Distributor Drive Control Corporation (DCC) has announced the availability of Western Digital’s recently upgraded My Passport Essential portable hard drive, My Passport Essential SE portable hard drive and My Book Essential external hard drive.

All three drive families come in a variety of capacities and now offer lightning-fast USB 3.0 connectivity.
Highest industry capacity is another key feature for the My Book Essential drive, which is now available in 3Tb capacity, in addition to 1Tb and 2Tb capacities.
Equipped with WD SmartWare visual backup software for automatic, continuous backup, these drives provide users the extra space they need to store or back up all of their digital memories, such as high-resolution photos and videos, along with music and other critical files, all in one place.
The drives not only take advantage of the latest USB 3.0 technology, but are also fully compatible with USB 2.0 connections for those who have yet to upgrade their computers to USB 3.0.
When connected to a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port, consumers can transfer data at speeds up to 5Gbps.
At that rate, a two-hour HD video will transfer in as little as three minutes. The same two-hour video would take approximately 13 minutes to transfer on a USB 2.0 port.
My Passport Essential, still WD's smallest portable drive, is available in a 500Gb capacity and comes in five fun colours – Midnight Black, Cool Silver, Real Red, Pacific Blue and Arctic White (Arctic White only available in EMEA and APAC).
My Passport Essential SE portable hard drives are available in 1Tb capacity and come in stylish black, silver, metallic blue and metallic red colours. The pocket-sized My Passport portable hard drives are powered directly through the USB cable – no separate power supply is needed.
My Book Essential, the world's number-one selling hard drive, also impresses with its small footprint, sleek design and high-capacity storage, ranging from 1Tb up to a massive 3Tb. The drive is compatible with both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, and uses WD SmartWare visual backup software.
"With more and more devices like smartphones with video-capable cameras, digital video is increasing the need for storage, as most homes already have a large amount of photo and music files," says Linsay Narayanan, Western Digital product specialist.
"Having the extra capacity to store these files and move them around quickly is becoming a prerequisite for ordinary consumers.
"WD's newest line of My Book and My Passport external hard drives features the latest USB 3.0 connection technology, which more than triples the speed to transfer media files, but still works with today's USB 2.0 ports.
"In addition, consumers can take advantage of the highest capacity available on external hard drives, with the new 3Tb My Book Essential drive."
My Book Essential external hard drives, My Passport Essential and My Passport Essential SE portable hard drives feature:
* Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 interfaces.
* Up to 3x faster transfer rates when compared to USB 2.0.
* WD SmartWare software for automatic, continuous backup.
* Password protection for privacy.
* Planet-friendly packaging from recycled materials which can, in turn, also be recycled.