Last month we told you that Seagate was dropping the world’s first 3 TB external HD and at that point they doubled maximum capacity for an external hardrive. Not to be outdone though, Western Digital has introduced its new My Passport Essential™ portable hard drive, My Passport Essential SE, and My Book Essential. 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. WD might still be the biggest hard drive maker out there but they are definitely playing catch-up to Seagate on the innovation front. Seriously, the speed at which capacity for external hard drives is moving, this time next year we will probably be looking at 10TB externals.
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; and,
- Planet-friendly packaging from recycled materials which can, in turn, also be recycled.
The My Passport Essential portable hard drive is available in 500 GB capacity. The My Passport Essential SE portable hard drive is available in 750 GB and 1 TB capacities. The My Book Essential external hard drive is available in 1 TB, 1.5 TB, 2 TB and 3 TB capacities. The drives are formatted NTFS for Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, or Windows 7. These drives require reformatting for Mac® OS® X Leopard® or Snow Leopard®.
The My Passport Essential portable is $99.99 while the My Passport Essential SE drives range from $129.99 to $169.99. The My Book Essential drives range from $129.99 USD to $249.99 USD.