WD Adds Data Protection Capabilities to MyBook External Hard Drives

Western Digital Introduces New Line of External Desktop Drives

by Anton Shilov
09/25/2013 | 10:06 PM

Western Digital, a leading maker of hard disk drives, has redesigned its popular My Book and My Book for Mac lines of external desktop drives to provide as much as 4TB storage capacity and enhanced data protection for those who create and collect large volumes of data, video, music and photos.

 

With USB 3.0 for speed, the new My Book lines are available in 2TB, 3TB and 4TB capacities for the largest content collections. WD My Book line integrates WD Green-like hard drives with 5400rpm or higher spindle speed. The new drives’ data protection features are perfect for backing up content collections. WD SmartWare Pro automatic back-up software with Dropbox integration offers cloud backup capabilities, and the WD Edition of Acronis True Image enables users to execute a full system backup and securely delete digital files and programs.               

Security measures against unauthorized access to the drive are handled through WD SmartWare Pro automatic backup software with hardware encryption and password protection. To protect files against theft, fire, flood or other natural disaster, My Book integrates Dropbox to store files in the cloud.  For full system backup and secure deletion of files, My Book includes Acronis True Image (ATI) WD Edition.  ATI WD Edition is an integrated software suite that ensures security of all information on the PC and can be used to securely delete any confidential data no longer needed. ATI WD is also used for disaster recovery in case of a fatal system crash, recovering the entire PC including files, software and preferences.

             

The My Book for Mac will also incorporate SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and UAS connectivity for increased speed and flexibility. Available in 2TB/3TB capacities, My Book for Mac is compatible with Apple’s Time Machine for safe and effective backup of files. The drive is equipped with WD Security software for password protection and hardware encryption to protect files from unauthorized access, and comes with WD Utilities, which allows users to register drives, run diagnostics, and more.

“The new generation of My Book external hard drives provides greater speed, flexibility, content safety, and system security for our customers. Consumers are creating, downloading, and storing more digital content than ever before and our line of desktop drives are equipped with capacities and security measures to keep it all backed-up and protected against system disaster, damage or theft,” explained Scott Steffens, general manager of WD’s consumer storage products group.

My Book and My Book for Mac hard drives are protected by a 3-year limited warranty and is available from the WD store at wdstore.com as well as select retailers and distributors. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) will be $129.99 for the 2TB, $149.99 for the 3TB, and $179.99 for the 4TB.