Irvine, CA—Western Digital (WD) unveiled WD SmartWare Pro, a software tool that gives consumers the ability to back up their files to any USB external hard drive or the cloud using their personal Dropbox. And in the event that a file is deleted, lost or a previous version of a file is needed, WD SmartWare Pro will restore and retrieve backed up data.
The software is designed for easy setup, with an intuitive installation interface that lets consumers get up and running in a few clicks. Once the software is setup and the drives are connected, WD SmartWare Pro visually presents users’ files and folders in a control center where they can manage multiple external hard drives and their Dropbox account.
“The growth of digital content has continued to increase exponentially and our goal is to provide a simple and comprehensive way to ensure peace of mind that all of our content is safely backed up,” said Jody Bradshaw, general manager of WD’s consumer storage solutions. “WD SmartWare Pro not only accomplishes secure backup of important photos, videos and files, but ultimately makes it easier to preserve precious digital memories.”
The new software is compatible with WD products such as My Passport and WD Elements portable hard drives, as well as external USB drives from other manufacturers. Plus it works with WD network-attached storage drives such as My Book Live.
The software has two backup settings, so users can set up their preferred file backup process. The continuous backup setting sets up an automatic, continuous backup that works quietly in the background so that whenever a customer adds or changes a file it is instantly backed up on the external drive. The scheduled backup setting allows customers to set up a preprogrammed backup schedule, including an hourly, daily or monthly setting, to backup to their external drive or Dropbox.
With WD SmartWare Pro, users can also back up files located in their Dropbox to an external hard drive. And for file restoration and retrieval of accidentally deleted files, or when an earlier version of a file is required, a retrieve interface can be configured to save up to 25 older versions of a file. Customers can navigate the retrieve interface to restore all the backed up files or select a particular file or folder to restore.
WD SmartWare Pro is currently available as a free 30-day trial at wdstore.com. It will then be available for a special promotional price of $19.95 with three licenses. A premium license, valid for use with 10 computers, is available for a promotional price of $39.95. The SRP is $29.95 for the standard license and $49.95 for the premium license. wd.com