Termed as “palm-sized storage”, Western Digital announced its first portable solid-state drive today and named it as “My Passport SSD”.
My Passport SSD is exremely small in dimensions. Sized at a mere 90mm length, 45mm width, the hard drive is just 10mm thick. Western Digital is going to make these USB Type-C portable SSDs available in three capacities.
The buyers will be able to choose from the following options:
- 256 GB for $99.99
- 512 GB for $199.99
- 1 TB for $399.99.
The data transfer will be real quick and can be clocked at a maximum transfer speed of 515 MB/s, Western Digital was able to achieve this fast speed as it decided to use the upgraded USB 3.1 (Gen 2) as compared to USB 3.0. If you don’t have the compatible port on your PC, even then you won’t be at a complete loss for the hard disk supports backward compatibility for USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports.
The hard disk comes with some safety measures as well. The data has been secured through 256-bit AES hardware encryption. While on the outer side, the hard disk has safeguards against falls and shocks. It will be able to withstand 6.5 feet drops. It will also come with a limited warranty of 3 years.
Western Digital is an American data company which specializes in making storage devices. The company acquired SanDisk last year, to expand its operations specifically into making solid state storage devices. The company has already introduced such internal drives, however it released portable SSDs just recently.