|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
WD 500GB My Passport Wireless SSD External Portable Drive, WiFi USB 3.0, Up to 390 MB/s - WDBAMJ5000AGY-NESN
|Compatible Devices||Laptop, Desktop, Television|
|Digital Storage Capacity||500 GB|
|Hardware Interface||USB 3.0|
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- Built-in SD card reader with one-touch copy button
- Durable, shock-resistant SSD inside
- All-day battery (up to 10 hours)* |*Based on streaming HD 720p, 3 Mbps video to one device over Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz single band only. Actual battery life depends on file size, type, format, bitrate, devices connected, Wi-Fi connectivity, settings and other factors.
- Wirelessly stream 4K videos and view photos with the My Cloud mobile app
- Import from USB card readers
- Preview and export RAW images on iOS and Android
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Built-In SD Card Reader
A built-in SD 3.0 card reader with up to 65MB/s read speeds and one-touch copy button makes it easy to quickly back up photos and videos from an SD card without a computer or additional software.
Solid State Durability
With an SSD inside and protective bumper outside, your content is safeguarded from shock, vibrations and drops up to 1 meter, even when the drive is in operation.
Fast SSD Transfer Speeds
Enjoy fast access speeds and transfer rates (read speeds up to 390MB/s) when using the USB 3.0 port to move files to and from PC or Mac computers.
All-day Battery Life
My Passport Wireless SSD has up to 10 hours continuous use. Bring it on an all-day shoot, stay out in the field longer. Take it on a long trip, continuously stream videos on the road or in flight.
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The My Passport Wireless SSD is an all-in-one portable drive that helps preserve photos and videos captured on your cameras and drones. The one-touch copy button lets you back up photos and videos with the built-in SD card reader or the integrated USB port without a laptop or additional software. The durable, shock-resistant SSD inside with protective bumper outside helps keep content safe from bumps and drops (up to 1 meter), even when the drive is in use, while the all-day battery life (up to 10 hours)* lets you work and play longer. Wirelessly stream 4K videos and view photos with the My Cloud mobile app, or export RAW images and edit using 3rd party apps. |*Based on streaming HD 720p, 3 Mbps video to one device over Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz single band only. Actual battery life depends on file size, type, format, bitrate, devices connected, Wi-Fi connectivity, settings and other factors.Compatible with: PC;Mac
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- Let’s you backup your SD cards without having a computer which is great for traveling.
- It feels well built
- The battery drains too quickly. I don’t know if that was just mine or if they’re all of that. It seemed like mine was draining power even when it was off.
- Because of the battery dying, one of the SD cards didn’t get fully get copied. At the time I didn’t know this had happen until I got home and the pics and footage were no where to be found. This didn’t inspire any confidence in the product.
- Its expensive. $500 and $800 is a lot. I know it’s an SSD but that’s a lot for 1 and 2TB.
- Video stream isn’t that great. I didn’t buy this to stream videos but I did try this feature and it’s too laggy.
Overall, this is a good product with great potential but if the product is about backing up your files on the go, where you’re at, it needs to inspire confidence that your file is 100% backed up. What I learned is when you back up your SD’s, make sure this drive is plugged into a power source.
Given the fast SSD (and it is fast), and the promotion of its use for photographers who shoot in RAW format (with its big files), I was disappointed that the SD reader isn't SDXC-II capable. It can read the faster cards, but only using the slower SDXC-I speeds. In practice, at least the way I use my camera and this drive, the difference isn't that significant, but I think it's a missed opportunity. One could use an SDXC-II USB reader in the My Passport's USB slot, which, sadly, is USB 2.0, negating the benefits.
The initial version of the Wireless Pro copied all images from any SD card you inserted, possibly making duplicates. In more recent firmware versions there is the option to "Copy new", and this is now the default. You can set this separately for the SD slot and for USB imports. You can also decide whether cards should be automatically copied when inserted, or only when you press the left-hand button on the top edge of the drive. The latter is my preference, but you do need to wait about 5-10 seconds after inserting the card before the drive is ready to copy - the drive LED will stop flashing when that happens.
When you import files from an SD card, the drive creates a folder tree whose top level name is based on the import date. Make sure that you have connected to the drive using a web browser at least once, or else this date will be wrong. Under that it will create a folder name based on the card name, and then whatever is on the card (eventually DCIM, but there will likely be others.)
