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.
"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.