Thursday, 14 January 2021 16:10

New 4TB consumer SSDs from WD

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Western Digital has announced four 4TB portable consumer SSDs.

WD's new 4TB drives are the SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD, SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD, WD_Black P50 Game Drive SSD, and My Passport SSD.

The $1499 SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD uses NVMe storage and delivers up to 2000MBps read and write speeds. Its aluminium chassis acts as a heatsink, which is said to allow higher sustained speeds.

The $1199 SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD also uses NVMe storage, but offers speeds up to 1050MBps read and up to 1000MBps write. It features up to 2m drop protection and IP55 water and dust resistance, and is expected to be available from selected retailers some time between mid-February and early March.

The WD_Black P50 Game Drive SSD with read speeds up to 2000MBps decreases load screen times and is compatible with PC, PlayStation 4 or Xbox One game libraries. The price has yet to be announced.

The $1199 My Passport SSD is shock and vibration resistant, with drop resistance up to 1.98m. It has the same read and write speeds as the SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD, but comes in grey, blue, red, gold or silver.

All four should be available sometime between mid-February and early March from selected retailers.

"This milestone allows us to deliver a new era of solutions with the capacity and performance our customers have been asking for. Our consumer brand products are used by millions of professionals and consumers around the world, and we continue to drive technology forward to deliver the performance, reliability and leading products they demand," said WD senior vice president and general manager of consumer solutions products Jim Welsh.

SanDisk Extreme Team member Sam Nicholson ASC said "As a director of photography in film and television production, I rely on technology to achieve my creative vision and protect my work. SanDisk SSDs are a critical asset when I'm out in the field or at the studio working with multiple 12K and 8K cameras.

"High-capacity, high-performance SSDs make it easy to reliably manage these files, and the SanDisk Extreme Pro portable SSDs are my go-to drive when I'm shooting on location. With added capacity, I have even more freedom to continue creating amazing content."


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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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