Western Digital launches new external hard drive with a lot of features

Posted on Monday, January 12 2004 @ 16:53 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Last week Western Digital released a new external hard disk drive, the Media Center hard disk combines a 205GB hard drive with a 8-in-1 card reader, USB 2.0 Hub and a flexible push-button backup feature.

Also released was a new external USB 2.0/FireWire hard disk, with dual option backup. This one is available in 120,160,200 and 250GB capacities.
Western Digital's exclusive Dual-option Backup system gives consumers the option to back up data either automatically or on-demand with the simple touch of a button. Using an easy set-up wizard, users can schedule a recurring backup; a button glows blue to confirm that files will be backed up automatically. The Media Center and new external drives with Dual-option Backup are also capable of backing up data from multiple sources for consumers who have a number of drives and/or PCs and notebooks.

Western Digital's Media Center and new external hard drives feature: a built-in USB 2.0 hub with a USB 2.0 port on front for easy connection of peripherals; 2 FireWire ports; Dantz Retrospect Express software; easy set-up wizard to schedule automatic data backup; extra data protection with Safe Shutdown; front-mounted power switch; elegantly designed, heat-dissipating case; and Kensington security lock connection. The Media Center and new external hard drives are designed with award-winning WD Caviar SE hard drives. Western Digital's Media Center will initially be available in capacities of 160, 200 and 250 GB.

Combining external storage with a built-in card reader for space-saving convenience and easier downloading at the touch of a button, the Media Center is compatible with 8 major media card formats, including CompactFlash Type I and II, IBM Microdrive, SmartMedia, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMedia Card and SD Card.
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The suggested retail price for the Media Center hard disk is $399. The suggested retail price for the external USB 2.0/FireWire drives with Dual-option Backup , 250GB version is $348.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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