Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Western Digital expands Passport LIne to 500GB

As hard drive space keeps increasing in smaller form factors, I continue to be amazed at the amount of space you can now carry with you. Western Digital has now taken the Passport line of portable USB hard drives up to 500GB. That's 1/2 a Terabyte in a form factor that is smaller than paperback book. The drives are USB bus powered meaning they receive power from the USB port so you don't have to lug around an AC adapter. I own a smaller version of this model that I take on the road with me. Now I have to upgrade...

Here is the press release:

LAKE FOREST, Calif., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Catering to
consumers on-the-go with the world's most popular portable storage
offerings, WD(R) (NYSE: WDC) today introduced its new 500 GB capacity My
Passport(TM) Portable USB Drives which are designed to make it easy to
store a half a terabyte of music, videos or photos and carry them in the
palm of your hand. Available now at WD's online store
(http://www.shopwd.com), the new 500 GB capacity is offered on the My
Passport Elite(TM) and My Passport Essential(TM) portable drive models.

A recent consumer study conducted by WD of 1,559 external hard drive
users revealed that 54 percent of survey respondents wished that there was
an automatic way to back up their computer without having to think about
it. My Passport Elite portable drives are equipped with software to
automatically back up consumers' ever-growing collection of personal media
and digital files.

Weighing in at less than 7 ounces and designed to withstand the rigors
of everyday use, the new 500 GB My Passport portable drives are small
enough to fit in a pocket or backpack for easy portability. My Passport
users benefit from WD's leadership in hard drive manufacturing. WD has the
in-depth expertise to build enclosures that are designed to protect users'
data.

"In our mobile society, there is an increasing desire to have your data
collection at your finger tips at all times," said Jim Welsh, vice
president and general manager of WD's branded products and consumer
electronics groups. "The new My Passport 500 GB portable drives provide the
convenience of a compact USB-powered drive with the high capacity
previously only available in larger desktop drives."

WD's My Passport Portable USB Drives with 500 GB capacity are available
now at WD's online store (http://www.shopwd.com). MSRP for the My Passport
family of portable drives with 400 GB and 500 GB capacities ranges from
$179.99 USD to $219.99 USD depending on model. The My Passport Elite and My
Passport Essential portable drives are offered in the following capacities:
160 GB, 250 GB, 320 GB, 400 GB and 500 GB.

Product information and photos of the entire family of My Passport
portable drives are available on the company's Web site at
http://www.wdc.com/en/products/index.asp?cat=9.

Unique features of the My Passport Elite and My Passport Essential
portable drives include: USB-bus powered, which eliminates the need for an
external power adapter(1); synchronization software that lets users sync
their changes and protect their information with 128-bit encryption;
plug-and-play capability with gaming consoles(2) to make it easy to play
music and view photos and video files on a TV. My Passport Essential
portable drives are available in 11 fashionable colors.


Additional features of the My Passport Elite portable drives include:

-- Capacity gauge that enables users to know at-a-glance how much space is
available;
-- Powerful automatic backup software lets users designate files and
folders for automatic and continuous backup;
-- Retrieve forgotten files from the road from any MioNet(R)-enabled PC
(compatible with Windows(R) only) and copy them to My Passport
portable drive using the unique MioNet Key(TM) software;
-- Available now in four elegant, soft-touch colors: bronze, titanium,
westminster blue and cherry red; and,
-- Industry-leading 5-year limited warranty.

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