Review: Western Digital My Passport SSD

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Available in 5 different colours
Very portable
Decent performance
USB 3.2 Gen 2 is now "older" technology

With files getting larger, and the need for portability greater, Western Digital‘s My Passport SSD delivers on both fronts.

The WD My Passport SSD is ready to use right out of the box with both PC and Mac. It comes with a USB-C cable and USB-A adaptor to work with older machines.

The WD My Passport SSD houses a NVMe drive in an extremely lightweight aluminum casing that comes in 5 different metallic colours. The drive easily fits in the palm of your hand and is available in capacities ranging from 500GB to 2TB. It is actually surprising how light the drive is at 45.7g. It is hardly noticeable if you decide to put in your pocket, or bag.

Because it’s so light, you tend to forget that the casing is actually metal and not plastic – especially after handling much bulkier and rugged drives such as the Sandisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD and the WD_Black P50 Gaming SSD. It is not a drive that I would feel comfortable dropping.

However, there shouldn’t be too much to worry about because WD does say that it can withstand drops and shocks up to 1.98m (6.5ft). I still wouldn’t drop it though.

Powered by USB 3.2 Gen 2, the My Passport SSD can reach read speeds of up to 1050MB/s and write speeds of up to 1000MB/s which is fast enough to even edit 4k video. Running the drive on Crystal Disk Mark, it had no problem hitting the peak advertised speeds. In a more real world application, its hit extremely respectable speeds of 731.37 MBps (read) and 903.06 MBps (write), which wasn’t very much slower than the Sandisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD (USB 3.2 Gen 2 version). Making it a very good alternative to the slightly more expensive SSD.


Priced at SGD 299 (1TB version) on the official Western Digital store on Shopee, the WD My Passport SSD is cheaper than the newer drives that use the USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 interface for potentially double the speed (2,000 MB/s). However, USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 is still not as readily available and just hits the max speed of the USB 3.2 Gen 2 provides.

It gives you an interesting choice if you want to spend more now and future-proof yourself, or budge slightly and get a fast drive that won’t be the fastest, but still gets the job done.

The WD My Passport SSD is perfect for those that need to transfer bigger files on the go quickly and just need to toss the drive in a bag and not worry about adding too much weight to your load.