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Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 1TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive

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  • 1 TB capacity
  • Automatic, continous backup
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  • USB 2.0 interface

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Technical Details
BrandWestern Digital
Item Weight1.2 Kg
Product Dimensions16.5 x 13.5 x 4.8 cm
Batteries:1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required.
Item model numberWDBAAF0010HBK-EESN
SeriesWDBAAF0010HBK-EESN MY BOOK Essential Apollo
Hard Drive Size1000 GB
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
  
Additional Information
ASINB002KPW5JM
Best Sellers Rank 66,334 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.4 Kg
Date First Available20 Aug. 2009
  
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Product Description

Product Description

New Software and USB cables
WD SmartWare update: We've been shipping our new My Book and My Passport drives with WD SmartWare software for a few months now. During that time we've been listening to our customers. As a result of the feedback, we've developed some improvements to the software. You can now hide the Virtual CD (VCD) if you wish, or exit WD SmartWare from the Windows system tray. If you prefer not to use WD SmartWare at all then we have enhanced the ability to opt-out.

USB cable connection: WD has increased the retention force specification on all our Micro USB cables and we are offering free replacement cables to consumers that have reported an issue via customer service.

My Book Essential – smart backup and storage
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, giving you beauty, brains and simplicity together in a simple to use drive.

Powered directly from the USB port on your computer, no separate power supply is needed, though an optional cable is available for the few computers that limit power from the USB port. Featuring a USB 2.0 interface for maximum flexibility the My Book Essential drive is also 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.

Smaller, sleeker, more streamlined design
WD is an expert in digital storage, and we've now 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. It also features WD SmartWare software that acts as a visual control centre for all your data, plus password protection security, 256-bit hardware-based encryption and an illuminated capacity gauge to see at a glance how much space is available on your drive.



Elegant design with password protection
and WD Smartware software. View larger.

WD SmartWare - see your life safe in one place
Protect your data automatically and relax in the knowledge that your data is secure. Automatic, continuous backup will instantly make a second copy whenever you add or change a file. Visual backup displays your content in categories and shows the progress of your backup, letting you see your backup as it happens.

Lost files can be brought back effortlessly with the WD SmartWare software, allowing you to retrieve your valuable data to its original location whether you've lost all your data or just overwritten an important file. What's more, you can customise your backup, set your drive's security, run diagnostics, manage the power settings and more from the WD SmartWare control centre, as well as gaining peace of mind knowing that your data is protected from unauthorised access or theft with password protection and 256-bit hardware-based encryption.



WD SmartWare's visual control centre lets you
backup, retrieve and secure your files.
View larger.

Backup software you'll really use – 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 WD SmartWare extra easy because we really want you to use it.

2. You can see your life safe in one place - See your content displayed in easy to understand categories like movies and photos. Watch the progress of your backup as it happens with the instant-feedback colour bars - now you can truly be sure that all your stuff is backed up. A unique visual interface lets you see the drives connected to your computer, and WD SmartWare will automatically scan your computer and find all of your personal files, including e-mail.

Content category gauges show how much information you have to be backed up in each category, and you can even mouse over a category to see a file count. Clicking 'Run Backup' will automatically start WD SmartWare backing up your files, with the category gauges changing colour during the process to show you the backup as it happens. When finished, you'll see a status screen and information about your backup. You only have to do this once - after the first backup your files will be backed up automatically every time you change or add a file.

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. You can restore files and folders by categories (such as photos, music and video), find a lost file with the search function or go back in time to retrieve an older version of a file.

5. You're in control - WD SmartWare software is also a control centre for your external drives. From it you can customise your backup, set drive security, run diagnostics, manage the power settings and more.

For the same great functionality with additional storage capacity, check out the My Book Essential 1.5TB or the My Book Essential 2TB. Alternatively, for additional benefits including a custom e-label display, you might want to take a look at the My Book Elite range from Western Digital.

