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WD ships My Passport Pro, dual-drive bus-powered Thunderbolt RAID

03/27, 9:33am

Drive features integrated Thunderbolt cable

Drive manufacturer WD today introduced My Passport Pro, the first portable and Thunderbolt-powered dual-drive. The peripheral is available in 2TB and 4TB capacities, and sports a Thunderbolt cable built into the case itself, which also powers the drive. A user-selectable RAID function lets users choose data striping (RAID 0) for high performance or mirroring (RAID 1) for data redundancy.

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WD ships My Cloud EX2, two-bay network attached storage

03/04, 10:09pm

Device includes Time Machine, iTunes, Twonky, Transmission, others

Western Digital today expanded its prosumer personal cloud solutions with the new My Cloud EX2, a high-performance two-bay network attached storage (NAS) system. The My Cloud EX2 and My Cloud EX4 products were designed by WD for creative professionals and prosumers that need to reliably save, share, back up, stream and manage large amounts of digital data.

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Western Digital adds Purple line of high-durability hard drives

02/25, 1:03pm

New line optimized for surveillance applications with video stuttering protections

Storage purveyor Western Digital today announced the availability of WD Purple, a purpose-built line of 3.5-inch, high-capacity hard drives for surveillance applications. Designed specifically for video surveillance units and other applications demanding high reliability, WD Purple hard drives are tailored for new and existing home and small business security environments, with up to eight hard drives and up to 32 high-definition (HD) video cameras. Shipping today, WD Purple hard drives are available in capacities from 1TB up to 4TB.

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WD Black 2 Dual Drive combines SSD, HDD into non-hybrid format

11/25, 9:55am

Fits 2.5-inch drive slots

Western Digital has released the Black 2 Dual Drive, a product that merges an SSD and an HDD into the same component. The unit isn't an SSHD; instead, the SSD (120GB) and HDD (1TB) partitions are separate, giving people more control over where data is stored. Data usage is typically offloaded to the HDD, though, in theory improving the longevity of the SSD.

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WD ships MyCloud network storage and personal cloud storage device

10/02, 10:38am

Mobile apps allow for remote connection to MyCloud across Internet

Western Digital has launched a new network attached storage device with a greater emphasis on cloud storage. The MyCloud line, continuing from where the MyBook Live and MyBook Live Duo left off, provides storage across a home or office network, as well as allowing users to download and upload files over the Internet.

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Western Digital ships updated My Book, My Book for Mac lines

09/24, 10:19am

Updated WD external drive ranges includes $180 4TB option

Western Digital has updated its entire My Book line, as well as My Book for Mac, removing one lower capacity model, a refinement in pricing, and enhanced data protection. The refreshed My Book range is available in 2TB, 3TB, and 4TB capacities, eliminating the 1TB option previously available, while the My Book for Mac including 2TB and 3TB models.

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Briefly: Sony details PS4 for Japan; WD acquires Virident for $685M

09/09, 10:32am

Sony details PlayStation 4 launch in Japan

Sony has announced that its PlayStation 4 console will arrive in Japan on February 22, three months after the US launch in November, according to a Reuters report. Pricing will start at 39,380 yen (~$400 USD), or 43,980 yen (~$440 USD) with the camera accessory, which effectively matches the US prices.

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WD introduces 1TB, 2TB My Passport Slim external storage drives

09/05, 12:50pm

My Passport Slim uses metal enclosure, supplied with WD SmartWare Pro

Western Digital has introduced a pair of thin portable external storage drives in metal enclosures, following on from the My Passport Ultra which launched in May. The new My Passport Slim drives come in 1TB and 2TB capacities, measuring 0.48-inches and 0.7-inches thick respectively, and are supplied with WD SmartWare Pro data protection software for added security.

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Western Digital ships 2.5-inch Red NAS drives, adds 4TB 3.5-inch model

09/03, 3:59pm

Thinner network storage drives offer 750GB, 1TB capacities

Western Digital has updated its line of WD Red hard drives to include two new 2.5-inch versions designed for network attached storage devices. The 1 terabyte and 750 gigabyte-capacity 2.5-inch drives join the line alongside with a new higher-capacity 4 terabyte 3.5-inch model, beating the size of its previous largest model by 1 terabyte.

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Western Digital ships 7mm-thick 1TB 2.5-inch drive

06/03, 5:33pm

Drive thinnest 1TB drive currently available

Western Digital, today announced it is shipping the its thinnest 1TB hard drive with its new 2.5-inch WD Blue 7 mm hard drive. The drive, aimed at thin and light systems and slimmer notebooks, as well as compatibility with the industry-standard 9.5 mm drive slots of mainstream notebooks, is shipping in capacities from 320 GB to 1TB in the new 7mm height.

