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WD Ships "World's First" Portable 2TB HDD

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Now you can cram 2 TB into your pants and honestly brag about it.

On Tuesday Western Digital said that it has shipped the "world's first" 2 TB portable hard drive, the latest addition to its My Passport line of pocket-sized HDDs. Now consumers can shove seemingly tons of on-the-go music, movies, TV shows and whatnot into their pants in five different premium colors of white, black, silver, blue and red, depending on their fancy.

The new My Passport 2 TB model costs $249.99 USD, and is available online at the WD store at www.wdstore.com and at select retailers and distributors. It joins the current 500 GB model costing $129.99 USD, the 750 GB model for $149.99 USD, the 1 TB model for $179.99 USD, and the 1.5 TB model for $199.99 USD.

According to WD, all My Passport models sport WD SmartWare automatic backup software and WD Security for password protection and hardware encryption. The included software allows the user to customize the drive to his/her storage preferences by installing all the listed features, just the components needed, or using the drive without the software.

"Given the small form factor and easy portability of My Passport drives, the built-in security features of password protection and hardware encryption help protect files from unauthorized use, making the drives safe data repositories for data while offering peace of mind to busy consumers on the go," the company said.

As seen on this spec list, the 2 TB model (WDBY8L0020BBK) is currently available only in black -- the 1.5 TB version is nowhere to be found, and the white model only comes in a 500 GB capacity. However the new 2 TB model announced on Tuesday is compatible with both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, and offers a max transfer speed via USB 3.0 of 4.8 Gb/s (WD says 5 Gb/s). The actual size is 0.820 x 4.4 x 3.2-inches, and it weighs a mere 0.51 pounds.

A limited number of My Passport models, including the new 2 TB version, can be purchased directly from WD's online store here.

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    irish_adam , March 20, 2012 6:19 PM
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    The new My Passport 2 GB model costs $249.99 USD


    wow thats a bit much isnt it?
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    amk-aka-Phantom , March 20, 2012 6:21 PM
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    Now you can cram 2 TB into your pants and honestly brag about it.


    That... didn't sound right to me. xD
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    Darkerson , March 20, 2012 6:27 PM
    Way too expensive.
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  • 16 Hide
    irish_adam , March 20, 2012 6:19 PM
    Quote:
    The new My Passport 2 GB model costs $249.99 USD


    wow thats a bit much isnt it?
  • 12 Hide
    amk-aka-Phantom , March 20, 2012 6:21 PM
    Quote:
    Now you can cram 2 TB into your pants and honestly brag about it.


    That... didn't sound right to me. xD
  • 10 Hide
    Darkerson , March 20, 2012 6:27 PM
    Way too expensive.
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    Ragnar-Kon , March 20, 2012 6:31 PM
    Considering how my last 3 external WD drives died, and the $250 price tag, I'll pass kthx.
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    Kridian , March 20, 2012 6:35 PM
    Ragnar-KonConsidering how my last 3 external WD drives died, and the $250 price tag, I'll pass kthx.
    That's all I hear about these external drives. Why can't they be more reliable?
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    chewbakaats58 , March 20, 2012 6:43 PM
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    The new My Passport 2 GB model costs $249.99 USD,


    That is a ripoff for 2 gb if you ask me.
  • 9 Hide
    eddieroolz , March 20, 2012 6:50 PM
    Even with the Thailand floods $249 is just too much for 2TB.
  • 6 Hide
    tigger888 , March 20, 2012 6:53 PM
    irish_adamwow thats a bit much isnt it?


    Its a very advanced 2gb, you don't even know...
  • 4 Hide
    Northwestern , March 20, 2012 6:57 PM
    "The 1TB model for $179.99 USD, and the 1.5TB model for $199.99 USD."

    That's basically $20 for 500GBs.
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    classzero , March 20, 2012 7:07 PM
    Western Digital used to make good drives, the problem is used to.
  • 4 Hide
    alxianthelast , March 20, 2012 7:21 PM
    Given my last portable 1TB (it died a hero) didn't make it.. I think I would like 2 of these.. but not for $500 that's crazy.
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    elbert , March 20, 2012 7:43 PM
    Purchased my son a 500GB Seagate goflex xmas before last for $59. The 500GB version has an insane markup. Hard driver makers better focus on making higher density drives so customers inelastic value on low past prices is no longer of issue. WD would be better off with just the 1.5 and 2 TB models for sale. On the lower end versions the price needs to fall and when it does no one will want the low capacity.

    For the price of the 500GB version I would buy a 120GB SSD on sale with an external enclosures first.
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    11796pcs , March 20, 2012 8:01 PM
    Bought two 500GB WD Caviar Blacks before the floods for $50 each new. Awesome deal, since now they're twice that. Seriously, how long does it take to stabilize your manufacturing? WD drives have always been rock solid for me, but I could see how carrying a HDD in you pocket could cause premature failure. The subtitle of this article reminds me of that article Tom's did on how much data is released in an ejaculation.
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    jaber2 , March 20, 2012 8:24 PM
    I'll wait for thunderbolt ones for my portable and deskto once its on pc.
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    robochump , March 20, 2012 8:49 PM
    havent had much lucky with external WD HDD products in the past. What is the warranty?
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    lancelot123 , March 20, 2012 8:51 PM
    Err, I bought a 1 TB Passport for only $100. What is this about it costing $180? Hell, the 500 GB costs $130!!
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    balister , March 20, 2012 9:06 PM
    FYI, these are 2.5" hard drives, not 3.5", so that's part of the reason they cost more.
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    memadmax , March 20, 2012 9:10 PM
    Yea, at this price, I'll just get an enclosure for $25 and a 2tb drive for $119...

    Thank you drive thru!
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    _Cubase_ , March 20, 2012 9:27 PM
    KridianThat's all I hear about these external drives. Why can't they be more reliable?


    I think there is a misconception that because these drives are "portable" that they can also be considered "rugged". But in actual fact, you will notice that most of these portable drives don't differ much from their enclosed desktop counterparts, except for size. Even some of the extra "padding" provides marginal protection at best. At the end of the day, you are carrying around a Hard Drive with the same sensitive components as any other HDD, only this time it's in your backback, on the bus, and anywhere else it might get shaken about. You might get lucky, you might not. Simple solution: don't keep your mission critical data on it, and if using it as a go-between, make sure it is synched on both ends!
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    lancelot123 , March 20, 2012 9:29 PM
    I know balister, the 1 TB Passport I bought was 2.5" as well. I know prices have gone up a little since I bought it, but you can still get it for $120.
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