Here’s the premium cream of portable hard drives that you’d probably want to own and slap the bill on company expense.
The WD My Passport SSD is small, compact and reliable. It checks all the right boxes for a superfast SSD but is it any good compared to the Samsungs and ADATAs?
My Passport SSD doesn’t take alot of space, in or out of your pocket. It’s small enough to pass off as a toast biscuit if it wasn’t covered in half gunmetal and half black plastic finish. And no, it doesn’t come in brown as opposed to the bright coloured My Passport hard drives.
In the box you get one USB Type-C to USB Type-C cable and a USB Type-C to USB Type-A 3.1 converter as well.
Weighing just about 40gms, it is as light as the aforementioned toast biscuit. You might even get tempted to give it a nice dunking but it’s not water-resistant like the Adata SSD. WD says it can withstand a drop of up to 6.5 feet but we were too chicken to try it. It costs a scary ₹9,099 for 256GB alone and the outer shell doesn’t flex enough to feel drop worthy. If anything, the three year warranty is reassuring.
This nifty biscuit drive is fast - as fast as you’d expect an M.2 SSD to be. In our test we copied 32.21GB of video data from an Apple iMac to the SSD and back again.
On using USB Type-C to USB Type-C connection the whole process took under five mins to copy data from the computer to the SSD and under two minutes to copy from the SSD to the computer. Weirdly enough when using the USB 3.1 adapter it took about the same time, while the write speed was faster this time. It is strange but not surprising.
We even used it to copy data from a PS4 and it managed to copy 10GBs of data in 90 seconds. It did heat up quite a bit while transfering data for longer durations while connected to USB-Type A 2.0.
Sticking to the trend of OTGs, we connected it to the latest Android smartphones with USB Type-C and it works really well. It needs to be formatted to work with Android smartphones like the Pixel 2 XL, so keep in mind to format it from exFAT to NTFS on the PC and stick it in an Android device to make it compatible with those as well. After which it shouldn’t be a problem hopping around files from one device to another. Universal? Yes please.
It works with Apple Time Machine to backup your data and obviously you get a bunch of WD software to maximise its value. WD Backup will backup your data to Dropbox cloud service, WD Security offers 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption and WD Drive Utilities is for general check up of your SSD.
The WD My Passport SSD is a powerful tool for any creator or corporate junkie dealing with heavy files and looking to cut transfer times short. It nearly lured our Video Editor with its slender structure and astonishing read/write speeds. Though his excitement turned bland after listening to the price and how the competition performs almost the same.
Even still, it is worth it. The difference between the Samsung SSD and the ADATA SSD is bare minimum, even in price. Though the options from ADATA steal the show with water/dust resistance in our opinion.