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Western Digital adds WD Se line aimed at NAS, data centers

05/28, 6:15pm

Drive first in industry to boast dual core controller

Storage manufacturer WD today announced availability of its WD Se line of hard drives designed for scale-out datacenter deployments. Built on an enterprise-grade platform for 24x7x365 datacenter operation, WD Se is tailored to deliver performance and reliability for large-scale replicated environments, mid-sized network attached storage (NAS) deployment, and backup/archiving applications.

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WD enhances portable drive offerings with up to 2TB My Passport Ultra

05/15, 10:32pm

New drives ship with Dropbox integration, hardware encryption

Western Digital today announced the availability of the My Passport Ultra line of portable hard drives, which combine additional layers of data protection with USB 3.0 connectivity, a slim design, and four color choices to offer mobile consumers a safe way to protect digital content while traveling.

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WD ships hard drive, hybrid storage measuring 5mm thick

04/23, 10:30am

Thinner drives use single edge connector to save space

Building on from its 7mm release last year, Western Digital has started shipping its first hard drives and solid state hybrid drives (SSHD) that measure 5mm (0.2-inches) thick. The new WD Blue and WD Black 2.5-inch drives are made to allow for even thinner notebook and ultrabook designs, while still providing a sizable amount of storage for the end user.

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WD brings new My Net dual-band router, AC bridge

11/14, 12:15pm

New products combine 802.11ac with WD's FasTrack

WD, a Western Digital company, announced today the availability of its new My Net AC1300 HD Dual-Band Router and My Net AC Bridge, two new additions to its My Net family of HD dual-band routers. The two new devices combine 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology with WD's own FasTrack technology, which prioritizes high-bandwidth entertainment services in order to improve streaming performance at home.

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WD updates My Book Studio drive with USB 3.0 connectivity

11/13, 12:58pm

Transfer speed claimed to be three times that of USB 2.0

Western Digital has rolled out a new version of the My Book Studio external hard drive, aimed towards users wanting more speed without switching to Thunderbolt. The update adds USB 3.0 connectivity, which provides data transfer speeds claimed to be three times faster than the USB 2.0 version, while also allowing for legacy connections through USB 2.0 and FireWire 800.

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WD ups My Book capacity to 8TB with Thunderbolt Duo

10/09, 4:52pm

My Book Thunderbolt drives now come in 4TB, 8TB models

WD announced today an expansion of its line of high capacity and high speed external storage drives with the My Book Thunderbolt Duo 8 TB and My Book 4 TB external hard drive models. The new drives are compatible with both Mac and PC setups, and the Thunderbolt Duo 8 TB offers the largest storage available on any My Book drive from WD.

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WD outs MyPassport Edge portable drives for Macs and PCs

09/06, 10:12am

Stylish and thin new Edge drives get USB 3.0 ports and 500GB capacities

WD on Thursday showed off its latest additions to its portable hard drive lineup with the My Passport Edge. Available for Windows PCs and Macs, the sleek drives will have USB 3.0 connections and 500GB capacities. The all-aluminum design is said to match that of the MacBook and MacBook Air notebooks, while also being compatible with Apple Time Machine in the Mac version.

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WD TV Live media players get six new features or services

06/05, 2:57pm

WD TV Live and TV Live Hub get new features and services across the world

WD on Tuesday has updated its TV Live and TV Live Hub media players with new, country-specific and worldwide services and features. Existing owners of either product will get access to the features thanks to a downloadable software update. The new services include Red Bull TV, ABC iview, Acetrax, Maxdome, the BILD TV-App, and the AOL On Network.

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WD VelociRaptor 10K RPM drive hits 1TB

04/16, 10:50am

WD VelociRaptor keeps up with storage

Western Digital on Monday timed the launch of a larger VelociRaptor drive with the NAB media expo. The new, 1TB capacity almost doubles the prior 600GB peak and is seen as a way to give video editors the capacity they need while still giving performance above and beyond conventional disk drives. It continues to spin at 10,000RPM versus the usual 7,200RPM and comes inn an "Ice Pack" heatsink that cools it down while serving as a mount for a 3.5-inch drive bay.

