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WD Updates My Passport Ultra Line of Portable Hard Drives


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WD has introduced an updated Ultra line of colorful portable hard drives, with 2TB versions due in Q3 2013.  Read on for details.


WD has introduced an updated Ultra line of colorful portable hard drives, with 2TB versions due in Q3 2013.  Here is the press release:

WD’s My Passport® Ultra™ Offers Consumers Ultimate Mobile Storage Solution Including SmartWare™ Pro Data Protection With Dropbox Integration

WD®, a Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) company, today announced the availability of the My Passport® Ultra™ line of portable hard drives, which combine additional layers of data protection with super-fast USB 3.0 connectivity, a slim, compact design and four colour choices to offer mobile consumers the safest and easiest way to protect their digital content while travelling. Available in 500 GB, 1 TB and new 2 TB[1] capacities, My Passport Ultra portable hard drives have built-in WD SmartWare™ Pro backup software with Dropbox integration, hardware encryption and password protection to safeguard against unauthorised drive access. A protective pouch is included with the My Passport Ultra to help shield it from the daily knocks encountered by today’s mobile consumer.

“WD’s My Passport Ultra combines USB 3.0, a range of colours and capacities and the best software and hardware functions currently found in our line of My Passport portable storage drives to create the ultimate portable digital safe for today’s active consumer,” explained Jim Welsh, executive vice president and general manager of WD’s branded products and consumer electronics groups. “Adding WD SmartWare Pro technology with auto backup and password protection to one of the industry’s fastest interfaces and largest capacity drives gives consumers the convenience and peace of mind to enjoy, share, and protect their personal digital content everywhere they go.”

Pricing and Availability

My Passport Ultra portable hard drives are protected by a 3-year limited warranty and are available from the WD store at and at select retailers and distributors. My Passport Ultra 500 GB has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of €89.90, and the My Passport Ultra 1 TB is €129.90.

[1] *My Passport Ultra 2 TB will be available in calendar Q3

US pricing is going to be $129.99 for the 1TB version.  Check out this product picture; the colors are nice looking:


If you are looking for a stylish USB 3.0 external hard drive, the WD My Passport Ultra is a new option.  The only bummer here is that the 2TB version will not be available until Q3.

Jim McCarthy
Jim McCarthy
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