WD Announces USB 2.0 Digital Media Center

From Western Digital’s press release:

Continuing to deliver the ultimate choice in feature-rich storage products, Western Digital Corp. today introduced its Media Center storage peripheral. The Media Center combines a 250 GB WD Caviar® SE hard drive, an 8-in-1 memory card reader, USB 2.0 hub and the company’s exclusive Dual-option Backup feature in one convenient external storage device. Western Digital’s Media Center is the only storage peripheral that provides consumers with all-in-one functionality and an easier way to download and store files from a variety of digital accessories.

Western Digital also introduced its new external USB 2.0/FireWire® hard drives with Dual-option Backup. The external USB 2.0/FireWire hard drives with Dual-option Backup are offered in storage capacities of 120, 160, 200 and 250 GB.

Western Digital’s exclusive Dual-option Backup system gives consumers the option to back up data either automatically or on-demand with the simple touch of a button. Using an easy set-up wizard, users can schedule a recurring backup; a button glows blue to confirm that files will be backed up automatically. The Media Center and new external drives with Dual-option Backup are also capable of backing up data from multiple sources for consumers who have a number of drives and/or PCs and notebooks.

The Media Center and the company’s new external USB 2.0/FireWire hard drives with Dual-option Backup will be demonstrated during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) being held in Las Vegas, Jan. 8 – 11, 2004. Western Digital Booth No. 22711-S is located in the USB TechZone.

Western Digital’s Media Center and new external hard drives feature: a built-in USB 2.0 hub with a USB 2.0 port on front for easy connection of peripherals; 2 FireWire ports; Dantz® Retrospect® Express software; easy set-up wizard to schedule automatic data backup; extra data protection with Safe Shutdown; front-mounted power switch; elegantly designed, heat-dissipating case; and Kensington® security lock connection. The Media Center and new external hard drives are designed with award-winning WD Caviar SE hard drives. Western Digital’s Media Center will initially be available in capacities of 160, 200 and 250 GB.

Combining external storage with a built-in card reader for space-saving convenience and easier downloading at the touch of a button, the Media Center is compatible with 8 major media card formats, including CompactFlash Type