WD My Passport SSD, the portable SSD to take with you

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Solid disk drives are starting to gain ground in desktops and laptops, their lower power consumption and fast data transfers are key to their success. WD My Passport SSD continues the legacy created in a drive that fits in the palm of your hand, with USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 interface and a very attractive design. We tell you all the characteristics of the storage unit in our review.

Design, compact to carry in your pocket

The My Passport SSD series are the first solid state drives to carry in your pocket. We will be able to carry up to 4 TB in a small box. The size is reduced but the performance and storage benefits are improved, especially if we compare it with a pendrive. These units They are available in 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB.

WD My Passport SSD

Compact storage unit to carry in your pocket

The WD My Passport SSD drives have a very attractive design, in a combination of plastic and aluminum differentiated into two halves. The dimensions of the box are 90 x 45 x 10mm thick and has a weight of 54g. The construction is so solid that the unit is prepared to withstand drops of up to 2 meters, although it does not have protection against splashes of water.

WD My Passport SSD

My Passport SSD is a portable storage drive with ultra-fast transfers over USB-C

Its minimalist design is also noticeable in other aspects. For example, we do not have any informational LEDs about the correct connection of the unit to a computer or to check the data transfer rate. We only have one USB-C 3.1 connector on the aluminum part (USB 3.1 Gen 2). By connecting the unit through the removable USB-C cable, it will be working, it does not require additional power. In the box we have a USB-A adapter in case we do not have a type-C connector in our equipment, a detail from WD.

WD My Passport SSD

My Passport SSD is compatible with USB-C and USB-A ports (with included adapter)

Technical characteristics of the WD My Passport SSD

WD My Passport SSD
Dimensions 90 x 45 x 10 mm
Weight 54 g
Colors Black
materials Polycarbonate, metal
Benefits
  • Transfers: 515 MB / s
  • Capacity: 1TB
  • Low consumption and noise level
  • Portable SDD Drive
Connectivity
  • USB 3.1 (compatible with USB 3.0 and 2.0)
  • USB 3.1 up to 10 Gb / s
  • USB 3.0 up to 5 Gb / s
  • USB 2.0 up to 480 Mb / s
Compatibility
  • Windows 10 operating systems,
    Windows 8.1 or Windows 7
  • macOS High Sierra, Sierra, or El Capitan
Content
  • Portable SSD Disk
  • USB Type-C to Type-C cable
    (compatible with USB 3.1 Gen 2)
  • USB Type C to Type A Adapter
  • WD Discovery software for
    WD Backup, WD Security and
    WD Drive Utilities
  • Quick install guide

Western Digital SSD Performance Test

As we have commented, WD My Passport SSD employs a USB Type C connector, which comes with USB 3.1 Gen 2, a bandwidth to reach up to 10 Gbps. We have to remember that these types of units are compatible with previous interfaces, although the volume of data transfer will not be as high. For example, if our equipment has USB 2.0, we will not exceed 480 Mbps. Also, WD My Passport SSD is compatible with any Windows (from 7 onwards) and Mac (from OS X Yosemite) equipment.

To test the 1 TB WD My Passport SSD we are going to use an MSI GE63 7DR Raider laptop. In this computer with Intel i7 7700 HQ processor and 16 GB DDR4 RAM, we have USB 3.0 and USB-C 3.1 Gen2 ports. The programs that we use are the usual ones to test storage units such as CrystalDiskMark, CrystalDiskInfo, ATTO Disk Benchmark and AS SSD Benchmark. Next, we give all the results obtained in the performance tests depending on its connection to the equipment.

WD My Passport SSD

Performance of a traditional pocket-sized SSD

WD drive comes formatted in exFAT with software inside that we discuss later. According to CrystalDiskInfo, inside we have a 953 GB available capacity. When we have been using the unit for several minutes, it tends to reach a certain temperature. So it is recommended that it be in a well ventilated place.

USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 connector

Data obtained with CrystalDiskMark they reach 436 MB / s read and 446 MB / s write. Figures that are not bad at all but do not reach the 515 MB / s promised by the manufacturer. We do not know if it is due to any configuration or hardware problem in our equipment. Still, these are figures that far exceed the transfers of mechanical hard drives (123 MB / s read and 112 MB / s write on a 7,200 rpm HDD). With the rest of the tools we have achieved similar figures and in general, a good performance.

USB-A to USB 3.0 adapter

If we do not have the mentioned USB-C connector in our equipment, we can use the adapter for USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 ports. In our case, we have used a free 3.0 port and the results we have obtained are somewhat lower, as expected as we did not take advantage of the full width. We settle for a 322 MB / s read and up to 314 MB / s write.

Software to get the most out of the SSD

WD My Passport SSD includes software inside the drive to offer the user a better user experience with applications recommended by the manufacturer. WD Discovery, the name this suite takes, remains on the operating system’s taskbar. Offers various applications of possible interest to the user, as well as downloading updates. WD Drive Utilities includes tools for diagnosing and repairing storage drive failures. And finally, 256-bit AES encryption via WD Security and backup wizard with WD Backup. This suite of tools is totally optional, its installation is not mandatory.

WD My Passport SSD Availability and Pricing

WD My Passport SSD is a good option to store large amount of data in a small unit and with a very fast file transfer. Features superior to a simple pendrive or external hard drive. The only negative point is its price, which is higher than other external units. We award the Gizcomputer Gold Award.

PROS:
  • Good read and write rate
  • Compact design
  • Up to 2 TB of storage
  • Optional software

CONS:
  • No informational LEDs
  • Price

GOLD Gizcomputer

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