Feeds

WD launches new external 2.5in hard drives

As well as new internal 2.5in SATA drives

Business security measures using SSL

Western Digital has released a new range of Passport Portable Drives, which it says have grown in storage capacity and shrunk in size.

The company makes the announcement on the fiftieth anniversary since IBM shipped its first hard disk - the refrigerator-sized IBM RAMAC 650 HDD.

wd_passport

The WD drives are now shipping in 60, 80, 120 and 160GB formats, which weigh less than five ounces.

The drives are encrypted and come packaged with synchronisation and search software.

Western Digital also announced it is in production of 160GB Scorpio 2.5-inch hard drives.

wd_scorpio

The drives use perpendicular magnetic recording technology (PMR) to achieve the high capacity.

With PMR technology, the magnetisation of each data bit is aligned vertically to the spinning disk, rather than longitudinally as has been the case in hard drive technology for decades. This enables more data on a given disk than is possible with conventional longitudinal recording, and provides a platform for future expansion of hard drive densities.

The company entered the mobile hard drive market in October 2004.

WD Scorpio 160 GB drives are available at $180. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure
State attorney demands Apple CEO bows the knee to him
4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch
For decades Hollywood actually binned its 4K files. Doh!
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
DARPA-backed jetpack prototype built to make soldiers run faster
4 Minute Mile project hatched to speed up tired troops
Hey, Mac fanbois. HGST wants you drooling over its HUGE desktop RACK
What vast digital media repository could possibly need 64 TERABYTES?
Apple's Watch is basically electric perfume
It isn't just me-too Apple that's lost its lustre: Gadget mania is over
In a spin: Samsung accuses LG exec of washing machine SABOTAGE
Rival electronic giant tries to iron out allegations
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.