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Review WD My Passport Go SSD Low End Portable SSD


hey everybody is lying Seidman and we’re taking a look today at the low-end portable SSD from WD this is the My Passport go SSD this starts at around $79 for a 500 gigabyte version that’s the one we’re looking at today and it’s got everything self-contained including the cable so you don’t need to worry about bringing extra cables with you and you get the robustness of a solid-state drive and all of the ruggedness that comes along with it we’re gonna take a look and see what this drive is all about and how it compares to some other drives that cost just a little bit more in W DS line up here in just a second but I do want to let you know in the interest of full disclosure this came in free of charge through the Amazon vine program however all the opinions you’re about to hear are my own nobody is paying for this review nor has anyone reviewed or approve what you’re about to see before it was uploaded and I should also mention that WD is a past sponsor on the channel however they are not sponsoring this video so let’s get into it now and see what this drive is all about so let’s take a closer look now at the hardware this is an all plastic design nothing spectacular there it’s pretty lightweight as a result they do have a rubberized border here around the drive to provide some shock absorption now solid-state drives have a couple of advantages over a spinning Drive one is that they are more rugged because there are no moving parts inside

if you were to fling this across the room there’s a very good chance that will still continue to work you may not have those odds with a spinning Drive another advantage is performance solid-state drives spin up faster so you don’t have to wait for the platter to start start spinning on the drive as a result they’re quieter and they can move data back and forth a lot faster than a spinning drive equivalent however what you’re going to see in a few minutes with this Drive is that it is not much faster than traditional spinning drives when it comes to writing data to them and we’ll be exploring some of the performance issues that I experienced with this in a few minutes now the cable for the drive is built into the back of the casing here it’s kind of a nice design so there’s room for your finger here to pop out the cable but this is all of the cable length that you’ll get they did very smartly provide a little path for the cable here so it will sit flat on the surface of a desk while you’re using it but it doesn’t support a USBC out of the box here so you’ll need to get an adapter if your laptop has one of the newer USB C ports on it but if you’re using an older desktop computer or a laptop with full-size USB cables you won’t need anything else to get running with it because it simply plugs in and gets powered by your computer when it is attached and this is available in two different colors you got the yellow one here along with a blue one it’s also got two capacities 500 gigs for again 80 bucks or one terabyte for 160 dollars and you might be saying to yourself why would

you spend so much money on a hard drive when you can get something like W DS mechanical passport Drive here with 4 terabytes for only $99 and really what it comes down to is that when you choose an SSD you are trading the key advantages here performance and ruggedness for capacity so if capacity is more important to you and you’re confident that you’re not going to drop your hard drive all that often then getting a mechanical drive is probably the better choice just know that it will be slower than what you’ll get out of the SSD and again more likely to be damaged another thing that I like about SSDs is that they don’t make any noise so if you’re going to set this up as a time machine drive for your Mac or you’re going to use it on your Windows machine to do automatic backups you will not hear it running as it’s doing those backups they are completely silent versus the spinning drives that will have a platter spin up and then of course the noise of the head moving around as it reads and writes data you’ll have no noise with these but you do pay a price premium for some of the features that these bring so let’s take a look now at some of the performance issues I’m seeing with this drive what we’re running right now is a black magic disk speed test on my macbook pro I did have to use a USB type-c adapter to get the drive attached and you’ll see the right speeds here are pretty much at about a hundred to 120 megabytes per second that’s probably going to do a little better than what you would see with a cheap mechanical drive but far less than what we’ve tested with other portable SSDs that we have

looked at here on the channel typically we see performance that well over 300 megabytes per second even on inexpensive solid-state drives the reads on this one are doing better so we’re reading data out at about four hundred and eight megabytes per second but as you can see here the write performance is quite low so as a result I really can’t recommend this drive for write intensive applications that includes video editing and especially video capturing photo editing and just about anything else where you’re copying or moving large volumes of data to the drive the write speeds here are just too slow especially for a solid-state disk and it really surprised me by how slow they were and you can also pick up drives from WD for only about ten dollars more that perform a lot better they’re my passport SSD not the go version does much better than this one we reviewed that one a little while back I also looked at their SanDisk 500 gigabyte extreme portable that one did better to again also about 10 dollars more so I think if you can swing an extra 10 bucks go with the higher-end versions in W DS lineup because they will deliver three or four times the right performance for only ten bucks at the same capacity you really can’t beat that and we also tested this on my gaming PC upstairs with the crystal disk mark test we connected it directly because I do have a regular USB 3 connector on the back of that motherboard it’s a Maximus 11 republic of gaming

motherboard from Asus along with an IEEE 999 hundred K processor will pull the results up here on screen so you can see how it did so the reads on that one we’re a little bit slower than what we just saw on the Mac here writes were about the same you can also see that it did ok I guess with some of the random reads and writes the random reads here did better at 51 megabytes per second on the two multi-threaded tests and about 6.2 megabytes per second on the multi-threaded random writes so again not terribly quick here and always faster on the reads than they are on the writes so overall I’m having a hard time recommending this drive at its current price and that’s because you can get so much better performance out of other WD drives for only a couple of dollars more so if this one was maybe 20 or 30 dollars less expensive I think I could recommend it as something that you have running in the background for backups and that sort of thing where write performance isn’t all that important but for another ten bucks you get a drive that does well as a backup drive and as a video editing drive or whatever else you want to do with it this one I think just isn’t priced correctly for what it’s performance provides until next time this is Lion Simon thanks for watching this channel is brought to you by the lon TV supporters including gold-level supporters the four guys with quarters podcasts Chris Allegretto Tom Albrecht Mike Talbert Brian Parker in Caly an Kumar if you want to help the channel you can by contributing as little as a dollar a month head over to land TV slash support to learn more and don’t forget to subscribe

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