Western Digital has announced updates to three of its external storage solutions including the My Passport Essential, My Passport Essential SE, and the My Book Essential external hard drive. All three of the products have USB 3.0 to allow for faster data transfers of up to 5Gb/s when used with USB 3.0, but are also compatible with USB 2.0 ports.
The most significant update for the three drives comes to the My Book Essential, which now comes in a 3TB capacity along with the previously available 1TB and 2TB capacity drives. The My Passport Essential is the smallest portable drive offered by WD and can be had in up to 500GB and comes in five colors.
The My Passport Essential SE comes in black, silver, red, blue, and white colors with 750GB and 1TB capacities offered. All of the drives also ship with WD SmartWare software for automatic and continuous backups. Pricing is $99.99 for the My Passport Essential, the Essential SE ranges from $129.99 to $169.99 and the My Book Essential is up to $249.99 for the new 3TB offering.