Turns out you can take it with you! The WD My Passport 1TB external USB-C portable solid state drive has dropped down to just $109.99 through Best Buy (opens in new tab). This sale is part of the deals of the day, so it won't last long at this low of a price. Still it's one of the best deals we've ever seen. The deal only applies to the blue version as the others are going for $125 or more. While we've shared a few deals on this SSD in the past, this is the best price we've seen.
WD My Passport 1TB USB-C SSD | $30 off (opens in new tab)
Has a transfer rate of up to 1,050 MB/s thanks to USB-C and USB 3.2 Gen 2 tech. Includes 256-bit AES hardware encryption for data protection. Is drop resistant up to 6.5 feet. Has good backup software for protecting your data. Works with Mac and PC.
This is not meant to be an internal SSD. It's supposed to be a device you carry with you. It is made all the more impressive by the fact that it has NVMe technology. If you've ever looked into SSDs in general you know there's a significant different between an SSD that has that NVMe moniker and ones that don't. For the most part, SSDs are much faster than hard drives. They're also more reliable and tend not to get damaged as quickly because they don't have any moving parts. That makes them great as a portable storage solution, but they're usually just too expensive so you need deals like this. NVMe really bumps up the speeds to a point that hard drives and regular SSDs just can't compete with, which makes this deal that much better.
This 1TB drive has read and write speeds of up to 1,050 MB/s and 1,000 MB/s respectively, which is insanely fast. Even compared to other "portable SSDs," it is fast. Some portable SSDs like the popular Samsung T5 only top out at around 540 MB/s. Get twice the speed for the same price.
The My Passport drive also has built-in 256-bit AES hardware encryption. That means not only can you keep your data with you, you can also keep it protected. Keep it protected physically as well since the device is designed to withstand shocks and vibrations, which means you can carry it with you without worrying about it geting tossed around inside your backpack.
Connect via USB-C and get the fastest speeds possible, but you can also use it with USB-A so you can connect to a wide variety of devices that might not have USB-C.
J.D. Levite has been in the deals game since 2012. He has posted daily deals at Gizmodo, The Wirecutter, The Sweethome, and now covers deals for Android Central, iMore, and Windows Central. He was there for the first Prime Day and has braved the full force of Black Friday. If you cut him, he bleeds savings. But don't try it for real. That's a metaphor.
My preference, Samsung SSD T7 Portable External Solid State Drive 1TB, Up to 1050MB/s, USB 3.2 Gen 2. PCIe NVMe technology with sequential read/write speeds of up to 1,050/1,000 MB/s, respectively. $114 @ Amazon. Why your review compared to the T5 is rather baffling.
Why is the enclosure so "big"?
It looks like an "old" SATA enclosure, but it has only a small NVMe device inside.
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