Verbatim has announced a new solid-state drive designed specifically for long-term storage. The external SSD doesn’t allow data deletion or overwriting, turning it into a write-one drive for archiving purposes.
The external SSD is among the company’s WOV Series. It packs 128GB of NAND flash and connects to your PC via USB 3.2 Gen 1. Verbatim is pitching it as a write-protected SSD, meaning you can only read from it under normal conditions.
To write to the drive, you must first install a dedicated piece of software that is only compatible with Windows 10 or Windows 11. The drive does work with Windows, Mac, and Chromebook, but is limited to read-only mode. The idea is to protect mission-critical files from being accidentally deleted or overwritten.
SMOVA128G is portable, prevents accidental overwrites or deletes, and has a 10-year warranty.
The SWOVA128G read and write speeds are rated at 540 MB/s and 180 MB/s, respectively. You’ll have to take Verbatim’s word for this as the drive will error out when attempting to run a benchmark program.
Speaking of the device’s durability and reliability, it is backed by a 10-year hardware warranty in which Verbatim will replace a bad drive during this period. Notably, the warranty does not guarantee stored data so you’ll likely want a secondary backup as a fail-safe. What’s more, Verbatim says data cannot be erased and the only way to effectively do so is to physically destroy the SSD.
Verbatim hasn’t given the price of SWOVA128G or when it would be released, however, it looks like Japan would experience the usage of the device before any other part of the world.