Western Digital has just announced three new additions to its external hard drive family. One of them is in the My Books Essential family, another in the My Passport Essential and the last in the My Passport Essential SE family. The new My Books Essential drive is quite interesting in that it packs a single 3TB drive into its shell, along with the 1, 1.5, and 2TB drives already available. The drive uses USB 3.0 as the connection type so you should be able to transfer and store any amount of data you wish at fairly fast speeds, up to 150MB/second read. It is still backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports so don't worry if your computer doesn't have the new USB 3.0 spec, just the transfer speeds will be slower. The My Passport Essential drive is now available in a 500GB size and five different colors. The drive is still the smallest in the Western Digital family, and now it is available in a larger size. The My Passport Essential SE drive is available in 750GB and 1TB capacities and comes in four different colors. Each of the My Passport drives are powered directly through a USB port so you only need one cable when you carry them around.
Each of the drives carries a two year warranty and should be available now. The My Passport Essential drive will cost $99.99, the My Passport Essential SE 750GB at $129.99, the 1TB at $169.99, and the My Books Essential line ranges from $129.99 for the 1TB up to $249.99 for the 3TB.