Western Digital My Book Essential Edition reviews

37 customer reviews

+ This external hard drive has no outstanding positive points. - It scores poorly on portability.

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8.9 out of 10 based on 37 reviews.
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Confirmed purchaser

Score 5.0/10
Good points:
Compact, looks nice and does the job
Bad points:
In the end (with advise from friends, looking on-line) I had to unistall the software that came with it because I kept getting a warning 'blue screen' message.
The instructions don't tell you that it can be used without the software by drag and drop ...
Overall rating 5.0
Ease of use 4.0
Capacity 8.0
Durability 8.0
Portability 10.0
Value for money 5.0
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Confirmed purchase: 19 Aug 2010

Confirmed purchaser Mac user

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use
Sleek design
Good capacity size
Bad points:
Bit bulky
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Capacity 9.0
Durability 9.0
Portability 7.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 14 Jul 2009

tony, surbiton

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
quick & easy to install, easy to use
Bad points:
none so far
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Capacity 9.0
Portability 5.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 08 Jul 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 6.0/10
Good points:
Very good looking piece of equipment, very easy to use and overall decent value for money.

I would recommend re-formatting the device to NTFS rather than the default fat32 so you can put on individual files bigger than 4GB (which is a must for HD movies).
Bad points:
Gloss finish marks very easily.

Although it is compatible with my girlfriends macbook pro the transfer rate seems as though it might be too slow for mac's. The visual will often freeze whilst the audio continues for a few seconds, which happens quite regularly in the opening minutes of a movie or programme - not a massive issue, but it annoys me. In hindsight I should have purchased the more expensive My Book mac version with the firewire connection capabilty.
Overall rating 6.0
Ease of use 10.0
Capacity 9.0
Durability 5.0
Portability 6.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 07 Jul 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
As above - recommended by many. I am using it with Time Machine. Really great insurance
Bad points:
None, so far as I can see
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Capacity 10.0
Durability 10.0
Portability 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 05 Dec 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 1.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
Your website states that this is compatible with both PC and Mac - what you don't say is that is not compatible with both together - it cannot be used to transfer data from a PC to a Mac - in fact the WD website actively discourages this. Waste of money.
Overall rating 1.0
Value for money 1.0
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 03 Sep 2009

Jake, Horley

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Great size(500gb), fast file transfer, password protected, very(Unheard when on unless you have an ear up to it) quiet
Bad points:
It's a bit chunky. Not great for use when out and about (laptop .etc)
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Capacity 10.0
Durability 10.0
Portability 6.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 03 Aug 2010

Product Features

Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 1000
Cache (MB) 16
Interface USB 2.0
Speed RPM 7200
Release date 2008-12-08
 

Manufacturer's Description

Are you running out of hard drive capacity? Do you need to archive some important digital documents, photos, or music? This elegant external hard drive, reminiscent of a book, is the perfect solution. It takes no more space than a paperback book. Collect two or more and they nest neatly together like volumes on a shelf.


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