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Western Digital Launches its First Portable SSD


Western Digital Launches its First Portable SSD

515MB/s transfer speeds, hardware encryption, and up to 1TB of storage in a palm-sized USB 3.1 drive.

When USB sticks first appeared it was enough to have storage small enough to fit in a pocket. But then we all started demanding more portable storage, and when we started getting access to terabytes of it, we then demanded it got faster. So today we are seeing high-capacity portable SSDs appear, and the latest storage company to enter this market is Western Digital.

Today, Western Digital announced its first portable solid-state drive called My Passport SSD. Measuring a mere 90-by-45-by-10mm, it's marketed at "palm-sized storage."

Three models will be made available offering 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB of storage capacity. Data transfer speeds can reach 515MB/s and the interface is USB 3.1 (Gen 2), with full USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 backwards compatibility. The port is USB Type-C, and it ships with a Type-C cable as well as a Type-A adapter to cater for all usage scenarios.

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Data is protected by 256-bit AES hardware encryption and the option of password protected access. It's also physically protected through shock-resistance allowing the drive to withstand 1,500G of force, which includes drops of up to 6.5 feet.

Using an SSD instead of a mechanical hard drive is always going to mean a hefty price premium, and the My Passport SSD is no exception. The 256GB model will cost $99.99, the 512GB model is $199.99, and the 1TB model is an eye-watering $399.99. Retailers may apply some discount, but I suspect the 256GB model will prove the most popular, especially if you can pick one up for around the $80 mark.

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