WD revamps My Passport portable hard drive with 3TB version

Prices range from £59.99 to £159; A Mac version is also available
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WD has launched a redesigned version of its popular My Passport portable hard drive range.

With the My Passport line now in its seventh generation, the My Passport Ultra and My Passport for Mac portable hard drives are now available in capacities up to 3TB and in four colours: Classic Black, Brilliant White, Wild Berry and Noble Blue.

WD is also introducing a new optional £9.99 accessory – WD Grip Pack – a soft band which encircles the drive, offering consumers to personalise their My Passport drives.

Tony Tate, general manager and vice president of Content Storage Solutions at WD, said: "The latest generation My Passport drives deliver an easier automatic back-up experience, hardware-based encryption for security and higher capacities than ever before. Consumers can keep all their content in their pockets, while expressing their personal styles with the colours and WD Grip Pack."

My Passport Ultra portable drives come in 3TB, 2TB, 1TB and 500 GBcapacities and feature 256-bit AES hardware encryption. The 3TB drive is available from next month.

USB 3.0 compatibility provides data transfer rates of up to 5 gigabits per second, while being backwardly compatible with USB 2.0.

Sold separately, the WD Grip Pack accessory for My Passport Ultra is available in five colours (smoke, slate, grape, sky and fuchsia) and, when wrapped around one of the four colours of My Passport Ultra drives, enables consumers to create 20 possible colour combinations. The WD Grip Pack comes with an 18-inch flat USB 3.0 cable.

The new portable drives are available now from the WD store and at select retailers, including Amazon and other distributors. My Passport Ultra and My Passport for Mac have an MSRP ranging from £59.99 up to £159 depending on capacity.

The My Passport Ultra and My Passport for Mac will also offer a three-year limited warranty.

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