Western Digital on Monday launched a 320-Gbyte hard disk drive aimed at people who need a portable backup device for music, video, and data stored in PC or Apple Mac notebooks or desktops.

The latest WD Passport Portable Drive is a significant jump in capacity from the product line’s 250-Gbyte version. The plug-and-play, lightweight Passport connects to a computer via a USB port and comes with software for keeping files in the drive and host computer in sync. Power is drawn from the USB bus, so no power adapter is needed, although one is available as an option.

“The need for travel-friendly storage devices continues to be an area that is growing immensely with the advent of rich media content generated by consumers,” Jim Welsh, VP and general manager of WD’s branded products group, said in a statement.

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