WD My Passport SSD attaches fast storage to USB 3.1

When you think "Western Digital," you probably think about hard drives. It's well past time for that idea to change, though. Not only does WD sell a range of high-performance and budget-priced internal SSDs, it's now offering external solid-state storage, too. The My Passport SSD is the company's first external SSD, and it comes in 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities.

The My Passport SSD certainly looks flashy. Its impressive qualities aren't just skin deep, though. The drive uses a USB 3.1 Type-C connection to make sure its performance won't be bottlenecked by its interface. That said, the SSD inside caps out at a transfer speed of 515MB/s—the only performance figure WD offers—so you should be able to use it on a USB 3.0 port without sacrificing speed. WD includes a USB Type-C cable as well as a Type-A adapter, so the drive should be good to go with most current devices.

The drive supports 256-bit hardware encryption and has password protection functionality, although WD doesn't elaborate on how those features are managed. WD says the 256GB drive should sell for $100, the 512GB drive for $200, and the 1TB drive for $400. The company offers three-year warranty coverage on the My Passport SSDs and expects them to be available later this quarter.

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    • tipoo
    • 3 years ago

    Can you TRIM over USB?

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]The My Passport SSD certainly looks flashy. [/quote<] Yes. Yes it does.

      • tipoo
      • 3 years ago

      Both flashy nand professional at the same time!

    • adisor19
    • 3 years ago

    Would be nice if they made a model with Thunderbolt 3 interface instead.

    Adi

      • Mourmain
      • 3 years ago

      Why ever? It’s equivalent to USB-C, for all intents and purposes here.

    • albundy
    • 3 years ago

    usb 3.1 gen1 or gen2?

      • LostCat
      • 3 years ago

      gen 2 from the WD page. I think at those speeds it’s not likely a huge difference, but most USB3 drives top out at ~440 instead of of 515.

      • cygnus1
      • 3 years ago

      Doesn’t really matter all that much if it’s a SATA bridged SSD in there…

    • JosiahBradley
    • 3 years ago

    Actually not badly priced given speed size and form factor. Sure you could get a portable chassis and standard SSD but that still be 300$ and probably not be as polished.

      • RAGEPRO
      • 3 years ago

      It reminds me of the 80GB storage device from Johnny Mnemonic.

      • caconym
      • 3 years ago

      That’s what I was thinking. I was bracing for the pricing reveal at the end, but they’re actually pretty reasonable. I prefer high-capacity SD cards for portable flash storage, but if you had heavier I/O demands than I do, this WD could be handy.

      • Waco
      • 3 years ago

      It’s only attractive if you forget you can get a 2.5″ SSD with an external enclosure that will run at the same speeds for a LOT less money…

        • slowriot
        • 3 years ago

        Please point me in the direction where you can get a 250GB~ SSD + external enclosure for a LOT less than $100. I’m interested and not having any luck finding a combo that isn’t around the same price. Also worth noting this is decently smaller than a 2.5″ enclosure.

          • Waco
          • 3 years ago

          Not at 250 GB, but at 1 TB it’s far easier.

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