Manufacturer's Description

New Software and USB cables
WD SmartWare update: We've been shipping our new My Book and My Passport drives with WD SmartWare software for a few months now. During that time we've been listening to our customers. As a result of the feedback, we've developed some improvements to the software. You can now hide the Virtual CD (VCD) if you wish, or exit WD SmartWare from the Windows system tray. If you prefer not to use WD SmartWare at all then we have enhanced the ability to opt-out.

USB cable connection: WD has increased the retention force specification on all our Micro USB cables and we are offering free replacement cables to consumers that have reported an issue via customer service.

My Book Essential – smart backup and storage
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, giving you beauty, brains and simplicity together in a simple to use drive.

Powered directly from the USB port on your computer, no separate power supply is needed, though an optional cable is available for the few computers that limit power from the USB port. Featuring a USB 2.0 interface for maximum flexibility the My Book Essential drive is also 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.

Smaller, sleeker, more streamlined design
WD is an expert in digital storage, and we've now 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. It also features WD SmartWare software that acts as a visual control centre for all your data, plus password protection security, 256-bit hardware-based encryption and an illuminated capacity gauge to see at a glance how much space is available on your drive.



Elegant design with password protection
and WD Smartware software. View larger.

WD SmartWare - see your life safe in one place
Protect your data automatically and relax in the knowledge that your data is secure. Automatic, continuous backup will instantly make a second copy whenever you add or change a file. Visual backup displays your content in categories and shows the progress of your backup, letting you see your backup as it happens.

Lost files can be brought back effortlessly with the WD SmartWare software, allowing you to retrieve your valuable data to its original location whether you've lost all your data or just overwritten an important file. What's more, you can customise your backup, set your drive's security, run diagnostics, manage the power settings and more from the WD SmartWare control centre, as well as gaining peace of mind knowing that your data is protected from unauthorised access or theft with password protection and 256-bit hardware-based encryption.



WD SmartWare's visual control centre lets you
backup, retrieve and secure your files.
View larger.

Backup software you'll really use – 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 WD SmartWare extra easy because we really want you to use it.

2. You can see your life safe in one place - See your content displayed in easy to understand categories like movies and photos. Watch the progress of your backup as it happens with the instant-feedback colour bars - now you can truly be sure that all your stuff is backed up. A unique visual interface lets you see the drives connected to your computer, and WD SmartWare will automatically scan your computer and find all of your personal files, including e-mail.

Content category gauges show how much information you have to be backed up in each category, and you can even mouse over a category to see a file count. Clicking 'Run Backup' will automatically start WD SmartWare backing up your files, with the category gauges changing colour during the process to show you the backup as it happens. When finished, you'll see a status screen and information about your backup. You only have to do this once - after the first backup your files will be backed up automatically every time you change or add a file.

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. You can restore files and folders by categories (such as photos, music and video), find a lost file with the search function or go back in time to retrieve an older version of a file.

5. You're in control - WD SmartWare software is also a control centre for your external drives. From it you can customise your backup, set drive security, run diagnostics, manage the power settings and more.

For the same great functionality with additional storage capacity, check out the My Book Essential 1.5TB or the My Book Essential 2TB. Alternatively, for additional benefits including a custom e-label display, you might want to take a look at the My Book Elite range from Western Digital.

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This drive is really a desktop drive, although Western Digital probably thinks of it as a semi-portable drive. It needs a separate power source, which comes in the form of a 12V DC transformer moulded into the power plug (which incidentally comes with exchangeable UK and European plug fittings). The drive itself is about the size of thick paperback, and it stands upright on two rubber feet. There are large air grilles on the top, bottom and most of the back. A fair amount of the inside of the case is empty space for convection cooling of the drive - there is no fan. The front is curved shiny "piano black", with a white activity light, a padlock light (to show whether your data is being encrypted) and four bars of white light that indicate how much of the diskspace is in use. Some of these lights only work if you have the backup software installed.

