Software & Testing
When you plug the My Passport SSD into your PC it will work right away, but you will notice there are a few different installers included on the drive. You don’t have to install anything, but you are likely going to want to install the WD Discovery software. With the software installed you’ll be able to see what WD drives you have installed and you have the ability to install other apps too.
WD Drive Utilities allows you to check the status of your drive, run performance tests, and do a full erase, which is nice.
WD also has their own backup utility, which is something that many portable drives to not ship with. It is pretty basic but allows you to setup different backup plans that will backup certain files and directories automatically.
To test the drive we will first be running CrystalDiskMark, this will give us a good idea of read and write speeds of the drive.
Very impressive results here at 461.6 MB/s read and 456.5 MB/s write. So how does that compare to other portable drives out there? Well we went ahead and compared the My PassPort SSD to the ADATA SD700, ADATA SE730H, Samsung SSD T5, and Samsung SSD T3.
Now we move on to DiskBench. Here we copy 2038 files which are a mix of RAW and JPG images totaling 22.2 GB. DiskBench lets us know the transfer rate after the transfer has been completed.
Using DiskBench and transferring multiple files we can see that drive is much slower than the other drives. This could be based on the NAND or controller WD is using in this drive, but it is definitely disappointing.