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Western Digital My Passport SSD – now up to 4TB (WD review)

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The Western Digital My Passport SSD has been around for a while, but it’s still one of the fastest external SSDs capable of USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps).

It’s grown since release and now has 500 GB, 1, 2, and 4 TB models and is making a nice splash at about 1 Gigabye per second (1000 MBps) sequential read/write speeds. That’s close to the maximum limit of 10 Gbps (1250 MBps) of USB-C 3.2 Gen 2.

Australian Review: Western Digital My Passport SSD (WDBAGF Model)

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Price 500GB – $169 (34 cents per GB) 1TB – $209 (21 cents per GB) 2TB – $349 (17 cents per GB) 4TB TBA
From Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, Good Guys, Officeworks, Bing Lee and online at Amazon WD Store and Harris Technology
Guarantee 5 years limited
Company Western Digital (WD) is an American computer hard drive manufacturer and data storage company headquartered in San Jose, California. It designs, manufactures and markets data technology products, including storage devices, data center systems and cloud storage services.
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We use Fail (below expectations), Pass (meet expectations), and Exceed (exceed expectations or lead the class) for many of the items below. We occasionally give a Pass ‘+’ rating to show that it’s good, but not quite surpassing it.

First impression – Pass+

Small, light, like a thin bar of soap. It is 100 x 55 x 9mm x 46g. It comes in silver, gold, gray, red and blue (depending on capacity).

What I really like is the 2m drop resistance – it has a metal housing and comes with a USB-C to USB-C 3.2 cable and a USB-C to USB-A converter (speeds are lower on earlier versions of USB You can also use it directly via Thunderbolt 3 or 4 ports.

Tests – Exceed

Crystal Disk Mark sequential read/write was 1076.28/972.09 MBps.

It also did quite well on larger data transfers.

Quick Facts

  • Interface: USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Thunderbolt 3 compatible and USB backwards compatible at slower speeds)
  • Format: exFAT but can format for any OS
  • Size: 100×55 2×9mmx×47g
  • Box: USB-C to USB-C 170mm cable and USB-C to USB-A adapter
  • Theoretical Seq R/W: 1050/1000MBps
  • Optional 256-bit AES encryption on the fly
  • Drop resistant 1.98m
  • Includes WD Discovery software for backup and passwords
  • Warranty: 5 years

CyberShack’s opinion – Western Digital My Passport SSD is one of the better external SSDs

Yes, there are tons of generic SSDs out there, but WD’s 5-year limited warranty and Discovery Software make this a great choice.

In other tests, it outperforms comparable USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 devices (though not by much), including Samsung T7, and is on par with WD’s Black P50.

Western Digital My Passport SSD

From $169 (depending on capacity)

Western Digital My Passport SSD

Pros

  • One of the fastest USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 external SSDs
  • Drop resistant

cons

  • Lower speeds on previous USB generations

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