Western Digital Adds USB 3.0 Interface and Increased Capacity to My Passport for Mac Line

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Without physically getting bigger, the My Passport for Mac from Western Digital now enjoys greater capacity, to the tune of 2TB. Now, users can not only take advantage of the better storage space, they can also transfer files with USB 3.0 speed on the latest My Passport for Mac models.

The external drives also feature password protection and hardware encryption for strong security, and the device is compatible with Time Machine, so you can easily configure it for backups.

The 500GB model will run you $99.99, while the 1TB and 2TB models cost $129.99 and $199.99, respectively. All the new My Passport for Mac devices come with a 3-year limited warranty.

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WD® PORTABLE HARD DRIVES FOR MAC USERS REV UP ON USB 3.0 SPEED AND LARGER CAPACITY WHILE KEEPING COMPACT DESIGN

My Passport® for Mac Provides Data Safety and Security for Consumers Who Take Their Valuable Digital Content Everywhere

IRVINE, Calif. – Aug. 30, 2012 – WD®, a subsidiary of Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC), today announced that it has added the USB 3.0 interface to its line of My Passport® for Mac portable hard drives and increased capacity for Mac computer users up to an unmatched 2 TB. Popular among students and other Mac users who take their digital content everywhere, the My Passport for Mac with USB 3.0 allows users to quickly and conveniently take advantage of the faster transfer speeds USB 3.0 provides when connecting the drive to their MacBook® computer or MacBook Air® computer with that interface.

While continuing to provide a sleek and slim design, the My Passport drive also has been a favorite among consumers and professionals who have safety and security at the top of the list of requirements for portable drives, which is why the My Passport for Mac includes password protection and hardware encryption features to protect content from unauthorized use or access. The My Passport for Mac drive is also compatible out of the box with Apple Time Machine for easy backup to further protect valuable files.

“Today's mobile consumers are looking for fast, safe, compact and reliable ways to access and transport their digital files,” explains Ralf San Jose, director of product marketing for WD’s consumer storage products group. “My Passport for Mac with USB 3.0 adds the convenience of a very fast USB connection that includes added security features that mobile consumers need when away from home. Adding all these benefits with an unmatched industry capacity of 2 TB provides the perfect solution for the demanding Mac customer.

My Passport for Mac drives remain a favorite among Mac users whose environments also include extensive travel or outdoor and adventure locations. Additionally, when action and adventure are on the schedule, My Passport for Mac drives will fit nicely inside WD's Nomad[1] rugged case for protection against dirt, dust, moisture, and sudden impacts.

Pricing and Availability
My Passport for Mac comes with a 3-year limited warranty and is available on the WD store at www.wdstore.com and at select retailers and distributors. My Passport for Mac drives has Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) of $99.99 USD for the 500 GB, $129.99 USD for the 1 TB and $199.99 USD for the 2 TB.
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Erakith replied on Thu, Aug 30 2012 9:36 AM

I'm confused why these are "for Mac"?

Why can't a traditional external hard drive work on a Mac? Sure the file system is different.. so just format the drive into that file system? If it uses USB 3.0 or even 2.0, it'll function on either system..

Someone help me out here?

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realneil replied on Thu, Aug 30 2012 12:39 PM

Erakith:
Why can't a traditional external hard drive work on a Mac?

They do work on a Mac. All of them do. Connect them and the system will prepare the drive for use. It will ask you if you want to use the drive for "Time Machine" backups first.

I went to Newegg and bought a 2TB Seagate drive and an external enclosure that has Firewire and USB 3.0 connections on it. I spent a little less than $140 on both with the sales and free shipping offered at the time. I use it with the USB 3.0 connection and it's a great storage solution.

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