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

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Pros

The enclosure is simple to open, drive expansion and replacement is relatively simple, documentation is included

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Subtle yet attractive design, a tech item that you would want on your desk

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Simple to use RAID manager software, provides users with clear options and settings

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Can be set up as RAID 0 and RAID 1, capacity or double backup

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Quiet and cool running external solution, with no fan fare

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Cons

Security lock slot is obscure, documentation does not particularly mention it

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USB2.0 interface only, users who transfers large number of files frequently should look at the WD Studio edition which has Firewire and/or eSATA

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The Western Digital My Book Mirror Edition model is a high-end external USB 2.0 hard drive. It is designed for both in-home, and portable use. The Mirror 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 2TB (2,000GB) and 1TB (1,000GB) storage capacity, with a 16mb drive cache and a speed of 7200rpm. The Mirror Edition hard drive comes with support for automatic file backup through the hard drive's 2TB drive space; once something is transferred to the drive it is automatically backed up on the extra drive in the untimely event the main hard drive fails (two RAID modes; RAID 0 accesses full capacity of both drives, RAID 1 accesses only half the capacity while the other half is used for data protection). The Mirror Edition also comes with pre-installed safe shutdown software which prevents the hard drive from being shut down while files are being transferred, and interface support for USB 2.0 combined with RAID monitoring support. 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 a front panel capacity gauge that displays approximately how much space is left available.

Features
  • Size of an average paperback book
  • Automatic File Backup, and Safe Shutdown software
  • 2 RAID modes; RAID 0 uses full drive storage capacity, RAID 1 uses only half for storage and automatically uses the other half for backup
  • Automatic, install-free, plug-in support for both PC and Mac computers
  • Energy efficient functionality
  • Front Panel capacity gauge
  • USB 2.0 with RAID monitoring support
  • Drive Size: 2TB (2,000GB), 1TB (1,000GB)
  • Drive Cache: 16mb
  • Drive Speed: 7200rpm
  • Weight: 5.2 lbs
  • Dimensions (H x L x W): 6.54" x 6.06" x 3.87"
  • Operating Temperature: 41° F to 95° F
  • AC Input Voltage: 100-240 VAC
What It Holds
  • RAID 1
    • 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
  • RAID 0
    • Up to 570,000 digital photos
    • Up to 500,000 MP3 songs
    • Up to 50,000 songs (uncompressed CD quality music)
    • Up to 152 hours of digital video (DV)
    • Up to 880 hours of DVD quality video
    • Up to 240 hours of HD video
System Requirements
  • Available USB port
  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista
  • Mac OS X 10.4.11+, 10.5.2+
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