Western Digital unveiled a new hard drive to back up all the computers in the home; the My Book World Edition. The new network drives are available in capacities of 1TB and 2TB, and are not only compatible with the PC and Mac, but also with DNLA media players like the Xbox 360, PS3 and digital photo frames.
“For easier safekeeping of personal files and media collections stored around the home, families need network storage solutions with true plug-and-play installation, automatic backup capability and familiar file organization,” said Kurt Scherf, vice president and principal analyst with Parks Associates. “With My Book™ World Edition, WD is delivering peace-of-mind for users who want to easily back up all their computers, as well as bringing to the table media centralization, streaming and remote access functions for more advanced families.”
My Book World Edition’s massive capacities are available from any computer in the home. Combined with high performance, this makes it easy to build a shared digital media library. Music, photos and videos can be streamed directly from the My Book World Edition drive to any PC, Mac or connected DLNA® media player (such as Microsoft® Xbox 360 and Sony® PlayStation®3 game consoles, wireless digital pictures frames or TVs) using the integrated UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) media server and iTunes® Music server software. Families can also securely access and share their centralized files from anywhere in the world where they have access to the Internet, using the My Book World Edition drive’s Web remote access service.
The 1TB and 2TB My Book World Edition will be avaialble for $229.99 and $449.99, respectively.
The new My Book World Edition network hard drives feature:
Automatic, continuous backup for all the computers on your network;
Simple file recovery for lost or damaged files;
Centralized storage and sharing for all your family’s digital content;
Easy access to all your data from anywhere, anytime;
Works seamlessly on networks with both Windows and Mac computers;
Media server capability with DLNA 1.5 and UPnP certification to stream content to Xbox 360, Playstation3, wireless digital picture frames and connected audio receivers;
Centralize and stream music collection to a Mac or Windows PC using iTunes software;
Remote sharing of personal content like photos or documents with family and friends;
USB 2.0 Utility Port to turn any USB drive into an instant network drive or extra capacity for the My Book World Edition;
Cooler, quieter, eco-friendly design with WD GreenPower Drives which run cooler, quieter and consume up to 33 percent less power;
Capacity gauge to see at a glance how much space is available on your drive;
High-speed data transfer with Gigabit Ethernet; and,