WD Introduces Speedy My Passport Portable SSDs In Capacities Up To 1TB

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As we’ve seen with Western Digital’s Blue, Green and Black lines, the company is deeply committed to solid-state storage despite its storied history as a provider of spinning storage media. However, its SSD products to date have been aimed at those that need to add fast internal storage to a desktop or notebook. But what about those that want the durability and speed benefits of SSDs in a form-factor that we can carry around with us?

Well, Western Digital is looking to address that need with the introduction of the My Passport SSD — the company’s first external SSD product. While Western Digital doesn’t come right out and say, chances are that the company is using its WD Blue line of SSDs inside an external enclosure for the My Passport SSD. The My Passport SSD’s available capacities — 256GB, 512GB and 1TB match up nicely with the what’s available in the WD Blue family.

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And the WD Blue, which offers sequential reads and writes of 545MB/sec and 525MB/sec respectively, offers slightly higher speeds than the My Passport SSD, which tops out at 515MB/sec via its USB-C interface. For those that don’t have a USB-C port on their computers, Western Digital includes a USB-C to USB-A adapter in the box.

In addition to the blazing speeds (for a portable, external drive), the My Passport SSD offers 256-bit AES hardware encryption, can withstand drops from over six feet and can tolerate 1500G of force. The external SSD family is compatible with both Windows and macOS operating systems and comes with WD Backup software, which can enable automatic backups of your data.

The Western Digital My Passport SSD range will be available this quarter priced at $99.99, $199.99 and $399.99 respectively for the 256GB, 512GB and 1TB models. All will come backed with a three-year limited warranty.