Product Comparison: WD My Passport SSD vs Samsung T5

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General Specifications
Western Digital
My Passport SSD
About the Product
My Passport SSD is portable storage with blazing-fast transfers. Password protection with hardware encryption helps keep your content secure. Easy to use, it’s shock-resistant, compact storage in a cool, durable design.
Take everything, all your work and entertainment, with you. The Portable SSD T5 gives you simple and efficient access to your massive data so you can complete tasks quickly and on the move. Take along your documents, large-sized photos or videos, and get things done wherever you go.
Key Specs
Available Capacities
256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB
250 GB, 500 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB
Max. Transfer Speed
540 MB/sec
540 MB/sec
What customers say about "Key Specs"
WD My Passport SSD Portable SSD — USB 3.1 Type-C
  • The drive can reach speeds up to 540MbS, but that will depend upon how the drive works with your existing system.
  • Other than that it is a great product - super fast transfer speeds and it comes in an amazing size. Overall, I'd still recommend this product.
  • The combination of low cost, large capacity, speed of USB-C interface makes this a very appealing drive.
  • Fast, small, light, and the size surprised me enough that I took my wife's key and put it beside it to take a picture.
  • No matter how small you think it is, it’s smaller. It’s a solid value for the speed and convenience.
Samsung T5 External SSD — USB 3.1 Type-C
  • The transfer speed is also faster than I expected. I will by upgrading to 1TB (or higher) strictly for video soon.
  • While I'm not seeing the quoted average "up to" speeds of 500+ MB/s, they are still impressive.
  • I really love this portable speed demon. It's built very well and is the perfect size for putting in your pocket or laptop bag.
  • The transfer speeds between the internal SSD and the T5 are just quick.
  • Extremely slow on USB 3.0. Writing a 20GB file only does so at 24MB per second.
Size & Weight
Black / Silver
3.5 in.
2.26 in.
1.8 in.
2.91 in.
0.39 in.
0.41 in.
1.44 oz.
1.8 oz.
OS Compatibility
Windows, Mac OS X
Windows, Mac OS X
USB 3.0
USB 3.0, USB 3.1 Gen 2
Password Setting
Data Protection
AES 256-bit encryption, Shock-resistant
AES 256-bit encryption, Shock-resistant
Blazing Fast, Cutting-edge Technology, Trusted drive built with WD reliability
Ready anytime, anywhere, Metal minimalism, Compact and light
What customers say about "Features"
WD My Passport SSD Portable SSD — USB 3.1 Type-C
  • Boot time was also cut in half using the USB connected SSD (USB 2.0 connection) versus the internal drive.
  • Highest transfer speed I could get was 128MB/sec, MSI GT83 with 4GB SSD internal drive via Thurnderbolt 3 to this SSD Drive.
  • The drive comes with a USB-C cable, along with an adapter that allows it to be used on USB 3.1, 3.0, or 2.0 if needed.
  • It also comes with an attachment for the cord that lets you plug into a standard USB 2.0-3.0 and that snaps off to let you plug into the USB 3.1 SSD slot, it saves me some USB space. I highly recommend this!
  • Okay, so the speed is great. I love how portable this is. My only concern is that it gets scalding hot (not just warm).
Samsung T5 External SSD — USB 3.1 Type-C
  • Rugged metal case means I don't have to worry about dropping it.
  • It is encrypted which is another very valuable feature. It is a great failsafe!
  • The samsung software for Mac, providing password encryption and other features, does NOT work with Mac Sierra or Mojave OS.
  • I should also mention, it has a password function to allow the user to put in a password. The is a nice feature.
  • Adding a slot that would ingest SD cards dynamically like the Gnar box would be a cool feature. Get the biggest size you will use it.
Additional Accessories
USB-C cable
WD Backup software, WD Security, WD Drive Utilities
Samsumg Portable SSD Software
Power Supply
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
3 year(s)
3 year(s)
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