Western Digital Launches Faster 2nd Gen My Passport SSD

Western Digital has announced a new version of the portable My Passport SSD. Compared to the previous version, there is a new look, support for a newer USB version and higher read and write speeds.

Western Digital NVMe Passport SSD

Writing goes with a maximum of 1000MB / s, reading with a maximum of 1050MB / s, WD claimsThe previous version comes to 540MB / s. The NVME SSDs support USB 3.2 Gen 2, whereas the previous version is Gen 1. The SSDs use a USB-C port and WD supplies a cable with a USB-C connector on both sides, although a USB-A converter is included.

Files are protected using the same 256-bit AES encryption as the previous version and users are given access to those files with a password. Like the previous version, the new SSDs must survive a drop of up to two meters.

Western Digital My Passport SSD

The My Passport SSD is backed by a five-year limited warranty and is now available in the 500GB and 1TB capacities in Gray worldwide at select e-tailers and retailers, with additional colors and capacities available later this year. The new drive has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP in USD) in the U.S. of $119.99/500GB and $189.99/1TB, respectively. A 2TB variant will be released later this year for a still unknown price.