Western Digital Passports get bigger...in capacity

Western Digital introduces its new 500GB capacity portable USB drive for their My Passport Elite and Essential lines.

On Monday, Western Digital introduced its new 500GB capacity portable USB drive for its My Passport Elite and Essential lines.

Features for both of the USB-powered Elite and Essential lines include synchronization software that lets users sync their changes and protect their information with 128-bit encryption, as well as plug-and-play capability with gaming consoles to make it easy to play music and view photos and video files on a TV.

My Passport Elite portable drives are available in bronze, titanium, westminster blue and cherry red. Additional features include:

  • Capacity gauge that enables users to know at-a-glance how much space is available.

  • Powerful automatic backup software lets users designate files and folders for automatic and continuous backup.

  • The ability to retrieve forgotten files from the road from any MioNet-enabled PC (compatible with Windows only) and copy them to My Passport portable drive using the unique MioNet Key software.

  • Google software.
The Passport Elite comes in Westminster Blue.. Western Digital
and in Cherry Red. Western Digital

Weighing in at less than 7 ounces, My Passport Elite 500 GB USB portable drive will be available for $219.99. My Passport Essential 500 GB USB portable drives are available in 11 colors and is being sold for $199.99. Both are currently on Western Digital's site.

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