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Review: WD My Passport SSD (256GB)

by Parm Mann on 5 July 2017, 16:00

Tags: WD (NYSE:WDC)

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Conclusion

Our second test revolves around two scenarios; copying across a folder containing large files such as ISOs; and copying across a program folder full of various small files. My Passport SSD copes better with few large files rather than many small, yet performance in both scenarios is solid and transfer rates are a vast improvement over a My Passport hard disk.

Summary

...the new drive is the fastest My Passport to date and arrives in a sleek, compact package that fits in the palm of your hand.

WD has belatedly refreshed its range of My Passport external storage devices to include models based on solid-state technology.

Dubbed the My Passport SSD and available in 256GB, 512GB and 1TB capacities, the new drive is the fastest My Passport to date and arrives in a sleek, compact package that fits in the palm of your hand.

Speeds of up to 470MB/s are made available via USB 3.1 Type-C connectivity, and for those who don't yet have the means, WD includes the right cabling for backward compatibility with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Type-A. Add to the mix a trio of useful software utilities as well as a three-year warranty and you have one of the best portable SSDs on the market today.

Bottom line: want a small, fast and well-rounded external storage device? WD's My Passport SSD ought to be near the top of the list.

The Good
 
The Bad
Pocket-friendly form factor
Hits speeds of up to 470MB/s
Quieter and more durable than a HDD
USB Type-C and Type-A cabling
Three-year warranty as standard
Decent software bundle
 
No LED status indicator



WD My Passport SSD

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The 256GB WD My Passport SSD is available to purchase from Amazon.

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Ahh got it now ! … it's a hard drive and not something forginers loose when getting off the back of trucks :D

What a stupid name for a hard drive or storage solution?.
Rubarb
Ahh got it now ! … it's a hard drive and not something forginers loose when getting off the back of trucks :D

What a stupid name for a hard drive or storage solution?.

“My Passport” has been a Western Digital brand name for portable drives for some years. I believe the rationale was the freedom to increase storage simply through the USB interface.

This is just the latest in a long line.
Yeah I had a Passport since 40gb was the norm for external hard drives. I've just repurposed a 60gb one we had lying around!

This looks good and not a bad price either (for an external SSD I mean - obviously a 1TB HDD is half the price). Kudos for the USB-C connector with adapter too - the more USB-C is pushed the better.