Western Digital has unveiled a new family of WD PassportTM Portable USB Hard Drives for transporting large quantities of digital content and information.

They are available in capacities of 40GB or 80GB. An 80GB WD Drive can store approximately 20, 2-hour DVD-quality movies or over 1,300 hours of music.

According to Western Digital, safety tests make these drives one of the few external drives with certification to meet all applicable safety requirements.

WD Passport Portable drives will be available in January 2005. Pricing is to be confirmed.