Portable hard drives are useful for transferring large files (many gigabytes) between different places, such as the office and home. The My Passport Essential by Western Digital competes in the field through higher storage capacity, up to 250GB, and giving an attention to looks with the glossy black finish.
Western Digital claims no software is needed to use the drive for either the Mac or PC, as the drive itself stores all the software you need to transfer the files successfully. WD has also included a set of applications by Google, such as their desktop search, in an aim to make it easier to find particular files out of the many that the drive can store.
Portability is also improved over other hard drives by the fact that the unit is powered entirely by the USB cable, which precludes the need for a second power cable. This reduces the overall size of the unit, and removes the extra cable to carry around, and makes it similar to the more traditional USB thumb drives.
For Windows only the drive contains software that synchronizes and encrypts your data automatically using 128-bit encryption. There are different capacities ranging from 60GB of storage up to 250GB.
WDXMS600 (60GB) - $79.99
WDXMS800 (80GB) - $99.99
WDXMS1200 (120GB) - $119.99
WDXMS1600 (160GB) - $149.99
WDXMS2500 (250GB) - $199.99
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