Like many digital file hoarders, I keep copies of my numerous albums of multi-megapixel photos, High Definition videos, audiophile-quality digital music files and important documents on an external hard drive to safeguard against hardware failure. Despite having lots of storage space available on my laptop's hard drive, I also move rarely-used files off my device and into an external vault - probably a habit picked up when storage space was still counted in megabytes. It's not practical to carry something like WD's MyBook storage solution around with me when I'm on the move but the company's newly-improved line of My Passport mini drives are a good fit, particularly when they're now available with up to 2 TB of storage capacity.

Western Digital's latest generation of its lightweight, laptop-bag-friendly My Passport line of portable storage is the first portable storage solution to be offered in capacities up to 2 TB. The drives have been treated to a new external design that's said to be more resistant to scratches and grubby fingerprints, and benefit from a fast USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) interface which also provides a connected drive with its power.

The 2 TB flavor has dimensions of 4.4 x 3.2 x 0.82-inch (111 x 82 x 21 mm) and weighs just 0.51 pounds (0.23 kg). All the new drives come with WD SmartWare auto backup software and password protection/hardware encryption courtesy of WD Security.

The 2 TB My Passport mini drive is available now for a suggested retail price of US$249.99, although there are other cheaper and less capacious options available, starting at 500 GB. A polycarbonate WD Nomad travel case has also been released that can help protect a My Passport drive from the elements and the odd bump.

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