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Western Digital has unveiled its new My Passport Slim line of portable hard drives, the first thin drives to offer up to 2TB capacity, a metal enclosure, and 256-bit hardware-based encryption. The new drives are designed for those, who need to have a lot of capacity to store a lot of digital content, but also require to protect certain sensitive data.

“WD's My Passport Slim drives are setting a new industry standard for portability, capacity, and file protection. Its beautiful metal exterior, combined with up to 2 TB of storage, hardware encryption, and WD SmartWare Pro backup protection make it the only storage device today's mobile consumers will ever need to bring with them,” explained Scott Steffens, general manager of WD's consumer storage solutions group.

Available in 1 TB and 2 TB capacities (with 5400rpm spindle speed), the My Passport Slim measures a scant 4.33*3.14*0.48*/0.7”-inches, giving mobile consumers an easy and convenient way to transport their favorite music, movies, photos and documents. The included WD SmartWare Pro data protection software allows users to back up their data to their My Passport Slim and keep an extra copy in their Dropbox account for peace-of-mind. The software also lets users back up their Dropbox account to the My Passport Slim. The My Passport Slim also incorporates super-fast USB 3.0 connectivity for quick transfer speeds of high resolution digital files.

My Passport Slim portable hard drives are protected by a 3-year limited warranty and will be available from the WD store at as well as select retailers and distributors. My Passport Slim 1TB has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $99.99 and the My Passport Slim 2TB is $149.99 (when available in Q4 2013).

Tags: WD, Western Digital, My Passport, My Passport Slim


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Encryption is useless - find out why:
0 1 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 09/06/13 06:26:32 PM]
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The encryption they talked about in that article is most likely SSL related, which is full of holes, RC4 which is old, or RSA, which can be cracked in theory using quantum computers.

The external drive uses different encryption, either at the drive controller level, the usb controller level, or software on the computer.

Whether this was implemented securely is another matter entirely, there are may ways to screw it up, and encrypted external storage devices have a bad track record of getting it done right.
1 0 [Posted by: BillionPa  | Date: 09/07/13 03:14:26 AM]


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