LAKE FOREST, Calif., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WD(R) (NYSE:
WDC) today introduced its new My Passport(TM) Essential(TM) Portable USB
Drives. Redesigned to complement WD's popular My Book family of external
drives, the drives introduce a sleek new form that feels good in your hand
and fits neatly in a pocket or purse. Available now at select retailers and
at WD's online store (http://www.shopwd.com), the new My Passport Essential
USB Drives feature a beautiful glossy black finish and put almost a third
of a terabyte of digital storage in the palm of your hand.
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(1). Equipped with sync and encryption
software (Windows(R)-compatible only), this lightweight drive with
mega-capacity, makes it easy to securely carry thousands of songs, or
videos or photos.
WD Sync(TM) software allows consumers to take desktop content with them
by simplifying the synchronization of essential personal files and
Microsoft(R) Outlook(R) data on a PC. Should owners misplace the drive,
they know their data is protected with 128-bit encryption. Google(TM)
software on the drive allows users to quickly locate files with the Google
Desktop Search(TM) search tool, manage photos with Picasa(TM) photo
organizer software and simplify Web searches with the Google Toolbar(TM)
"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."
A product specification sheet and photos of WD Passport Portable Drives
are available on the company's Web site at
Price and Availability
WD's My Passport Essential USB Drives are available now at select
retail stores and from WD's online store (http://www.shopwd.com). MSRP for
the WD Passport Essential USB Drive 320 GB is $199.99 USD.
WD, one of the storage industry's pioneers and long-time leaders,
provides products and services for people and organizations that collect,
manage and use digital information. The company produces reliable,
high-performance hard drives that keep users' data accessible and secure
from loss. WD applies its storage expertise to consumer products for
external, portable and shared storage applications.
WD was founded in 1970. The company's storage products are marketed to
leading systems manufacturers, selected resellers and retailers under the
Western Digital and WD brand names. Visit the Investor section of the
company's Web site (http://www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of
financial and investor information.
Western Digital, WD, the WD logo and WD Passport are registered
trademarks; WD Sync is a trademark of Western Digital Technologies, Inc.
Other marks may be mentioned herein that belong to other companies. All
other brand and product names mentioned herein are the property of their
respective companies. One gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion bytes. One terabyte
(TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on
(1) An optional cable is available for the few computers that limit bus
SOURCE Western Digital Technologies, Inc.