Western Digital continues the developmental prowess by announcing the availability of a new large storage device that has been added to its My Book family of external hard drives. The new addition is the 2 TB External Single Drive System, the largest available capacity for a single-drive system today. With its wide variety of models, WD offers a solution for every type of user, whether they’re a creative power user on a Mac or a home user on a PC. The new 2 TB My Book family includes: My Book Studio Edition, My Book Mac Edition, My Book Home Edition and My Book Essential Edition models.
The entire family of My Book external hard drives features:
New 2 TB capacities allowing users to store and backup all their data in one central location;
Elegant, small footprint design;
Capacity gauge to see at a glance how much capacity is available on the drive (not available on the My Book Essential Edition drive);
Environmentally friendly design that saves power by going into standby mode after 10 minutes of inactivity;
SmartPower features that turns the drive on and off with the computer and Safe Shutdown that prevents the drive from being powered down until all the data has been written;
Kensington Security Slot that allows users to secure drive to their desk with the separate purchase of a Kensington lock kit; and,
1-year limited warranty.
The My Book Studio Edition, My Book Home Edition and My Book Essential Edition 2 TB external hard drives are available now at select retail stores and online retailers. My Book Mac Edition 2 TB external drives will be available next month. Estimated pricing ranges from $329.99 USD to $379.99 USD, depending on drive model and capacity.
Western Digital continues its stride in carving out its niche in the mobile storage solutions sector with the new My Book. Armed with eco-friendly considerations, it looks like Western Digital has once again jumped the gun on other hard disk manufacturers ever since their first Terabyte hard drive was launched some weeks back. The new updated version of its My Book World Edition NAS device is compatible with both MACs and PCs and will be available in 1TB and 2TB versions.
With the flexibility options made obvious, it should not be surprising that Western Digital has set the bar high in providing efficient hard drives for the techies of today. So don’t be surprised to see the other manufacturers like Seagate come up with their own solution, a familiar scenario that they did when the terabyte was born.
It uses Western Digital latest high capacity drives, the Caviar Green series, which means that it now consumes a third less power compared to the previous models and should have better performance.
The drive comes with a USB2.0 and a Gigabit Ethernet port; it is also UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) and DLNA 1.5 ready and features an embedded iTunes media server.
Last week there was a post about Western Digital’s new 1 Terabyte hard drive. In that post as well, it was mentioned that Seagate had also launched its own higher capacity hard drive which was 500GB. Thanks to that first new flash, Seagate took the initiative to finally unveil its own terabyte hard drive, the 3.5 Constellation ES which comes in 1 or 2 TB.
The 2.5-inch Constellation will have capacities ranging from 160 gigabytes (GB) and 500 GB. The 3.5 Constellation ES comes in 500 GB, 1 terabyte (TB) and 2 TB. The Constellation family ships this quarter. Seagate’s Barbara Craig, senior product marketing manager, said that the drives are designed to offer a smaller footprint, cut energy consumption and be more stackable in tight data centers. “The new drives basically cut power in half,” said Craig.
Also, similar to what Western Digital unveiled, these are eco-friendly since they consume lesser power, making them an ideal hard drive solution for people who really want to cut down on cost. And if you were the computer geek, you would have to note, which do I get?
If you are brand conscious, Seagate has always been known to be a reliable brand. While Western Digital priced its hard drive at $299.00, it is likely that Seagate will have a higher price. They may practically have the same specs but it all boils down to which brand is reliable and tested.