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5.0 out of 5 stars Externalise your data, 11 Oct. 2006
This review is from: Western Digital My Book 320GB Essential USB 2.0 External Hard Drive (Accessory)
What we have here is a really cheap cost per Gb, external, fast hard drive. Approximately this costs around £3 per Gb which is reasonable.

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. I also have used the drive to move data from PC to PC, clearly works fine for this but it's not my main aim.

I would recommend this drive to others with one caveat. Be clear that the power supply slightly hinders portability (but gives the drive good speed). Other than that, it's a very good way of increasing your storage.
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Initial post: 2 Dec 2007 09:26:26 GMT
D. Redford says:
3 quid a gigabyte? You need to get back to school! At current price, it's 20p a gigabyte... Is that reasonable? I guess.
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