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WD Unveils Smaller, Smarter and More Secure My Passport Essential Drives

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WD, the world's leader in external storage solutions, today introduced its smaller, smarter and more secure My Passport Essential and My Passport for Mac ultra-portable external hard drives featuring WD's new WD SmartWare software and equipped with hardware-based encryption. The new My Passport drives are more than 20 percent smaller than the previous generation My Passport.

The new portable drives with WD SmartWare software visually present consumers' data in a control center, providing them peace of mind that their precious photos, videos and files are securely protected. Available now at select retailers and the WD online store (shopwd.com), the new My Passport Essential and My Passport for Mac drives are offered in capacities ranging from 320 GB to 1 TB and come in a range of colors including Pacific Blue, Real Red, Cool Silver and Midnight Black.

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Good I need bigger storage capacity and more secure encryption for my pron....erm...files...as my 500gb passport is getting quite full.
 
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Would be nice to get a look at this updated software. The app they were shipping on their older Passport drives was less than user friendly. What they really need to do is jump on the best practices bandwagon and utilize the built-in backup functionality of XP/Vista/7, which is what you're really going to want when your HDD takes a crap and you have to rely on (you guessed it) built-in system recovery software to get your machine up and running with your old data and configuration.

That said, encryption handling on these external drives has always been a bit finicky from my experience. You are much more likely to forget your own dang password than you are to actually lose the drive and have it picked up by someone with malicious intent. Keep in mind, these aren't being market to corporations (nor should any portable drive), they're being marketed to consumers to store their family photos and music collections.

Btw, if you buy a drive, slap an encryption password on it, and return it to the store you bought it from, there is absolutely no way to unlock that drive. This is a huge hole in marketing these via the retail sector. And if Maxtor/WD have a way around that, it means that there's a hole in the encryption system, which makes it absolutely worthless to even have it encrypted in the first place because if someone really wanted at your data, it would not be hard to get.
 

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Would be nice to get a look at this updated software. The app they were shipping on their older Passport drives was less than user friendly. What they really need to do is jump on the best practices bandwagon and utilize the built-in backup functionality of XP/Vista/7, which is what you're really going to want when your HDD takes a crap and you have to rely on (you guessed it) built-in system recovery software to get your machine up and running with your old data and configuration.

That said, encryption handling on these external drives has always been a bit finicky from my experience. You are much more likely to forget your own dang password than you are to actually lose the drive and have it picked up by someone with malicious intent. Keep in mind, these aren't being market to corporations (nor should any portable drive), they're being marketed to consumers to store their family photos and music collections.

Btw, if you buy a drive, slap an encryption password on it, and return it to the store you bought it from, there is absolutely no way to unlock that drive. This is a huge hole in marketing these via the retail sector. And if Maxtor/WD have a way around that, it means that there's a hole in the encryption system, which makes it absolutely worthless to even have it encrypted in the first place because if someone really wanted at your data, it would not be hard to get.
http://www.truecrypt.org/