CES 2021: Western Digital Debuts New 4TB SSDs From SanDisk and WD

Western Digital today announced the upcoming launch of several new consumer-oriented portable SSDs with 4TB capacities, with new offerings from the SanDisk, WD, and WD_Black brands. The new 4TB SSDs are designed for gamers, content creators, and creative professionals who need additional storage space to work with.

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The SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable NVMe SSD offers up to 2000MB/s read and write speeds, and its aluminum chassis serves as a heatsink to deliver higher sustained speeds. The SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD will be available later this quarter for $750.

Also under the SanDisk brand, Western Digital is offering the SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD with read speeds up to 1050MB/s and write speeds up to 1000MB/s. The Extreme Portable SSD features two-meter drop protection and IP55 water and dust resistance. The new SSD will be available later this quarter for $700.

For gamers, the WD_Black offers read speeds up to 2000MB/s, and it is compatible with PCs, PlayStations, and Xbox One game libraries. It will be available later this quarter for $750.

Under the WD brand, Western Digital debuted the latest MyPassport SSD, which offers read speeds up to 1050MB/s and write speeds up to 1000MB/s. It features a shock and vibration resistant metal design that is drop resistant up to 6.5 feet, and it comes in colors that include blue, gray, red, gold, and silver. It will be available later this quarter for $680.

All of the new SSDs will be available from the Western Digital Store and other major retailers when they launch.

Top Rated Comments

Duncan-UK Avatar
7 months ago
It’s disappointing to see that 4TB SSDs remain stubbornly expensive. I’d have thought they would have started to come down in price by now.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nutmac Avatar
7 months ago

It’s disappointing to see that 4TB SSDs remain stubbornly expensive. I’d have thought they would have started to come down in price by now.
2TB consumer SSD came out in 2015 at $1000 MSRP. 4TB came out in 2018 at $1600 MSRP. So I think this is a good progress. At this rate, they should be under $400 in 3 years.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nutmac Avatar
7 months ago
Finally! I've been eagerly waiting for 4TB SSD with USB-C. I use 2TB USB-C for Photos library and I estimate it will be exceeded in 3 years. By then, these SSDs should be much more affordable.

Now if someone would make larger bus powered external HDD. 2.5" HDD have been stuck at 5TB for 4 years.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LeadingHeat Avatar
7 months ago
I understand that these are SSDs with blistering speeds, but jeez I don’t think I can justify $750 for just 4TB. Definitely can see others needing/wanting them but I hope they weren’t looking to actually target the “gaming” market with that. It’s gonna price out a lot of people. The entire Xbox is about half that price if you get a good deal.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hunapu Avatar
7 months ago
Why is it always mentioned that things are designed for gamers, content creators, and creative professionals? Is it to make people see them self in these descriptions, and make them want the product more?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Populus Avatar
7 months ago
Great for carrying around all the data from all my four 2.5" HDD in my pocket. But I personally am not willing to spend 600 or 700$ for that. I guess I'll have to get a couple of 1TB units, if their price is competitive enough.

EDIT: I'm curious to know if any of this new models are made with QLC NAND cells, because in that case the cost production is much lower, as it is their lifespan, and those prices don't seem much lower compared with what we had. Maybe I should just get one of the old Samsung T5s when I see them on a sale.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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