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WD My Passport SSD review: Almost everything you'd want in a portable drive

Fast performance

The My Passport SSD is also the first drive from WD that features USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) with a USB-C port. This means it will work with all new computers that have USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 ports. The drive also includes an adapter to connect it with any existing regular USB-A port, including those with a USB 2.0 port.

CNET Labs USB 3.1 performance

Caldigit Tuff (SSD)
462.7
420.48
Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT
165.1
326.94
WD My Passport SSD
307.2
301.43
Glyph Atom SSD
421.4
269.45
Sandisk Extreme 9000 Portable SSD
312.6
259.53
Samsung Portable SSD T3
311.1
240.91
LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt All-Terrain
155.7
227.43
Caldigit Tuff (HDD)
140.9
140.79
G-Drive Mobile USB-C (USB 3.1)
109.9
125.75
WD My Passport (Fall 2016)
103.4
108.56

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Measured in megabytes per second. Longer bars mean faster performance.

The My Passport SSD is pre-formatted in exFAT file system standard, allowing it to work with both Windows and MacOS right out of the box without reformatting. In testing, it proved to be one of the fastest portable drives on the market with the sustained copy speed of around 300 megabytes per second via a USB 3.1 Gen 2 connection. When tested with USB 2.0, the drive, also worked well with the top speed of some 40 MBps.

Should you get it?

Other than the limited storage space of 1TB, the My Passport SSD is an excellent drive for anybody who needs a super fast and compact portable drive. If you want something similar that's available in up to 3TB, however, the Samsung SSD T3 is the only alternative.

If you just want something with lots of storage space, and don't care much about the portability or the speed, you can get the regular hard drive-based My Passport for much less.

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