Western Digital Launches My Passport Portable SSD
Western Digital has released its first portable SSD for sale this week. Called My Passport, the tiny hard drive measures 90 by 45 by 10 mm and has been tested to survive falls from up to two meters. My Passport will come in three different sizes, namely 256GB, 512GB and 1TB, which will cost $100, $200 and $400, respectively. The portable SSDs are currently only available at Best Buy stores across the U.S., but should become available more widely as the quarter progresses.
My Passport connects to devices through a USB 3.1 Type-C (which has a USB-A adapter included) at a respectable 10Gbps and has a data transfer speed of 550MB/s, making it one of the fastest in the market right now. Note, though, that nobody has yet tested this claim by Western Digital, so interested parties may not want this to be its only selling point.
My Passport has a single exFAT partition and should play nice with all recent versions of MacOS as well as Windows 7, 8 and 10. Compatibility is lacking with Android, sorrowfully enough, making My Passport attractive to people either using laptops or some for of Apple mobile device. My Passport comes standard with several utility and security programs, though it should be noted that only Windows users can access Western Digital’s backup system included with My Passport.
All in all, My Passport will likely find some fans among those seeking small, fast portable storage devices that presumably don’t weigh too much. Though the price is only just on this side of prohibitive, customers get the Western Digital brand as a form of guarantee of quality. Users that are on the go will likely be happy to have access to a large storage medium that takes up less space than a cigarette packet and may find the price fair considering the convenience of My Passport.
Fergus has been tinkering with computers since he was a kid and likes to put a stop to parties by listing the specs of all the digital devices in the room. It's best not to let him near your computer since he'll take it apart and may not put it back together again before he leaves.