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Western Digital My Book 500GB Essential USB2.0 External Hard Drive


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  • Product Description: My Book Essential Edition WDG1U5000 - hard drive - 500 GB - Hi-Speed USB
  • Type: Hard drive - external
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 14.1 cm x 17.1 cm x 5.7 cm
  • Weight: 1.3 kg
  • Capacity: 500 GB
  • Interface Type: Hi-Speed USB
  • Connector: 4 pin USB
  • Data Transfer Rate: 480 Mbps
  • Average Seek Time: 8.9 ms
  • Spindle Speed: 7200 rpm
  • Buffer Size: 16 MB
  • OS Required: Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, Microsoft Windows XP, Apple MacOS X 10.2.8 or later
  • Power: AC 120/230 V ( 50 - 60 Hz )
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandWestern Digital
Item Weight1.9 Kg
Product Dimensions17 x 14.1 x 5.7 cm
Item model numberWDG1U5000E
  
Additional Information
ASINB000EXZB0M
Best Sellers Rank 57,662 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.9 Kg
Date First Available11 April 2006
  
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Product Description

Product Description

The 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.

Box Contains

  • Western Digital My Book 500GB Essential USB2.0 External Hard Drive
  • USB 2.0 external hard drive
  • USB cable
  • AC adapter with power cord
  • Quick Install Guide

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    3.0 out of 5 stars

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    106 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Matt Haswell on 22 Jan 2007
    Nicely boxed, containing usb cable (about 1.5m), power block and power cables - both British and American. Nicely solid metal "pages", despite the black plastic "book cover". Quite stylish green circle on the side, although not ultra bright.

    It doesn't power on until you plug in the usb cable as well as the obvious power cable, but once set up it is automatically picked up by Windows 2000 (or above) and starts up a window asking if you want to install Google software (toolbar for IE, Google desktop search and Picasa), Acrobat and the pdf manual or Western Digital disk tools. WD Tools seem slightly pointless apart from a disk eraser tool but even then I would download a free open source military grade version from the internet to use rather than theirs. The WD tests just seem to say Pass or Fail - would have liked to see more information about these. Apparently the disk contained is a SATA WDC WD5000KS disk.

    Copied 1.9gigabytes (as measured by Windows folder properties rather than the 2gb WD would call it) as represented by 2500 files, to the disk in about 7minutes 35seconds - so a rough throughput of 250megabytes a minute. Very quiet buzz&clicking when writing data - not bad considering you can actually look in through the cooling vents and see the physical disk inside.

    Gets slightly warm after extended effort so placing it on it's end like an actual book seems best due to the cooling slots then available on top.

    It powers itself down from it's already quiet state to utterly silent after about 15minutes and then takes about 7 seconds to power back up if you access it. Very quiet unless on a resonating surface (i.e. a wooden desk) when it makes a slight hum from the vibration - however the supplied sticky rubber feetpads only have mounting points if it's laid down on it's side so you'll need to improvise.

    All in all, a very good drive for backups at a very good price point.
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    45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By John on 17 Jan 2007
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    Bought this external drive to store music files and photos. It runs very quietly so is ideal for siting in a lounge or TV room, where ambient noise would be a nuisance.

    Comes with minimal documentation, although there is a web link where additional manuals and tech support can be found. Pleased to say, I needed neither. Plugged drive into the mains adapator and a USB port, Windows Explorer found it automatically and I was able to use it immediately.

    Access speed seems fine. It took about 90 mins to write 150GB of music files, read speeds present no problem. My drive feeds Slimserver and a Squeezebox without any difficulty.

    My only minor complaint and not enough to drop 1 star: The manual makes a reference to the FAT/ NFTS formatting issue, but the warning could be more explicit (if you start using FAT default you need to reformat the entire drive to switch to NFTS). That said, the drive is empty when you get it, so Windows Quick format option does the trick and formats in NFTS in about 10 seconds. Just make sure you know what format you need before using the drive.
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Westburybri on 7 Mar 2008
    I purchased this item having lost 90% of my data on my previous computer when the hard drive "fried". It cost me £90 to rcover the remaining 10% which the engineer loaded directly onto my new WD My Book. All worked well for the first 4 months then it took its bat home! My computer told me I would have to format the drive before I could use it - the result of which means loosing all the data stored to date. I ran the diagnostics program which comes with the My Book but that did not work either. I contacted the WD support team who despite what they tell you on first contact take weeks rather than days to respond to emails. They have "stock" replies so are of very little use. They did however tell me that they do not have a diagnostics program that works with Vista and I should run it on an XP pc (Of course we all have a spare pc running XP o/s sat around for times like this!). Their advice for my particular problem was to have the data recovered by one of their parner companies to maintain the warranty (£350 - £950 quoted by CBL Data Recovery Technologies Ltd - one of the partner companies)and then format the My Book hard drive and start again. There was no assurance that it might not happen again in the future.
    I now see from other reviews that this problem is not a rarity. I cannot recommend this item. and will not be buying Western Digital products again. I will also check customer reviews more closely in future.
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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mustafa Kulle on 30 April 2008
    I had this hard drive for 17 months and it did it's job well, so I thought. Suddenly, it began to make strange noises. But the next time I turned on my computer, it couldn't recognize the hard drive, and I can no longer access the drive or any of the files.

    Sure, there will be Technical Support but it's absolutely useless because they don't help at all.

    I have now lost 500 gigs of Valuable data! And I will never get it back.

    Please do not ignore the negative reviews here because they are true and if this hasn't happened to you yet, I advise you to back up your work now because this hard drive will go bust when you least expect it.
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    31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Peter Button on 3 Nov 2007
    My first Western Digital My Book 500GB drive was dead on arrival. The second arrived this morning. (I'm very impressed with Amazon.co.uk)

    The replacement powered up and was recognised, unlike the first. However, I was immediately aware that it was very noisy. I placed it on some foam to try to lessen the sound. That's when I began to hear the occasional sound of what I take to be the heads touching the discs.

    I had spoken with the Western Digital telephone help desk when I had the first problem. I was told that it was best to replace through Amazon because "all replacement discs sent out by Western Digital are reconditioned units".

    When I suspected likely future problems with the second drive I didn't hesitate for a moment and the drive was immediately packed up and is about to go back.
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