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[Amazon.ca] WD 1TB My Passport SSD Portable Storage - USB 3.1 - $187.99 (ENDS July 16th @3:00am ET)

WD 1TB My Passport SSD Portable Storage - USB 3.1 - Black-Gray
Model: WDBKVX0010PSL-WESN
Regular Price: $228.99
Sale Price: $187.99

ENDS Thurs. July 16th @ 3:00am ET

Blazing-fast file transfers with read speeds up to 540 MB/s
Password protection with hardware encryption
USB Type-C and USB 3.1 Gen 2 ready; USB 3.0, USB 2.0 and USB-A compatible
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Good find. Is this the cheapest? Also nvme m2 type ssd?
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djemzine wrote: Good find. Is this the cheapest? Also nvme m2 type ssd?
based on the physical size i'd say it almost has to be an m.2
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Lowest price according to 3C's was $170.22 two months ago on May 10th. Good price if you need one right now. Thanks OP
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lbmeyer wrote: Lowest price according to 3C's was $170.22 two months ago on May 10th. Good price if you need one right now. Thanks OP
nvme is an interface, m2 is a form factor.

M2 connectors can be SATA interface.

The only way to tell is to see if the speed exceeds 600MB/s
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Why would anyone click this thread and downvote this? Probably thought it was a regular mechanical drive. 🤦‍♂️
... Wonder why my facepalm emoji adds extra characters.
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prohomy wrote: Why would anyone click this thread and downvote this? Probably thought it was a regular mechanical drive. 🤦‍♂️
... Wonder why my facepalm emoji adds extra characters.
i might downvote just because i dont like it when people whine about downvoting.
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djemzine wrote: Good find. Is this the cheapest? Also nvme m2 type ssd?
T3rry wrote:
based on the physical size i'd say it almost has to be an m.2
GammaRayFort wrote:
nvme is an interface, m2 is a form factor.

M2 connectors can be SATA interface.

The only way to tell is to see if the speed exceeds 600MB/s
It's a SATA m.2 drive inside. From the specs it appears to be a WD Blue 3D. I'm actually kinda surprised WD didn't solder the USB controller to the PCB like they do on their external hard drives.
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mystery wrote: You can build your own for cheaper and don't have to worry about soldered drives or proprietary connectors:

Enclosure $15.99, no tax:
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07WVJ ... VP767QCJNF

Crucial MX500 1TB SATA m.2 SSD $159.99:

https://www.amazon.ca/Crucial-MX500-NAN ... ics&sr=1-1

And that's why I downvoted....
It's not soldered, check out some teardowns. It's just an m.2 sata drive in an enclosure, albeit with some very strong tape.

Also there are tradeoffs to your method. Enclosures tend to be finicky and the WD has a USB C on it. That's worth $10 to me.
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Jep4444 wrote: It's not soldered, check out some teardowns. It's just an m.2 sata drive in an enclosure, albeit with some very strong tape.

Also there are tradeoffs to your method. Enclosures tend to be finicky and the WD has a USB C on it. That's worth $10 to me.
Fair enough about it not being soldered. WD was well known before to solder their drives or doing something proprietary.

The enclosures I have bought have not been finicky. The USB C is only a benefit if you wish to use that particular port. There is no speed advantage as the drive inside is SATA. I still prefer to build my own as I can choose the drive.
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mystery wrote: Fair enough about it not being soldered. WD was well known before to solder their drives or doing something proprietary.

The enclosures I have bought have not been finicky. The USB C is only a benefit if you wish to use that particular port. There is no speed advantage as the drive inside is SATA. I still prefer to build my own as I can choose the drive.
Ya I expected them to solder it also, its a pleasant surprise that it isn't. Ya I know there isn't a speed difference but I prefer USB C to legacy connectors. Finally, while the MX500 is a little better than the WD Blue 3D (which is what's inside this drive), it's not better by enough to really notice it.
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mystery wrote: You can build your own for cheaper and don't have to worry about soldered drives or proprietary connectors:

Enclosure $15.99, no tax:
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07WVJ ... VP767QCJNF

Crucial MX500 1TB SATA m.2 SSD $159.99:

https://www.amazon.ca/Crucial-MX500-NAN ... ics&sr=1-1

And that's why I downvoted....
Isn't your enclosure USB 3.0 while the WD is 3.1 ?
What's the corrected overall price for matching enclosure specs?
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leovee1 wrote: Isn't your enclosure USB 3.0 while the WD is 3.1 ?
What's the corrected overall price for matching enclosure specs?
max SATA drive speed is around 560 MB/s read and write. USB 3.0 maxes out at 640 MB/s (5 Gbps). USB 3.1 maxes out at 10 Gbps. USB 3.0 isn't even fully utilized by a SATA SSD.
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