WD MyPassport SSD 1TB experience?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Floris, Jun 30, 2017.

  1. Floris macrumors 68020

    Floris

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    I am looking to stick a usbc>usbc external ssd hard drive to the iMac 2017 model, in the back. Out of sight.
    I really want to make the most of it while staying somewhat affordable.

    It seems this WD MyPassport SSD 1TB has read/write speeds in real life of around 500mbyte/sec.

    I am not too familiar with external ssd from the last year or so, what i have is years old now.

    Is there someone with this drive that could share their experience with this?
    Or are there perhaps people who could recommend something that's giving better performance vs price?

    My iMac right now has the 1tb ssd internal, with write @ nearly 2000 and read at nearly 2500. So I am looking for something that isn't an old 1tb extrernal usb3 thingy with 200.. really want to utalize thunderbolt3/usbc and use it daily for storing my media, documents, (with full disk encryption on which i know will have slight impact on performance, but it is neglectable) ).
     
  2. ZapNZs macrumors 68000

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    Have there been User tests on the WD SSD to examine the real-world speeds? Real world sustained transfer speeds with that particular model may be quite a bit lower than 500 MB/s, if that matters. Write speeds in the 250-350 MB/s range, and read speeds in the 350-425 MB/s range, seem much more realistic to me, IMO.

    Two other options that may compare are the Samsung T3 and SanDisk Extreme 900. The T3 is well-known, extremely compact, and based on one of the best value vs. quality SSDs in the business with very good overall performance. The SanDisk Extreme 900 can hit speeds much higher than the T3 or WD because of how it is designed (but it carries a price premium, is physically larger, has not been out as long, and as a consequence of the way it is designed to achieve higher performance its odds of failure are inherently higher.) Both are TLC drives (which the WD almost surely is as well.)

    Another option is purchasing a bare SSD and a USB 3.1 Type-C enclosure separately. I like this method because I prefer solid aluminum enclosures, and MLC SSDs (which I don't mind paying the premium for.) You could get a quality TLC SSD like a Crucial MX300 and an enclosure like the Oyen Digital (I absolutely love these as they are constructed in a fashion that makes me favor them over the OWC, MacAlly, LaCie, and G-Technology enclosures I have owned, and am very pleased with the chipsets they choose!) and get a really solid end product.
     
  3. Floris thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thank you for replying, yeah, I found videos like these:

    I like the idea as well to buy the enclosures and the right cables, and just the storage you want that match those speeds. It's an interesting thought. I just have to figure out what's available and for what price. I have a LaCie external right now as well, alongside a few other ones, but they are starting to show their age, it's time to replace some of them.
     
  4. phrehdd macrumors 68040

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    I too prefer SSD with an enclosure. I use both enclosures offered by Firmtek. The "Dlite" is a very small thin case but both enclosures have top notch electronics and rate highly on tests done be Bare Feats.
     
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  6. Floris thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Fantastic information everybody. Ugh, so much to learn :)
     

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