Other than the power, the only other socket is for a standard-shape mini-USB plug. I see that some other people have experienced problems with the sockets on the back of the drive not being aligned properly. My unit doesn't have this problem - the sockets are aligned correctly. There's a power button on the back, but it's unnecessary - the drive automatically powers down when you shut down your computer, and it also (optionally) goes to sleep after a few minutes of inactivity. There is also a hole for a Kensington lock on the back.

The drive is very quiet in operation. It makes occasional ticking sounds as the head moves over the drive, but they're virtually inaudible. I think (although I haven't opened up the case to check) that the drive is one of Western Digital's "green" drives, with low energy consumption and a relatively low spindle speed. The limitations of USB 2.
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I was a little apprehensive about this product after reading the reviews about build quality. However, when the unit arrived, it was nowhere near as bad as what I was expecting. Yes, the power socket was slightly out of alignment, but the lead still went in with no problems and without force.

First of, the drive is pre-formatted to Windows NTFS. As I have a Mac, this was useless as I could read from the drive, but not write to it without extra software. The first think I had to do was format it for the Mac. If you do not know how to do that, in Utilities, start Disk Utility. Highlight the drive in the volume list on the left and click on partition button. You will need to change the volume scheme from current to 1 partition and then options. Depending upon which Mac you have, either select GUID Partition Table (Intel) or Apple Partition Map (PowerPc). Enter a name for the drive if you want one, then you need to select a partition type. If you intend to use this as a bootable drive or for Time Machine, select MAC OS Extended (Journaled) and for just data like movies, music and files, select MAC OS Extended. Click Apply and the drive will be configured for your Mac.

The drive overall is fairly quiet and is about the same size as my other WD Drive used as Time Machine backups. When the computer goes into sleep mode or turned off, if the drive is attached, it powers down too until the computer is switched back on again. If you do not intend on keeping it permanently connected, there is a separate on/off button at the back. There is a small power light on the drive and a lights that also show a quick visual display of how full the drive is. When the drive is accessed, the lights flash. If you have it on a desk facing you, it can be a little distracting.
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I've used WD internal drives for many years so when it came time to buy another I decided to try an external one for the added ease of moving data about.

There was just one reviews complaining about poor build quality so I discounted that and ordered the drive.

The comment on build quality was right, the sockets were not aligned in the case. Poor Start. However, sitting the unit on desktop "moved" everthing in the case into alignment and plugs went in easily.

This comes with a quick start instruction leaflet and following the instructions - not difficult - installed the drive.

Started scanning my drive, then popped up a message saying it had "no mounted drive". It had died. It could see my drive but its own had died within minutes.

I'm pretty sure the noise like dustbin lids being hit with broom handles coming from the unit may have been a bit of a clue that all was not right.

I've initiated a return and waiting for my dhl van to arrive. Now just need to decide whar to purchase.

Overall, a very dissapointing start to using WD external drives.
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I currently own 2 of these - the first is now over a year old and the newer one about 6 months, as well as one of the smaller 500Gb variety that I have owned for 3 or 4 years. The 1TB drives are from successive series and the capacity differs slightly between the two. All three units use a mini USB connector at the case although I would prefer the larger standard connector as I sometimes need a longer lead and thus have to resort to an extender rather than a longer cable, which I have yet been unable to find.

I have never had an issue with any of these WD units in use. Two are known to have fallen on to a hard floor on several occasions when an office cleaner was too enthusiastic with a vacuum cleaner, but they have never suffered physical damage to the cases or the drives within. Unlike similar drives made by WD's main competitor, these do not suffer from the infamous and fatal 'click of death'.

I use 2 of them as backup devices and the third for file storage, and may soon need to add another, probably 1TB or 1.5TB for additional file storage. Like most of the proprietory external hard drives available, these come formatted as FAT32, which for backup purposes is useless as my system backups run to well beyond the 2GB size limit, even if run as incremental rather than full standalone baackups. I always reformat to NTFS straight out of the box to allow the larger file sizes.

The provided backup software is very limited in its capabilities and totally unsuitable for my needs and thus discarded, but as I use another backup product that I have relied upon for several years (before acquiring the first of these drives) I do not consider that an issue.
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