WD My Passport Slim Portable Hard Drive Released

Published on September 7th, 2013

Western Digital announced the availability of its WD My Passport Slim line of portable hard drives, the first thin drives to offer up to 2 TB capacity, a metal enclosure, and 256-bit hardware-based encryption. 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. These features make the WD My Passport Slim an ideal choice for protecting, storing, and enjoying digital content on the go.

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WD My Passport Slim is available in 1TB and 2TB capacities, and measures a scant 4.33 x 3.14 x 0.48-inches, giving mobile consumers an easy and convenient way to transport their favorite music, movies, photos and documents. The My Passport Slim also incorporates super-fast USB 3.0 connectivity for quick transfer speeds of high resolution digital files.

Scott Steffens, general manager of WD’s consumer storage solutions group said that “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.”

WD My Passport Slim Features

Sleek design with high capacity – This drive is sleek and fast with plenty of capacity for your important digital content.

Ultra-fast transfer rates – When connected to a USB 3.0 port, My Passport Slim lets you access and save files with blazing speed. Reduce transfer time by up to 3 times when compared to USB 2.0 transfer rates.

Secure your files – WD Security™ allows you to set password protection and hardware encryption for your drive to help protect your files from unauthorized use or access.

Local and cloud backup – WD SmartWare Pro automatic backup software lets you choose when and where you back up your files. Choose scheduled backup to make a second copy of your your files on the schedule that fits your needs; Choose automatic, continuous backup to back up files as they are added or changed and saved; Use your Dropbox™ account to back up your files to the cloud.

USB-powered – Powered directly from the USB port on your PC. No separate power supply is needed.

WD quality inside and out – We know your data is important to you. So we build the drive inside to our demanding requirements for durability, shock tolerance and long-term
reliability. Then, we protect the drive with a 3-year limited warranty and a durable enclosure designed for beauty.

WD My Passport Slim Specifications

Capacity: WDBGMT0010BAL 1TB, WDBPDZ0020BAL 2TB
Interface: USB 3.0, USB 2.0
Dimensions: 110mm x 80mm x 12.3mm for 1TB, 110mm x 80mm x 18mm for 2TB
Weight: 0.134kg for 1TB, 0.22kg for 2TB
Data Transfer Rate: up to 5Gbps in USB 3.0, up to 480Mbps in USB 2.0
Operating temperature: 5°C to 35°C
Non-op. temperature: –20°C to 65°C
System Compatibility: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista®, Windows XP, and Mac OS X (requires reformatting)

Pricing and Availability

WD My Passport Slim portable hard drives are protected by a 3-year limited warranty and will be available from the WD store at wdstore.com as well as select retailers and distributors. My Passport Slim 1TB has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $99.99 USD, and the My Passport Slim 2 TB2 is $149.99.

You might also want to check out WD My Passport Ultra. Similar slim design, but this one comes in different colors and capacity (500GB, 1TB and 2TB). Price starts at $69.99 for the 500GB and it comes with free shipping. See more choices here.

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