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Western Digital 160GB 7200 RPM USB2.0 Essential External Drive


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  • Centralise and share data in your home or office
  • Connect a printer and share it with any computer on the network
  • Create private, password-protected folders
  • Back up files from any computer on the network
  • Connect with both Macintosh and PC computers
  • Access files any time, from any computer on your network, even when all other computers are off
  • Connect another external drive to add even more storage
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Technical Details
BrandWestern Digital
Item Weight2.3 Kg
Product Dimensions21.9 x 15.4 x 4.4 cm
Item model numberWDXUL1600BBRNU
  
Additional Information
ASINB0009F0T0C
Best Sellers Rank 124,088 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.3 Kg
Date First Available13 April 2005
  
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Box Contains

  • Western Digital 160GB 7200 RPM USB2.0 Essential External Drive
  • USB 2.0 Cable
  • External Power Supply
  • CD Driver
  • User Manual
  • Plastic Stand
  • Product Description

    Just the essentials - high-speed, easy-to-use, reliable add-on storage. Simply plug in your 7200 RPM WD Essential external USB 2.0 hard drive and you've got plenty of room to back up and save your valuable data, music, photos and movies. Capacities range from 80 GB to 250 GB.

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    38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By M. Speller on 18 Oct 2005
    Rational For Purchase:
    I simply wanted I another drive to accompany my already full up 15gb hard drive. I purchased this as an ideal way of storing my media from which I synchronise with my IPOD so that I have a back up of all that data on the player. This 40gb of music data would not fit on the hard drive of my PC so I had to act.
    Usage summary:
    I have USB 2.0 ports available on my pc, and with the higher data transfer rates I don't really notice any delay when accessing or writing to the drive. If you do not have USB 2.0 I would seriously recommend installing a second, internal, drive instead. This would have the same result but without the portability this option offers.
    The size of a good hardback book, and slightly heavier to boot, this drive can be transported and offers plug and play ability. You decide when you want the drive on, by simply pressing the on button. The pc operating system, (Windows XP in my case) finds the drive and shows the data on this drive.
    Example Usage With Application:
    I simply have to remember to turn the drive on before opening ITunes, and all data is found and my IPOD can be synchronised as required. The drive is associated with a static letter, so every time you turn it on it will appear under the same letter, in my case G:\. (This is handy when you configure ITunes to look in a certain location for the library.)
    Summary:
    One draw back is that it does not turn off when you turn the PC off, which would be a nice feature, but hey, press that button again - so what. Nice bit of kit to look at, silent, and very simple to set up.
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    27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jason on 26 Sep 2005
    Arghhh!!!
    I just bought one of these from PC world, and I could have saved myself £30 if I had bought it from Amazon! (Not that I would have, I would have spent the difference on CD's or something...)
    Anyway, as others have already said, this external drive is compact and virtually silent. I have copied across my entire music collection (all cd's I own legally I hasten to add) without any corruption of data. Playing tracks from the drive sees no discernable difference than from the internal hard drive.
    Just one gripe, and not one worth losing a star over, but how come it says 160 GB on the box, yet when you check it before putting anything into it, it only has 149 GB available to use? I am sure there is some techy reason for this, but if it says 160 GB, then that is what I want.
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    23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ralph on 6 Sep 2005
    Verified Purchase
    I initally purchased this drive to replace my Maxtor 160gb Diamondmax which burnt out in my external caddy, to say this is a bargain is an understatement.
    I was oriignally swayed to buying one of these drives after i had an opportunity to use one at work. I couldn't believe how quiet they were for an external drive, under the fan noise of the computer it is completely unheard. Whats more it actually looks really good as well. It has lovely silver (plastic) finish and a green LED on the front which flickers when the drive is in use, simplicity at it's best. In addition you have a choice of either mounting it on the stand or if you just want to lye it flat there are gripper feet to help out with those slippery surfaces. Mac users out there, this drive is formatted to FAT32 and OSX 10.4 reads and writes to it with absolutly no problems, great if you need to switch between Mac & PC.
    In short a great drive at a great price!!!
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    19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By T. Gore on 16 May 2006
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    Like others I'm sure, I looked in the magazines and visited the websites to see what would be the best buy. Have had the WD 160Gb now for over a month and, unlike some other pieces of technology, this one came straight out of the box, went 'Pding' and delivered exactly what it said it would. Apart from the 160Gb as others have pointed out. Mine showed as 149Gb which is still more than ample and with everything I have now backed up on here I've still got about 120Gb left to play with, so the missing 11Gb isn't really an issue. The WD comes with a USB 2.0 cable, was instantly recognised by Windows XP as another hard drive and I was starting to transfer info to it within about 15 secs of hooking it up without needing to reconfigure anything. It's about the size of a hardback novel as another reviewer has said, stands upright without needing to attach the supplied 'feet' and makes hardly a sound. It also helps that it looks good. You can do anything on it that you would do to your normal hard drive (clean files, defragment etc) and is easily portable as long as you have a AC socket to plug into (i.e. it won't run off a laptop via the USB). I was considering a portable hard drive but settled on this one in the end as actually I really didn't need to have to carry an extra hard drive around with me, just needing something as a safety back up and some additional storage.
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    19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mr. William Barnett on 16 Jan 2006
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    This is a great piece of kit. So easy to use. I had it installed and running in about 5 minutes and I'm not the best you've seen on a computer. At last I've backed up my Ipod library.
    It took about 20 minutes to copy 3900 songs so as you can see it's really fast as well. And to top it all up it looks really cool on your desk top. BUY IT!
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    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Dec 2005
    The drive comes formatted in FAT but is dead easy to change to NTFS (at least in XP, which is what I'm using), and is very quiet and attractive to look at. The reason behind the apparent discrepancy in the quoted storage size and what Windows reports is to do with the different conventions used to measure capacity. See the answer on Western Digital's support site for a fuller explanation : [...] and search for answer ID 615.
    The drive even comes with free technical support for approximately 6 months via a free phone number (in the UK, and several other European countries) and a unique PIN. Not that I think I shall need support!
    Delivery was quick and the parcel was packaged extremely well.
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