The WD My Passport 500GB USB-C portable solid state drive has dropped to $84.99 through Best Buy's deals of the day. This is the lowest price ever on the WD My Passport. It has been selling for around $90 since the start of the Black Friday shopping season, but before that it was going for as much as $120 or $130 depending on where you looked. You can find this deal price-matched at Amazon (opens in new tab).
This isn't just an SSD. It also has NVMe technology. If you know about internal SSDs, you know there's a significant difference between an SSD with NVMe and without. Without NVMe, SSDs basically aren't much faster than regular hard drives. They are still more reliable and don't damage as quickly, but you don't really see a difference when it comes to loading times and things like that. NVMe, however, changed the game.
The My Passport has read and write speeds up to 1,050 MB/s and 1,000 MB/s respectively. Compare that to a portable SSD that doesn't have NVMe like the Samsung T5 (opens in new tab) where the speeds top out at 540 MB/s. You're getting twice the speed with this drive, and it's not even as expensive as the Samsung one.
You can also protect your data with this drive. For one thing, it has built-in 256-bit AES hardware encryption. That ensures no one gets to your data unless you want them to. The device itself is also highly resistant to shocks and vibrations. You can carry it with you, throw it in your backpack, let it bounce around in the backseat of your cat without fear of the drive getting corrupted.
While it primarily connects via USB-C, the drive is also compatible with USB-A 3.2 Gen 2. WD is so confident in this drive's performance that it's backed up by a five-year warranty.
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