New My Passports from Western Digital


mypassportWestern Digital is on a roll, and are offering a new batch of My Passport Essential and My Passport for Mac external hard drives for those who want a sleek and secure solution for carrying large amounts of data wherever they go. They’re smaller, smarter and more secure than their predecessors, thanks to the implementation of the new WD SmartWare software that is accompanied by hardware-based encryption. These new My Passport drives are less than 80% percent the size of its predecessors, but doesn’t skimp on features as you will find out right after the jump.

They come preloaded with the aforementioned WD SmartWare software that is able to present consumers’ data in a control center visually, letting one heave a sigh of relief knowing that all their favorite photos, videos and files are securely protected. Depending on your budget and needs, you can choose from varying capacities that range anywhere from 320GB to a more respectable 1TB, with a slew of colors to choose from including Pacific Blue, Real Red, Cool Silver and Midnight Black. The simple and intuitive first backup process will launch automatically during the first time the My Passport Essential is plugged into your computer, where you get to have a reassuring view of the real-time visual interface thanks to the WD SmartWare software, letting you see what’s going on during the backup process. Apart from that, you will also receive greater data protection as backup will be performed automatically each time a user changes or adds a file.

Apart from that, both the My Passport Essential and My Passport for Mac drives will boast a user-selected password protection that works in tandem with military-grade 256-bit hardware encryption to keep your data secure even under the most trying circumstances, making sure you need not fret too much should you misplace this external hard drive. While the My Passport Essential drives will come in 320GB, 500GB and 640GB capacities, the My Passport Essential SE drives will boast larger storage spaces at 750GB and 1TB. Mac users might not be too happy knowing that the My Passport for Mac drives will only come in 320GB and 500GB capacities. Depending on the storage space available, they retail anywhere from $109.99 to $249.99.

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T. Rakslidd Says: August 16, 2010 at 7:57 am

I have one and it works really well for me. I have run into problems with Vista so be aware if you want this for a system that is running Vista it may not work and you may get bounced around on support. Do some searching on Vista and WD Passport Essential and you will find more detail.

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