Western Digital has introduced two new portable storage devices: the 40GB and 80GB Passport hard drives.

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Both feature USB 2.0 connectivity and bus-powered operation, eliminating the need for a separate power supply. Their interiors contain 5,400rpm 2.5-inch Scorpio EIDE drives and Data Lifeguard protection against data loss, while their exteriors offer shock-absorbing cases.
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Western Digital expects to ship them next month in the US for $199 for the 40GB version and $249 for the 80GB version. UK pricing and availability details are not yet available.
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