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WD - My Passport SSD 512GB External USB 3.1 Gen 2 Portable Solid State Drive with Hardware Encryption - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 124 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Well Made & Extremely Fast

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    Cunningham1420
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    I got the 512gb SSD for my Xbox One X after my 1tb Touro died the other day. First off I use this drive to play whatever games I'm playing the most at that moment and I have a 4tb WD Easystore to hold the majority of my library. This SSD is very small something like 1.5"Wx3" L x 3/8” thk. The weight is next to nothing and you could let this SSD just hang from your computer if you want it's that light. Design is ok but I could do without the rib design and would rather it have a rubbery grip to it so that it's not easy to drop. This has no problems reading and writing around 500mbs even tho it says it can do 540mbs. This has the latest Gen 2 USB 3.1 cable. Warranty is 3 yrs and they do give you a 6" USB type C to C cable w/ Type A adapter that can be slid on the end. The drive itself does get a little warm but nothing major and this drive also made loading games like Forza 7, RDR2 & PUBG nothing cutting some times in half and not making any difference in other instances. On PUBG using this drive I'm now always the 1st to load in and I never have issues with stuff not loading correctly. Highly recommended for anyone needing fast storage or playing video games. Just wish I could've got the 1tb version but overall I'm not disappointed at all with this drive. WD did it again!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nearly desktop performance.

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    Ed502
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    Purchased the drive to troubleshoot a performance issue on an older Mac Mini. The system is mostly used for basic network activity, social media, email, home budget software, etc. The system got to be painfully slow and I bought the WD to isolate the problem and repair costs for the discovered problem or saving up for a newer system. The drive has worked so well that it’s being used to boot and run the system and will power it for the foreseeable future. Instead of a new internal drive, a new sata cable and some time to to effect the repairs and rebuild, the system is running like it did when we first got it. Couldn’t be happier short of buying much newer macs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fast Storage for Xbox One S & After Effects Cache

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    GamerGuy
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    Great value and fast SSD. Purchased one for my Xbox One S. Games like GTA V load with half the speed versus the internal drive or external usb 3.0 HDD. I also moved apps like Netflix over to the SSD...blazing fast launches! If you want the benefits of faster load times for data heavy games, this is a great value and very fast. I also purchased a 256GB SDD version also to use as a dedicated Disk Cache for Adobe After Effects. It has cut back render times significantly. I recommend this drive not only for the value but especially if you have USBC on your edit station. Perfect for After Effects users.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fast, USB C or standard type A 3.1 small footprint

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    auwaiolimu
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    Got this as a backup for my dad. The capacity is not huge, but neither is the amount of data needing to be backed up. It's very fast, very light and reliable. It comes with a USB C cable and has an adapter for a standard Type A (the traditional) connection. I usually don't use the software that comes with stuff, but this was the simplest solution for my dad's computer. It automates the process and allows you to browse for individual files or restore as a batch. The price for all SSD is pretty good. If you are not in need of speed, the traditional HDD (spinning disc) models will cost less and give you higher capacity.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great performance, easy setup

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    Chris
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    I purchased this to go with my Xbox One X. I already had a 4TB external, and added this to the mix to hold whatever five or so games that I’m currently playing. Performance is noticeably better than a platter external drive. Setup was very easy, I plugged it in, the system formatted it, and I started moving games to it. My only very minor complaint is the short length of the included cord, but the drive sits behind the Xbox and I never touch it, so it’s not a problem. This is a pretty good solution until higher capacity SSDs come down in price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great SSD over HDD Options

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    Elektrofonic
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    No reason to ever buy one of those platter drives again, now that these externals exist. USB is capable of transferring a lot of data, but those 5400RPM speed Hard Drives only get out 76MB per second. These do over 500MB, so it's not even a contest. These are smaller in size too, so they take up less space than Hard Drives too. If I ever need more space on my Surface, and need to use it to more than just store things, I'll buy these any day over a Hard Drive option.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sofar, the product works as advertised.

