SmartWare Pro users can now back up their files on a USB drive, an external hard drive, or their own cloud service Dropbox account as well. WD, a subsidiary of the data storage king Western Digital, recently launched the SmartWare Pro, a user friendly software tool that is designed to give its users the ability to back up their files to any usb external hard drive, flash drive or the cloud using their personal Dropbox file-sharing and online backup account.
The main purpose of the SmartWare Pro is data security and recovery. If for any reason, a file is deleted, or a previous version of a file is needed, the SmartWare Pro allows you to restore and retrieve backed up data. The software also has backup settings, so that you can set up your own preferred file backup process as well. The SmartWare Pro also gives users the ability to back up files located in their Dropbox to a USB flash drive or an external hard drive.
The continuous backup setting that the SmartWare Pro implements sets up an automatic, continuous backup that works in the background so that whenever a user decides to add or change a file it is then backed up on the external usb drive that you connect it to. This scheduled backup setting allows users to set up a regular pre programmed backup schedule, including an hourly, daily or monthly setting for backup to their external drive or Dropbox accounts.
Once the included SmartWare Pro software is set up and the usb drives are connected, SmartWare Pro visually presents the user’s files and folders in a control center where they can then manage multiple external usb flash drives or hard drives and their Dropbox accounts alongside it as well. The platform is compatible with all WD products such as the My Passport and WD Elements portable hard drives, as well as any external usb flash drives produced by other manufacturers. Additionally, SmartWare Pro works with WD network attached storage drives such as My Book Live.
So from then, if a user accidentally deletes an important file or needs to get an earlier version of a file that they edited at one point, the SmartWare Pro helps the user retrieve the file instantly with the retrieve interface and the software can also be configured to save up to 25 older versions of a file. The user can also navigate the retrieve interface to restore all the backed up files or select a single file or folder to restore.
As of right now, the SmartWare Pro is available from the Western Digital online store as a free one month (30 day) trial. After the initial trial period standard license expires, you can then buy valid use with licenses for up to three computers for a special promotional price of $19.95. Their premium license is valid for use with up to ten computers for a price of $39.95. The suggested retail price is $29.95 for the standard license and $49.95 for the premium license.
“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,” Jody Bradshaw, general manager of WD’s consumer storage solutions, said in a statement. “WD SmartWare Pro not only accomplishes secure backup of important photos, videos and files, but ultimately makes it easier to preserve precious digital memories.”