WD launches 500GB Network Storage Solution

Posted on Tuesday, May 23 2006 @ 9:18 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Western Digital announced that its WD NetCenter network storage system is now available in a half-terabyte capacity and with backup and system recovery software, providing multiple users in homes or small offices a convenient way to store, share and back up their data.

WD streamlined the steps required to install WD NetCenter on either a PC or Mac. Each member of a home or office network uses EasyLink, an exclusive WD setup wizard, to cut installation time to less than five minutes. EasyLink establishes the WD NetCenter as if it were a local drive on any computer connected to the network. Individuals with network access then can store, share and back up their digital content.

WD's user-friendly interface of EMC Retrospect Express 7.5 backup and recovery software offers users peace of mind with its ease of setting up a comprehensive, automated backup procedure. The simple three-step installation wizard and extensive data protection feature set fits the needs of beginner and expert users alike. Users can choose complete or progressive backups and automatic or scheduled backups, and are assured that all their data is safe with the software's open-file and data encryption features. In the event a backed-up computer should fail, WD NetCenter's disaster recovery feature creates bootable media from which owners can restore all files and system settings.

  • WD Caviar SE 7,200 RPM 500GB hard drive inside for fast, quiet and cool operation without a fan
  • 10/100Base-T Ethernet connection
  • Common Internet File System (CIFS) for platform-independent file sharing
  • Two hot-swappable USB host ports
  • WD EasyLink utility to set up WD NetCenter as a local drive on any computer on the network
  • WD NetCenter Manager software to easily view system status, share folders and printers, create and resize volumes
  • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) client for automatic assignment of TCP/IP addresses
  • Automatic power management when the WD NetCenter hard drive is idle
  • Kensington security slot
  • WD NetCenter 500 GB network storage systems are available now at a suggested retail price of $399 USD.

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