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WD My Passport SSD 1TB Review

Rating: 8.0.

The latest addition to the WD My Passport range of external drives is the newly updated My Passport SSD. This model uses a combination of an NVMe drive and a USB 3.2 Gen 2 interface, making it the fastest My Passport drive to date. Priced at just under £225, is this a good option for those looking for a 1TB external SSD?

At launch, the My Passport SSD range consists of three capacities, 500GB, 1TB and the flagship 2TB model, which are double the capacities of the previous generation My Passport SSD. WD supplied us with the mid-range 1TB drive for reviewing purposes.

There are no details in the specification information on WD’s website as to the NAND type and the make/model of the controller. Using the CrystalDiskInfo utility, the drive inside the case is recognised as a WD SN550E, WD's 2nd generation NVMe drive for the mainstream Blue range. It uses an in house WD controller and 96-Layer 3D TLC NAND. WD quote transfer speeds for the My Passport SSD of up to 1,050MB/s for reads and up to 1,000MB/s for writes.

WD back the drive with a 5-year warranty.

Physical Specifications:

  • Usable Capacities: 1TB.
  • NAND Components: 96-Layer 3D TLC.
  • Interface: USB 3.2 Gen 2.
  • Form Factor: External.
  • NAND Controller: WD NVMe.
  • Dimensions: 9 x 55 x 100mm.
  • Drive Weight: 45.7g.

Firmware Version: 21004100.

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