Tuesday, March 20th 2012

Western Digital Ships First 2 TB Portable Hard Drive With Next-Gen My Passport

Western Digital today announced the next generation of its top-selling My Passport line of portable hard drives, offering consumers a fresh new enclosure design and the first-ever 2 TB capacity in a portable drive.

Now available in five popular colors: white, black, silver, blue, and red, with a range of capacities beginning from 500 GB, the new sleeker My Passport portable drives offer digital consumers an appealing array of storage options that reflect their personal style. Additionally, the new My Passport drives offer WD SmartWare automatic backup software and WD Security for password protection and hardware encryption.


With the addition of premium finishes, specially-engineered to make the outer shell more resistant to scratches and fingerprints, the new My Passport external drives feature ultra-fast USB 3.0 connectivity; USB 2.0 compatibility; continuous, automatic backup software; and password protection with hardware encryption. The included software offers the flexibility to customize the drive to a user's storage preferences: installing all features, just the components needed, or using the drive without the software. The new 2 TB model offers massive capacity in an amazing pocket-sized enclosure, affording plenty of secure storage for all of one's photos, video, music and other important files.

Given the small form factor and easy portability of My Passport drives, the built-in security features of password protection and hardware encryption help protect files from unauthorized use, making the drives safe data repositories for data while offering peace of mind to busy consumers on the go.

"More than money, jewelry and other valuables, the item most missed if ever lost or stolen is one's computer - and everything on it - so our goal in launching the next-generation of the popular My Passport drives is to encourage more consumers to protect their data before something happens," said Jim Welsh, executive vice president and general manager of WD's branded products and consumer electronics groups. "The new My Passport makes backing up and preserving one's digital life easier, reliable and more secure than ever - it's the perfect blend of monstrous capacity, reliability and user-friendly technology in a sleek form factor, now in five colors."

Pricing and Availability

My Passport drives come with a 2-year limited warranty and are available online at the WD store at www.wdstore.com and at select retailers and distributors. MSRP is $129.99 USD for 500 GB, $149.99 USD for 750 GB, $179.99 USD for 1 TB, $199.99 for 1.5 TB and $249.99 USD for the new 2 TB edition. Additional information on the My Passport family of hard drives can be found at http://www.wdc.com/en/products/external/portable/.
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14 Comments on Western Digital Ships First 2 TB Portable Hard Drive With Next-Gen My Passport

#1
Chappy
And the price is... :eek:
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coldtortilla
I would try to stay away from these, because on the current passports WD has sodered on the micro USB 3 to the drives, so even if you manage to take the drive out of the shell, you won't be able to use it as a SATA drive.
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#3
Prima.Vera
Is it me or those drives are very expensive?????
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jsfitz54
by: Prima.Vera
Is it me or those drives are very expensive?????
Yes, very expensive.

Even at their own website prices are greater than street prices.
Once in a while you can get a deal but it is rare, even with WD promotional coupons and sales.

Refurbs are currently priced above what new was before Thailand flooding.
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Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: coldtortilla
I would try to stay away from these, because on the current passports WD has sodered on the micro USB 3 to the drives, so even if you manage to take the drive out of the shell, you won't be able to use it as a SATA drive.
Isn't that the point with these drives?
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jsfitz54
by: Frick
Isn't that the point with these drives?
If it has to do with hardware encryption. Unsure if that is the case.

Is hardware encryption built into the drive body or soldered outside the drive?
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Sir B. Fannybottom
by: Cristian_25H


Pricing and Availability

My Passport drives come with a 2-year limited warranty and are available online at the WD store at www.wdstore.com and at select retailers and distributors. MSRP is $129.99 USD for 500 GB, $149.99 USD for 750 GB, $179.99 USD for 1 TB, $199.99 for 1.5 TB and $249.99 USD for the new 2 TB edition. Additional information on the My Passport family of hard drives can be found at http://www.wdc.com/en/products/external/portable/.
Are they just fucking with us now arn't they?
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#8
[H]@RD5TUFF
$250 . . . try $125 - $160, and give it a 5 year warranty and then we'll talk!
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#9
1c3d0g
I was looking forward to this. Excellent (except the price, of course)!
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#10
NC37
Heh, I got one of the 500GBs for $50 last year :D

Course, its the butt ugly Pacific Blue one. But I didn't care. GB is GB.
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#11
happita
by: Prima.Vera
Is it me or those drives are very expensive?????
It's not you...its me (that's what she said :banghead:...but yea, they are very expensive.

I got 4x 1TB My Passports before the huge flood increased prices for a good while. I got them at 119.99, 109.99, 109.99, 109.99.
I see no difference in the new generation of My Passports except the increased storage sizes and the ridiculous prices. You oughta be ashamed of yourselves WD!! :shadedshu
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#12
Yo_Wattup
Are they 2.5" or 3.5"? If they are 2.5" I will be impressed, but there's plenty of 3TB 3.5" portable drives around...
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#13
Chappy
I'd be content with that price if they'd bundle it with 5 Yr warranty... :)
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#14
happita
by: Yo_Wattup
Are they 2.5" or 3.5"? If they are 2.5" I will be impressed, but there's plenty of 3TB 3.5" portable drives around...
They are definitely 2.5", they fit in my pocket :)
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