Western Digital 320GB "My Book" Premium 1C External Hard Drive USB2.0/Firewire
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- Easy to set up, easy to use
- Dual USB/Firewire interface
- The My Book drive turns itself on and off with your computer and Safe Shutdown" prevents the drive from being powered down until all your data has been written
- The elegant case, iconic of a book, takes up less space on your desk, stacks horizontally, and allows two or more drives to nestle neatly together like volumes on a shelf
- nside the case is an exceptionally fast-ultra quiet, cool-running hard drive from Western Digital
- Free Google" software
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They're your photos...your music...your videos...your important files. Make extra room for them, back them up, and keep them safe on WD's My Book Premium. This reliable, easy-to-use external hard drive is the perfect storage solution for all your precious digital assets.
Easy to set up, easy to use. Installation is a snap because you don't really "install" this drive, you just plug it in and it's ready to use. There is no CD to install; the included software loads from the drive the first time you plug it in.
Dual interface. For all-out, high-speed performance, FireWire 400 is the interface of choice. For convenience and compatibility among multiple computers, USB 2.0 is the way to go. How do you choose? With this drive you don't have to choose, you get both interfaces on the same drive.
WD Backup" software. We've provided software that makes backing up your data as easy as possible. With a few simples steps you can back up all your data files or just save your picture and music files. You can also set scheduled backups, so you don't have to think about it again.
Included capacity gauge. See at a glance how much space is available on your drive.
Intelligent drive management features. The My Book drive turns itself on and off with your computer and Safe Shutdown" prevents the drive from being powered down until all your data has been written.
Smart design. The elegant case, iconic of a book, takes up less space on your desk, stacks horizontally, and allows two or more drives to nestle neatly together like volumes on a shelf.
High quality hard drive. Inside the case is an exceptionally fast-ultra quiet, cool-running hard drive from Western Digital.
Free Google" software. Search your drive, manage your photos, and simplify Web searches with included Google software.
Top Customer Reviews
I use a 15" PowerBook G4 running OS X Tiger, and the while the HD is pre-formatted in MS-DOS/Window's file system, it is easy enough to reformat it through Disk Utility to a Mac friendly read/write format. One should bear this in mind when they purchase any HD, especially if you intend it for a non-Windows PC.
Also, it has either a USB 2.0 or FireWire 400 cable included. I find on my PowerBook via the FireWire port, it is blazingly fast to read/write data back and forth. Writting some 15-20GB of data took only 5-6 minutes max. I don't know if this is fast by any standard, but it impressed me.
Lastly, while the product lists a 320GB capacity, the truth is it lies more to a max of 290GB. Another thing to be wary of - though it's most likely down to re-formatting/HD files on the thing already etc.
The final verdict? It is perfect is every way you might expect from a HD. It does what it needs to with a little style thrown in, too. (The HD light pulses when the thing is "inactive" in the same manner as my PowerBook's latch light pulsing when asleep. Also, when writting data, the HD light "spins". While perhaps gratuitous, the attention to that kind of detail is a great touch.)
Keep it up, Western Digital!
Western Digital claim to respond to customer queries within 24 hours. It was two weeks before they responded to my cry for help. What they then told me was that the "unit was broken", and that if I wanted to get the data off it, I had to do it through one of two companies which they authorised. Anybody else opening the box would invalidate the warranty. One of those companies quoted a minimum of £570 for retreiving the data, the other £386. I then spoke to a number of friendly computer technicians who told me they have heard that MyBooks are failing regularly as a result of overheating issues. Since the warranty on mine only offered to replace the item rather than refund the money I decided to let my local computer teckie have a look at it, because I certainly didn't want another one. He opened the box, and put the drives into a new case, which cost £35. It is now working again and I have all my files back (parts and labour came to £80 - roughly the same as I paid for the original item, but a tiny fraction of the quotes from Western Digital's recommended support services).
I would advise anybody considering buying this product to think very seriously about doing so. And if it subsequently fails, to think very hard about following the advice of Western Digital about how to retrieve the data it contains.
I use the firewire connection and partioned the drive into two.
I noticed from some of the reviews that people are having problems with some of the drivers.
I had problems getting the button manager to work.
When you get the drive YOU MUST connect via USB, the drivers for firewire are on the drive.
Load the firewire drivers and WD Button manager, re-boot pc. If after the drivers load you do not see the WD button manager logo in the task bar don't worry. Go to Start - Settings - control panel, then click on System,
click on Hardware then Device manager. Once in Device manager click on Action tab at the top of window and highlight Scan for hardware changes this may bring up a window (Update Wizard) click on (No, not at this time)it will then give a list of two drivers, pick the WD Button manager driver. Job done!
Enjoy your new drive......
After turning my PC into a custom built media center for my home and uploading all my DVDs, Games, Music and misc items, I soon found myself running out of hard drive space fast. As I allready have 3 200GB internal hard drives I was reluctant to replace any of them but had no further internal space to add more. After considering all the options I decided to opt for this little beasty.
I was drawn to WD 320GB "My Book" for the following reasons.
1) Its well styled. it dosnt look out of place like some extras do.
2) Glowing reviews
3) Firewire or USB connection
4) Easily Daisy chained
Most people seem to buy them for laptops but these are ideal upgrades for those wanting to beef up a normal PC or MAC and dont want to take them appart. Its fast (I transfered 3gb in 3 mins) and it happily streams video back into your PC no sweat.
I have, however only given it 3 stars for the following reasons.
1) occasional recognition issues with PC. Whilst rare, I did have a few un-explainable problems in the 1st 24hrs.
2) The Power Supply. I can understand not wanting to draw power from the USB incase it overloads your PC but there's no real reason for it to be the size it is. Whilst not big, its just taking up room it dosnt need too.
3) Heat output. it can get quite hot. not an issue on its own but if anyone does daisychain them and stack them together like books (hense the name) I can see a few problems. As i plan to add more soon this may cause an issue
I wont say pick another model as I suspect there is little better for the price..i do hope however that WD rectify this on future models!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have bought 2 of these. They have let me down.
After 1 year or two they shut down and you can not
recover files...really disappointed.
I could never get this thing working properly. No matter how I installed/used/connected this drive, it was never consistent. Read morePublished on 8 Feb. 2012 by Mr. M. Allsop
This external hard drive was bought as a back up device for my girlfriend's son while at university. Read morePublished on 20 Dec. 2008 by Pinball Lizard
Like a previous poster I had a warranty issue with my WD MyBook 320gb drive and had the same problem getting a response from Western Digital. Read morePublished on 5 Dec. 2008 by Rob F
I used this external HD for ten months before it suddenly and catastrophically failed. All my data was lost. Read morePublished on 12 Jun. 2008 by J. Dever
After only one year this hard drive suffered complete mechanical failure - no warning.
Definietly not recommended.
I have had a Lacie harddrive for over 6 years this western digital lasted about a year.Published on 29 April 2008 by M. Davis
the same problems others have mentioned......it doesn't always close down, even when the computer has shut down. Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 2008 by Welshboy
These drives are extremely noisy. The fan whirrs up and you know the drive is in the room, then you've got the sound of a few bricks in a dustbin being rolled down a flight of... Read morePublished on 11 Dec. 2007 by Hallmundur