Random thoughts and views from the mind of Chris Bennett
My Passport Wireless Drive
Western Digital have added a new range of Wireless Hard Drives to their Passport range, what’s more unusual is that they have added an SD card reader to the drive too. This enables the use of the drive in the field as a mobile backup for any SD-card inserted, the drive can also wipe the card once the data has been transferred. I’m not sure I would do this as I would rather have lots of cards and then use the drive as a backup for those files instead. Naturally the drive can also be used like any mobile USB3.0 drive too.
The features of the drive are as follows:
You’re more attached with no attachments: Free of wires and the Internet, you can connect with up to 8 devices at the same time.
Built-in SD card slot: Instantly transfer or back up photos and videos from your SD card in the field so that you can keep on shooting.
Rechargeable battery to keep you going: Stay mobile with the long-lasting, built-in, rechargeable battery. Get up to 6 hours of continuous video streaming and up to 20 hours of standby time.
Wirelessly connect with your mobile devices: Interact with your media files using your tablet and smartphone with WD’s My CloudTM mobile app. Save and access your files securely from anywhere on any iOS or Android device.
Stream media to connect devices: Stream up to 4 HD videos at once to multiple devices. Plus, stream your media to connected TV’s, media players, gaming consoles and other DLNA/UPnP devices.
Internet sharing: Use My Passport Wireless as a Wi-Fi hub to share an Internet connection with multiple devices.
Keep your private stuff private: Feel secure from unauthorized access with Wi-Fi password protection for every file you save. Plus, protect your drive from USB access using Drive Lock in the device dashboard.
You’re in control: Configure, manage and diagnose your drive using the intuitive dashboard. Run drive diagnostics, erase and format your drive, register your drive and more.
Ultra-fast USB 3.0: Quickly transfer large amounts of data to the drive using the ultra-fast USB 3.0 port.
More detail about the drive can be found on Western Digital’s site here.
The drive will be available in 3 sizes from the 5th September, the UK prices are as follows:
500GB : £113 (23p/GB)
1TB : £138 (14p/GB)
2TB : £180 (9p/GB)
As you can see, the 2TB represents the best value for money.
You can pre-order your drive now, the UK store can be found here. I think that this would be valuable addition to any mobile photographer’s kit. This is something that I would love to have whilst on a holiday as I won’t need to carry a laptop. I can still copy the off JPEG image to my iPad for any blogging whilst all of the RAW and JPEG files will be backed up onto a drive that will be stored in a safe. You also want to make sure that during travel back the SD cards and the dive are stowed separately.
I should finish in saying that I’m not really interested in a wireless drive with battery backup as there wouldn’t be much point, however adding the SD card reader is a stroke of genius and I can see WD selling loads of these.