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Western Digital's first portable SSD offers up to 1TB storage

By Jos ยท 4 replies
Apr 6, 2017
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  1. [parsehtml]<p><img src="https://www.techspot.com/images2/news/bigimage/2017/04/2017-04-06-image-11.jpg" /></p> <p>Nearly six months after <a href="https://www.techspot.com/news/66635-western-digital-returns-ssd-market-launches-green-blue.html">re-entering the solid state market</a> with new Green and Blue series SSDs, Western Digital is announcing the first flash-based variant to join its palm-sized My Passport lineup. Simply known as the <a href="http://finance.yahoo.com/news/western-digital-unveils-first-wd-120000453.html">My Passport SSD</a>, the portable storage device is a mere 0.39 inches tall, 1.8 inches wide, 3.5 inches long and is available in 256GB, 512GB or 1TB capacities.</p> <p>Western Digital quotes a peak 515MB/s sequential read speed, which would make it a bit faster than our current &lsquo;<a href="https://www.techspot.com/bestof/storage/">Best of</a>&rsquo; pick for portable SSD storage, <a href="https://www.techspot.com/review/1138-samsung-portable-ssd-t3/">Samsung&rsquo;s well regarded T3</a>. Prices are also roughly on par between the to as well, with the My Passport SSD starting at $100 for 256GB, moving up to $200 for 512GB and $400 for the top-tier 1TB model &mdash; the T3 has an additional 2TB tier for $790.</p> <p>The My Passport SSD is designed with the latest generation of laptops in mind, featuring a single USB-C port, but you&rsquo;ll also find a USB-A adapter in the box for compatibility. The drive touts 256-bit hardware encryption, and is also 6.5-foot drop tested for shock-resistance to withstand 1500G of force.</p> <p>All three models come with a three-year limited warranty. The new drive is available now at <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/searchpage.jsp?st=my+passport+ssd&amp;_dyncharset=UTF-8&amp;id=pcat17071&amp;type=page&amp;sc=Global&amp;cp=1&amp;nrp=&amp;sp=&amp;qp=&amp;list=n&amp;af=true&amp;iht=y&amp;usc=All+Categories&amp;ks=960&amp;keys=keys">Best Buy</a> stores and will be coming to other select retailers starting this quarter.</p><p><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/68835-western-digital-unveils-first-portable-ssd-offers-up.html' target='_blank'>Permalink to story.</a></p><p class='permalink'><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/68835-western-digital-unveils-first-portable-ssd-offers-up.html'>https://www.techspot.com/news/68835-western-digital-unveils-first-portable-ssd-offers-up.html</a></p>[/parsehtml]
     
  2. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,614   +1,098

    The pricing is on spot for me, if I really needed the speed I would get the $100 anytime, considering a USB 3.0 128gb flash drive is around 40 bucks.
     
  3. OutlawCecil

    OutlawCecil TS Guru Posts: 525   +375

    Sooooooo... it's a big flash drive?
     
  4. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 5,231   +4,374

    But it won't fit on your key chain. At least, not comfortably.
     
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  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,283

    A good thing there are visual references in the pic above, I can picture it's size in my minds eye because those retarded imperial measurements mean absolutely nothing to me and I don't feel like opening another tab in my browser to call up Google's converter.
    This looks to be a very handy gadget and I'm already contemplating splashing out on one. I'm getting tired of wasting money on smaller capacity thumb drives, 32 GB is the largest capacity I have and I have about 5 of them simply because the larger capacities prices are stupid and they're a lot slower than this WD. I don't need the 1 TB option, I'm not a storage wh0re and I'm also dubious about cloud storage even with encrypted, 2 factor authentication. I do use it, but not for anything too sensitive.
     

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