updated 10:10 am EDT, Wed June 6, 2007
WD Passport 250GB
Western Digital this morning boosted the capacity of its external notebook-oriented hard drives. The Passport 250GB drive sees a sharp climb in storage that the storage firm says is an ideal fit for storing photos from 10-megapixel cameras and other increasingly large digital media. The expansion comes at no cost in size or power, as the drive weighs less than five ounces and is completely powered by the USB port on a Mac OS X or Windows PC.
While Mac users can rely on iPhoto and Spotlight to edit photos and find files on the drive, Western Digital also includes a suite of Google-made utilities such as Desktop Search, Picasa for image editing, and the Toolbar web browser plugin. Also part of the software package is WD Sync for synchronizing Outlook data and other important files between the drive and a host PC.
The updated Passport should be available today from the company's online store as well as some online and retail stores for $199.