Sunday, 26 May 2024 13:39

Western Digital announces 6TB 2.5" portable HDDs bringing a new world-first for capacity


Digital creators need more and more space - and importantly, robust, reliable storage space - to manage and preserve it. Western Digital has announced it's pushed physics to create an incredible 6TB capacity across its WD, WD_Black, and SanDisk Professional products, giving the world's highest storage capacity in a 2.5" portable HDD format.

Graphic design, multimedia, generative AI - you name it, it needs data. Western Digital's announcement means the whole range of WD My Passport portable HDD line, WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive and SanDisk Professional G-DRIVE ArmorATD will all now be available in cavernous 6TB capacities.

“Expanding our portfolio with the world’s first 2.5” 6TB* portable hard drive is an incredible technological achievement, and it enables us to continue pushing the boundaries of what's possible,” said Western Digital director of product management Nitin Kachhwaha. “Offering up to 6TB* in such a small form factor and accessible price point gives everyone—from students, gamers, professional videographers, and more—greater flexibility to create and keep even more of their essential content in one portable drive.”

The new, record-breaking 6TB* capacity point is now available across Western Digital's premier brands, offering a more robust, purpose-built solution for consumers, gamers and professionals.

With up to 6TB capacities now available for the WD My Passport hard drive line, adventurers can store more and effortlessly back up their digital memories with peace of mind. The My Passport Ultra drive is a trusted, portable storage solution that is equipped with USB-C technology and a modern metal design. It is ready right out of the box and features a convenient, slim form factor that is easily transportable. Its password protection with 256-bit AES hardware encryption helps keep precious content safe and secure. The My Passport hard drives are available in different colours to suit any style.

The 6TB WD My Passport retails for $299.00 MSRP and the WD My Passport for Mac retails for $309.00 MSRP. All products will be available in Australia from October 2024 at select Western Digital retailers, e-tailers and on the Western Digital Store.

Meanwhile, the WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive allows gamers to furnish their console or PC with performance-enhancing tools to keep up with the pace of today’s complex AAA titles. With the 6TB capacities now available that can store up to 150 games, the drive is built for players looking to upgrade the storage of their console or PC and enjoy gaming without having to compromise which games to delete or updates to forgo to make room for new titles. Availability for the 6TB WD_BLACK P10 Game Drive will be confirmed later this year.

And, with SanDisk Professional’s G-DRIVE ArmorATD drive, consumers get an all-terrain drive with shock, IP54 rain and dust, and crush resistance to help protect valuable footage from out in the wild to back in the studio. The 6TB SanDisk Professional G-DRIVE ArmorATD provides a trusted and portable way to back up photos, video footage and files wherever adventure leads. Availability of the 6TB SanDisk Professional G-DRIVE ArmorATD will also be confirmed later this year.

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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