Today, Western Digital is rolling out a new version of its My Book and My Book for Mac series of hard drives. Adding WD’s 4TB hard drives to the mix means you can pack quite a bit of storage into a space not much larger than one of George R.R. Martin’s paperback novels. While SSDs have become the popular means of storing data for computer enthusiasts, companies like Western Digital stay relevant with increasingly large pools of storage meant to hold today’s increasingly large collections of personal data.
A new version of WD’s SmartWare Pro comes with each drive, and includes DropBox integration if you wish to back up your drive’s contents to the cloud. For more powerful drive and data management, there’s also a copy of Acronis True Image (WD Edition). This software suite offers more powerful backup controls and allows for secure deletion of files from your drive. True Image can also restore system drives from images stored on the My Book in the event of an unrecoverable system crash.
The new My Books also offer hardware encryption with password protection to keep others from scoring an unauthorized peep at your files.
There’s also support for USB 3.0, and UAS, or USB Attached SCSI. For some reason, WD decided not to offer the 4TB drive in the My Book for Mac line, perhaps to save a limited number of 4TB drives for their more expensive, metal-clad My Book Studio. The only difference between the drives is really the formatting out of the box, which Mac users can quickly fix in Disk Utility; any software can be redownloaded.
WD offers the drives with a 3-year warranty; 2TB models will tun $129.99, 3TB for $149.99, and 4TB for $179.99.