Western Digital unveiled a new series of My Passport Essential external hard drives. The 320GB version costs $199.99.
Weighing in at less than 5 ounces, My Passport Essential Drives are light
and compact to carry and because they are bus powered, they do not need an
external power adapter. Equipped with sync and encryption software
(Windows-compatible only), this lightweight drive with mega-capacity, makes
it easy to securely carry thousands of songs, or videos or photos.
WD Sync software allows consumers to take desktop content with them by
simplifying the synchronization of essential personal files and Microsoft
Outlook data on a PC. Should owners misplace the drive, they know their
data is protected with 128-bit encryption. Google software on the drive
allows users to quickly locate files with the Google Desktop Search search
tool, manage photos with Picasa photo organizer software and simplify Web
searches with the Google Toolbar search bar.
"The newly designed My Passport Essential drives are the perfect
travel-friendly storage device to hold the rich media content generated by
higher resolution photos and HD videos and music," said Jim Welsh, vice
president and general manager of WD's branded products group. "The desire to
carry and keep their digital files close at hand continues to grow and this
new drive offers a sleek and stylish solution with plenty of storage capacity
for consumers on the move."