Western Digital has just upped the ante on its My Passport range which now includes the ‘first-ever’ 2TB portable hard drive.
The new range will consist of a 500GB, 750GB, 1TB and 2TB models.
In addition to increased capacities, the new range is characterised by a more robust and finger-print resistant skin, which comes in five different colours. On board is USB 3.0 connectivity, backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 and continuous, automatic backup software.
Up to 5Gb/s of data can be transferred between the drive and a USB 3.0 device, with USB 2.0 transferring 480 Mb/s.
A password can be set up to protect the content of your drive in addition to its hardware encryption.
As you’d expect from the storage aficionado, the drives come with included software. The user has the option of installing all features, just the components you want or none of them at all.
Even though the available memory capacity has gone up in size, the drive’s proportions remain small and slender enough to slide into a pocket.
WD’s Vice President of branded products and consumer electronics, Jim Welsh, believes personal data bears intangible value, which the new My Passport range preserves.
“More than money, jewellery and other valuables, the item most missed if ever lost or stolen is ones 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 Welsh.
“The new My Passport makes backing up and preserving one’s digital life easier, reliable and more secure than ever.”
Update: The new range is available in stores now with the 2TB variant retailing at $299.