Sleek new WD My Passport SSD offers 2 TB of storage, blazing-fast speeds [Review]

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Western Digital’s redesigned mobile SSD is an ideal companion for MacBook or iPad.
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Even in a world where everything can be stored in the cloud, there’s still a role for an external drive. Especially if it’s high-performance, and can go anywhere. Western Digital’s new solid state drive is slim and light, but also rugged. And the WD My Passport SSD holds up to 2 TB of data, and is far faster than a traditional hard drive.

Here’s how this newly-released peripheral stands up to real-world use with a range of computers.

Add 4TB of portable storage to your Mac with $40 off this WD drive

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Constantly running out of storage on your Mac? Add a whopping 4TB with the brilliant WD Elements drive, which is now $40 less on Amazon.

The portable HDD uses super-speedy USB 3.0 connectivity for fast data transfers, and it’s backed by a two-year WD warranty. Bag yours today before this discount disappears.

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Save $90 on WD’s MyPassport portable SSD with 1TB storage

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Running out of storage on your Mac? Join the club! But it doesn’t have to be that way. WD’s terrific MyPassport is a portable SSD drive with 1TB of storage that’s ideal for carrying your photos, music, and more.

Get yours today from Best Buy to enjoy $90 off the usual price.

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Speedy new My Passport SSD plants 2TB of storage in your palm

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WD My Passport SSD is compatible with a range of Apple computers.
WD My Passport SSD is tiny but adds up to 2TB of storage to Mac or iPad.
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Western Digital introduced on Thursday an updated version of the My Passport SSD. It offers dramatically faster data transfers, plus a new sleeker design.

The external storage device is available in capacities up to 2TB, and offers prosumers an easy way to carry around fairly large collections of images, movies or other files.

Cult of Mac Holiday Gift Guide: Mac Lovers’ Edition [Updated]

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Believe it or not, Black Friday has already come and gone. Pretty soon the Christmas season will begin, and we’ll mark this midwinter festival by getting together with friends and family and continuing to drink and eat far too much.

Meanwhile, we also buy gifts for those same friends and family members, whether they want them or not. Luckily, we’re here to help, and if you follow our festive advice, your gifts just might make it into the “wanted” category.

From now until Christmas, Cult of Mac will be putting together holiday gift guys full of ideas for the special ones in your life, no matter what their interests or your budget. Today, we’re looking at gifts for Mac lovers (not Mac fighters).

WD My Passport Edge, A USB 3.0 Pocket Drive Fit For Your Mac

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The Edge is the hard drive Bono would use.

External hard drives: super handy, but oh-so-slow, especially since Apple put a bullet in the back of FireWire’s head. Thankfully, Western Digital has once again come to the rescue with a neat new addition to its My Passport line of portable drives: The Edge.

These new versions not only look way more high-tech than the previous curvy plastic models, they also support MacBook-friendly USB 3.0.

WD’s 10,000RPM Thunderbolt VelociRaptor Is So Expensive You Get A Free Cable

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It might not look it, but this thing is fast.

 

 

Wowsers! Western Digital’s Thunderbolt My Book VelociRaptor Duo is all about the big numbers. 10,000 RPM platters, 2TB storage, 10Gb/s transfer (in both directions) and – if you daisy-chain it with other Thunderbolt drives – you can RAID things up to make them even faster.

Heck, even the price is impressive: $860. Ouch!