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Western Digital WDH1U10000N 1TB My Book Essential External Hard Drive
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- Installation is a snap because you don't really install this drive, you just plug it in and it's ready to use.
- Fits right in: Takes no more space than a paperback book. Collect two or more and they nest neatly together like volumes on a shelf.
- Our environmentally-friendly drive is designed to save power by going into standby mode after 10 minutes of inactivity.
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From the Manufacturer
My Book Essential Edition 2.0 is easy to set up and easy to use. Installation is a snap because you don't really install this drive, you just plug it in and it's ready to use. This external hard drive also turns itself on and off with your computer. It's ideal for anyone who needs instant storage for their important files or a digital photo collection.
A USB 2.0 connection is available for convenience and compatibility among multiple computers. The drive is also PC and Mac compatible: You can use the My Book Essential Edition with both PCs running Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Windows Vista and Macs running OSX 10.4.8 or higher.
The My Book Essential Edition is backed by a 1-year limited warranty.
What It Holds:
- Up to 285,000 digital photos
- Up to 250,000 songs (MP3)
- Up to 25,000 songs (uncompressed CD quality)
- Up to 76 hours of Digital Video (DV)
- Up to 440 hours of DVD quality video
- Up to 120 hours of HD video
|Product Features: |
- Instant storage
- Easy to use
- USB 2.0
- Saving and organizing your digital photo collection
- Available USB port
- Windows® 2000/XP/Vista™
- Mac® OS X 10.4.8 or later
- External hard drive
- USB cable
- AC adapter
- Quick Install Guide
Which external drive interface is the right choice: USB, FireWire, eSATA, or Gigabit Ethernet? The right choice depends on compatibility with your computer and how you want to use your device. First, look at the connections on your computer.
Note: For convenience and flexibility, choose a WD hard drive with both USB and FireWire interfaces
(available in dual and triple interface configurations) or with both USB and eSATA interfaces.
Top Customer Reviews
The larger capacity means that the disk geometry has to work harder for the same form factor. When you consider that neither the speed nor the buffer were improved with this model, it's easier to see why the performance is slightly less than the 500 GB model.
Ultimately I think it might make sense to step down to the Western Digital 500GB My Book Home Edition or the Western Digital My Book Premium 500 GB model instead. If you need 1 TB you might want to look at the Premium, Home, Studio or Professional versions in that capacity. I am nervous because of the negative press some of those have gotten, but the extra and faster interfaces would have to be better than this USB only Essentials version.
For a 1 TB drive, the buffer has to get larger. This guy is still limited by the 480 Mps connection speed of USB 2.0 but gives you only a fraction of that in production.Read more ›
These drives are quite and they format to NTFS quickly as long as you remember to specify quick format!! I have been pleased enough with the drive that I now own 6 of them. My laptop now has 6 terabyte of storage to work with! Since I do a lot of music and video work, that is important to me. Considering the fact that these drives now run about $229 when on sale, why would you not buy one?
Keep in mind that if you connect multiple drives, you will want to use different controlled ports on your computer; not just a USB hub (the reason is each dedicated port of a USB 2.0 can only work at a total of 400 MB/S. That means if you have multiple drives on the same controlled port that they are sharing that speed (this will really show up if you are moving data from one drive to another on the same hub). Remember, having 4 ports on your computer does not mean that they are 4 seperately controlled ports! Check your users manual or call technical support for your product to see how many seperately controlled ports you really have.
I have now moved all of my video, photos, and music to these drives (3 terabyte) and use the other three terabyte as mirrored drives (fail safe)and it is all easily accessable on my computer and on my network through my computer.
I have had the first drive for 5 months now and have added the others as they went on sale. I have not had any boot issues (mentioned in other reviews) and all of the lights go off when the computer is powered down. I am running Vista Ultimate with all updates and I am using an IBM ThinkPad with current BIOS.
The design is sleek and stylish, it is perfectly silent, and it transfers quickly with a 2.0 USB port. I'm not so technically knowledgeable that I can provide speed test, but it has transferred a couple gigabytes within a minute.
I highly recommend this product.
UPDATE: I've had the product for 7 months now and I still stand by my original review. It has never given me any problems or crashed.
UPDATE: I've now had this product (which is no longer manufactured) for over 3 years and it still performs exactly the way it did when I first bought it. I love products that stand the test of time.
In the Box
A black box housing the drive, a brick power supply, and a USB cable are key items. 2 instruction sheets, and a warranty card complete the kit. The My Book is about the size of a bible one finds in hotel and motel rooms.
The drive case, power and cables leave a very clean design. All my DIY drives comes with stands, awkward sized power supplies and cable placements that are not well thought through.
Simple: Plug the USB cable into the MyBook, and into your PC USB port. Plug in the power supply to AC and the MyBook.
The MyBook has no power switch, and turns itself on/off if the USB port is powered, when the PC is on.
The drive was recognized by WinXPSP2 without a hitch, and re-formatting the drive to NTFS was easy using WinXP built in disk utilities. The drive ships with FAT32 format, which is less desirable if NTFS can be supported. I backuped the shipped "trial" utilities inside the MyBook in case they were useful; they were not, and it was not clear were it was stored: C:\Program Files\Western Digital. I used Western Digital's disk utilities that shipped with my other drives to check partitions and drive status. These programs can also be downloaded free from Western Digital's web site.
The drive ran over 1 week for 24/7 for a burn in, and has done a 24 hour long disk encryption format routine. it is currently a month old running 16 hours/day. Its surprisingly silent, and runs cooler than my DIY drives.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have had this for a few years now and it has been flawless. The only problem is that the USB port is a little loose, but after all this time that isn't bad. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
I really liked it in the beginning. However, when I changed computers I was not able to get any of my documents off. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm using it as an external HDD for my Wii U and I haven't had performance issues yet. With that much space, all my games fit in nicely with plenty of room to spare.Published 6 months ago by sega gamer
I have two of these external HDs. One of them was shaken up a bit in a near drop—didn't hit the floor, no hard shock—and the cover slid about half way off. The unit was toast. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ol' Huck