Gaurav SethApr 05, 2007 11:56:58 IST
Expanding its lineup of external hard drives, Western Digital introduced the "My Book World Edition" family of shared storage appliances. These new products allow consumers and home office workers to securely access their digital content, such as photos, home videos and documents, and share it with family and friends from anywhere in the world. The terabyte (TB) My Book World Edition II model is equipped with a dual-drive configuration and RAID capability.
WD Anywhere Access is WD's new software for simplifying access to digital content and breaking the barriers of physical proximity to that content. Part of Anywhere Access is the Data OnHand feature, which makes My Book World Edition active in Windows Explorer and Windows "Save As" and "Open" options whenever the user is connected to the Internet. This streamlines access to the content for users, even if they are thousands of miles away from their My Book World Edition appliance, and eliminates task-heavy logging into and out of third-party Web access systems. It operates independently of any specific PC, so the original host computer does not need to be powered on.
In a new twist on today's popular social networks, the My Book World Edition enables friends and family to share digital content such as photos and documents anywhere in the world without having to upload it to a third-party website. Road warriors will appreciate the ease with which they can retrieve an important presentation and other documents from their My Book World Edition while traveling, as well as the ability to remotely back up their laptop/notebook data to their My Book World Edition. Small workgroups can easily share critical documents over the Internet or within a local network without the need for a separate, and often cumbersome, FTP server.
The two models of the My Book World Edition family of shared storage appliances are compatible with wired and wireless networks and equipped with a lighted on/off button; easy-to-use backup software; a capacity gauge LED and a three-year limited warranty. They come with EMC Retrospect Express backup software, one Ethernet port, one USB 2.0 port to instantly add more storage, intelligent drive management features and LED activity lights.
The My Book World Edition model has a capacity of 500 GB. My Book World Edition II includes all of the features of the My Book World Edition product in a dual-drive system for 1 TB of capacity.
My Book World Edition II units are shipped in the full 1 TB configuration, but can be set by users to reserve half of its capacity to mirror users’ data in real time using RAID 1.
The My Book World Edition family is available beginning this week through Mediaman Infotech, WD's distributor in India. The drives are also available at select retail stores, online retailers and also may be purchased via the company's online store www.westerndigital.com.
The suggested retail price is Rs. 24,950 for My Book World Edition II and Rs. 13,950 for My Book World Edition 500 GB.