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Western Digital launches 2TB 'My Passport' portable hard drives

By dpreview staff on Mar 20, 2012 at 12:00 GMT

Western Digital has refreshed its 'My Passport' range of portable hard drives, including a 2TB version. The redesigned drives come in a choice of five sizes and five colors and come bundled with WD's own automatic backup and security software, to allow secure data use on-the-move. All the models, which start at a cost of $129.99, feature USB 3.0/2.0 connection for fast data transfer.


Press Release

WD® SHIPS FIRST 2 TB PORTABLE HARD DRIVE WITH NEXT-GEN MY PASSPORT®

World’s Top-Selling External Storage Solution Gets Capacity Boost, Premium New Design, Improved Signature Features of Security and Automatic Backup

IRVINE, Calif. – Mar. 20, 2012 – Western Digital® (NYSE: WDC) today announced the next generation of its top-selling My Passport® line of portable hard drives, offering consumers a  fresh new enclosure design and the first-ever 2 TB capacity in a portable drive. Now available in five popular colors: white, black, silver, blue, and red, with a range of capacities beginning from 500 GB, the new sleeker My Passport portable drives offer digital consumers an appealing array of storage options that reflect their personal style. Additionally, the new My Passport drives offer WD SmartWare™ automatic backup software and WD Security™ for password protection and hardware encryption.

With the addition of premium finishes, specially-engineered to make the outer shell more resistant to scratches and fingerprints, the new My Passport external drives feature ultra-fast USB 3.0 connectivity; USB 2.0 compatibility; continuous, automatic backup software; and password protection with hardware encryption. The included software offers the flexibility to customize the drive to a user’s storage preferences: installing all features, just the components needed, or using the drive without the software. The new 2 TB model offers massive capacity in an amazing pocket-sized enclosure, affording plenty of secure storage for all of one’s photos, video, music and other important files.

Given the small form factor and easy portability of My Passport drives, the built-in security features of password protection and hardware encryption help protect files from unauthorized use, making the drives safe data repositories for data while offering peace of mind to busy consumers on the go.

“More than money, jewelry and other valuables, the item most missed if ever lost or stolen is one’s computer – and everything on it – so our goal in launching the next-generation of the popular My Passport drives is to encourage more consumers to protect their data before something happens,” said Jim Welsh, executive vice president and general manager of WD’s branded products and consumer electronics groups. “The new My Passport makes backing up and preserving one’s digital life easier, reliable and more secure than ever – it’s the perfect blend of monstrous capacity, reliability and user-friendly technology in a sleek form factor, now in five colors.”

Pricing and Availability

My Passport drives come with a 2-year limited warranty are available online at the WD store at www.wdstore.com and at select retailers and distributors. MSRP is $129.99 USD for 500 GB, $149.99 USD for 750 GB, $179.99 USD for 1 TB, $199.99 for 1.5 TB and $249.99 USD for the new 2 TB edition. Additional information on the My Passport family of hard drives can be found at http://www.wdc.com/en/products/external/portable/.

Comments

Total comments: 95
silvate
By silvate (Jan 7, 2013)

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Keith Best
By Keith Best (Jul 23, 2012)

My Passport at 2TB is a great addition as you will be able to store all your data in the one place. There has been reliability issues in the past but these are now gaining a better track record.

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ChronoBodi
By ChronoBodi (Mar 30, 2012)

if you're using both Mac and Windows PC (I'm on Mac with Bootcamp, so i'm on windows partition at time of this post)

Basically, most macs without the NTFS-3G driver will not recognize NTFS-formatted drives, so if the driver goes bonk, the only workaround here is to splice off a part of the 2TB hard drive to be formatted in FAT32, which works with both Windows and OSX.
the hardware is the same between macs/PCs, software is the only thing different.

Anyway, on my 2TB, i have a 97gb fat32 partition, so it becomes a temporary holding place until i can move it over to the main NTFS partition.

blah blah blah.... basically, so there.

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AppleLover
By AppleLover (Aug 8, 2012)

If I may suggest: You may use ExFat (which is basically FAT64) for such scenarios. FAT32 has a limitation of file size of 4GB whereas you won't face this problem with ExFat. ExFat is supported on Win XP as well via the use of following Microsoft update -
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=19364
Cheers!

