Irvine, CA—To commemorate the 10th anniversary of its My Passport line of portable external hard drives, WD, a Western Digital company, announced a sleek new design. More than 60 million My Passport drives have been sold in the past 10 years, providing approximately 42,000 petabytes of content protection for consumers.
The My Passport Ultra – Metal edition and My Passport Ultra – Anniversary edition drives represent a decade of refinement for WD’s portable drive line. They feature metal exteriors, up to 2TB (terabytes) capacities in smaller enclosures, content protection, including backup, and cloud integration for anywhere access to personal content.
Both drives incorporate a radial-spin-design aluminum enclosure, which is engineered to provide style and extra protection against everyday knocks. In addition, the drives offer users hardware encryption and password protection to prevent unauthorized use in the event of loss or theft. For additional content protection and remote sharing, the My Passport Ultra – Metal edition drive includes WD SmartWare Pro software with Dropbox integration, allowing users to back up content from their computer to the drive and from the drive to the cloud, and retrieve content from their Dropbox account to the My Passport drive.
“Ten years is a milestone by any consumer technology standard, and having the opportunity to consistently reinvent a product line like My Passport to suit the changing needs of consumers and creative professionals is something we are especially proud of,” said Tony Tate, vice president and general manager of WD’s Content Solutions unit. “We thank all of our customers for their ongoing feedback over the years, which has helped make My Passport the most popular external hard drives ever.”
The My Passport Ultra – Anniversary edition drive is anticipated to be available in limited quantities beginning September 2014. The My Passport Ultra – Metal edition 1TB drive has a manufacturer’s suggest retail price of $89 and the 2TB has an MSRP of $139. Both drives will offer a regional three-year limited warranty. wd.com