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WD Makes Portable Storage Interesting Again at CES 2019

WD My Passport Go
The front and back of the My Passport Go portable drive.

It’s quite hard to make portable storage devices interesting these days, but WD has managed to do just that at CES 2019 with four new products, each unique in its own right. These include the SanDisk Extreme PRO Portable SSD, the My Passport Go, the SanDisk Flashback, and the SanDisk 4TB USB-C Prototype.

My Passport Go: A rugged, secure, mobile storage device

The My Passport Go is a new drive in the My Passport family, having a completely different look from the My Passport SSD. The new drive aims to please those needing a fast, secure, convenient, and rugged portable storage device to carry on the go.

Available in up to 1TB of storage space, the My Passport Go has built-in USB-A cable, making it ready to work right out of the box. It can handle drops from up to two meters (6 feet) thanks to its shock-absorbing rubber bumper and SSD storage.

The drive features USB 3.0 (5 Gbps) and is therefore not the fastest on the market, with up to 400 MB/s copy speed. To compensate, though, it has hardware encryption which you can use to password-protect the drive’s content against the case of loss or thief.

SanDisk Extreme PRO Portable SSD: Even faster compact portable drive

I reviewed SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD a while back and found it extremely fast. Well, the Extreme PRO is even speedier. Supporting USB 3.1 Gen 2, it can deliver up to 1 GB/s copy speed. The new drive shares the same design as its older brother, just slightly larger. It, too, has a USB-C port and includes a USB-A adapter.

The SanDisk Extreme PRO Portable SSD.
The SanDisk Extreme PRO Portable SSD.

What’s more, the Extreme PRO is also IP55-rated for water and dust resistance and can handle shock up to 1500G. It’s available in up to 2TB of storage space and comes with a three-year warranty. Out of the box, it’s compatible with both Windows and Mac computers.

SanDisk Flashback: Your USB drive, on the cloud

The SanDisk Flashback is not an actual drive, but rather an online backup solution for SanDisk’s popular USB drives, the SanDisk CZ48, and SanDisk Fit.

When you plug the thumb drive into a computer, Flashback automatically copies its content onto a cloud server. Therefore, it allows you to access the content from anywhere. And when you misplace the drive, you won’t need to worry about losing the data you store on it.

You’ll get Flashback for free for a year when you buy either of the thumb drives. After that its cost varies depending on capacities, from $.99/year to $9.99/year for 256GB.

SanDisk 4TB USB-C Prototype: Super large, tiny portable drive

The SanDisk 4TB USB-C Prototype is a thumb drive with a built-in USB-C connector. What makes it different is the whooping 4TB of storage space. It’s likely the largest little drive on the world.

The SanDisk 4TB USB-C Prototype portable drive.
The SanDisk 4TB USB-C Prototype portable drive.

Availability

Flashback is available now. Other than the SanDisk 4TB USB-C Prototype, which is, well, still in the prototype stage, the rest of the drives are slated to ship later this year. Their pricing will be available then.

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