The My Passport Studio portable drive maintains its protective all-metal casing to complement the MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.
Data storage specialist
Western Digital (NYSE: WDC) introduced My Passport Studio, WD's first
2-terabyte capacity portable drive dedicated for Mac customers. Along with
Apple Time Machine compatibility for automatic backup of Mac hard drives, the
hard drive allows Mac users to employ one drive for the protection and
transport of all their digital content.
The My Passport Studio
portable drive maintains its protective all-metal casing to complement the
MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, while increasing storage capacity to 2TB, enough
space for approximately 400,000 photos, 240 hours of video or 500,000 songs.
The My Passport Studio 2TB portable hard drive is available on the WD store and
at select retailers and distributors, and carries a price of $299.99.
In addition to the USB 2.0
interface, My Passport Studio has two FireWire 800 ports, which make it well-suited
for active and mobile creative professionals, including photographers,
videographers, graphic artists and others who require the speed, capacity and
flexibility to access content wherever they are. The dual FireWire ports
provide enhanced upload and transfer speeds while also allowing users to daisy-chain
additional drives or other peripherals such as high-definition camcorders. My
Passport Studio also features hardware-based encryption and password protection
software, and an all-metal design constructed for sturdiness and scratch
"The My Passport Studio
is a perfect companion for the MacBook Pro and for creative professionals on
the go," said Jody Bradshaw, senior director and general manager of WD's
consumer storage products group. "For those who create large content files,
such as photographers and videographers, they will now be able to carry it with
them wherever they go, as well as create a backup copy of everything they
produce without fear of running out of additional storage while on
In March, the company
released the next generation of its My Passport storage drives for PCs with a
range of capacities, beginning from 500GB and topping out at 2TB. The drives
feature the companys SmartWare automatic backup software and WD Security
technology for password protection and hardware encryption. The drives are
powered through the USB port.
SmartWare features a visual
interface that lets users see the WD drives connected to the computer, and
automatically scans the computer and finds all personal files, including email.
It also lets users restore all of the files theyve backed up or select a
particular file or folder and set the number of versions they want to save so
they can go back in time to retrieve an older version of a file.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.