WD My Passport SSD review

A reasonably speedy SSD in a flimsy metal case

WD My Passport SSD on a wooden table
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Digital Camera World Verdict

Western Digital's My Passport SSD has great transfer speeds, top-quality security, and is as light as they come making it super portable. The reduced weight does have its downsides though with the case made of thin metal that can easily be pushed in under force. It boasts a 1.98m drop rating which suggests your data will be fine under most circumstances but I would doubt if it would withstand a more serious force. Western Digital includes backup software which is great for peace of mind when working with important files.


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    Good looking ribbed case

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    Reasonable read/write speeds

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    256-bit AES hardware encryption

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    5-year warranty


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    Flimsy case

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    No power indicator

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    Short cable

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Western Digital's My Passport is a great lightweight SSD that has a range of excellent features including security encryption and a backup facility.

The unit itself comes in a range of different colors including gold and red which are particularly nice. With read/write speeds of 1050MB/sec and 1000MB/ sec respectively you'll be able to transfer files pretty quickly.

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Paul Hatton
Freelance tech writer

Paul is a digital expert. In the 20 years since he graduated with a first-class honours degree in Computer Science, Paul has been actively involved in a variety of different tech and creative industries that make him the go-to guy for reviews, opinion pieces, and featured articles. With a particular love of all things visual, including photography, videography, and 3D visualisation Paul is never far from a camera or other piece of tech that gets his creative juices going. You'll also find his writing in other places, including Creative Bloq, Digital Camera World, and 3D World Magazine.