Western Digital created a hard drive that works like a “cloud safe.”
The cloud, according to most, is a beautiful thing. It gives people the option of safely storing their data in order for it to be accessed later on from several devices. The cloud, however, is a rented storage space, and there is always that built-in desire to keep truly personal or sensitive data close. This is the logic for people owning safes.
What The Hard Drive Is
Western Digital’s new hard drive is called My Passport Wireless Pro. It weighs close to one pound, and it is the size of about 3 stacked jeweled CD cases. The hard drive is also elegantly slick.
It is an external hard disk drive, available in 2TB or 3TB.
Although wireless, it does also have a data transfer cable and a USB 3.0 port. Transfer speed is considerably higher via cable when considering that the device is an external HDD, not an external SSD.
The battery will run autonomously for 12 hours, and it can be used as a battery bank for small devices, such as phones or tablets, via the USB 3.0 port. Charging will be done at a constant 5V and 1.5A.
The Hard Drive can also serve as a mobile hotspot. A dual-band router is integrated, and devices can connect either to the 5.0GHz 802.11ac connection or to the 2.4GHz 802.11n one. Both are simultaneously supported.
Lastly in the hardware field, the device has an SD 3.0 card reader.
The software’s main dashboard can be accessed via IP 192.168.60.1 once the PC and HDD are connected to the same Wi-Fi. The dashboard by default displays remaining battery and remaining storage.
Android and iOS devices can also easily access the contents of the My Passport Wireless Pro via the MyCloud app. Smart devices also connect normally to the My Passport Wireless Pro’s hotspot.
What The Hard Drive Does
The My Passport Wireless Pro hard drive is an ideally safe and local storage device, especially for media. The HDD recognizes other storage devices are connected to it.
Smart devices, including TVs, can stream pre-downloaded music and video without requiring an internet connection. Files and Folders on any storage device connected via the USB of the hard drive or its SD card are also visible and accessible.
Wi-Fi cameras can also use the My Passport Wireless Pro as a storage device.
The hard drive is light and has one of the most proficient SD card readers. It can replace a laptop on the field. Camera users can easily transfer their photos and videos either through data cable or SD card with the use of a phone or tablet. Caution in transit is advised, as the My Passport Wireless Pro is a real Hard Disk Drive, not a Solid State Drive.
Lastly, mobile users can utilize the hard drive as a charging bank, Wi-Fi hotspot, and streaming database, all at the same time.
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