Western Digital MyPassport portable SSD review: One tough cookie


My problem with external storage devices is that I’m always worried that I’ll break them. Since I chuck them into backpacks and carry them around with me a lot, the chances of me dropping one are a lot higher than a hard disk that’s mounted in a desktop PC for example.

So, while I love the idea of being able to carry all my stuff around with me, I am not a fan of breaking that hard disk and losing all my data.

And this is where Western Digital’s My Passport external SSDs come into play. They come packed with one of my favourite features ever — shock resistance. Fingers of butter, meet your match.

Before we proceed, I think you should know that this isn’t going to be a super technical review, so, if you’re looking for that, you’re in the wrong place. Instead, it’s going to be a practical one, one where I tell you what’s good and what isn’t good based on daily activities.

We’ll start with the MyPassport SSD’s most obvious trait — its build and size. The first thing you’ll notice when you pick it up is how absolutely tiny it is. It’s almost like a pair of Kit Kats stuck together. Then, you’ll notice how light this thing is. It’s so light that the beefy cable it comes bundled with is even heavier than the drive itself. And finally, you’ll notice the way it looks — which I’d describe as “sleek” without being ostentatious. Definitely a good looking device.

One of the headline features that I was most excited about was the SSD’s durability. According to WD, the MyPassport SSD can withstand drops of up to 1.98m and also 1500G of force. It also has 256-bit AES Hardware Encryption with WD Security software. What that meant to my eyes was that I could be as carefree as I wanted with it and that was exactly what I did.

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Without going into too much detail, I basically beat it up and tossed it around like I do with almost all my stuff. So far, everything is still working a-okay. When I’m in an event, I really can’t afford to baby the gear I bring with me. I’m not sure if you’ve ever been in a tech conference or launch event before, but if you want to get the best coverage, the whole event can get pretty hectic.

Knowing that this tiny storage device is about as hardy as I am (actually, I don’t even think I could survive drops of up to 1.98m) definitely gives me a peace of mind that I don’t get with the traditional mechanical hard disks that I’m used to using. This reassurance is really refreshing especially when you live in a world where tech gadgets get more fragile by the minute.