New Gear: Western Digital My Book Drives Hits 4TB

Now with even more space to back up your Raw files

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Western Digital overhauled its line of My Book external hard drives, adding even greater storage capabilities, including a 4TB option for PC-users (largest size for Mac users is 3TBs).

My Book will set you back $129.99 for the 2TB, $149.99 for the 3TB, and $179.99 for the 4TB versions. In addition to just giving you an awful lot of space to stash the last decade of digital images or so, it ships with a suite of software for privacy, and is capable of backing up and secure erasing. According to the press release:

The new drives’ data protection features are perfect for backing up content collections. WD SmartWare™ Pro automatic back-up software with Dropbox™ integration offers cloud backup capabilities, and the WD Edition of Acronis® True Image™ enables users to execute a full system backup and securely delete digital files and programs.

Security measures against unauthorized access to the drive are handled through WD SmartWare Pro automatic backup software with hardware encryption and password protection. To protect files against theft, fire, flood or other natural disaster, My Book integrates Dropbox1 to store files in the cloud. For full system backup and secure deletion of files, My Book includes Acronis True Image (ATI) WD Edition. ATI WD Edition is an integrated software suite that ensures security of all information on the PC and can be used to securely delete any confidential data no longer needed. ATI WD is also used for disaster recovery in case of a fatal system crash, recovering the entire PC including files, software and preferences.

Western Digital also claims to have updated My Book for Mac, but it's not clear what the changes in this version of the hard drive are. The update states sizes up to 3TB are supported for Mac, and that it's fully Time Machine compatible, but that's also true of older versions. Also, the Mac version lacks the software suite of the PC edition, including Dropbox compatability.