WD My Passport SSD Review – Portable Solid State Drive

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VIDEO INDEX:
00:16 – Pricing
00:48 – Build Quality
01:10 – USB-C and included cable and USB 3.0/2.0 adapter
02:11 – Performance: Sequential reads/writes with Blackmagic test
03:05 – Performance: Crystal Diskmark random reads/writes
03:56 – Performance: 4k multicamera video editing
05:03 – Conclusion and final thoughts

This drive performs at about the same read performance as the competing Samsung T3 drive reviewed here: http://lon.tv/nacuz – but the Samsung does have the edge on write speeds both in sequential and random operations.

While this drive costs the same as the Samsung T3, WD has included a cable and adapter to work with both USB-C and regular USB equipped computers. The Samsung requires a separate cable to interface directly with a USB-C equipped PC.

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Comments

Gary Norman says:

witch one would you get the same sung or this i been thiking on buying one

John Davis says:

just give us external enclosures for our m.2 in a friendly form factor and we will be happy

A Whitelaw says:

hi Lon, what do you think the power drain of a drive like this would be. Just asking as i would like to get one for video files to be played over a Samsung tablet via on the cable when on long flights or ttravelling. would it drain the tablets battery dramatically. thanks for the great reviews as well.

Ryan Cavitt says:

You might want to do an update video, as that adapter they include is a violation of the Type-C spec. Benson Leung goes into detail on this you can look at his USB-C related posts on Google+, and he has been on top of USB-C since the spec was created.

Sam Lazar Tech says:

Not WD but Weston Digital

Simon Inga says:

What’s inside? a small m.2 drive with a microcontroller?

James Feakins says:

How does the backup software on the Samsung T3 compare to the WD SSD? I’ve found the Western Digital software very good on My Passport, not sure if Samsung even include backup software though…

dmitry E. says:

That’s one weird design solution. I thought it can be disassembled in two pieces.

surfzombie2 says:

Can you use this tpe of drive with a raspberry pi or tinker board or odroid xu4?

John Jones says:

Sorry but the prices are astronomical.

anand raj says:

nice review

Furrane says:

So it’s plastic versus metal, lower performances, imo the Samsung drive is the clear winner here …

saturnotaku says:

If the drive used the PCI-Express/NVMe standard, then you’d be able to wring some more performance out of it over USB 3.1 Gen II. That would, of course, bring with it an increase in price.

dknight211 says:

Great review! Some consumers might ask, why should I buy this over a USB flash drive that might be half the cost? Maybe worth addressing in your weekly wrap up?

GrumpyMan's REVIEWS says:

Seems decent but a bit on the expensive side when you can just get a USB

Timothy Baxter says:

What about connecting It to a iPad Pro with a lightning to usb-c adapter and transfer things from Affinity or iMovie?

Edward Zhang says:

I thought USB-A to USB-C adapters with a female end were disallowed by the USB-C specification. Surely that adapter allows you to plug devices in dangerous/unsupported configurations (ie. a fixed cable USB-C power adapter)

Aaron Johnson says:

wonderful review : )

i have some review suggestions though, lately i have been seeing on amazon this new television that uses amazon alexa , and the echo show is a intercom system , which also uses alexa, both of these look very interesting

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