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Mar 29, 2012)

2TB of information in a pocket HD! sooo many eggs in one basket

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JWest
By JWest (Apr 3, 2012)

Very true. This is why I always carry around a suitcase containing 4,096 512MB USB sticks instead.

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Luis Eugenio
By Luis Eugenio (Mar 26, 2012)

Last year I bought 1TB USB 3.0 Passport for U$89.99. Prices are insanely high. The price of these things should drop over time, didn't it?

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Deleted pending purge
By Deleted pending purge (10 months ago)

I had an issue with WD's 1TB USB 3.0 unit, a year ago. The USB connector broke clear off the board, and after waiting for several months for the spare which never arrived, I had to buy an USB 2 box, recover data to the computer (luckily there was only some 250MB there at the time) and re-format the drive to make it work again.

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blogdawg
By blogdawg (Mar 23, 2012)

Every WD hard drive I've ever owned, internal or external, has either failed or had serious issues. Their support is terrible. How they manage to survive is beyond me. They continue to provide eye-catching products to fool the masses. Never again!

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Ariana Murphy
By Ariana Murphy (Mar 21, 2012)

I have two WD hard drives (1T and 2T), plus I bought one 1T each for my two daughters. They have all failed. I can't update the software, because my computer just stops "seeing" it. I had to do a system restore to remove the new driver. The LiveDrive 2T is never live, and most of the time just continually connects and disconnects even on a good day. Useless! I can't connect directly because it doesn't work that way. I can only use the Essentials 1T as a giant flashdrive, because the backup software never works. Thumbs down!

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poppygoanna
By poppygoanna (Mar 21, 2012)

How true ! My personal experiences with WD products have been very disappointing to say the least.

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ScottTomlinson
By ScottTomlinson (Mar 22, 2012)

I have a 250, a 500 and a 1TB. I carry the 500 and the TB with me in a pelican to work every day. All are still working. These drives do not work with longer USB cords. You have to use the short ones that come with the drives.

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grumpyolderman
By grumpyolderman (Mar 23, 2012)

I had a 500GB my book, what a pain this was! I would go to sleep in the middle of a backup! I blamed it me using a Mac (it was allegedly compatibel, though), but I would not recommend them at all.

JL

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tesch
By tesch (Mar 21, 2012)

I'd like to see a more rugged case.

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tom sugnet
By tom sugnet (Mar 21, 2012)

I would like to see a tiny 20 TB flash drive

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mirkoc
By mirkoc (Mar 21, 2012)

I would like to see a tiny 10-1000 2.8 zoom too

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wihakowi
By wihakowi (Mar 23, 2012)

I would like to see a tiny 10-1000 2.8 zoom on a tiny body with a 50 TB SSD!

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cfh25
By cfh25 (Mar 21, 2012)

Any explanation why Amazon's price of these drives varies by 10% approx dependant on colour - supply/demand? Is there a fashion?

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Debankur Mukherjee
By Debankur Mukherjee (Mar 21, 2012)

Great News from WD, but are Hard Drives available in the market after the Thailand Flood. The prices have gone up like anything !! When will the market for HDD be normal.......

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Goreyo
By Goreyo (Mar 21, 2012)

Production has yet to catch up to pre-flood numbers so demand is still surpassing supply but even once production is as normal retailers will make the most of the inflated prices. I would be surprised if we ever see pre-flood prices this year (if at all).

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pc168
By pc168 (Mar 21, 2012)

Pretty good! WD products are quite reliable. I've the My Book Home edition 1TB (almost 4 yrs old), My Book Live 2TB, My Passport 1TB and plenty of 3.5 inches internal harddisks.

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Superka
By Superka (Mar 21, 2012)

That's a great time to shoot video!
Those who cares about drop resistance... don't drop it! Or put a sock on it and you'll get your resistance. Put two socks for extra mountain-climbing resistance.

