The “333” of the Storage business is hitting the Indian retail market and many of the manufacturers are going in head strong. You’ve read one of the SATA III reviews and one of the SATA III review is currently under testing. Still, Western wants to bag all the 3s while they still can as Motherboards and PC Chassis manufacturers have armed their hardware with USB 3.0 ports.
Western Digital India announced the release of 3 more external storage devices:
WD® DELIVERS USB 3.0 AND 3 TERABYTES WITH ITS NEW EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE PRODUCT LINES
Blazing-Fast USB 3.0 Connectivity Now Available with My Book® and My Passport® External Hard Drives
My Passport Essential, still WD’s smallest portable drive, is available in a 500 GB capacity and comes five fun colors – Midnight Black, Cool Silver, Real Red, Pacific Blue and Arctic White (Arctic White only available in EMEA and APAC). My Passport Essential SE portable hard drives are available in 750 GB and 1 TB capacities and come in stylish black, silver, metallic blue and metallic red colors. The pocket-sized My Passport portable hard drives are powered directly through the USB cable; no separate power supply is needed.
My Book Essential, the world’s number-one selling hard drive, also impresses with its small footprint, sleek design and high-capacity storage ranging from 1 TB up to a massive 3 TB.The drive is compatible with both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, and uses WD SmartWare visual backup software.
“With more and more devices like the iPod touch®, iPhone®4 and other smartphones adding video-capable cameras, digital video is becoming ubiquitous. Most homes already have thousands of photos and music files, increasing the need for storage around the house. Having the extra capacity to store these files and move them around quickly is becoming a big issue for many consumers around the world,” said Sushil Bandi, Country Manager for the Indian Subcontinent, Western Digital. “WD’s newest line of My Book and My Passport external hard drives features the latest USB 3.0 connection technology, which more than triples the speed to transfer media files, but still works with today’s USB 2.0 ports. In addition, consumers can take advantage of the highest capacity available on external hard drives with the new 3 TB My Book Essential drive.”
Features:My Book Essential external hard drives, My Passport Essential and My Passport Essential SE portable hard drives feature:– Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 interface;– Up to 3x faster transfer rates when compared to USB 2.0;– WD SmartWare software for automatic, continuous backup;– Password protection for privacy;– Planet-friendly packaging from recycled materials which can, in turn, also be recycled.
For an external drive this large and for the premium you’re going to pay, backup software is something one will expect. Most likely when Western Digital puts up a newer versions of MyBook 3.0, we should see backup software bundled with it.
WD is quick enough to implement the backup option and the password protection utility on MyPassport essential series, so once they are sent over we’ll see what they can do.
As far as MRP is concerned, The My Passport Essential 500 GB is tagged Rs. 4299/- whereas essential SE 750 GB is tagged Rs 5499/-and 1 TB is for Rs. 6,499/-. The My Book Essential 1 TB, 2 TB, and 3 TB are tagged at Rs. 4,999/-, Rs. 7,499/-, and Rs. 10,999/-. Another great feedback that was implemented is that these drives is backed up with 3 years warranty in India.