WD Announces New My Book Studio Desktop Hard Drives

Western Digital on Tuesday announced a new, updated version of its Mac-centric external desktop hard drive, the My Book Studio. Available in capacities up to 2TB, the drive has both FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 connections, and comes pre-formatted for the Mac. A FireWire 800 to FireWire 400 connector is included for compatibility with older Macs.

Smaller and sleeker than the previous model, the new My Book Studio features 256-bit hardware encryption and ships with the company's new WD SmartWare software pre-installed. When you plug in the My Book Studio for the first time, the WD SmartWare software asks you to set a password and if you want to back up your data. Though it works just fine with OS X's built-in Time Machine back-up feature, WD Smartware offers user more control over what to back up and when. The software also lets you customize a small display on the front of the drive that the company calls an e-label. The e-label can show the name of the drive and describe its contents while showing available capacity and security information, even when the drive is unplugged.

The new My Book Studio comes in 500GB, 1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB capacities and is available immediately with prices ranging from $150 to $300

WD also announced two drives targeted to Windows users, the My Passport Elite portable drive and My Book Elite Desktop drive. Though the drives come preformatted as NTSF, full Mac compatibility is as simple as reformatting the drives using OS X's Disk Utility.

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