- Brand Name: Western Digital
- Model Number: WDG1T5000N
- Hard Disk Size: 500 GB
- Manufacturer Warranty Description: One year
- Hardware Platform: PC, Mac
Western Digital WDG1T5000N My Book Pro Edition 500 GB USB/Firewire Triple Interface External Hard Drive
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- Store and back up your music, photos, videos and important documents with this external hard drive
- Easy to set up and use with built-in installation software; also comes with EMC Retrospect Express for backups
- Triple interface features FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB 2.0 connectivity
- Device holds up to 500 GB of data and is built with an easy-to-read capacity gauge
- Measures 5.55 x 2.25 x 6.71 inches (WxHxD)
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You can also daisy chain two or more drives together for even more storage.
Western Digital provides powerful software with the drive -- EMC Retrospect Express -- that makes backing up your data as easy as possible. In addition to full system backup, the software also provides system recovery and encryption. With a few simple steps you can back up all your data files, or just save your picture and music files. You can also schedule routine backups so you don't have to worry about it ever again.
Built for ease of use, this drive is equipped with a capacity gauge that shows how much space is left on your drive. The My Book Pro Edition also includes intelligent drive management features. For example, the drive turns itself on and off with your computer, and Safe Shutdown prevents the drive from being powered down until all your data has been written.
Western Digital uses a smart design to make the My Book Pro Edition look as good as it performs. The elegant case resembles a book and takes up very little space on your desk. Plus, it stacks horizontally and allows two or more drives to nestle neatly together like encyclopedias on a shelf. Inside the stylish exterior is an exceptionally fast, ultra-quiet, cool-running hard drive.
My Book Pro Edition Hard Drives are ideal for:
- High-speed backup of important documents and images
- Extra storage for your computer
- Automatic backups of your existing hard drive
- Archiving the music stored on your MP3 player
- Adding plenty of space for digital video capture and editing
- Saving and organizing your digital photo collection
What's in the Box
My Book Pro Edition 500 GB external hard drive, 9-pin to 9-pin FireWire 800 cable (6 feet), 6-pin to 6-pin FireWire 400 cable (6 feet), USB 2.0 certified cable (6 feet), AC adapter with power cord, software CD-ROM (EMC Retrospect Express), and quick install guide.
Top Customer Reviews
Just a couple notes. When formatted on Mac OS X, you end up with 465GB of storage (which is to be expected with any formatted drive). Also, the photos make out the drive to be iPod-like pearly white, which isn't correct. It's more like metallic plastic -- similar to the aluminum case of Powerbooks/Mac Book Pros.
I not only use the external HD for backing up files on my computer, I also store all of my digital music it, since I have more than 100gb of it. Because of this, I use the HD all the time and its reliability is extremely important to me. There might be cheaper options out there, but I am willing to pay a little more for safety.
-Very small and light.
-High capacity for the size and price.
-Really great looking... it matches the look of my MacBook Pro (if looks matters to you).
-Clear rubber on all edges makes me feel comfortable to place it anywhere.
-Triple interface allows you to connect to computer in multiple ways and allows for easy daisy-chaining.
-Takes longer for hard drive to show up on my desktop than other hard drives I've owned (especially when connected via USB2).
-Small spurts of vibration are emitted every once in a while. Can by annoying depending on where you set it.
-The front lighted gauge doesn't seem to work correctly, even though the software was installed correctly (I haven't done much trouble shooting with this issue, so it might be resolvable)
Overall, I think this is a great product at a fair price. I would recommend it to anyone who needs a reliable external HD with a large capacity drive.
Bottom line: it looks well made but it is too finicky for me. I'lll stick with Lacie next time.
Considering that this disk is marketed to both Mac and PC users, it's no surprise that WD went with the lowest common denominator in terms of formatting. The device is formated as Windows FAT32 out of the box, which works on all systems, but is generally not ideal. I have a Mac and I wanted to take advantage of journaling and the HFS+ filesystem. Re-partitioning the drive took less than five minutes using Apple's Disk Utility. Doing this erased everything on the disk, but all the bundled software is also included on a CD.
I have the disk hooked up my Mac mini with firewire 400, and it's great. All the lights work (including the capacity gage), and the drive goes to the sleep whenever the mini does. (Make sure to install the drivers to get this functionality). The only slight annoyance is that the drive takes an unusually long time to mount when plugged into the computer. Whereas an iPod or LaCie drive will show up almost immediately, the My Book takes 30 seconds or more to mount. This doesn't affect performance at all, and it's a small price to pay for all of the other excellent features.
For a problem they are aware of it seems they don't seem to be telling people about it. I would have returned the units, but I had the first one for a few weeks and it was a month by the time WD told me it was 'A known issue'. And with over 400gb each of data stored on them I didn't want to take the time to back it up somewhere else. Turned this one over to PCWorld and they sent it to their On Your Side editor. I think it should be on the Consumer Watch column.
So if you get one be aware it will be the only firewire drive you can use. I read that the Maxtor drives don't have this problem. Try them instead.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Western Digital hard drive was to big it did not fit on my bookself. too hard to carry around to place to place I bought a smaller hard drive for travel.Published 23 months ago by anne bradshaw
This was the best purchase in 2007. Now it is outdated, will require AC plug into the wall outlet; USB WILL NOT POWER THIS BIG BOY. Still very fast and powerful. Read morePublished on November 3, 2012 by V. Lor
This was great until Leopard came out and then the issue worsened with Snow Leopard.
The drive intermittently mounts and is very unreliable. Read more
I purchased two of these drives in September and October of 2006. It is now January 2010. Both drives have failed (but, to WD's credit, have been replaced under warranty for free),... Read morePublished on January 19, 2010 by tuneman
The drive is pretty good and fast. Its been used with an iMac for the last 2 years. Recently it has started giving off a high pitch sound. Read morePublished on June 7, 2009 by Shomari & Kimberly M.
I purchased four of these drives on March 21, 2007. The first failure was around a year ago. The last surviving drive failed today, May 26, 2009.Published on May 26, 2009 by Stewart Berman
Well, it worked great until just before the warranty ended. Then it began to have problems powering on. Read morePublished on November 25, 2008 by DTC
I bought this particular My Book Pro on April 17, 2007. Last Monday, July 28, 2008, it died. There was no warning and no apparent cause. Read morePublished on July 31, 2008 by Angela Markwalter