Portable storage is all the rave as of late and you just might see quite a few reviews in the next while as, well, I have six sitting behind me. They range from SATA 3 (560MB/s) to USB 3.2 (1050MB/s) all the way up to Thunderbolt 3 at 2.8GB/s. Pretty much the only thing they have in common is that fact that they are all now using USB Type-C connectors. Today, we are going to take a quick look at the Western Digital 1TB My Passport SSD.
The WD My Passport has been around for some time and its latest design has moved it up to USB 3.2 Gen 2 which provides data transfer up to 1050 MB/s read and write. It comes with the portable SSD itself, a short 17cm Type-C to Type-C cable, a Type-C to Type-A cable adapter and a user guide.
On the SSD itself is a software program called WD discovery that provides for instant data backup, as well as AES 256-bit security for the My Passport SSD. It is available in capacities of 500GB. 1TB and 2TB with grey, red and blue colors, the grey 1TB version being tested today.
Our My Passport SSD is very thin, has a brushed metal exterior and is based on the WD SN550 M.2 SSD. It is very light at only 47 grams and has measurements of 100mm x 55mm x 8.9mm. It is shock and vibration resistant and has been tested safe for a drop of 6.5ft. The My Passport SSD also comes with a 5-year warranty.
Checking Amazon, we can see pricing set at $107.99 for the 500GB, $169.99 for the 1TB and $359.99 for the 2TB capacity. Check Amazon pricing here. Let’s take a look at performance…
Crystal Disk Benchmark is used to measure read and write performance through sampling of random data which is, for the most part, incompressible. Performance is virtually identical, regardless of data sample so we have included only that using random data samples.
The toughest benchmark available for solid state drives is AS SSD as it relies solely on incompressible data samples when testing performance. For the most part, AS SSD tests can be considered the ‘worst case scenario’ in obtaining data transfer speeds and many enthusiasts like AS SSD for their needs.
Western Digital seems to have put alot of thought into their newest My Passport SSD. It has fairly decent performance, comes in a selection of colors and capacities with mass availability, great software for back-up and security, a 5-year warranty and decent pricing.