Western Digital unveils fashionable My Passport Essential portable HDDs

Western Digital is already gearing up for the back-to-school crowd with the release of the limited edition My Passport Essential portable hard drives, featuring colorful and funky patterns fashioned by college students.

Western Digital is already gearing up for the back-to-school crowd with the release of the limited edition My Passport Essential portable hard drives, featuring colorful and funky patterns fashioned by college students.

Buyers have five looks to choose from: Boom Box, Black Hole, Cityscape, Fuchsia Leaf and Wave. All of them were designed by students at California State University, Long Beach's Industrial Design program.

For extra protection from potential thieves in the dorms, security comes in the form of password protection combined and 256-bit hardware-based encryption. Note also that WD only specifies that these are compatible with Windows-based computers.

Available only with a 500GB capacity, the limited edition WD My Passport Essential drives are available now for $119.99. You could find a comparable external hard drive for a lower price, but it certainly won't look as cool.

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