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Western Digital has rolled out a bus-powered pocket hard drive that provides a whopping 250GB - pretty big for a product of this kind.

Western Digital Passport 250GB
WD Passport: 250 gig in your pocket

Part of WD's Passport range, the piano-black shiny drive connects to a USB 2.0 port. It'll happily connect to Windows 2000/XP/Vista PCs and Macs - Linux boxes too, we'd say - but the bundled 128-bit data encryption app is Windows only.

Folk with computers that limit USB power will need an extra, two-port cable to power the drive, WD admitted. Such a cable is not bundled with the drive, alas. At the time of writing, WD hadn't revealed how much it will charge for this "optional" accessory.

Western Digital Passport 250GB
WD Passport: skinny yet capacious

The 250GB Passport itself costs $199, and is available now from WD's retailers and its own online shop.

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