Tuesday, October 5th 2010

WD Delivers USB 3.0 and 3 TB with its New External Hard Drive Product Lines

WD, the world's leader in external storage solutions, today introduced its new My Passport Essential portable hard drive (photo), My Passport Essential SE portable hard drive (photo), and My Book Essential external hard drive (photo). All three drive families come in a variety of capacities and offer lightning-fast USB 3.0 connectivity. Highest industry capacity is another key feature for the My Book Essential drive, which is now available in 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.

The drives not only take advantage of the latest blazing-fast USB 3.0 technology, but are also fully compatible with USB 2.0 connections for those who have yet to upgrade their computers to USB 3.0. When connected to a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port, consumers can transfer data at speeds up to 150 MB/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.

My Passport Essential, still WD's smallest portable drive, is 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). 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 Dale Pistilli, vice president of marketing for WD's branded products group. "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 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.
Capacity and Compatibility: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.

Price and Availability
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 wdstore.com.

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.
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10 Comments on WD Delivers USB 3.0 and 3 TB with its New External Hard Drive Product Lines

#1
Kitkat
i wonder when the 2TB Black Sata 6 Internal is finally going to leave japan already. They've had it since.... i dunno months ago. Its not even on the website. Maybe they are still having troubles.
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#2
Lipton
According to The Register this is a 4-platter drive, meaning 750 GB/platter. :)

From the press release the following can be found at the bottom: "The My Book 3 TB external hard drives uses a WD Caviar® GreenTM hard drive. Component versions of this drive will be available in distribution shortly."

Let's get some price wars going! :rockout:
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#3
TheLaughingMan
by: Kitkat
i wonder when the 2TB Black Sata 6 Internal is finally going to leave japan already. They've had it since.... i dunno months ago. Its not even on the website. Maybe they are still having troubles.
Who cares. It will not improve throughput enough to matter. For mechanical HDD's it servers no purpose other than a pretty label on the box.

I want the 3 TB HDD to be released for sale as a bare drive.
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#4
blobster21
i can almost see the grimacing face of the proud owner of a dead 3Tb HDD, i won't feel for him though......
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#5
timta2
i can almost see the grimacing face of the proud owner of a dead 3Tb HDD, i won't feel for him though......
Thats why smart people buy 2 so that they can have a spare copy. I use my second drive for an automated delayed backup (Non-Raid Mirror). I will probably upgrade to x2 3TB drives at some point replacing the current x2 2TB drives I have in the setup.
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#6
xrealm20
At least it's a 4 platter design - should be more reliable than the 5 platter designs. Less moving parts and less read/write heads...
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#7
Mussels
Moderprator
lets hope these are actually decent drives in them, last WD greens i used were slow as crap - as low as 35MB/s write and 60MB/s read, and the outer edges of the disks.

(thats real world usage, not synthetic tests)
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#8
Wile E
Power User
by: Mussels
lets hope these are actually decent drives in them, last WD greens i used were slow as crap - as low as 35MB/s write and 60MB/s read, and the outer edges of the disks.

(thats real world usage, not synthetic tests)
I prefer the Samsung low power/low speed drives, personally. My 1.5TB F2's see over 80MB/s across my network on a regular basis.

Still, 3TB in a single drive? I only have 5 ports to use for storage in my server at the moment. I could have either 15TB of JBOD, or a nice 12TB of RAID5. DROOOOOLLLLLLLL.
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#9
Kitkat
by: TheLaughingMan
Who cares. It will not improve throughput enough to matter. For mechanical HDD's it servers no purpose other than a pretty label on the box.

I want the 3 TB HDD to be released for sale as a bare drive.
i care.
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#10
Wile E
Power User
by: Kitkat
i care.
His point is, why do you care?

2TB SATA 6Gb/s drives do not perform any better than the 2TB SATA 3Gb/s drives. You are paying extra for no benefit whatsoever. The 2TB drives can't even max out the 3Gb/s interface, let alone the newer 6Gb interface.

Total waste of money on a platter type hard drive. Only SSDs are able to be fast enough to benefit from the 6Gb/s interface.
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