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WD - My Passport SSD 1TB External USB 3.1 Gen 2 Portable Hard Drive - Black top / gunmetal (medium metallic gray) bottom

Back up your documents, photos and videos on this Western Digital external hard drive. Solid-state media ensures rapid file transfers of up to 515 MB/sec., and it includes hardware encryption so that your data stays safe. Compatibility with USB Type C and USB 3.1 lets this Western Digital external hard drive connect to a variety of computers.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • WD My Passport SSD WDBK3E0010PSL - solid state drive
    • USB-C cable
    • USB-C to USB-A adapter
    • Software

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (48 out of 50)

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    Features


    USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface

    Offers an easy-to-use connection to devices. Backward compatible with USB 2.0 for simple connection to your computer.

    Automatic backup options

    Allow you to use compatible software to back up your files to the server.

    Password protection and 256-bit AES hardware encryption

    Help keep your files secure.

    Shock-resistant build

    Offers rugged durability and reliable performance.

    Solid state drive with no moving parts

    Ensures cool, quiet operation.

    Portable design

    Lets you take your data on the go.

    Compatible with Mac and PC

    For flexible installation options.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 50 reviews

    96%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great drive

      Posted
      HrungaZmuda
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      This thing is fast! If you have any reason to use USB-C, this is the perfect way to carry around 1TB of data in a tiny package. It's using much faster PCIe SSDs, so they are about five times faster than older ESATA SSD drives. The only complaint is that USB 3 cables are so big in relation to this drive that they are like the tail wagging the dog. The price is pretty high compared to more conventional drives, but if you want the fastest in the smallest package, this is a contender for sure. It supports second generation USB 3, so it's as fast as first generation Thunderbolt. It's powered by the bus, so no power adapter required. You can't believe how light and small this is until you hold it. Remember, the bigger the SSD drive the faster it is, so don't expect the 256 gig and 512 gig models to be as fast as the 1TB version I have, but any of them are going to be very speedy for their class. Also note it comes with a USB-A adapter so you don't need to buy anything to connect to old school USB ports.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Small and Fairly Fast

      Posted
      SSonnentag
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I bought this for use with my MacBook Pro, since it has USC-C ports, and this drive is a USB-C drive. It comes with a standard USB-3 adapter for use with computers that don't have USB-C. I ran some quick benchmarks on the drive and am getting 290 MB/sec write, 370 MB/sec read. While this pales in comparison to the native SSD built into the 2016 MacBook Pro (2800 MB/sec read/write), it is plenty fast for backing up files for transfer between computers. It is about 3-10 times faster than USB 3 thumb drives and about 40 times faster than USB 2 thumb drives.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Very capable SSD

      Posted
      ChuckD
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I have both this SSD and the Samsung T3 SSD, which is the same price and a direct competitor to the WD SSD. They are both excellent, very fast, high throughput. My only gripe about this drive is that the housing is plastic, is a fingerprint magnet, and when transferring large amounts of data, the drive gets extremely hot. The Samsung is smaller in terms of length and thickness, has an aluminum housing which asa seems to conduct heat better. Heat can be a problem with SSD's because if they get to hot, they will automatically throttle data transfer to cool down. Given that they are the same price, I would give the edge to the Samsung, in terms of build quality, but the WD is excellent as well, and I like that it has a single cable with an included adapter that allows you to switch between type C and usb type A connectors.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      The drive is good but the connector frustrates...

      Posted
      knamed2016
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I liked the drive and actually drove 1.5 hours to get the drive with the size I wanted. It is very nice looking but it will show smudges. The drive was everything I expected but the connection was not consistent. Let me explain. The best speed I ever could get was about 398 MBs. I tried it on multiple computers and with different cables/types of connections. Look up USB Type-C, then look at the difference between USB 3.1 Gen 1, USB 3.1 Gen 2, and Thunderbolt 3. They all look the same but have different cables and different technology in the connectors even though they connect and look the same. This means you may need to change the connector or cable when switching machines even though both machines may actually have a USB Type-C connector. That also means the performance will differ between machines. Frustrated to say the least.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Expensive but Works Like a Champ!

      Posted
      DonnieB

      It's a little expensive given you can buy a bare drive for $100+ cheaper and buy a drive enclosure for 15 bucks. That said, if you have USB 3.1 Gen 2 (USB C) this will be faster than a standard 2.5" SSD in an enclosure (it's also smaller physically). It works with USB-C, USB 3.0 (adapter included), and is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 (I needed this to be compatible with older ports for my IT job). Formatted ExFAT so it's compatible with PC & Mac. I also purchased because you can use the free Acronis WD Edition with this drive. I clone many drives using this software in my IT job. For these reasons, it was worth replacing the mechanical WD Passport I had in my work bag. I'm sure in a month I'll be kicking myself when the price drops, but that's the cost of being an early adopter of newer tech.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      WD My Passport SSD is a Hit!

      Posted
      RILawyer
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Fast . . Compact . . Light . . Portable Though on the higher end price wise Western Digital has created one of their best products yet. Needed to protect business data and increase transfer and backup speed so I picked this up. Though I suggest making sure that you select the format for maximum speed for your computer and not letting your computer run out of power with the drive attached as I had a corruption problem once when that occurred I did not return the drive. They even give you an adapter if your computer does not have a USB-C port. I highly recommend.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Love It!

      Posted
      AyeAye
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Over all of my years in computing, I've come to trust WD products. My opinion did not change with this purchase! Currently, I'm using this drive to move large volumes of data from a standalone/isolated computer to another computer for data processing. The standalone computer is in a remote (geographically) location, so the SSD helps me to reduce the chance of data loss due to a crash from the vibrations the drive receives as I make my way to the computer's location (along a winding rocky road). Because of the success I've had with this drive, I'll gladly buy more when needed!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Solid Performer

      Posted
      Itsaknightslife
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      This is a solid SSD that is suitable for all the tasks you can throw at it. From video and photo editing, to simply backing up your system, this will get the job done. I think one annoyance I had was with the cord that came with it.. It wouldn't be securely fit to the USB-C connector of my MacBook so the drive would randomly disconnect at times. Although overall I would recommend this to a friend, because Samsung just released a faster drive for around the same price and build quality, I would steer you towards that for your purchase. Happy living!

      I would recommend this to a friend



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