Oct 11, 2010

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Western Digital’s USB 3.0 external hard drives are here

If you’re going to get a new system any time soon, whether a laptop or a desktop, be sure that it has USB 3.0 connectivity on it because USB 3.0 external  drives will become a common thing in the near future and you don’t want to be stuck with a USB 2.0 port especially with all your 1GB+ files accumulating in your system.

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In the Philippines, USB 3.0 starts now for Western Digital and their new My Book and My Passport external drives. These drives come in different sizes and are capable of lightning-fast USB 3.0 connectivity which is 3x faster than USB 2.0. Also, the My Book Essential can have up to a massive 3TB of storage for those dealing with lots of 1GB files. Yes, I’m looking at you torrent downloader.

The drives not only take advantage of the latest blazing-fast USB 3.0 technology, but are also fully compatible with USB 2.0 connections for those who have yet to upgrade their computers to USB 3.0. When connected to a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port, consumers can transfer data at speeds up to 5 Gb/s. At that rate, a two-hour HD video will transfer in as little as three minutes. The same two-hour video would take approximately 13 minutes to transfer on a USB 2.0 port.

Western Digital USB 3.0 External Drive Prices:

  • My Passport Essential – Php4,200 (500GB)
  • My Passport Essential SE – Php5,600 (750GB), Php6,900 (1TB)
  • My Book Essential – ranges from Php5,600 (1TB) to Php10,900 (3TB)


  1. WOW! 3 Terabyte capacity! I must first consider if the computer that I will buy is comapatible to 3.0 external hard drive.

  2. First things first, you will need USB 3.0 on your mobo’s or you wouldn’t feel a diff if you will just plug these in USB 2.0 ports :)

  3. Hi PTB,

    Are you able to enumerate suppliers of My Book Essential 3TB? We are considering this for our backup requirements. Thanks.

  4. margaux setier says:

    good day, where do western digital philippines located? relpy as soon as you received this… important matter . thanks

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