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alffastar
By alffastar (Mar 21, 2012)

There is a rugged case, http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=640

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makofoto
By makofoto (Mar 21, 2012)

Pro's in the movie industry use G-Tech drives for their reliability: http://www.g-technology.com/products/g-drive-mini.cfm

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shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Mar 21, 2012)

More like productions on a budget who are sold into G-tech advertising. Not that they are bad but certainly not extraordinary compared to other options.

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MPA1
By MPA1 (Mar 20, 2012)

Who cares about scratches and fingerprints? I care about drop resistance, water resistance and dust resistance!
Portable drives travel - are they travel proof?!

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alffastar
By alffastar (Mar 21, 2012)

There is a rugged case, http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=640

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Sordid
By Sordid (Mar 21, 2012)

Does a rugged case really make the internal discs more crash proof?

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Goreyo
By Goreyo (Mar 21, 2012)

It will be as travel proof as the laptop it gets used with.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Mar 20, 2012)

These are the first 1.5TB and 2TB drives I have seen that are not based on the 3.5" desktop drive standard. Pretty impressive.

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wihakowi
By wihakowi (Mar 21, 2012)

Actually, I have a WD 1.5TB that I got over 4 months ago - maybe much earlier! USB 3.0 / 2.0 COSTCO maybe $125?

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Mar 21, 2012)

Okay, first 2TB then? :)

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wihakowi
By wihakowi (Mar 23, 2012)

Def that!

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Zuzullo
By Zuzullo (Mar 20, 2012)

What are the transfere rates?

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h2k
By h2k (Mar 20, 2012)

I feel that in a news like that, you should say straight away if the hard disk needs a charger or not. Out of convenience, i very much prefer the models without charger, which get all their power out of the computer they're connected to.

I understand there are reasons to have a portable hard disk relying on a charger - und that would just one more reason to mention in your news item if or if not the thing needs that charger.

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Geoff-san
By Geoff-san (Mar 21, 2012)

USB supplies power.

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h2k
By h2k (Mar 21, 2012)

Geoff, thanks. I just thought it should have been in the news text.

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (Mar 21, 2012)

It's very simple, 2.5" drives get power through usb while 3.5" drives are big and bulky thus need additional power.

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LAOGUN
By LAOGUN (Mar 22, 2012)

3.5" uses both 5v and 12v as power supply.
2.5" only uses 5v which can be supplied form USB port.

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Pythagoras
By Pythagoras (Mar 25, 2012)

whenever they describe an external hard drive as "portable" that means it's powered directly from the USB, not from plugging it into a wall. and in this press release they use the word portable to describe the hard drive. that confused me for awhile too.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Mar 20, 2012)

What matters more? The RPM or the connection speed? Both, I suppose. but is the 5400 RPM rotation speed of the drive of secondary importance in the case of the WD and other USB-powered drives? Is 5400 RPM + USB3 a swifter arrangement than 7500 RPM + USB2?

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shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Mar 20, 2012)

Yes. USB2 will bottleneck all available rpms.

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_sem_
By _sem_ (Mar 20, 2012)

Both, plus the controller. Once I've tested a WD with USB 2.0 + eSATA interface. Unfortunately, the throughput was not much better on eSATA than on USB 2.0. Then I got an Icybox eSATA housing an put a 7200 RPM disk inside, got twice the throughput of the built-in disk in my laptop.

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graybalanced
By graybalanced (Mar 21, 2012)

Neither. What matters is the actual throughput. For example, a 5400RPM drive with newer higher density technology can have higher throughput than an older 7200RPM drive, if the higher density means the head passes over more information per second than on a specific higher RPM but lower density drive.

As for the connection speed, it's always versus the drive throughput. You might be right about 5400RPM USB3 being faster than 7200RPM USB 2, because USB2 is so slow it might bottleneck any modern drive. Also, most connection speeds are fiction to start with. You'll never see USB2 hit 480 megabits per second in real world use. Due to the architectural differences, it is common to see "slower" FireWire 400 (400 mb/sec theoretical max) have a higher real world throughput than "480 mb/sec" USB 2.0, because USB speed is so easily pulled down by all kinds of factors like slow devices on the bus. And both will be somewhat below their theoretical maximums (Firewire 400 will be lower than 400).

