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WD My Passport Refreshed: Thinner yet More Capacious

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[/media-credit] The three colors of the new WD My Passport portable drives.

The recent release of the WD Black product line for hardcore gamers doesn’t mean Western Digital has forgotten about its general audience. The proof? The storage maker today announced a refreshed lineup of its signature WD My Passport drives.

The new portable storage devices, including the WD My Passport and WD My Passport for Mac brands, are now the slimmest ever, just .75 inch (19.15 mm) thick, yet deliver up to 5TB of storage space.

Similar to the previous versions, the new drives are available in multiple colors, including black, blue, and red. The Mac version, however, only comes in midnight blue.

The new My Passport drive is compatible with the Windows operating system right out of the box. It uses a micro-USB 3.2 Gen 1 (formerly 3.0) connector which caps at 5Gbps. The My Passport for Mac drive, on the other hand, is compatible with macOS Mojave (and later) and features a USB-C port — most Macbooks only support this type of connector.

WD My Passport for Mac
[/media-credit] The new My Passport for Mac is only available in midnight blue.

All drives in the new My Passport family support 256-bit AES hardware encryption that users can customize via the WD Security application. It also comes with software for automatic social media (Facebook), and cloud (Dropbox and Google Drive) data import. This tool comes in handy in case you want to have a local version of your online data. There are also other software tools for users to monitor the drives’ condition.

The new and slimmer WD My Passport portable drive is available now starting at $79.99 for 1TB. Check back for its full review.

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