Western Digital Ups Thin Line of Portable Hard Drive to 2TB

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So, Western Digital announced a new drive, today – part of their slim line of mobile external hard drive, the news is that it jumps from 1TB to 2TB.

WD My Passport Slim

It’s an impressive feat to fit that much space into a drive that’s well under an inch thick.

There’s a price to pay for that much data, however: the 2TB model of the My Passport Slim is nearly 50% thicker than the 1TB model – the lower-capacity model comes in at 0.48 inches, while the 2TB model goes up to 0.7 inches.

Still, that’s nearly 15% thinner than the company’s other 2TB drives.

Each WD My Passport Slim – of whatever capacity – comes with the company’s WD SmartWare Pro, to help make backing up their data a more manageable proposition. The software also lets users back the contents of the My Passport up to Dropbox, and likewise back up a user’s Dropbox account to the drive itself.

WD My Passport Slim

The drives connect over USB 3.0, which means that you should be able to hit nearly 100MB/s transfer speeds or possibly more (our estimate, not a quote from WD).

Each drive comes with a three-year limited warranty from WD, which is a year longer than some competitive models.

The My Passport Slim 1TB is available now, both in retail and online, while the 2TB model will be available sometime next quarter. The My Passport Slim 1TB model carries an MSRP of $99.99, while the 2TB Slim hits $149.99.

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