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WD My Book Essential 1 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive
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- Automatic, continuous backup
- Visual drive control center
- Password protection and 256-bit encryption
- Illuminated capacity gauge
- USB 2.0 interface
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|Hard-Drive Size||1 TB||1 TB||1 TB||1,024 GB||4 TB||3 TB|
|Hardware Connectivity||USB||USB 3.0||USB 3.0||USB||USB||USB 3.0|
|Item Dimensions||6.9 x 5.56 x 7.94 in||3.2 x 4.4 x 0.6 in||0.6 x 4.8 x 3.2 in||4.9 x 7.01 x 1.42 in||1.9 x 5.5 x 6.7 in||1.9 x 5.5 x 6.7 in|
|Item Weight||2.6 lbs||4.8 ounces||6.4 ounces||2.24 lbs||2.27 lbs||3 lbs|
|Memory Storage Capacity||1 TB||1 TB||1 TB||1 TB||4 TB||3 GB|
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The world’s best-selling external hard drive now features a new, smart, visual backup solution that protects your data automatically. Smaller, sleeker, more streamlined design - WD has made these award-winning drives even smaller, sleeker, and more elegant. As always, this book-like shape takes up less 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 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 military-grade 256-bit hardware-based encryption. Illuminated capacity gauge - See at a glance how much space is available on your drive. 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. Planet friendly - We designed a small box to minimize waste and used recycled material. We encourage you to recycle it. Ready to plug-and-play with Windows PCs - if you’re a Mac user, check out our Mac version of this product.
Our best-selling My Book external drive is an elegant, high-capacity storage solution for all the chapters of your digital life. Our latest edition now features visual, easy-to-use, automatic, continuous backup software and drive lock security protection. At last, beauty, brains, and simplicity together.
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.
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.
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.
Illuminated capacity gauge - See at a glance how much space is available on your drive.
USB 2.0 interface - Powered directly from the USB port on your PC. No separate power supply is needed*.
* An optional cable is available for the few computers that limit power from the USB port.
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.
Planet friendly - We designed a small box from recycled materials to minimize waste. We encourage you to recycle it.
Ready to plug-and-play with Windows PCs - If you're a Mac user, check out our Mac version of this product.
- Protecting your data with automatic, continous backup
- Retrieving lost data effortlessly
- Adding extra storage space for photos, videos and music
- Securing private or sensitive data
Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows 7
Mac OS® X Tiger®, Leopard®, Snow Leopard™ (requires reformatting)
Note: Compatibility may vary depending on user's hardware configuration and operating system.
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
The VCD automatically mounts on your machine when the drive is inserted, which gets annoying very quickly. I found a workaround in OS X and Windows, to keep the VCD partition from mounting, but it shouldn't have to be this way.
If you've ever had to deal with the horrid U3 software on a SanDisk flash drive, then you'll know what I'm talking about. At least SanDisk provides a utility to remove their software, and gain back the full capacity of the drive. This SmartWare VCD uses almost 1GB of the drive. A drop in the bucket, yes, but I don't like being told how to use my storage space by Western Digital.
Aside from that, it functions and is built quite well. My only other complaint is that the barrel plug for the power adapter, and the USB cable sit pretty loosely in the back of the drive when they're connected and are prone to falling out if you move the drive around too much.
Otherwise, a good hard drive.
Silent - no fan. No need in fan either - it doesn't get that hot, just warm plastic "book covers" and warm air coming out of the grill.
Crappy backup software CAN be removed.
2 years warranty at the time of purchase March 2011.
Doesn't cost a fortune. I couldn't find anything cheaper AND with warranty longer than 1 year from reputable brands - it's either long warranty or low price.
Junk sofware that needs to be removed and preferably with reformatting (See below). Not everybody can format HDD and then locate and set up a decent backup freeware.
Book-shaped case with blinding white lights. Lights shine like halogen headlights - who needs this? Book shape is obsolete - nobody will place it on bookshelf between the books (it needs some room around it for heat dissipation). Besides, the "book" isn't quite stable in vertical position. When it turns on, it makes buzzing sound like a wasp for a second or two - not terribly bad but not nice either.
Bundled software resulted in transfer speeds of 7-15 GB in HOUR(!!). It starts fast, after few GB slows more and more until stalls completely. I have a modest 191 GB collection of movies and music. At that speed I should run it 3 nights (I can't run my old PC 24 hours non-stop). Frustrated after first 50 GB I upgraded the firmware - and it started copying everything from the beginning, this time even slower than with old firmware. After an hour or two it falls into some "sleep mode" - there is no warning, it just stops copying and never finishes the job.
The bottom line - bundled backup software DOES NOT WORK.
I re-formatted the disc and used old simple backup freeware called Second Copy 2000 (newer versions are not free). With acceptable speed of 30-35 GB/hour it quietly copied my 191 GB in half a day. Again, - this is old freeware and my PC is old 2.66GZ P4 (though with new internal WD HDD, updated Win XP SP3 and ample 2GB RAM).
In defense of my old PC, it rips 8GB DVD movie to internal HDD in 15-20 minutes, which means 24-32 GB in hour - mind you, reading from DVD is slower than from HDD. My external WD drive came with USB 2.0 interface. There is a newer USB 3/2 drive (USB 3 drive backward compatible with USB 2 PC) but it doesn't sound from the reviews that newer one is awfully fast either, and I don't have USB 3 on my PC anyway.
Note: the software that came with my WD My Book Essentials DOES offer a choice to install itself or not - when you connect this external HDD to computer. But after 2 days of wasted time I was so pissed off that chose not only to uninstall the soft, but also to reformat this external HDD.
Giving it 4 stars because it's in fact a barebone drive with enclosure, it needs 3-rd party backup soft and a decent stand to place it vertically. OTH, it does the job, price is reasonable and warranty is decent.
Although it appeared that my data was on the drive, I couldn't retrieve it, so I gave up. I wound up erasing and reformating the drive to use time machine. The manual claims the drive will offer you the option of using time machine with this version of Mac OS, but the install never gave me that chance.
After reformating the drive with disk utility I realized that USB2.0 is really quite slow - I have 56gb of stuff to back up (initially) and the back up is taking hours. I shoulda bought a drive with a firewire.
My experience with external drives is that they die unpredictably after a year or more, so my plan is to buy a second, faster, higher quality product and alternate using them