Monday, 24 August 2020 09:05

Western Digital releases new back-up drives with NVMe tech

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Western Digital releases new back-up drives with NVMe tech Courtesy Western Digital

Storage vendor Western Digital has announced a new range of back-up drives that use NVMe technology and come in sizes ranging from 500GB to 2TB.

The drives, sold under the name My Passport SSD, cannot be used as network-attached storage and come with a USB-C cable and a USB-A adaptor.

The new drives have the following features:

The new My Passport SSD offers the technical features users need and want, including:

  • NVMe technology with read speeds of up to 1050MB/s and write speeds of up to 1000MB/s;
  • Password-enabled 256-bit AES hardware encryption to help protect content;
  • Shock and vibration resistance and drop resistance up to 1.98 metres;
  • Included software to make it easy to back up large files to a drive or a cloud service account; and
  • USB 3.2 Gen-2 technology with a USB-C cable and a USB-A adaptor.

A statement from Western Digital said the drives would be ready to use out of the box and compatible with both Macs and PCs.

"The new My Passport SSD delivers the speed, reliability and functionality consumers have come to expect from us," said Susan Park, vice-president, Consumer Solutions, Western Digital.

"It is a powerful and sophisticated solution for the everyday content creators, curators and hobbyists who need to move files quickly.

"The rounded corners, waving ridges and soft edges enhance the My Passport SSD's portability and make it easy to carry, yet also distinctly recognisable as a member within WD's award-winning My Passport product line-up."

The new drives initially will be available in grey only. They have a a five-year limited warranty and will be sold from 30 September 30 at JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, Officeworks and Amazon.

The RRP is $189 for 500GB, $319 for 1TB and $629 for 2TB respectively. Additional colours will be available later in the year.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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