Western Digital announced late yesterday the first single-volume portable external hard drive on the market that offers 2TB of storage, 500GB more than the second-highest-capacity portable drive of its type, the
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According to Western Digital, the new My Passport comes in a casing with premium finishes, engineered to make the outer shell more resistant to scratches and fingerprints. It comes with WD SmartWare automatic backup software and WD Security for password-protection and hardware encryption.
It's predicted that 2TB is about the maximum capacity of 2.5-inch internal hard drives that use the current perpendicular magnetic recording technology. In order to further increase the storage space -- a technique that involves shrinking the platter's data bits and tightening the data tracks--a new recording method, such as one, is necessary.
The new WD My Passport portable drive comes with a two-year warranty and is available now in 500GB, 750GB, 1TB, 1.5TB, and 2TB capacities that carry the suggested prices of $130, $150, $180, $200, and $250, respectively.