Computers, Storage, Windows

Western Digital Boosts Backup With Dropbox Integration

That USB hard drive you bought a while ago for backing up your data? It just got a boost. Western Digital today took the wraps off its new WD SmartWare Pro app – an “easy to use” software tool which allows users to back up files to any USB external hard drive as well as to the Cloud, courtesy of an integration partnership with Dropbox.

Once installed, the app provides a single control panel to manage your files and folders across multiple hard drives as well as Dropbox. The app is compatible with Western Digitals direct and network attached storage devices alongside drives from other manufacturers. Why would they boost their competitors? Well, because you’ll be paying for the privilege – the SmartWare Pro app will ship at a “promotional price” of £19.99 (MSRP £24.99) whilst a £34.99 (MSRP £39.99) promotional premium licence will support use on up to ten computers.

Two backup settings are available – continuous or scheduled, the latter offering hourly, daily or monthly backups to your external drive or Dropbox. Up to 25 previous versions of files can be retrieved and restored should disaster strike.

A 30 day trial of WD SmartWare Pro is shipping now.

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Terry Walsh is the founder of We Got Served. He started the community in February 2007 with a mission to help families, tech enthusiasts everywhere figure out the technology needed to run the modern home and small business. He's the author of a number of guides to Windows, Windows Server and OS X Server and runs his own successful publishing business. Born and raised in Liverpool, England, Terry has been awarded Microsoft's prestigious Most Valuable Professional Award each year since 2008 for his work on We Got Served.

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