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WD®'s New Line Of External Desktop Drives Offer Extreme Capacities And Data Protection Features

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

WD®'s New Line Of External Desktop Drives Offer Extreme Capacities And Data Protection Features

07:56 EDT Tuesday, September 24, 2013

New My Book® Family of Drives offers up to 4 TB for Rich Content Collectors and Protects that Data with Automatic, Cloud and Complete System Backup

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- WD®, a Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) company, has redesigned its popular My Book® and My Book for Mac lines of external desktop drives to provide as much as 4 TB storage capacity and enhanced data protection for those who create and collect large volumes of data, video, music and photos.

With USB 3.0 for speed, the new My Book lines are available in 2 TB, 3 TB and 4 TB capacities for the largest content collections. At any point in time, anything can happen to one's data. Whether it's a lost notebook or destructive virus, it's critical to keep data safe and maintain a backup of important documents and valued content.

The new drives' data protection features are perfect for backing up content collections. WD SmartWare? Pro automatic back-up software with Dropbox? integration offers cloud backup capabilities, and the WD Edition of Acronis® True Image? enables users to execute a full system backup and securely delete digital files and programs.    

"The new generation of My Book external hard drives provides greater speed, flexibility, content safety, and system security for our customers," explains Scott Steffens, general manager of WD's consumer storage products group. "Consumers are creating, downloading, and storing more digital content than ever before and our line of desktop drives are equipped with capacities and security measures to keep it all backed-up and protected against system disaster, damage or theft."

Security measures against unauthorized access to the drive are handled through WD SmartWare Pro automatic backup software with hardware encryption and password protection. To protect files against theft, fire, flood or other natural disaster, My Book integrates Dropbox[1] to store files in the cloud.  For full system backup and secure deletion of files, My Book includes Acronis True Image (ATI) WD Edition.  ATI WD Edition is an integrated software suite that ensures security of all information on the PC and can be used to securely delete any confidential data no longer needed. ATI WD is also used for disaster recovery in case of a fatal system crash, recovering the entire PC including files, software and preferences.

The My Book for Mac will also incorporate SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and UAS connectivity for increased speed and flexibility.  Available in 2TB / 3TB capacities, My Book for Mac is compatible with Apple's Time Machine? for safe and effective backup of files.  The drive is equipped with WD Security software for password protection and hardware encryption to protect files from unauthorized access, and comes with WD Utilities, which allows users to register drives, run diagnostics, and more.

Pricing and Availability

My Book and My Book for Mac hard drives are protected by a 3-year limited warranty and is available from the WD store at wdstore.com as well as select retailers and distributors. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) will be $129.99 USD for the 2 TB, $149.99 for the 3 TB, and $179.99 for the 4 TB.

About WD

WD, a Western Digital company, is a long-time innovator and storage industry leader. As a storage technology pacesetter, the company produces reliable, high-performance hard disk drives and solid state drives. These drives are deployed by OEMs and integrators in desktop and mobile computers, enterprise computing systems, embedded systems and consumer electronics applications, as well as by the company in providing its own storage products. WD's leading storage devices and systems, networking products, media players and software solutions empower people around the world to easily save, store, protect, share and experience their content on multiple devices. WD was established in 1970 and is headquartered in Irvine, California. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.wd.com.

Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC), Irvine, Calif., is a global provider of products and services that empower people to create, manage, experience and preserve digital content. Its companies design and manufacture storage devices, networking equipment and home entertainment products under the WD, HGST and G-Technology brands. Visit the Investor section of the company's website (www.westerndigital.com) to access a variety of financial and investor information.

Western Digital, WD, the WD logo, and My Book are registered trademarks of Western Digital Technologies, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries; WD SmartWare Pro, and WD Security are trademarks of Western Digital Technologies, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Dropbox is a trademark of Dropbox Inc. Apple, Mac and Time Machine are registered trademarks of Apple. Acronis and the True image are trademarks of Acronis International GmbH in the United States and other countries. Other marks may be mentioned herein that belong to other companies. As used for storage capacity one gigabyte (GB) = 1 billion bytes, and one terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment. See support.wdc.com for limited warranty terms and conditions. 

[1] Dropbox account required

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130924/LA84775)

(Logo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20000711/WDCLOGO)

SOURCE WD

For further information: Heather Skinner, WD Press Relations, 949.672.7920, heather.skinner@wdc.com, or Bob Blair, Western Digital Investor Relations, 949.672.7834, robert.blair@wdc.com

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