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WD ships Scorpio Blue drive in 7mm ultrabook-friendly form

04/11, 8:25am

WD Scorpio Blue now ready in slim form

Western Digital on Wednesday started shipping a new version of its Scorpio Blue hard drive tailored for ultrabooks and otherwise thin notebooks. At 7mm tall, it fits in spaces where regular 9.5mm drives won't but can still have as much as 500GB of space. The design has the simultaneous upside of lower power consumption and is purportedly the most efficient spinning hard drive in the field.

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Skitter channel feeds Roku boxes live TV

04/09, 7:35pm

Works with content providers to provide streaming

Atlanta-based Skitter has launched a streaming service to offer TV broadcasts directly over the Internet to Roku or WD Live set-top boxes. The service is currently available in Portland, Oregon, with plans to expand to 5 other metro markets by the end of June. What differentiates Skitter from previous efforts to offer live TV over the web is that the company has negotiated licenses for retransmission rights with broadcasters such as ABC, NBC and CBS in each of the markets it serves.

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WD adds 2TB My Passport Studio drive just for Macs

04/03, 10:55am

My Passport Studio now available in 2TB capacity

Western Digital just added a new 2TB capacity for its Mac OS X-oriented My Passport Studio external hard drive range. Other capacities include 500GB, 750GB, and 1TB, and the all-metal hard drive is compatible with Apple's Time Machine back-up feature out of the box. There is no power adapter needed when users plug it in using the USB 2.0 interface or one of the two FireWire 800 ports, which also boosts transfer speeds.

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Western Digital My Passport is first with 2TB portable drive

03/20, 8:30am

WD My Passport hits 2TB with new design

Western Digital undertook a major remake of its My Passport portable hard drives on Tuesday that both claimed a first in capacity and gave it a fresher design. The new versions are the first to ever have 2TB of storage in a portable-sized drive. WD hasn't said how the drive is arranged, although it's more likely to be two 1TB disk than the still-distant single 2TB drives.

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WD ships My Book Thunderbolt Duo drives

03/15, 10:20am

WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo reaches stores

Western Digital acted on a two-month promise by shipping its range-topping MyBook Thunderbolt Duo drives. The desktop external disks use the headroom of the 10Gbps spec, along with RAID, to supply speeds faster than most individual internal drives, even on a system like a MacBook Air. In a hands-on (above) with a RAID 0 stripe, we saw real speeds of 750MB per second in reads and 640MB per second in writes, rendering it faster than a high-end solid-state drive.

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WD offloads some desktop hard drive assets to Toshiba

02/28, 10:40pm

WD makes Toshiba deal to keep Hitachi buyout alive

Western Digital struck a deal late Tuesday to divest some of its 3.5-inch desktop hard drive assets to Toshiba. The pact would see WD buy Toshiba's storage group in Thailand, as well as give away other elements, as a condition of WD's buyout of Hitachi's storage group. By the completion of the deal, Toshiba could make desktop 3.5-inch hard drives for home users, and it could improve its ability to make specialized drives for pro uses.

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WD makes My Book Thunderbolt Duo official

01/26, 8:40am

WD My Book Thunderbolt Duo gives pro speed

Western Digital gave a more formal debut to its first Thunderbolt-equipped drive at Macworld|iWorld on Thursday. The My Book Thunderbolt Duo uses the fast 10Gbps port to feed two 3.5-inch hard drives at speeds that would be impractical for FireWire 800. On a 6TB Thunderbolt Duo, peak transfer speeds can hit over 250MBps (2Gbps), making the only bottleneck the drives themselves.

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Next-gen WD TV Live streams Spotify with new UI

10/06, 8:45am

WD TV Live carries Spotify Music and more

Western Digital on Tuesday brought out its next-generation WD TV Live media box and companion WD TV Live Hub. The new version has a revamped, tray-based interface and now has Spotify music. Listeners with a Spotify Premium account can stream at the full 320Kbps with support for making playlists, sharing, and getting access to others' content through profiles and the song inbox.

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DealNN roundup: WD 1TB Portable Hard Drive, only $69

09/13, 11:20am

Deals on hard drives, iPad cases, and more

Today's deals from DealNN include price drops on hard drives, iPad cases, and more. Cowboom.com is now offering the WD Elements SE 1TB External USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive as its Deal of the Day, complete with data transfer rates up to 480Mbps, support for both PC and Mac computers, and a compact design that's said to fit in your pocket. Currently featured at DealNN, this hard drive has now dropped to $69.99 in price and offers savings of up to $60.

