Remember when fast external hard drives were bulky, heavy, and required a power adapter? We sure do, and those memories are still painful to this day. Fortunately, the Western Digital My Passport SSD changes all of that by offering plenty of speedy storage in a tiny form factor. We’re talking about claims of transfer speeds up to 515 MB/s with the move to a faster SSD.
The first thing you notice when you unbox the Western Digital My Passport SSD is just how small it is. It’s almost difficult to believe that they have managed to pack 1 TB in a relatively tiny 1.8″ x 3.5″ x .39″. It’s certainly not as small as a typical USB key, but it’s lighter and smaller than most smartphones. Its half black / half gunmetal body fits in with Western Digital’s new design language, sans the fun colors. Not only is its design compact and attractive, it’s built to withstand a drop of up to 6.5 feet. To match the new USB Type-C port, the box also includes a USB Type-C cable, as well as a more familiar USB Type-A adapter.
The Western Digital My Passport SSD comes preloaded with WD Backup software for automatic backups. In addition, it’s compatible with Apple Time Machine if you format it accordingly. You can also use the included software to set up a password on the drive that protects your data with 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption.
Western Digital claims that the My Passport SSD is cable of speeds of up to 515 MB/s. We tested the drive with Blackmagicdesign’s disk speed test and saw write speeds of around 320 MB/s and read speeds of 375 MB/s. When testing it with CrystalDiskMark, we saw read speeds of 358 MB/s and write speeds of 346 MB/s That isn’t quite what Western Digital advertises but it’s still pretty ridiculously fast for an external drive.