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    MNAKO
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    On the pro side, this small form factor portable 500 MB external SSD USB 3.1 type drive has a nice looking case. The C-type USB cable has a C-type to standard USB adapter on the other end. On the con side, the USB cable is rather short. The metallic embelishment, though pleasant to the eye could be a negative when dropped to often. overall, a thumbs up after a couple of months of use

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    WD vs SanDisk

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    ITguy
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    I bought this together with the SanDisk 500 SSD to compare the two and I am definitely happier with the SanDisk because it is less prone to smudging and seems like its a bit more rugged that the WD. The WD it still a nice drive though, you can download the WD Passport software which would be the only pro for this drive over the SanDisk - the software does wonders especially if you use Windows.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    As fast as internal using USB C

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    CrankyKeyboards
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    Bought it to replace 2nd SSD in a laptop to store large instrument libraries for live theater. In performances I change sounds frequently in the middle of songs and I can't have any lag loading samples. Connected to my laptop's USB-C port it's as fast as my old drive was & it lets me swap my libraries to my backup laptop quickly if something goes south with my main rig.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent External SSD & Pairs Well With Xbox One

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    killarick
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    Nice and speedy external SSD. Nice compact form factor and looks good. I bought this to use with my Xbox One X and it has paired very well for this use and I've noticed decreased loading time for my games especially for something like PUBG. I'm consistently in the lobby well before any of the friends I'm playing with.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great speed and price

    Posted
    ivo0008
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    This drive is fast, comes with a nice cable with an attachment for USB 3.0 on top of the USB-C connecter. It's small, only thing is that the design is nice but does feel plasticy but othewise, would definitely recommend. It's also just a little bit cheaper than most of the other drives in it's range.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    works great

    Posted
    jack
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    I have had no problem with this gizmo. The geek who recommended it was very helpful. I would like to think that I am going to get years off service from it. Right now, I am using it and it is not failing me as far as I can determine. That makes it seem like we are going to have a good relationship.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Storage Security

    Posted
    osu61
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    I have been looking for a portable solid state storage drive for a while but they were to expensive. The prices are coming down and purchased this a reasonable price for me. The solid state storage hard drive can handle more abuse then older hard drives which provides me the peace of mind about losing that information.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good buy

    Posted
    June
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    It is a good portable hard drive. Working like a thumb drive. Two issues (not really): 1. Have to reject it each time, otherwise the windows is going to ask to fix it. 2. Become hot after a short period of time, so worry about to leave it plugged for a long time such as overnight.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for consoles

    Posted
    TripleE
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    This external ssd harddrive is excellent for consoles. It loads my games up in seconds. It is very small it can fit in the palm of your hand. In my picture it is that small box sitting on top of my seagate external hard drive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Suprisingly fast

    Posted
    Chaos
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    I don't yet have USB 3.1 as an option, but even with 3.0 I am getting very fast read and write speeds. The size is great however the length of the included USB cord is crazy short. Unless you have it hanging, it may not work in a lot of situations.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for on the go professionals

    Posted
    GregH
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    This drive is unbelievably small and fast. Its perfect to carry in your bag wherever you go so that you have all your important files with you. I use a MacBook Pro and it works perfectly with Time Machine as well. Highly recommend this product. I maybe purchasing another one soon.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Bought for pubg on xbox

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    DJ81
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    Bought this item to get faster rendered buildings in Pubg. Already had an xbox one x and still had issues. This fixed rendering issues I had. Kind of sad xbox one x didn't have a ssd on it already. It was suppose to be the "best console".

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great!

    Posted
    Anjoh
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    i use it to improve loading times for my ps4 pro and xbox one x (I have one for each). With the USB 3.0 ports on the consoles, there is no difference in speed between an internal and external ssd so go iwth the externals which are cheaper

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Fast

    Posted
    DataLatency
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    Worked fine on one computer, the other it had issues. Both PCs running Win10. The one having issues would not copy large folder sizes, said the SSD was full when it wasn't. I gave it three stars since I'm not sure if the issue was with the PC or the SSD.

    I would recommend this to a friend