CES 2019: WD Shows Off Latest SSDs


Western Digital has a great deal of new product on the way, and even one prototype, which proves we haven't yet hit the limits of storage on portable flash drives. On display at CES were a trio of drives and a new Flashback online service that is very intriguing. This includes the SanDisk Extreme PRO Portable SSD, WD My Passport Go SSD, and a 4TB USB Type-C Flash Drive.

Our first look was at the SanDisk Extreme PRO Portable SSD. Anyone familiar with this line, especially photographers and videographers, will recognize the branding and its similarities to an already existing model. This is a major upgrade for professionals that doubles the speed of the ultra-compact IP55-rated device. This means it can reach an incredible 1 GB/s transfer rate while staying durable and compact enough to journey with users on their toughest adventures. It will be available this spring, in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacities.

Next is a more conventional drive from WD, the My Passport Go. Ultra-portable and very fast, this drive also features an integrated USB Type-A cable that makes it convenient for everyday users. A rubber bumper makes sure it stays protected during travel while the SSD boosts read/write speeds so that users can get their data backed up without wasting time. This model will be made in versions up to 1TB.

To prove it can still push boundaries of tech, WD showed a working prototype 4TB USB Type-C Flash Drive. While not quite ready for the market, we were told to expect this type of storage and tech to show up in the company's upcoming devices. Soon, this and even higher capacities will find their way into portable storage.

Lastly, we need to talk about the SanDisk Flashback service. Available now for newer versions of the SanDisk Ultra and Ultra Fit Flash Drives, this service will back up the USB drive's content online. This means that if you ever lose or forget the drive, you can still access your content. It can also be used to share files online because you can simply email a link to download the files. Since it does require a hardware update, this service, currently, will be supported on upcoming drives.

Any of you ready for some new hard drives? I know that Extreme PRO Portable SSD will be useful for when I need something that can travel. Be sure to leave any thoughts you have in the Comments section, below, and follow along for more CES 2019 coverage.