You can view media using WD's iOS or Android app, and this also lets you control some, but not all, of the drive's settings. Connecting to the drive with a web browser lets you access all the settings, but not view the media! WD offers both Plex and Twonky media servers, and will play to any DLNA client. I tried Plex and it worked well, though I needed to use my Windows browser to configure Plex as doing it from iOS just yielded a blank screen. I was pleased to see that the WD MyCloud app (on iOS at least) now lets me view Sony RAW files - earlier firmware on the Wireless Pro did not. The app can't do much with RAW files but it can send them to other apps which do understand them, such as Lightroom CC.
You can optionally enable an FTP server and SSH (Secure Shell) access. SSH access provides SFTP (secure FTP), but for some odd reason I could not see the regular media files, just the FTP folder (which was empty). Curiously, while I was able to connect an SSH session using the popular freeware tool PuTTY, I couldn't using Bitvise SSH, which complained of a "component error". It's not clear to me how useful SSH is on its own here, and WD warns you that you can render the drive unusable if you aren't careful. The FTP/SFTP server can be handy if your camera supports sending photos by FTP to a remote server. While my Sony A7Riii can do this, it is awkward, slow, and not really usable. (This is not the My Passport's fault.)
The MyPassport supports both 2.4 (b/g/n) and 5GHz (ac) WiFi. You can set the WiFi passwords separately if you want, and can also choose whether to run both, just one or neither band. (This is one of the things you can set only from a web browser.) It also supports WiFi passthrough, where the drive connects to a local access point. I wasn't able to determine how many devices could connect to the drive, but it was at least two. I'll note that, unlike "travel routers", you have almost no control over the connection to an access point other than picking one and entering its password. All you can do is say whether or not other users on that network should have access to media on the drive. There is an "inactivity timer" which shuts off the radio if there has been no traffic in some amount of time; you can set this from 1 to 15 minutes, or "Never".
The drive can also be connected to a computer by USB (a short cable is provided with a USB-A connector on one end and a USB-3 MicroUSB on the other). Then it acts like a (fast) USB hard drive, and the WiFi shuts off while connected this way. Lastly, the built-in battery can also charge external devices such as a cellphone.
I was very pleased by the older My Passport Wireless Pro, and I like the SSD version even better. It will be my go-to device for offloading pictures taken while I am on vacation.
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Edit: June 20, 2018
I recently returned from a month-long cruise vacation where I used the My Passport SSD every day; it worked like a champ. Each evening I would have it copy the SD card (or cards) from my cameras. I noted that if I had multiple imports, each one got its own folder tree. Since I was shooting only in the RAW format, if there was an image I wanted to share (possibly with some tweaking), I'd tell the WD app to "copy" the image to Adobe Lightroom CC, where I could edit it and also save as JPEG. The WiFi passthrough also worked very well, and it was a pleasure to take just my iPad and the My Passport up to the lounge or "sun deck" and go through the shots of that day.
When I got home, I just connected the My Passport by USB3 to my Windows PC and copied everything over.
One thing I discovered is that if you have the need to do a "factory reset", you'll lose all the manuals, samples and Windows/Mac applications that WD preloaded on the drive. I recommend that when you first get the My Passport that you copy all of these elsewhere for safekeeping.
Able to back up files from SD card to the SSD.
Works seamlessly with my Ipad Pro 10.5. Able to export the photos from the SSD to my Ipad via Lightroom CC via
"Lightroom CC --> Add Files --> Storage --> SD imports"
Not experiencing any lag on my ipad but do experience some on my Note 8. I would say the lag might due to the processing power of the device being used rather than the transfer speed.
Transfer speed via SD card slot or USB 2.0 port via Sony XQD/SD Card Reader is pretty quick. Tried exporting 10 GB files of Movies and Raw files onto the drive.
Completed in about 3 mins tops. Which is beyond my expectations. You will have to customise the auto export function for the SD slot and USB slot prior to using the device. Took me 5 mins to set up the device.
Streamed Man of Steel BluRay 4k 10GB file on my Ipad Pro 10.5. Did not experience any lag, movie streamed seamlessly. It would lag a slight bit after you search for specific portions in the movie, otherwise no issues.
Been having fun with it so far. Will transform the way i travel. One thing i dislike is the form factor. Its rather large and its a little pricy compared to normal SSDs but if you are tech savy and do not mind tinkering with the cloud apps i'd say this device would serve you well !