As users are offered increasing choice in the range and variety of computing devices, more and more people are adopting the Apple Mac range, whether they use the desktop, notebook or ultrabook versions. However, in today’s connected world where data is priceless and external storage and backup have become critical, finding Mac compatible storage products is not always an easy task. Now, thanks to a range of WD drives available from distributor Drive Control Corporation (DCC), Mac users have a wide selection of storage products to meet any need, from portable hard drives to high speed desktop units.
“With the explosive growth of the iPad and the iPhone, many more users are now turning to Mac notebooks and desktops for the compatibility these products offer each other. Added to this, creative professionals have long been dedicated to the Apple brand. The importance of backup and storage is well known, and WD is catering to this requirement with a complete range of Mac compatible external storage solutions. These include the My Passport Edge, My Passport Studio, My Passport for Mac, My Book Studio and My Book Studio II, and the ground-breaking My Book Thunderbolt. All products are also fully compatible with Apple Time Machine for secure, convenient and automatic backup,” says Zandré Rudolph, Retail Manager at DCC.
The My Passport Edge for Mac is a 500GB portable drive designed to complement the sleek look of Apple products, with the same durable brushed aluminium finish and slim, stylish lines. It features a USB 3.0 interface for fast data transfer speeds, and is compatible with Apple Time Machine for seamless operation straight out of the box. The all-aluminium exterior protects the drive and its contents from everyday bumps, making it ideal for mobile users. For added assurance of quality, the My Passport Edge for Mac features a 3-year limited warranty.
My Passport Studio and My Passport for Mac are portable hard drives specifically designed for use with Mac computers and Apple Time Machine. They feature compact, elegant Mac-inspired designs with high capacity storage options and exceptional security. My Passport Studio offers up to 1TB capacity and provides multiple connectivity options with two FireWire 800 ports and a USB 2.0 interface. The dual FireWire ports provide blazing fast upload and transfer speeds while also allowing users to daisy chain additional drives or other peripherals. My Passport Studio also features encryption and password protection software, and an all-new design constructed of metal for added scratch resistance. My Passport for Mac boasts similar features, offering up to 1TB of storage, with a convenient USB 2.0 interface.
The My Book Studio external hard drive is USB 3.0 capable, providing data transfer speeds up to three times faster than USB 2.0. This drive is ideal for backing up large amounts of data and is available in capacities up to 4TB in a single drive configuration. The My Book Studio features a premium brushed-aluminium enclosure to complement Apple design and seamless integration with Apple Time Machine ensures data is always backed up. WD Security tools enable users to password protect their drive and take advantage of 256-bit hardware-based encryption for added security.
My Book Studio II is available in capacities from 2TB to 6TB. It offers a fast, green and Mac-ready dual-drive storage system with RAID 0, RAID 1 and FireWire 800 to deliver high-speed, redundant storage and backup. Formatted for Mac and compatible with Apple Time Machine, it is plug-and-play ready for Mac users. A quad interface offers eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 for flexibility and convenience, and the drive is easily user-upgradeable. With WD Green Power Technology, the system is quiet and uses about 30% less energy than standard systems. Automatic backup software lets users set their backup and forget about it, while intelligent drive management features such as automatic power-up, Safe Shutdown, and LED status and activity lights make this storage system easy to use.
My Book Thunderbolt Duo is WD’s first external hard drive with Thunderbolt technology, and offers both RAID 0 and RAID. This dual-drive system is user-serviceable and delivers performance, double-safe data protection and flexibility, along with ultra-fast data transfer rates and large capacity of either 4TB or 6TB. Dual Thunderbolt ports allow for daisy-chaining of up to six My Book Thunderbolt Duo devices or other peripherals, and offer lightning-fast throughput in both directions. The drive also supports Just a Bunch Of Disks (JBOD) mode, allowing users to allocate each disk individually to a specific task, perfect for dual operating system operation. Additional features include: out-of-the-box compatibility with Apple Time Machine and formatting for Hierarchical File System (HFS) and journaled for Mac, capability for multi-stream workflows, and a 3-year limited warranty.
“Data protection is vital given the critical nature of most of our digital information. From home users to capacity-hungry professionals with high-speed demands, the WD range of Mac-compatible storage devices to fit for any and every need. It is far better to be safe than sorry, and backup devices that integrate with Apple Time Machine provide the most convenient option for Mac users to ensure their data never goes missing again,” Rudolph concludes.