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graybalanced
By graybalanced (Mar 21, 2012)

(Posting again because I ran out of characters)

If you are serious about realizing the full speed of your drive, you need to be using USB 3, eSATA, or Thunderbolt. Maybe FireWire 800 in a pinch. Except for highly rare and specialized versions of SCSI, all other protocols will be the bottleneck on a modern drive.

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cfh25
By cfh25 (Mar 21, 2012)

Have a 500GB Passport, and find upload speeds for photo files are x3 with USB3 as opposed to USB2 ports - not sure where the "x10" sticker applies

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LAOGUN
By LAOGUN (Mar 22, 2012)

bottleneck is from transfer speed over the cable, not RPM.

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LTZ470
By LTZ470 (Mar 20, 2012)

The USB 3.0 is the best thing I have used in quite sometime...great transfer rate on the LaCie Mini-Rugged...I take mine in my carry on bag and travel extensively...the LaCie Minnie Rugged 1.5Tb has out perform every other LaCie and WD or Seagate I have owned...tops them all without any issues of connectivity and software...MUCH better from my experience!

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RPJG
By RPJG (Mar 20, 2012)

Ages ago there were devices with a HDD, SD/CF connectors, and a screen, that let you back and view up the data on your cards, without needing a PC go-between. Does anyone still make such devices?

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (Mar 20, 2012)

http://www.hypershop.com/HyperDrive-COLORSPACE-UDMA-s/64.htm

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Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Mar 20, 2012)

epson also still makes a similar product. Though with advent of tablet with usb ports and data connections capabilities I am pretty sure these devices like hyperdrive are living on a borrowed time.

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RHWeiner
By RHWeiner (Mar 20, 2012)

I've got one of those earlier epson units...one of the lower capacity versions. It's currently in some box or other that I've not opened in 2+ years. I guess that speaks to the usage. :) I'm just waiting for some of the tablets to increase storage capacity and lowering prices.

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dccdp
By dccdp (Mar 20, 2012)

There are tablets with pretty good storage capacity out there. I believe Archos makes an Android tablet featuring a 250 GB internal HDD, while also having an additional micro-SD slot.

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Lan
By Lan (Mar 20, 2012)

Yes they do; but I haven't bought any recently, so I haven't tested any of the current crop.

I love my NextoDI ND2525:
http://www.adrianwarren.com/reviews/

I'm thinking about getting the successor, the ND2730, but the prices are making my eyes water somewhat... No, OK, a lot ;)
http://www.nextodi.co.uk/product1.html

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RPJG
By RPJG (Mar 21, 2012)

Thanks all!

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Dennis Linden
By Dennis Linden (Mar 20, 2012)

I like the My Passport drives, have about 1/2 dozen. I like the fact they are powered from the USB. I think their backup software is useless and us Mac Users just reformat them before using... They are great. I would like a quick and dirty tool to clone one drive to another though. Anyone?

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ashwins
By ashwins (Mar 20, 2012)

Hey Dennis,

If you need to clone a drive which has a system on it, use either DiskUtility's "Restore" feature or Carbon Copy Cloner:

http://www.bombich.com/

Otherwise just select everything and drag'n drop.

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carlgt1
By carlgt1 (Mar 20, 2012)

for Mac I think "Super Duper" is excellent for cloning my laptop - making a bootable external drive etc. To clone my Windows "Boot Camp" partition I use the freeware "Winclone" (does it all from within the Mac OS X system).

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graybalanced
By graybalanced (Mar 21, 2012)

Carbon Copy Cloner, SuperDuper, or the Restore feature of the Apple Disk Utility you already have.

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wihakowi
By wihakowi (Mar 21, 2012)

As a backup device , I don't know about the old "just select everything and drag'n drop" method when you have a bunch of data (and after all, we are talking about these HDs up to 2TB!). That takes forever. A true backup program would be much better, only requiring the time to update incrementally changed or added data.

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snake_b
By snake_b (Mar 20, 2012)

I've noted something bizarre in that memory has increased in price over the last year, rather than falling. I bought an HD 1TB last year from WD for 49 euros. Now it's about 65+ euros. It was on sale when I got it, but the sale price now is still higher than at the point I bought.

