Western Digital Launch New External Drives
"Western Digital have introduced a new line of external hard drives, with e-label built in."
Western Digital 'e-label'
Western Digital have launched their new range of external hard drives, the My Book Elite series, compatible with both Mac and PC. They feature a new feature, called e-label, which is technology that reads like ink on paper, allowing users to see information such as remaining hard drive capacity, if the drive is secure and add a user-customisable label to the spine of the drive, while the power is switched off. Western Digital promised that the information would be "clearly visible" without power, which is a rather nice feature.
There are two models - the Elite and the Studio, the Elite carries a USB 2.0 interface and is PC compatible, whilst the Studio carries not only a USB 2.0 connector, but a FireWire 800 connector too, for compatibility with Mac OS X. However, Western Digital claim that the Studio can be reprogrammed to work with Windows Vista and 7, and the Elite can be reformatted to work with OS X Tiger, Leopard and Snow Leopard.
The Elite comes in 1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB models, whilst the Studio is the same, but with the option of a 500GB drive. All of the drives support 256-bit data encryption, for the security conscious user. Both variants are available now, with the Studio series starting at $150 (£100) and the Elite starting at $170 (£110).
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