Friday, January 27, 2012

Dead for Hard Drives!


One of my external hard drives died a few days ago. I lost a terabyte of data. Luckily enough, I didn't lose much. It was one of my backup drives. I can be quite disciplined when it comes to backups, so anything important is backed up, while everything unimportant will not be missed. One of the forums I was reading blamed Apple's Time Machine and Mac OS X Lion for the hard drive's failure. (Unconfirmed though.) Why am I not surprised? OS X Lion has messed up so much of my digital life already.

At any rate, all I lost were old standard definition movies. These were the files that I deemed not important enough to back up and some of them were a decade old. (Yes, I save old movies! I am that much of a digital packrat.) I stopped downloading and watching standard definition video years ago, but I still keep all the old files. It's a sickness, I swear. Just the other day, I discovered I still had a VHS tape of Blade Runner. I took a photo of it before finally chucking it in the trash.



Hard drive failure is always a harrowing experience. It's like losing things to a fire. To my amusement, I received this press release (see below) from Western Digital a few days after my hard drive died. They must want me to buy a new hard drive! It's now available I think.

I've actually written about this external hard drive before. It's the Western Digital MyBook Live Duo, which turns your hard drive into your very own cloud storage. If I were to replace my dead drive, I would replace it with this. Just 23K for 6GB! Waaah!




WD'S MY BOOK® LIVE™ DUO PERSONAL CLOUD STORAGE WITH DUAL DRIVES OFFERS HIGH CAPACITY OR DOUBLE-SAFE FILE PROTECTION
Provides Anytime, Anywhere Access to Stored Media and Files from Computers, Tablets or Smartphones
MANILA, Philippines– Jan. 9, 2012 – Western Digital (NYSE: WDC), the world’s leader in digital storage solutions, today introduced My Book Live Duo, a personal cloud storage system that combines the benefits of shared storage and remote access with double-safe backup or increased capacity of a dual-drive system with RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) technology. 

Double-Safe Backup
     Compatible with Mac® and PC operating systems, My Book Live Duo continuously maintains a second copy of all your files for real-time data backup in mirrored mode (RAID 1). Half the capacity is used to store users’ data and half is used for a second copy. In the unlikely event that one drive fails, data is protected because it's duplicated on the other drive. For automatic backup Windows® users can use the included WD SmartWare® software and Mac users can utilize all the features of Apple® Time Machine® backup software to protect their data. 

Maximum Performance and Storage Capacity
     In spanning mode the two-drive system combines both drives into one large volume acting as one drive for maximum storage capacity, while its built-in 800 MHz CPU delivers the power and performance needed for today’s most demanding applications. Designed around the most recent advances in Ethernet chip technology, My Book Live Duo personal cloud delivers best-in-class read speeds faster than traditional USB 2.0 drives. My Book Live Duo is currently available in 4 TB and 6 TB capacities.
WD’s Personal Cloud
     As with WD’s My Book Live™ personal cloud storage solution, My Book Live Duo connects to the home network to create shared storage that users can access within the home or anywhere in the world through secure remote access. Remote access to My Book Live and My Book Live Duo is available on any computer through www.WD2go.com and with WD mobile apps for iPad®, iPhone®, iPod touch® or Android™ smartphones and tablets.

Home Entertainment Hub
       Additionally, the My Book Live Duo system’s built-in media server streams movies, photos and music to any DLNA™-certified multimedia device such as a WD TV® Live™ streaming media player, Blu-ray Disc™ player, PlayStation® 3, as well as Xbox® 360s and smart TVs. Users can also stream movies, photos and music to their tablet or smartphone directly from My Book Live Duo through the WD 2go™ mobile application.
     “My Book Live Duo is really the ideal, all-in-one storage and entertainment solution for today's ultra-connected consumer,” explains Chris Bull, director of marketing for WD’s Connected Home Solutions group. “The ability for consumers to safely backup all their digital content, as well as access and share content from anywhere in the world on their tablet, smartphone or any computer, truly provides a unique and rewarding experience for anyone who wants to enjoy, and needs to protect, valuable digital content.”

Compatibility 
     My Book Live Duo is compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista®, Windows 7, Mac OS® X Leopard®, Snow Leopard®, or Lion™, as well as DLNA/UPnP® enabled devices. 

Price and Availability
     My Book Live Duo personal cloud storage is available at select retailers and is distributed by Iontech Technologies Inc. in the Philippines.   MSRP is Php 19,290 for 4 TB and Php 22,900 for 6 TB.

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