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Albino_BlacMan
By Albino_BlacMan (Mar 20, 2012)

Thats probably as a result of last year's flooding in Thailand which is where almost all the HDD's were made

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Mr Fartleberry
By Mr Fartleberry (Mar 20, 2012)

Are these guys ever living in the past. One page in the manual on the Mac. Back to the old "it's a windows product but we'll take you money too mac user" philosophy. More interested in selling colours than Mac compatibility.

Anyone see the MTBF listed on the website?

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snake_b
By snake_b (Mar 20, 2012)

Sounds like you want a PC, but like the individuality of getting a now-ubiquitous Mac.

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shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Mar 20, 2012)

What do you need a manual for a device that has no buttons and one plug?

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graybalanced
By graybalanced (Mar 21, 2012)

Seriously, since you don't need a driver, the Mac instructions should be
1. Plug it in.

Just exactly how complicated are you trying to make it?

(Ok, ok, if they ship it as a Windows-formatted drive, it would be good to mention that you should format it in Disk Utility as HFS+ for Mac, which takes about all of 3 seconds. And you can add that it needs to be manually unmounted from OS X before being unplugged. But you're still reaching if you want to write a manual that would be more than one page...)

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larrytusaz
By larrytusaz (Mar 20, 2012)

$180 for a 1 terrabyte? I paid $40 for a 1 Terrabyte (with both USB 2 and USB 3 connectivity) a year ago. Granted, I was lucky, it was Craigslist & the person thought they were selling me a 500G (they stated they decided memory cards were "storage enough," whatever), but still. I think Best Buy had the 1T for $100 at that time, and it's $180 now, what gives?

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Doug Pardee
By Doug Pardee (Mar 20, 2012)

Supply-and-demand. Western Digital assembles over half of their hard drives in Thailand, in facilities that were ravaged by the floods last October (that also hit Nikon and Sony hard). Seagate, the other major HDD manufacturer, also manufacturers a large portion of their hard drives in Thailand, but their facilities were on higher ground so Seagate didn't suffer as much.

Predictions of "supply is recovering and prices should drop again" have been going on for a month. Last Friday, Forbes joined in, with the added twist of "demand is dropping, too":
http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericsavitz/2012/03/16/hard-drive-shortage-easing-price-hikes-could-reverse/

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Mar 20, 2012)

These are portable 1TB drives in the 2.5" notebook drive form factor. It's new tech and pretty amazing to fit that much storage on those tiny platters. A 3.5" 1TB is under $100 0as it uses desktop drives. .

And yes HD prices have gone up compared to 6 months ago, but they are still very inexpensive if you compare the trend lines.

We can hardly use your craiglist experience to forecast price averages anyhow.

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LTZ470
By LTZ470 (Mar 20, 2012)

Why are these better than LaCie Mini Rugged 1.5Tb?
http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?id=10564

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Chris Noble
By Chris Noble (Mar 20, 2012)

LaCie does not make disk drives, they put their label on drives that they source from WD, Seagate or others.

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hammerheadfistpunch
By hammerheadfistpunch (Mar 20, 2012)

its my personal experience (and of my colleagues) that you are better off with WD/seagate than LaCie as they have (or have had) a higher failure rate.

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washyshots
By washyshots (Mar 20, 2012)

I don't think they are better. Never had an issue with Lacie Rugged

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andrems
By andrems (Mar 20, 2012)

I'll never buy LaCie anymore, had/have 2 (one for Win one for Mac) both making terrible noise, Windows backup failed within 1 year, so I do not use the other one anymore, bought 2 Toshiba's as a replacement, working well for more than two years now. Also very happy with my 1 TB Freecom (size of an iPhone)

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graybalanced
By graybalanced (Mar 21, 2012)

I just can't come up with a reason to buy a LaCie drive. I point people to the drives at macsales.com or G-Tech.

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LAOGUN
By LAOGUN (Mar 22, 2012)

To hammerheadfistpunch:
LaCie does NOT produce real hard drive. Open its box and you will be surprised.

