WD has today introduced its new WD ‘My PassPassport Essenctial’ portable hard drive , WD ‘My Passport Essential SE’ portable hard drive, and WD ‘My Book Essential’ external hard drive, which are available in a variety of capacities and offer lightning-fast USB 3.0 connectivity.
The new WD ‘My Book Essential’ series external drive even offers industry’s highest capacity of 3 TB capacity, in addition to 1 and 2 TB capacities. Equipped with WD SmartWare visual backup software for automatic, continuous backup, these drives provide users the extra space they need to store or back up all of their digital memories, such as high-resolution photos and videos, along with music and other critical files, all in one place.
All three My Book Essential external hard drives, My Passport Essential and My Passport Essential SE portable hard drives not only take advantage of the latest blazing-fast USB 3.0 technology, but are also fully backward compatible with legendary USB 2.0 connections for those who have yet to upgrade their computers to USB 3.0 interface.
When connected to a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port, the WD My Book Essential allows users to transfer data at speeds up to 5 Gb/s. At that rate, a two-hour HD video will transfer in as little as three minutes. The same two-hour video would take approximately 13 minutes to transfer on a USB 2.0 port.
The WD ‘My Passport Essential’ series external hard drives is still WD’s smallest portable drive, is now available in a 500 GB capacity and comes in five fun colors – Midnight Black, Cool Silver, Real Red, Pacific Blue and Arctic White (Arctic White only available in EMEA and APAC).
The WD ‘My Passport Essential SE’ series 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 WD My Passport and My Book series portable hard drives are powered directly through the USB cable; no separate power supply is needed.
The WD ‘My Book Essential’ series external 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.
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 interfaces
- 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
Capacity and Compatibility:
The WD My Passport Essential portable hard drive is available in 500 GB capacity. The WD My Passport Essential SE portable hard drive is available in 750 GB and 1 TB capacities.
The WD My Book Essential external hard drive is available in 1 TB, 1.5 TB, 2 TB and 3 TB capacities.
The My Book Essential external hard drives, My Passport Essential and My Passport Essential SE portable hard drives are pre-formatted with NTFS for Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7. These drives require reformatting for Mac OS X Leopard or Snow Leopard.
Price and Availability
MSRP for My Passport Essential portable is $99.99 USD. MSRP for My Passport Essential SE drives range from $129.99 USD to $169.99 USD. MSRP for My Book Essential drives range from $129.99 USD to $249.99 USD.
My Passport Essential portable hard drives and My Book Essential external hard drives offer a 2-year limited warranty in the U.S. and are now available at select U.S. retailers and online at www.wdstore.com.