If you’ve been hesitant about making the move from an external hard drive to an external solid-state drive, I get it. Not only are hard drives less expensive, but many of them have a 5 Gb/s USB interface, which means you’ll find broad compatibility without having to worry about 10 Gb/s USB or 40 Gb/s Thunderbolt™ 3 connectivity.
However, all of that just changed. Enter the WD My Passport SSD USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C Portable SSD, which is available in capacities of 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB, and colors of red or gray. Its 10 Gb/s USB 3.2 Gen 2 interface delivers read speeds of up to 1050 MB/s and write speeds of up to 1000 MB/s. Connectivity is accomplished using its USB Type-C port and an included USB Type-C cable. Also included is a USB Type-C to Type-A adapter for systems without USB Type-C.
So, why this SSD? First of all, its cost per gigabyte is around $0.18 for the 500GB version, $0.16 for the 1TB version, and $0.15 for the 2TB version. While a larger drive will cost more, the cost per gigabyte is less, and that’s hard to ignore. When it comes to data transfers, the My Passport SSD’s faster transfer speeds are a result of combining the 10 Gb/s USB interface with all-flash media, which does not rely on traditional spinning hard drive platters. In short, your data can be accessed almost immediately. Another benefit of SSDs is their durability, since they are more shock, impact, and vibration resistant than their hard drive counterparts.
While you can get a larger drive for less money by going the hard drive route, file transfers and operations will be slower. So, if you’ve been looking for an affordable and durable SSD with fast transfer speeds and a large capacity for applications such as photo and video editing, WD’s My Passport SSD is certainly worth your time. Even if you connect this drive to a 5 Gb/s USB port, you’ll definitely notice a performance boost over hard drives.
Have you already added this drive to your workflow, or is there another external SSD you’ve adopted? Feel free to leave your comments below.