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WiFi Portable Hard Drive Fits In Your Pocket

By Victor Thomson , Jun 23, 2016 05:50 AM EDT

Western Digital's new hard drives provide network storage that users can take in their pockets.

According to Engadget, Plex's media software can run across different devices, from mobile phones to game consoles and PCs. Now, the Plex has teamed up with Western Digital for the first portable Plex Media Server.

My Passport Wireless Pro handles the Plex Media Server hardware. The portable hard drive is battery-powered and can run standalone for 10 hours, back up data via SD or USB 3.0 and charge mobile devices.

The all-in-one box can even stream media to any device running Plex or sync with mobile devices by creating a WiFi network. The 2TB version costs $230 and users who wish to upgrade to 3TB have to pay only an extra $20.

According to Gizmodo, users might need a portable hard drive in case that they need a little additional storage periodically and would prefer something portable and flexible. The other category of users that might need a portable drive are professionals on the go who record videos, take pictures and produce huge amounts of data while traveling.

The latter category is the most likely to prefer something more robust, like the new My Passport Wireless Pro from Western Digital. The wireless portable hard drive is one of the most flexible computer accessories available on the market. Beyond being just a hard drive, the gadget is also an SD card, a 6,400 mAh portable battery, AC wireless router and USB reader.

The WiFi portable hard drive that fits in your pocket is designed to work with Mac and ExFAT formatted Windows files. Users can plug it in via USB and the device will work just like any other old hard drive.

In order to take advantage of all the additional features, users need to visit the MyCloud app on Android or iOS. There, users can tell the hard drive what to do when it sees new media, customize the router, connect it to other wireless access points and change the name of the device.

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