Western Digital unveils new My Passport Essential SE Portable USB Drives


mypassport-essentialGuess today’s focus will be on a couple of Western Digital products, as the world leader in external storage solutions has just lifted the veil on its new My Passport Essential SE Portable USB Drives, offering 750GB and 1TB capacities that come encased in a titanium silver finish, giving you unprecedented amounts of storage capacity right smack in the palm of your hand. Guess with more and more people archiving their collection of photos and videos on hard drives, it makes perfect sense to have a decent storage solution that won’t just konk out within months, being more durable than optical discs at the same time.

The new 1 TB and 750 GB capacity My Passport Essential SE drives won’t be a burden on your shoulders whenever you go traveling with them since they are light and compact to tote around. In addition, by virtue of being USB powered means there is no need to lug around yet another power adapter which could prove to be rather heavy (it all adds up, you know). Each purchase of the new My Passport Essential SE drives will come equipped with sync and encryption software, but these will work only in the Windows environment – sorry, Mac users. In addition, it enables consumers to carry desktop content with them wherever they go, thanks to the synchronization of essential personal files and Microsoft Outlook data on a PC. Just in case you happen to be one clumsy person and misplace your drive, rest assured whoever finds it will have a tough time recovering the information inside thanks to 128-bit encryption technology.

According to Dale Pistilli, vice president of marketing for WD’s branded products group, “The enormous capacity of these new My Passport Essential SE drives makes them the perfect travel-friendly storage device to hold all the rich media content generated by higher resolution photos and HD videos and music. Carrying digital files close at hand continues to be a growing consumer interest and this new drive offers a sleek and stylish solution with plenty of storage capacity for people on the move.”

You can pick up the 750GB and 1TB My Passport Essential SE for $199.99 and $299.99, respectively.

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5 reviews or comments

Rob Clarke Says: October 15, 2009 at 4:31 am

Well the product does not live up to expectations.
1) they use a propriatory plug – very poor, it keeps crashing out as it looses contact
2) Need loads of power, and as it has a special lead you cannot use a standard USB B double header.
3) The worst of all, you get the backup software, on every computer you plug it into, you cannot format the drive to get rid of it – it is awful, corportate Malware at its worst!

Buy the bare drive and put it in a standard enclosure if you have to have one this big – otherwise there are far better / equivalent products available

Edwin Says: October 15, 2009 at 9:48 am

Thanks for your input, Rob – appreciate it 🙂

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