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Netgear preps more Apple TV-like NeoTV media hub

08/18, 2:55pm

Netgear NeoTV media streamer shows up at FCC

A freshly spotted FCC filing reveals Netgear will soon release a new networked home media player, the NeoTV 200. Judging by the early specs, it will act as a competitor to Apple's TV and WD's TV Live products. It will stream Netflix and Pandora content but has no USB, SD or eSATA ports.

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Western Digital ships slim 1TB Scorpio Blue drive

07/20, 12:40pm

Western Digital ships 9.5mm tall 1TB drive

Western Digital on Wednesday shipped its first 1TB notebook drive thin enough to fit most portables. An upgraded Scorpio Blue measures 9.5mm tall and is thin enough that a MacBook Pro or most other thinner but regular-sized notebooks can take the capacity. The slimming down comes through fitting 500GB per platter and cutting out the third platter that had been needed on earlier drives.

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New AirPort looks show higher power, WD Caviar Green

06/25, 10:55am

AirPort Extreme 2011 ups power, goes green

A pair of looks at the upgraded AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule has shown more upgrades and changes than first thought, including a slightly misleading view of the hard drive. One breakdown shared between AppleInsider and iFixit has shown that the new AirPort Extreme and presumably Time Capsule output about 2.8 times more power, at 392.64mW, than the previous version. A test wasn't immediately possible, but the potential existed for as much as a 60 percent range boost, though only in ideal conditions.

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WD intros Nomad case for protecting external hard drives

06/15, 7:20am

WD shows Nomad case for My Passport drives

WD on Wednesday announced the release of its WD Nomad rugged case made to house its My Passport portable hard drives. It will also protect them from drops from up to seven feet, as well as moisture and spills. The polycarbonate exterior is paired with a shock-absorbing elastomer interior.

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DealNN roundup: refurb. WD Portable Hard Drive, now $64

05/17, 11:10am

Deals on hard drives, iPhone speakers, and more

Today’s deals from DealNN include price breaks on portable hard drives, iPhone speaker systems, and more. Macmall.com has recently lowered the cost of the refurbished Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 750GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive, which includes transfer speeds up to 480Mbps, built-in WD SmartWare technology, and a 90 day warranty. Currently, this particular hard drive is featured at DealNN and has dropped in price from $129.99 down to $64.99.

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WD puts out 3TB drive for home theater PCs, media hubs

05/16, 3:40pm

WD AV-GP media hard drives hit 3TB

Western Digital on Monday upgraded its AV-GP hard drives to provide extra space for frequent media users. New 2.5TB and 3TB versions match the capacity of the best regular drives but are designed for always-on use and a relatively low power draw. Both of them are optimized for very heavy recording demands and can grab as many as 12 simultaneous HD video streams.

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WD rolls 6TB My Book Studio Edition II

03/17, 8:25am

WD intros 6TB My Book Studio Edition II

Western Digital put out one of the largest capacity dual-disk external drives on Thursday by introducing a 6TB version of the My Book Studio Edition II. The drive pairs two of the still-rare 3TB drives, optionally in a RAID mirror or stripe, and is aimed primarily at creative pros who deal with very large photos or videos on a regular basis. It comes pre-formatted for Macs; it can be reformatted for Windows, but it needs at least Vista or 7 to see more than 2.1TB.

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Samsung reaches 1TB per disk platter, hints 4TB drives

03/07, 9:50am

Samsung promises 4TB 3.5-inch hard drives soon

Samsung has found a way to build 1TB platters for hard drives, which will allow it to build 4TB hard drives for computers. The news came from CeBIT courtesy of German newspaper Heise and indicates a new record. Currently, companies can only produce 3TB 3.5-inch hard drives, with each platter at 750MB. The breakthrough also applies to notebooks, as Samsung showed off a 2.5-inch, two-platter, 1TB drive that is compatible with most average notebooks thanks to its standard height.

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WD TV Lives get Blockbuster On Demand, Facebook, more

11/23, 11:40am

WD TV Live update brings Facebook, Blockbuster

Western Digital on Tuesday announced it has added new online services to its lineup of WD TV media players. The WD TV Live Plus media player will have access to rent or buy new movie releases at the same time as they are launched on Blu-ray or DVD through Blockbuster On Demand in the US. Both the WD TV Lice Plus and the Live will also get newfound Facebook access, letting users upload photos and videos, update their status, view their wall and get News Feed info.

