Western Digital Debuts Portable SSD

WD has released their new My Passport SSD – the fastest portable drive the company has released. It ships with USB Type-C connectivity but adds an adapter to use with USB Type-A ports. The My Passport SSD boasts 256-bit AES hardware encryption, password protection, and is also 6.5-foot drop tested to withstand 1500G of force, to protect your data.

Despite the rise of cloud-based storage services, there’s still a place for devices like the My Passport SSD for backing up critical data and for acting as part of a good old sneaker-net. I could see a use for such a device for storing a few VMs or carrying a swag of movies to watch while I’m on a plane.

As many notebook computers now ship with less storage there’s a greater need for an external storage option. Using an SSD makes sense as it’s fast and faster connection options mean external storage is now longer as laggy as it once was.

I still carry a couple of USB sticks in my bag and a 500GB external drive just in case I need to move a big pile of data around. A device like the My Passport SSD would fit the bill nicely.

Pricing is $199 for 256GB, $329 for 512GB and $649 for 1TB.

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