Western Digital delivers serious speed-up portable SSDs

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Western Digital delivers serious speed-up portable SSDs

Western Digital has announced a second generation My Passport SSD line, aimed at on-the-go creators. There is up to 2 TB of solid state storage on offer, extremely fast read and write speeds, and these drives can last from heights of up to 6.5 feet.

Almost all the changes for the new generation of My Passport SSDs. The checkered look and sharp edges of the past give way to stylish rounded corners, curved edges, and corrugated backs on metal frames.

A new 3.94 x 2.17 x 0.35-inch (10 x 5.5 x 0.8 cm) drive is available in 500 GB capacity, 1 TB and 2 TB, supports the USB-C 3.2 Gen-2 standard, and boasts read speeds of up to 1,050 MB/s and write speeds of 1,000 MB/s – twice as fast as before. It puts the new drive in the same place as Samsung’s T7 Touch portable SSD announced in January, without a fingerprint scanner.

Western Digital delivers serious speed-up portable SSDs

The WD range does come with password-enabled 256-bit AES hardware encryption, for mind security. In addition to the fall resistance mentioned above, they also have shock and vibration resistant features.

The latest My Passport SSD costs US$119.99 for a 500 GB unit and $189.99 for a 1TB model, with options of grey, blue, red or gold. The 2TB drive has not yet been released but will cost $359.99 when available.

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