Storage maker Western Digital has finally released an SSD version of its popular My Passport portable drive.
Supporting data-transfer speeds of up to 515MB/s, the drive gives users of the SSD a significant advantage over existing My Passport hard-disk drives. However, speed comes at a price.
The My Passport SSD will be available with 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB capacities but will cost $100, $200, and 400, respectively, which is a lot more than its existing My Passport disk drives. These are available with 1TB, 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB space, and cost $60, $80, $109, and $119, respectively.
However, the SSD variant is also more portable, with a height of 10mm (0.39 inches), length of 90mm (3.5 inches), and width of 45mm (1.8 inches).
The portable SSD sports a USB Type-C port and comes with a USB Type-C to type-C cable with an adapter for Type-A ports.
On the data-protection front, it uses 256-bit AES encryption and offers password protection. Data stored on the portable SSD should survive a 2m (6.5-foot) fall, and like existing drives it comes with a three-year warranty.
The new lineup of consumer external SSD drives follows Western Digital's recent acquisition of SanDisk, which already sells its line of Extreme 900 portable SSDs with up to a 1.92TB capacity, and are aimed at professionals in creative industries.
The new SSD drives are available for purchase today from Best Buy.
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