Western Digital Launches New NVMe 'My Passport SSD' With Transfer Speeds Up to 1050MB/s

Western Digital today launched a new USB 3.2 Gen 2 My Passport SSD under its WD brand, with the new device equipped with NVMe technology that supports read speeds of up to 1050MB/s and write speeds of up to 1000MB/s.

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The new My Passport SSD is available in capacities up to 2TB, and like most SSDs, it's small enough to fit in the palm of a hand. It features a metal casing with rounded corners and waved ridges, and it comes in gray, blue, red, and gold.

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The My Passport SSD's casing offers shock and vibration resistance, and it is drop resistant up to 6.5 feet. It ships with a USB-C cable and a USB-A adapter, and works with both Mac and PC out of the box.

According to Western Digital, the new My Passport SSD can transfer content twice as fast as the previous version of the drive, and it features password-enabled 256-bit AES hardware encryption.

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The My Passport SSD can be purchased from select retailers like Amazon and Best Buy starting today. The 500GB model is priced at $120, while the 1TB model is priced at $190. Other capacities will be available later in the year.

Top Rated Comments

currocj Avatar
12 months ago
If I'm paying that kind of money I want thunderbolt 3 speeds. Picked up a 2TB OWC thunderbolt 3 drive for $418. I fusioned it with my internal 512gb ssd on my iMac and now I'm flying. 2700 MB/s Read, 2100 MB/s Write. Boot, account switching, apps are all much, much faster. Love me some T3!
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PBG4 Dude Avatar
12 months ago

Is WD still a good buy for storage? I remember seeing a chart a few years ago with disk failure rates and they were up there, along with seagate which had the highest rate of failure.
All of my USB-powered external drives have been WD for a few years now. I have 1TB, 2TB and one 4TB external HDD and no issues with any of them. Two are used with laptops and one is used with an Xbone.

Every single Maxtor I’ve bought has given me troubles so that’s the one brand I currently avoid like the plague.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lederermc Avatar
12 months ago

If I'm paying that kind of money I want thunderbolt 3 speeds. Picked up a 2TB OWC thunderbolt 3 drive for $418. I fusioned it with my internal 512gb ssd on my iMac and now I'm flying. 2700 MB/s Read, 2100 MB/s Write. Boot, account switching, apps are all much, much faster. Love me some T3!
Fusion-drive'ing an external + internal sounds dangerous.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jamespb78 Avatar
12 months ago
They sure look ugly
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Anuba Avatar
12 months ago
Is it OK to cover your hard drive in a brown paper bag when you're using in in public, or will it run too hot?

"We want something youthful that says this product is FAST and FUN!" said the committee of 60 year-olds.
"Fine, here" said the designer and threw up in his mouth.

I mean... those are hideous beyond measure. Been using WD for 15+ years as my go-to for storage. Never considered the possibility of having to look into other brands because WD would suddenly get too ugly to look at, but the latest gen MyBook designs with the diagonal lines look like puke, and now they ruined the portables with... what are those even... wings?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple Knowledge Navigator Avatar
12 months ago
Honestly, that pricing is really good and cheaper even than the mobile SSD G-Drives.

WD have had a long time to release these, so I can imagine the fit and finish will be spot on (the casing specs are encouraging).

The transfer speeds are more than adequate too.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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