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WD TV Live Hub official, packs 1TB of media

10/26, 8:25am

WD TV Live Hub launches at Best Buy

Western Digital has quickly followed up on recent leaks by launching the WD TV Live Hub. Unlike the company's earlier media streamers, it's designed to be fully self-contained and has a full 1TB of space that can hold large amounts of 1080p video and is enough to become a media server for the home. While built to play media directly to a TV, it can share its content to other devices on the local network over DLNA or UPnP and even to Android and iOS hardware.

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Seagate, WD nearing launch of 3TB internal hard drives

10/18, 3:55pm

3TB internal drives from Seagate, WD show up

Seagate and WD will soon release the first 3TB internal hard drives on the market, says Dutch site Hardware.info. Images of the drives have surfaced, with European online retailers listing them for pre-orders as well. The 3.5-inch drives are called the Seagate Barracuda XT and Western Digital Caviar Green.

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Origin PC outs The Big O gaming PC with built-in Xbox 360

09/07, 12:15pm

Origin PC shows The Big One PC with Xbox 360

Origin PC has taken the wraps off its ultimate gaming PC, dubbed the The Big O. It's unique in having built-in slim Xbox 360 gaming console. Both the Xbox 360 and a Core i7 930 overclocked to 4.0GHz are liquid-cooled, and the base system gets 6GB of RAM. There are also two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 graphics cards with liquid cooling, and a Rampage III Extreme mainboard is hooked up to the flowing water system to ease overclocking.

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WD outs five limited edition designs for My Passport drives

07/22, 10:50am

WD ships five limited edition My Passport drives

WD has worked together with design Sstudents at the California State University to create five new limited edition My Passport Essential portable drives. The limited edition designs are now available online through WD and in Best Buy stores. Boom Box, Black Hole, Cityscape, Fuchsia Leaf and Wave all have custom imprints instead of the usual solid colors.

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WD intros 1TB My Passport SE for Mac

03/16, 9:20am

Drive equipped with hardware encryption

Western Digital has expanded its line of My Passport SE drives with two new capacities, 750GB and 1TB, formatted in HFS+ for Macs. Despite the higher capacities, both external drives still draw power from a USB connection rather than a dedicated AC adapter.

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WD updates My Passport Studio drives for Macs

03/01, 9:45am

WD My Passport Studio get e-paper display

WD on Monday introduced the My Passport Studio portable drives formatted for Macs. Like the desktop-sized My Books, the 2.5-inch disks sport e-paper displays that show information even when the drive is not powered. The Studios also have a fast FireWire 800 interface, a USB 2.0 port and 256-bit hardware-based encryption.

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Best Buy's Black Friday deals revealed

11/13, 1:05pm

Best Buy Thanksgiving sale flyer leaked

The flyer for Best Buy's Black Friday/Thanksgiving sale has been leaked on the Internet ahead of its official release thanks to a copy posted today. Among the 'doorbusters' are a $300 PS3 bundle that includes two games, while an Xbox 360 bundle with six games will carry the same sticker price. Another front-page deal involves a 46-inch, 120Hz LED-backlit Samsung HDTV with free home delivery, hook-up and recycling for $1,600, or $1,000 off.

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WD preps Mac-oriented external drives

01/06, 11:25am

WD Mac drives at MW09

Western Digital has launched two new external hard drives, oriented specifically at Mac users: the My Passport for Mac and My Book Mac Edition. Though only supporting USB 2.0 and not FireWire, the drives are pre-formatted for Macs and advertised as supporting Time Machine as well as other Mac backup software. The My Passport is a general-purpose portable drive, set inside a shock-resistant enclosure; 320 and 500GB versions are available.

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WD Passport Essentials drives get colorful

04/09, 4:10pm

WD Essentials get colorful

WD's compact Passport Essential portable drives are now available in 11 colors, the company announced on Wednesday. Each color is available with a choice of 120GB, 160GB, 250GB or 320GB internal 2.5-inch HDDs. The Passport Essential drives are cleanly styled and simple to use, featuring just one USB connection for power and file transfer, and are compatible with both PCs and Macs. Windows users have the benefit of 128-bit data encryption.

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WD intros Studio Edition II external drives

04/02, 2:25pm

WD Studio Edition drives

Western Digital on Wednesday introduced its My Book Studio Edition II external dual-drive storage systems. Available with capacities of either 1TB or 2TB, the drives are formatted for Mac computers, but also come with software to make them Windows compatible. Both drives share four interface options, ranging from eSATA and FireWire 800 to FireWire 400 and USB 2.0. Each drive is meant for speed-intensive activities such as video editing, and as such default to a striped RAID 0 configuration; either model can however be configured for a RAID 1 mirrored setup, as necessary.

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