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WD’s next generation of external hard drives receives storage and security upgrades

Western Digital's new My Passport drives offer up to 2 terabytes of storage.

By Elaine MurphyPublished: March 21, 2012 07:15 AM

Irvine-based Western Digital has redesigned its line of My Passport external hard drives, producing a new generation of drives with an updated look, improved security and backup features, and an increased storage capacity of up to 2 terabytes.

The new My Passport drives feature WD SmartWare, which automatically backs up files, as well as WD Security with password protection and hardware encryption. They are compatible with USB 3.0 and 2.0 technology. Users can customize the hard drives according to their preferences by installing all or some of the software’s features.

The small drives are available in five colors with a scratch-resistant exterior shell, and in capacities of 500 gigabytes to 2 terabytes.

"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 Western Digital’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... "

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