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One More Reason To Consider The Switch To SSD

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The drop test. It’s still fun to watch, but it’s not something I’ve tried with too many smartphones. But then, a storage device is another ball game. Especially when you have all that data backed up elsewhere. Western Digital’s new ultralight storage device claims strong durability – shock and vibration resistance up to 6.5 feet (1.98 meters). It was the first thing I tested as soon as I removed the envelopes from this device and moved some files to the drive. Not once, but three times. I dropped it from a height of about 5-6 feet and it was fine even after bouncing a bit. So was all the data stored on the disk.

The drop test isn’t the only reason this device deserves your attention. The SDD (Solid State Drive) vs HDD (Hard Disk Drive) debate has come to the fore at a time when WFH and organizing files and images has become one thing. A few months ago, we put Samsung’s T7 SSD under the scanner. We left more convinced of the transition from hard drive to SSD. Transfer speeds were a major driver of this verdict. This is one area where the My Passport SSD shines. I transferred a 2 GB folder with multiple files in just under 5 seconds. This SSD uses NVMe ™ (Non-Volatile Memory Express), a new protocol for accessing high-speed storage media that provides many advantages over legacy protocols.

The form factor is another victory for SSD devices. The My Passport SSD weighs just 54g and is almost the size of your palm. The metal finish is both stylish – we like the wavy and durable design effect (we checked the 1TB variant, Space Gray). The device comes with a 5 year limited warranty. Besides the USB Type-C to Type-C cable in the box, there is also a USB Type-A adapter that you might find handy.

I installed the WD Discovery app (on a MacBook) which allows you to keep up to date with other WD apps and more importantly this utility also allows you to set a password. This SSD comes with AES 256 bit hardware encryption. The app also allows you to save data to a cloud service account.

Hard drives remain the preferred option for most of us due to the cost factor. External SSDs are much more expensive than hard drives – sometimes up to 4-5 times more expensive. We always stick to our recommendation for a mixed model: use hard drives for files or backups you don’t need regularly and an SSD to supplement your laptop or portable device storage. You can run games or apps or edit 4K events directly from your SSD. The My Passport SSD is one of the best SSDs you can buy right now with super-fast transfer speeds and a rugged form factor.

Western Digital My Passport SSD price: 500 GB – Rs 8,999, 1 TB – Rs 15,999, 2 TB – Rs 28,999. During the Amazon Great India Festival (16e from oct 2020 to 13e Nov 2020) WD My Passport SSD will be available at 500GB – Rs 6999, 1TB – 12999 and 2TB – 24999

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