same price, which one should be got?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
The one you like best.  There's no practical difference from a hardware perspective.  The Passport includes backup software.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
(I'm assuming you meant these since you didn't post any models)
one big difference : passport is available in more colors
Those "Elements" I know of all use 3.5" disks and need a separate power-supply, while the passport as far as I know usually comes with 2.5" disks and gets it's power from the USB ports, which make them more portable (but also often less reliable as sometimes the PC's can't supply enough power through their USB ports).
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I have a WD 1 TB Passport USB drive. It is 2.5 inch drive, attaches and runs from the USB port on my ThinkPad X230 and runs great. It is very compact. I am very happy with it.

As it happens, the black case matches my black X230.
The "Passport" models support password protection and encryption, whereas the "Elements" model does not.  Decide how important these features are for your needs, and if the potential problems that may be encountered later with protected drives if something goes wrong is worth the additional security.
the 3.5" drives are usually 7200 RPM drives - while many 2.5" drives are 5400RPM
so there can be a speed difference too
You'd probably not notice that when used with USB, at least not with USB 2, and depending on how you use the disk you will probably also not notice that with USB 3.

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25112Author Commented:
helped.. thank u
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@25112 - Thanks and I was happy to help.
Thank you 25112
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