Western Digital My Book 320GB Essential USB 2.0 External Hard Drive
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- Easy to set up, easy to use
- The My Book drive turns itself on and off with your computer
- The elegant case, iconic of a book, takes up less space on your desk, stacks horizontally
- Inside the case is an exceptionally fast, ultra quiet, cool-running hard drive from Western Digital
- Free Google" software
- Ideal for Simple add-on storage for your files, music, photos and movies
- Adding virtually unlimited storage with multiple USB 2.0 external hard drives
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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.
- USB 2.0 external hard drive
- USB cable
- AC adapter with power cord
- Quick Install Guide
Top Customer Reviews
I, like yourself, read the reviews from others for this item and read ones for other hard drives. I reviewed many other hard drives some with more space i.e. 500GB and some with less, the prices varied but their reviews were less than convincing. If I am correct, the Western Digital 320GB still retains its 5 star rating. This is telling you something!
When received, I connected the cables and pluged into my iMac and immediately, the device appeared on my desktop- easy easy easy.
Although the Western states 320GB it is in actual fact about 300GB, because of pre-loaded software but obviously this is the same with all of them.
If you also have a laptop like myself, you could connect both computers to the Western Hard drive at the same time so sharing the hard drive, you will need a peripheral switch (available from PC World at 24.99) and a couple of USB cables (available from tescos at 2.47each). This means if you want a file from the other computer, you go into the hard drive and drag it out. So less messing around.
Although connected to the computer(s) it doesnt make noise, only when you upload or download from it and then slight noise. It is slim and can go anywhere, looks quite good too.
I will buy another one of these when I need one, how can you improve on perfection? You cant!
Opening the box and plugging it in is a fairly quick task. The box contains the drive (less weight than a bag of sugar), the power supply (very light) and a two prong plug. The package is therefore very light and portable, having to find a plug socket was one compromise I opted to take given the speed of the drive was so much higher than those which are USB powered. Took me around 5 minutes all in. Windows XP recognised the device without any other intervention and I was presented a new drive letter to drop data into.
I hit a small snag which was unrelated to the device. This is the first device I had used which really really needs full speed USB 2.0. I hadn't realised but I had not enabled USB 2.0 support for my motherboard. So my transfer speeds initially to the drive were disappointing.
Once I changed my BIOS settings to enable USB 2.0 transfer speeds, the drive was impressively quick. I copied a 30Mb file over and had to double check it had copied because the little copy progress window which appears was only shown for the briefest of moments. I then tried a 4Gb file, I think it took about 4 minutes approximately.
The drive itself has little rubber feet below it when you vertically stack it (like a book, hence the marketing angle). It is fairly quiet in use and doesn't warm up too much when it's under pressure.
I use my drive as a backup device to keep a copy of the PC's data. It fills this role very nicely, however I would also consider using it as a drive to install and run software from. I haven't tried this yet, however I cannot see a reason this would not suit.Read more ›
I did not install the google stuff .
Now all my mp3 and movies reside on this drive freeing up my hard drive on my pc. Best of all I can take it with me on holiday . Swap files with my family etc . Really pleased with the ease of use . It shows up as and extra drive called "my book". I just drop files into it and away they go.Very quick and quiet. Thank you to all who reviewed it and convinced me to buy one .
Downside - the free software supplied on the drive is litterally a waste of space. The delete key fixes this minor problem!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
9 Years later and I'm still using it. The only external hard drive i bought but probably should upgrade though.Published 5 months ago by Luke
A great product and worth its weight in gold. If you have space and want to see it placed on your desk or under your table this is a good product to buy. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Daddy Rat
Still working, still in continual use 7 years after purchase. Never had any problems with it so far I do not think you can get a better deal than that.Published on 16 Mar. 2014 by Urthwild
WD are the best ! high quality sturdy, efficient , worked for a long time , does make a bit of buzzing sound at night in full peace !Published on 19 May 2013 by A. Vohra
After numerous drops (some off a table) and bashes this hard drive still works great. Couldn't have asked for anything more. Ok, it's not fast but it's ancient - 5 or 6 years old? Read morePublished on 18 Jun. 2011 by Pete Horam