Pinnacle Micro has announced the local availability of Western Digital’s new My Passport Essential Portable USB Drives. Redesigned to complement Western Digital’s popular My Book family of external drives, the drives represent a sleek new form that feels good in a user’s hand and fits snugly into a pocket or a purse.

The new drives come with a glossy black finish, weigh in at under five ounces and are able to store almost a  third of a terabyte of digital storage, says Shane Hutchinson, Western Digital product manager at Pinnacle Micro.
The drives are light and compact to carry, and, because they are bus-powered they do not require an external power adapter. Equipped with sync and encryption software, the drives come with mega-capacity and make it easy for users to securely store and carry thousands of songs, videos or photographs.
WD Sync software allows consumers to take desktop content with them by simplifying the synchronisation of essential files and Microsoft Outlook data on a PC.
Additionally, if users happen to misplace the drive, they are assured that their data is protected with 128-bit encryption. Google software contained on the drive allows users to quickly locate files with the Google Desktop Search search tool, manage photos with Picasa ™ photo organizer software and simplify web searches with Google Toolbar search bar.
The new drives are described as the perfect travel-friendly storage device to hold the rich media content generated by higher resolution photographs and HD videos and music.