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Western Digital enters the wireless driver fray

Lucas Mearian | Sept. 4, 2014
Western Digital (WD) executives knew they were behind the curve in releasing a wireless hard drive. Seagate, Kingston and Corsair are among those with their own models.

The My Passport Wireless drive is more akin to Seagate's Wireless Plus drive or LaCie's Fuel, both of which have up to 2TB of onboard storage. Corsair's drive has up to 1TB of capacity.

Unlike Seagate and LaCie's wireless drives, WD's not only comes with onboard storage, but it also an SD 2.0 card slot for removable storage. The drive can be set up so when an SD card with photos or videos is plugged in, the data is automatically transferred to the hard drive and then deleted from the card. The default setting leaves the data on the SD card.

The My Passport Wireless also comes with media-type icons, representing the type of data stored on it. For example, music, video and photos have their own icons, and when clicked on, they bring up that content only for viewing or listening.

Video or music files can also be streamed from WD's My Cloud service to the drive for active listening; if the drive is disconnected, the music will continue playing from the onboard storage capacity.

The wireless drive also has an integrated search feature that will look for content on the drive and in WD's My Cloud at the same time and bring up a list of thumbnail icons or file structure.

"You can also connect your home router to it and turn on file sharing," Kopotic said. "That will treat the drive like a network share, so others can access all the content on your My Passport Wireless."


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