Product Review: The Western Digital MyPassport SSD


Are you searching for a portable storage to fit your on-the-go lifestyle? Look no further because I’ve nailed it. Western Digital’s MyPassport SSD is all you need and so much more. Western Digital ticked all the right boxes with this one, the external drives designed to look both stylish and sleek. Upon seeing the device, the distinctive size becomes apparent. At dimensions of 3.94” x 2.17” x 0.35” and a weight of 1.7 ounces, the MyPassport looks and weighs more like an ATM card than an actual passport. Space is no longer a problem! It is small enough tofit right into your pockets for easier accessibility. Durability is also not an issue as this drive has a maximum drop resistance of 6.5ft and enough shock and vibration resistance to sustain minor impact without damage to any of its internal mechanisms.

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Unboxing and  Compatibility

Unboxing the MyPassport SSD reveals a portable SSD Drive, USB Type-C to Type-C cable (supports USB 3.1 Gen-2), USB Type-C to Type-A adapter, WD Discovery™ software** for WD Backup™, WD Security™ and WD Drive Utilities™ as well as a quick install guide.

In terms of compatibility, the MyPassport is functional on both Macintosh and Windows operating systems (Windows® 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, macOS High Sierra, Sierra or El Capitan). A simple reformat is all that is required to alternate from Windows’ NTFS file system to Macintosh’s APFS system and vice-versa.

For those who would like to use the MyPassport simply as a backup tool, it also comes with Backup software and Apple Time Machine compatibility. The drive also comes with both USB-3 and USB-C adapters to ensure you can plug in on any laptop or PC nearly hassle-free (both accessories are quite short by industry standards). 

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Design and Performance

The WD MyPassport SSD is stylishly designed in a range of colors (blue, gold, grey or red), enclosed in a compact sleek metal design. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing it also gets the job done. A prominent selling point of the MyPassport SSD is its speeds. With read speeds of 1050MB/s and write speeds of 1000MB/s, long wait times for media transfers are a thing of the past. Large, gigabyte-size file transfers is completed in a matter of seconds. Storage options ranging from 500GB to 4TB means capacity will never be an issue. However, WD is yet to find the perfect balance between speed and heat. While the drive is fast, it also heats up quickly so don’t be too alarmed, the heat is pretty normal.

Keeping with the trend of newer external drives, the MyPassport SSD is supported by its own WD Discovery software in the form of the WD Security App and Drive Utilities. Password protection courtesy of 256-bit AES hardware encryption helps keep your content secure. Password protection is a feature provided courtesy of the Security app to ensure restricted access to the contents of your drive. The Drive Utilities app, on the other hand, allows for drive registration, setting timers, diagnostic runs and drive erasure.

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The My Passport is my first recommendation for anyone who wants well-priced SSD storage and great portability.In Nigeria, starting off at N40,000 for the 256GB option on Jumia, the WD MyPassport SSD is definitely a worthwhile purchase for everyone: from the IT professional to the tech bro or the average computer user.

The Western Digital MyPassport SSD lives up to its name as an electronic passport of access to immense storage - and quickly too. For more digital storage solutions from Western Digital visit:

WD MyPassport SSD Specifications

  • Capacity - 500 GB
  • Interface - USB 3.2
  • Connector - USB-C
  • Dimensions (L x W x H) - 3.94" x 2.17" x 0.35"
  • Sequential Read Performance - 1050MB/s
  • Sequential Write Performance - 1000MB/s


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