Western Digitalâ€™s new My Passport Essential for the PC and My Passport for the Mac are now 20 percent smaller than the previous generation. The company says the new external mobile drives are also smarter and safer.
The new drives feature WDâ€™s SmartWare software for automatic back-up and hardware-based encryption for security. The WD SmartWare software visually presents data in a control center so you can see your back-up as it happens.
Western Digital said My Passport Essential and My Passport for Mac drives feature user-selected password protection combined with military-grade 256-bit hardware encryption, which scrambles files before they are stored. Typically found only on much more expensive drive systems, the encryption acts as a virtual padlock to keep usersâ€™ data secure.
The new My Passport Essential drives are offered in capacities of 320 GB, 500 GB and 640 GB; My Passport Essential SE drives are offered in capacities of 750 GB and 1 TB. My Passport for Mac drives are available with 320 GB and 500 GB. Price ranges from $110 to $250.
[Site: Western Digital]