Western Digital Ups the Ante with Updated WD 2go

Other External Storage Devices Showcased

Other External Storage Devices

Besides showcasing their updated WD 2go software, we had the chance to view their other updated offerings. In their attempt to satiate the growing demands for higher capacity, the company has introduced its portable My Passport 2TB drive. For the Mac users, My Book Studio (featuring premium metal housing) and My Book Thunderbolt Duo are available in large capacities as well as speedy transfer options. Too bad these aren't 'Live' to be accessed via WD 2go.

The Western Digital My Passport 2TB portable drive has a SRP of S$299 and comes with a local 2-year limited warranty.

The My Book Studio external drive, on the right, is targeted at Mac OS system users, from its pre-formatted state to its brushed aluminum look. The fatter My Book Duo features an internal RAID 1 drive array with dual Thunderbolt ports for speedy file transfers and daisy-chaining with other Thunderbolt devices.

What's in Store for the Future

During a informal discussion after the product demonstration, we managed to uncover some interesting tidbits about their upcoming retail line-up in the near future. WD claimed that it is working on a hybrid drive that will feature NAND storage, similar to that featured in SSDs, with a mechanical HDD. This may seem like old news but Western Digital claims that this new hybrid drive would work seamlessly as a single logical drive with supported operating systems. The main hurdle to clear is the successful development of a robust set of drivers and related software that will allow this drive to operate in an optimal manner with say, the soon-to-be launched Windows 8 operating system. Do watch this space for more exciting developments from Western Digital.

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