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The Western Digital My Book Essential Edition model is a high-end external USB 2.0 hard drive.

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small considering the size of the disk

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7200RPM desktop drive will be faster than smaller notebook equivalents

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Western Digital drive

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wide variety of sizes makes it easy to choose one that best suits your needs and budget

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Cons

desktop drive is larger, heavier, hotter and requires more power - not as good for use on the go

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no eSATA connection

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Loud compared to internal drives

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The Western Digital My Book Essential Edition model is a high-end external USB 2.0 hard drive. It is designed for both in-home, and portable use. The Essential Edition hard drive is about the size of an average paperback book and will take up about the same amount of space. It features an available 1TB (1,000GB), 750GB, 640GB, 500GB or 320GB storage capacity, with a 16mb drive cache and a speed of 7200rpm. Additional features include install-free automatic plug in support for PC and Mac computers, energy efficient functionality that automatically turns the hard drive on and off with the connected computer, and USB high speed 2.0 interface support. 

Features
  • Size of an average paperback book
  • Automatic, install-free, plug-in support for both PC and Mac computers
  • Energy efficient functionality
  • USB 2.0 interface support
  • Drive Size: 1TB (1,000GB), 750GB, 640GB, 500GB, 320GB
  • Drive Cache: 16mb
  • Drive Speed: 7200rpm
  • Weight: 2.5 lbs
  • Dimensions (H x L x W): 6.5" x 5.4 x 2.1"
  • Operating Temperature: 41° F to 95° F
  • AC Input Voltage: 100-240 VAC
What It Holds
  • Up to 285,000 digital photos
  • Up to 250,000 MP3 songs
  • Up to 25,000 songs (uncompressed CD quality music)
  • Up to 76 hours of digital video (DV)
  • Up to 440 hours of DVD quality video
  • Up to 120 hours of HD video
System Requirements
  • Available USB port
  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista
  • Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later
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