Western Digital launches new modular SanDisk Pro-Blade SSD ecosystem

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Western Digital has unveiled a new SanDisk SSD ecosystem that's designed to be modular and to meet the needs of professional creators.

Credit: Western Digital
Credit: Western Digital


The new lineup includes the Pro-Blade SSD Mag, which is available in 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB configurations. Each mag sports a three-meter drop resistance and 4,000-pound crush resistance, making them ready to use for on-location workflows.

Those SSD mags slot into the Pro-Blade Transport, which is a modular system that allows users up to 2,000 MB/s read and write speeds over USB-C. Users can also easily swap out multiple mags so they can carry terabytes worth of storage without extra bulk.

When connected to a USB-C compatible camera, users can easily record directly onto a specific mag. Once the mag runs out of space, they can easily swap it out for another one to keep recording without interruption.

For those looking to bring the Pro-Blade SSD to the desktop, Western Digital has also unveiled a larger enclosure that can fit up to four SSD mags at once. With Thunderbolt 4 support and 40Gbps speeds, users. Can offload up to four high-capacity mags simultaneously.

Western Digital says the setup supports real-time 4K, 8K, and 12K editing, as well as super-cast copying.

The Pro-Blade SSD mag is available to order for $179.99 for the 1TB option. The Pro-Blade Transport retails for $69.99, although users can also purchase bundles with mags included starting at $239.99.

Both the mag and transport are expected to begin shipping in June. The desktop SSD enclosure will launch in late 2022.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 7
    Loby01Loby01 Posts: 6member
    Looking forward to the desktop version for video editing.  There is no thunderbolt 4 enclosures out there and this may be the “go to” for content creators unless OWC or others come out with thunderbolt 4 enclosures this year.  
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 7
    mobirdmobird Posts: 755member
    What materials are used for the construction of the "members" of this ecosystem?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 7
    6toecat6toecat Posts: 51member

    What SSD does the 0TB PRO-BLADE™ TRANSPORT support?

    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 7
    rezwitsrezwits Posts: 879member
    Wow, gees.  This thing could be revolutionary indeed...
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 7
    crowleycrowley Posts: 10,453member
    Looks like a cheaper version of the Sandisk Pro-Dock 4.  The modules don't look to be cross compatible which seems utterly stupid and to be avoided.
  • Reply 6 of 7
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 6,426member
    Loby01 said:
    Looking forward to the desktop version for video editing.  There is no thunderbolt 4 enclosures out there and this may be the “go to” for content creators unless OWC or others come out with thunderbolt 4 enclosures this year.  
    You know TB4 is not any faster than TB3, right?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 7
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 24,283member
    crowley said:
    Looks like a cheaper version of the Sandisk Pro-Dock 4.  The modules don't look to be cross compatible which seems utterly stupid and to be avoided.
    I agree. I watched an Adorama intro on it earlier today, and it took all of 5 minutes to realize it's overpriced, non-revolutionary, and not for me. I have three portable SSD's now (2-2TB and one-1TB) that I cycle depending on the event or need and this wouldn't add anything to make the workflow faster.
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