My Passport SSD: Mobile hard drive from Western Digital

The My Passport SSD from Western Digital is an external hard drive that is made for Windows as well as macOS and OS X and has up to 1 TB of storage. Western Digital launched the My Passport SSD in March 2017; It is a compact 9 cm long gadget in the look of a sandwich egg for the rich. In this post I would like to show you an alternative from Samsung in addition to the WD device, which has been around since the beginning of 2016.

Western Digital - WD - My Passport SSD

The sandwich ice cream for the rich: the My Passport SSD hard drive from Western Digital.

Western Digital - My Passport SSD

With this external SSD hard drive you get either 256 GB, 512 MB or 1 TB of storage for on the go. You can also achieve data rates of up to 3.1 MB / s via USB-C 515. Photos, videos, folders with countless files, software and so on are all quickly backed up externally. The My Passport SSD hard drive from WD is small and handy.

Here I have summarized the technical details for you:

  • Manufacturer: Western Digital (WD)
  • Brand: My Passport / My Passport SSD
  • Model Number: WDBK3E0010PSL-WESN
  • Dimensions: 9,0 x 4,5 x 1,0 cm
  • Weight: 390 g
  • Storage capacity: 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB
  • Compatible with: Microsoft Windows 7, 8.1, 10 / Apple OS X Yosemite, EL Capitan, Apple macOS Sierra
  • Scope of delivery: My Passport SSD hard drive, USB-C to USB-C cable, USB-C to USB-A adapter, instructions
New Western Digital hard drive 1TB
The Western Digital My Passport SSD is an external solid state drive with 256, 512 or 1 TB storage capacity. Password protection and hardware encryption are possible. With USB-C ideal for Mac, iMac and MacBook from Apple.

Alternative: Samsung Portable SSD

The price of the My Passport SSD shows that it was only released in March 2017. A device that celebrated its first birthday in January 2017 is much cheaper. Samsung's external SSD hard drive is currently the bestseller on Amazon and out of 158 reviews, 120 reviews have 5 stars and 15 have 4 stars.

Samsung's mobile SSD hard drive is a worthy alternative.

Together with the lower price, these are several reasons to show this FP as an alternative:

Samsung Portable SSD 1TB
This external SSD from Samsung is available in 250 GB, 500 MB, 1TB or 2 TB. Dimensions: 7,4 x 5,8 x 1,0 cm / weight: 50 g / up to 450 MB / s read and write / password and encryption possible / USB-C connection - ideal for new Apple Mac models.

Make your own mobile SSD with extra housing

A third way to connect an SSD disk to a Mac or PC via USB is to insert an actually internal hard disk in an external housing with a USB connection. So if you still have an SSD or an HDD lying around, then you only need the right accessories, which are also much cheaper, and you already have a mobile disk for photos, videos, backup without cloud, etc. Especially when on the move If there is no internet and you cannot access the cloud, an external FP is worth gold.

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