Western Digital My Passport Portable Hard Drives Feature SmartWare Backup
The drives feature USB 3.0 connectivity, USB 2.0 compatibility, and continuous, automatic backup software.Data storage specialist Western Digital announced the next generation of its My Passport storage drives with a range of capacities, beginning from 500GB and topping out at an industry-first 2TB. Featuring the companys SmartWare automatic backup software and WD Security technology for password protection and hardware encryption, the drives, which are powered through the USB port, come in white, black, silver, blue or red. My Passport drives come with a two-year limited warranty and are available online at the WD store and at select retailers and distributors. The suggested price for the 500GB drive is $129.99, $149.99 for the 750GB drive, $179.99 for the 1TB version, $199.99 for the 1.5TB drive and $249.99 for the new 2TB edition. With the addition of finishes specially engineered to make the outer shell more resistant to scratches and fingerprints (a tough polycarbonate exterior and soft elastomer cushion lining also protect the drive), the My Passport drives feature USB 3.0 connectivity, USB 2.0 compatibility, and continuous, automatic backup software.
SmartWare features a visual interface that lets users see the WD drives connected to the computer. The platform automatically scans the computer and finds all personal files, including email. Users then select the files and folders that they want backed up or can back up files by category. Backup gauges show how much information has to be backed up in each category. Users can also mouse over a category to see a file count. As the backup is running, the category gauges will change color showing users the backup as it happens. When finished, users will see a status screen and information about the backup, which only has to be done once. After the first backup, a users files will be backed up automatically every time a file is changed or added.