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Western Digital My Book Elite 1 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive
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My Book Elite - Premium backup and storage.
My Book Elite is now smarter and sleeker than ever featuring a customizable e-label, automatic, continuous backup, and a new smaller size to fit snugly on your shelf or desktop.
Your label, your way.
Create your own label to remind you of what's stored on the drive. See it even when the drive is unplugged. Perfect for archiving data.
See your life safe in one place.
WD SmartWare software - A visual control center with a single screen view of all your data. From it you can back up, retrieve, and secure your files.
An extra level of security with password protection and 256-bit hardware-based encryption.
Smart display - Create your own personalized drive label to remind you of what's stored on each drive. You can even view the label when the drive is unplugged. The display also includes available capacity and security status.
Smaller, sleeker, more streamlined design - We've made these award-winning drives even smaller, sleeker, and more elegant. As always, this book-like shape takes up minimal space on your desk and allows two or more My Book drives to nestle neatly together like volumes on a shelf.
WD SmartWare™ - A control center for your drive that gives you the power to:
-- Protect your data automatically - Relax, your data is secure. Automatic, continuous backup will instantly make a second copy whenever you add or change a file.
-- See your backup as it happens - Seeing is believing. Visual backup displays your content in categories and shows the progress of your backup.
-- Bring back lost files effortlessly - Retrieve your valuable data to its original location whether you’ve lost all your data or just overwritten an important file.
-- Take control - Customize your backup, set drive security, run diagnostics, manage the power settings, and more from the WD SmartWare control center.
Drive lock - Gain peace of mind knowing that your data is protected from unauthorized access or theft with password protection and 256-bit hardware-based encryption.
USB 2.0 interface - A simple connection that offers convenience and compatibility among multiple computers.
Power miser - My Book external drives are designed to save energy. WD GreenPower Technology™ lowers internal drive power consumption by up to 30%, a sleep mode reduces power during idle times, and a power-saving feature turns the drive on and off with your computer.
Ready to plug-and-play with Windows PCs -If you're a Mac user, check out our My Book Studio drive with a high-speed FireWire 800 connection.
Planet friendly - We designed a small box from recycled materials to minimize waste. We encourage you to recycle it.
- Protecting your data with automatic, continous backup
- Retrieving lost data effortlessly
- Identifying what's on your drive even when it's unplugged. Perfect for archiving.
- Securing private or sensitive data
Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows 7
Mac OS® X Tiger®, Leopard®, Snow Leopard™ (requires reformatting)
What's in the box
External hard drive, WD SmartWare software, USB cable, AC adapter, Quick Install Guide.
Backup software you'll really use - WD SmartWare
Five great reasons to love it:
1. It's easy - Data backup can be a chore, but it's your family photos, your movies, your music - your life - and it's important to protect it. So we made this software extra easy because we really want you to use it.
2. You can see your life safe in one place -
3. It's always on the job - WD SmartWare is always watching your computer, so when you change a file and save it, create new files, add new pictures, movies, or songs, WD SmartWare will instantly back them up.
4. You can bring back lost files effortlessly - If you ever accidentally delete an important file, or need to get an earlier version of a file, you can find and retrieve it in seconds with this easy-to-use interface.
5. You're in control - WD SmartWare software is also a control center for your external drives. From it you can:
Top Customer Reviews
It also automatically displays free space with text and a capacity bar.
- Automatically backs up files when changed or added
- Simple interface
- Uses 112,500 K of system memory on my computer while backup is running, and 18%-45% of the CPU
Ideally a complete/initial backup should be run when the PC is not in use. This is true of ANY backup software. When it spikes the CPU at 45%, it slows things down considerably. Again, only a consideration while doing a large backup.
It's an external drive, not brain science or rocket surgery.
It's also VERY quiet and runs reasonably cool - after constant writing for 5 hours it's only slightly warm to the touch.
What I don't like:
The ONLY way to label the drive is to install the backup software. This is the main reason I did not give the drive 5 stars. WD makes it a pain to use the coolest feature of the drive.
Initial install is not intuitive. You'll see two new devices: the drive and a virtual CD drive. The virtual drive contains the software. An update allows you hide the virtual drive, BUT this also eliminates the ability to wun the software. Oh my XP system it autoinstalled. On my Windows 7 the install did not run.Read more ›
1. It's unacceptably inflexible with regards to configuration in terms of controlling what gets backed up, what doesn't, etc. It's view to your data isn't by folder, it's by file type. So for example, you don't back up everything in My Documents; you back up all of your "Music." I want more precise control than that.
2. Performance is horrible. To be fair, this was running on an 8-year old Dell Dimension 8200. But - it's still a 2.0GHz Pentium with maxed-out memory running XP Pro, with USB 2.0 ports and current 7200 RPM drives with at least 8MB cache. Every other application on the machine still runs extremely well (hence the reason the machine continues to serve as our primary desktop). With SmartWare, I expected an initial period of a few hours of intense processing to get the baseline backup done, and then only brief bursts of activity as files get added and changed. What actually happened was the initial backup took around 12 hours (with CPU utilization at or near 100% on that one process), and then when it reported the backup was complete, SmartWare continued to consume around 50% of the CPU. At that point, launching Firefox, which normally takes a few seconds, took about 30 seconds to come up. Forget playing even a modest game.Read more ›
So minus a star for the back up software. It's useless to me the way it is, and apparently it's aggravating for those who have tried it.
I've been moving things over from other drives to free up room and get things sorted out, and the speed is OK. This is a terrabyte drive, so it takes a LONG time to fill up. USB2 is great, but we're still talking about a terrabye drive. It took one hour to move over a 44.7 gb file and 10 minutes to move a 7 gb file.
I love the electronic label that stays put even when you turn off the power. I wonder if that display is like the e-Ink the Kindle uses. Hmm. I love the fact that the display tells you how much room you have left. Sure I can look on My Computer, but this is faster.
One thing that didn't impress me was the case - the holes for the power and the USB port don't exactly fit over the internal holes. So I had to wiggle the power cord and USB cord in order to get them plugged in. That doesn't speak a lot for the workmanship of the drive. Minus a star for that and for having to worry about how long this drive will last. I mean, if they can't even get the holes to line up, what about the delicate electronic stuff inside?
So this gets 3 stars. I don't use or like the back up software & the condition of the case makes me worry about the condition of the insides. I do like the display and all the room you get in a TB drive. I like the look of the drive.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would give this negative 5 stars if I could!!! My computer crashed, I lost everything.... new computer and when I went to get my "back up" files off of this drive the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Reviews4U
This is my first amazon review, however I felt like I had to warn people about this product:
This is the worst back-up I have ever had the misfortune of owning. Read more
THIS EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE IS THE WORST HHD I EVER BUY. IT IS NOT GOOD AND HAS A FATORY FAUILT WITH THE CONTROL BOARD IN SIDE.Published on September 17, 2013 by Alfred Fennel
Relied on this replacement `My Book Elite 1.5TB` device sent by Western Digital as a replacement when the previous, new WD My Book Elite backup 1. Read morePublished on April 1, 2013 by B. L. Armstrong
Okay if you want to have a false sense of security and have this drive malfunction not even 2 years after you bought it and only used half the space then this is the drive for... Read morePublished on December 13, 2012 by AH88
The packaging and this product looks amazing. The speeds for 2.0 are good (I have no complaints, but if you want super fast speeds look for USB 3.0 drives). Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by Organic Taco