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The Western Digital My Book Essential 2nd-gen is an environmentally friendly, high capacity.

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Pros

Good transfer performance, compared to brands such as Seagate and Iomega

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Illuminated lock and capacity indicators are useful, and not too obtrusive

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The included smartware backup software is intuitive and usefule

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Built in 256 bit hardware encryption as well as password protection

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Available in a range of capacities, a versatile option for all buyers

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Relatively quiet and cool running for a 3.5" drive, many similar products tends to be noisy and produces alot of vibration

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Cons

Only USB 2.0, faster connections such as Firewire 400/800 or eSATA would have been a nice touch

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The Western Digital My Book Essential  2nd-gen is an environmentally friendly, high capacity, and ultra-portable external hard drive engineered for both Windows and Macintosh laptops or notebooks. As a more affordable alternative to the My Book Elite, the Essential discards its predecessor’s Smart Display in favor of an illuminated capacity gauge that shows the approximate amount of space currently available on the drive. Like its peer, the unit features WD SmartWare software, which presents a visual control center where users can monitor, back-up, and secure all their data. In fact, the software allows for both password protection AND 256-bit hardware-based encryption.

Features
  • Ultra-Portable External HD
  • USB 2.0 Technology
  • Illuminated Capacity Gauge
  • WD SmartWare
  • Password Protection
  • 256-Bit Encryption
Specifications
  • Interface: USB 2.0
  • USB 2.0: 480 Mb/s
  • Capacity: 500/640GB, 1/1.5/2.0TB
  • Compatibility (Windows): Vista/XP/7
  • Compatibility (Macintosh): X/Tiger/Leopard
Model Variations
  • WDBAAF5000EBK | 500GB - $99.99
  • WDBAAF6400EBK | 640GB
  • WDBAAF0010HBK | 1TB - $139.99
  • WDBAAF0015HBK | 1.5TB - $179.99
  • WDBAAF0020HBK | 2.0TB - $249.99
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