Western Digital Debuts Its First Entry into the Portable SSD Market – The My Passport SSD

Posted by at 12:31 pm on April 6, 2017

Western Digital has entered the portable SSD market with the new My Passport SSD.

My Passport SSD is available in 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage capacities and supports USB 3.1 Type-C to enable fast data transfers up to speeds of up to 515 MB/s.

The drive supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gb/s) with a USB Type-C to Type-C cable and an adapter to use with the more traditional USB Type-A ports found on many older computers.

The drive also features 256-bit AES hardware encryption and password protection, and is also 6.5-foot drop tested for shock-resistance to withstand 1500G of force, to help keep your data safe.

The product is compatible with the WD Backup software that allows you to automatically back up your files.On the Mac front, the drive supports Time Machine backups.

Where to Buy

My Passport SSD is available from Best Buy in the U.S. for $100, $200, and $300 for the 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB models, respectively.

Western Digital said in a press release that the product will be “available worldwide at select e-tailers and retailers” this quarter.

The 256GB WD Black PCIe SSD is available now from Western Digital’s online store; the 512GB model is out of stock.

All models of the My Passport SSD offer three-year warranties, whereas the WD Black PCIe SSDs are covered by a five-year warranty.

Product Western Digital My Passport SSD
Capacity 256GB / 512GB / 1TB
(L x W x H)
90 x 45 x 10mm
Transfer Speed Up to 515MBps Sequential
Encryption AES 256-bit Hardware Encryption
Security Password Settings (Optional)
Warranty Limited 3-Year

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