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Kenneth Svedlund
By Kenneth Svedlund (Mar 20, 2012)

Yes indeed Joe, where is the thunderbolt version??

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Vitruvius
By Vitruvius (Mar 20, 2012)

You realize that this is a single 5400rpm HDD? There is no way that you are going to get within the same Universe of either USB3 or Thunderbolt theoretical maximum trasfer rates with a single HDD so why spend another $50 for a Thunderbolt cable?

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graybalanced
By graybalanced (Mar 21, 2012)

Vitruvius - it is a legitimate request. But not for speed, for versatility. My drives with multiple interfaces on them (FireWire, USB, eSATA) are much easier to move between various Macs and PCs than my single-interface drives where you'd better have that one type of plug or you're SOL.

On Mac laptops (which occupy 3 of 5 spots in the top 5 selling laptops on Amazon.com, probably higher percentage among photographers) you only get 2 USB 2.0 ports and a Thunderbolt port, so if you want to take advantage of the drive speed, the USB 2 ports will not help you. So Thunderbolt.

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micksh6
By micksh6 (Mar 21, 2012)

Apple PCs including Mac laptops are about 5-6% of the world PC market. There are way more laptops and PCs with USB 3.0 than with Thunderbolt.
Economically it doesn't make sense to cater to such small market until the large market is saturated.
BTW, PCs will get optical Thunderbolt soon. Then current Mac interface will be obsolete, just like Firewire.

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Mar 20, 2012)

Strange formfactor. 3.24" ? 2.5" would have been nicer.

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Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (Mar 20, 2012)

They are 2.5" HDDs, the case is 3.24" wide.

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Mar 20, 2012)

.74" of waisted space then.

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RPJG
By RPJG (Mar 20, 2012)

You expect a zero-width case and USB connector etc?

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micahmedia
By micahmedia (Mar 20, 2012)

I'd rather some cushioning. This IS a mechanical device after all...

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dccdp
By dccdp (Mar 20, 2012)

They need to put the circuit board somewhere inside the case, you know...

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Mar 20, 2012)

Lacie can make them a lot smaller.

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LAOGUN
By LAOGUN (Mar 22, 2012)

2.5" and 3.5" is industrial standard.

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Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (Mar 20, 2012)

I paid $72 at Newegg for a 1TB WD USB 3.0 ext portable HDD last October so it looks like the floods really killed the low prices on WD HDDs. They need to come out with Thunderbolt versions for people with Apple computers .

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idbar
By idbar (Mar 20, 2012)

Same thing I was thinking. I paid $95 for a 1TB passport USB3 HDD a year ago. Hard drives prices are going up just like oil prices.

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vdubreeze
By vdubreeze (Mar 20, 2012)

Much as I've always detested WD externals, especially with regard to Macs (there ARE issues deeper than just reformatting once the vendor starts burning horrendous software into the firmware, but that's another thread), I impulsed bought a 500G FW800 Passport at a big box store on a Sunday sale impulse (couldn't have paid more than $70 two years ago) and eventually ended up with four of them. They've been great performers.

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micahmedia
By micahmedia (Mar 20, 2012)

...yeah, most of my externals are SeaG with zero issues, but my one 160gb WD drive that I've had forever has been solid too. Same with my pair of 75gb raptors. When I went to an SSD I kept them around for caching in PS. Zero issues with any of it.

In fact, I've only had two issues with any sort of storage, ever. I had a Transcend 16gb card fail--Transcend replaced the three year old card, no questions asked. I have one 4gb Pretec card that didn't like my D70, but has worked flawlessly in everything else.

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washyshots
By washyshots (Mar 20, 2012)

I've had two bad experiences with MY Passport Drives. Luckily, mine was backed up but the wife's wasn't and she lost a lot of data. Not even a professional recovery service could sort it out. Of course it's my fault but having had two drives fail really put's me off them.

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Greg in London
By Greg in London (Mar 20, 2012)

and the Thunderbolt port is where ?

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Mark Roberts
By Mark Roberts (Mar 21, 2012)

What the image quality on this new photography product?

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