• WD My Book Essential 500 GB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive
  • WD My Book Essential 500 GB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive
  • WD My Book Essential 500 GB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive
  • WD My Book Essential 500 GB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive
  • WD My Book Essential 500 GB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive
WD My Book Essential 500 GB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive
WD My Book Essential 500 GB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive
WD My Book Essential 500 GB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive
WD My Book Essential 500 GB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive
WD My Book Essential 500 GB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive

WD My Book Essential 500 GB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive

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Nice until it failed.On the plus side, the drive is easy to set up (plug it in), reasonably attractive and the price was acceptable. On the down side, the enclosure itself failed fairly quickly. The case is rather annoying to open-I actually had to use Google to find out the trick to doing so. Rather than go through the hassle of getting a replacement, I bought a fairly low-priced enclosure and put the scavenged hard drive in that. I've had no problems since. Interestingly, the delicate hard drive proved far more reliable than the case.Based on my experience with buying a drive in an enclosure and just buying a drive and a low priced enclosure, I would recommend the DYI option. If you can use a screwdriver, then you can install a drive in an enclosure. The enclosures are generally easy to set up (read the reviews, though-some can be rather crappy) and you can just swap out a failed drive easily (or remove a working drive from a failed case).I've had generally good experiences with Western Digital hard drives and continue to buy them despite the failure of the MyBook I bought. 2WD My Book - high value for a good priceThis is my first external hard drive. I chose WD because after too many crashes by a popular drive brand I realized that I've had several internal WD drives and never had a problem with them.Just over a month ago I ordered a 500 GB drive for only $85 - and got a 640 GB drive, compliments of the manufacturer. That's just over $.13 per GB, an amazingly good price.It's not portable and must be plugged into a power supply, but it's the size of a thick book, beautiful to look at and almost totally silent. It's not as fast as an internal drive; I get about 20-30 MB per second, nowhere near as fast as the 60 MB/s claimed for USB2 but comparable to my internal WD drive.Unless you really need super-fast data transfer rates, this is a good, solid performer at a great price. Highly recommended. 5Almost 11 yearsI ve had this drive for almost 11 years and until the last 2 months, it s been a reliable silent drive that I ve been completely happy with. It s dying, but I ve more than gotten my $90 worth from 2008. I ve cleared my files off it and it s time to retire it and get a new one. This is the reason I buy WD drives almost exclusively and have for over 20 years. Solid and reliable with great value. 5Define your objectivesThe Mybook essential 500GB HD is an economical choice for PC users who have a need for extra storage space or external back-up capability but do not require a range of connectivity options as it only accommodates USB.V2.0 has some changes in features from 1.0 and I am not convinced all of the variations are beneficial. First and foremost, V1.0 had a forwarded located on/off button that I found particularly useful with consideration to some quirky performance of the drive from time to time, where it tended to impede boot functions or seems to initiate untimely back-ups of revised files. This newer version lacks a physical power switch but has a blue-hued activity indicator lamp and is designed to power down after 10 minutes of inactivity, or upon recognition of a system shutdown. I have seen little evidence the inactivity power down facility is accurate.While I have never personally encountered heat or overload issues with my V1.0 drive - I've used it for back-up only for 18 months - the new unit has a slightly smaller footprint ( approximately 4" x 6" x 2") but similarly configured for ventilation and heat dissipation with top, back and bottom air outflow slots. This version also features a mini USB cable that limits the distance the drive can be situated from the CPU and if you have a vertically oriented workspace as I do that may represent some challenges. Due to the USB configuration and potential heat related read/write issues, I do not believe this drive to be an efficient or viable alternative for productivity applications or as an external streaming server.This drive is essentially plug and play. Upon installation a prompt is initiated to install a trial version of some back-up software, a diagnostic toolkit, a google bundle and another option I no longer remember and cannot get back to since I opted not to install and immediately reformatted from the pre-loaded FAT32 to NTFS with a single partition of 465GB, a step that is preferable for windows users but one you may want to defer until you have registered the device via that same install module as registration thereafter becomes a headache since the device serial number is printed on the label in a font only decipherable with a 10x magnifying glass. My intent for the drive as well as the predecessor I own is as a dedicated resource for back-ups of individual desktops. For facilitation of services across a home network, a NAS unit such the Netgear RND2150 ReadyNAS Duo 500 GB Desktop Network Attached Storage with RAID capability seems to be a safer option. 4Great for regular backup...I bought this external drive for backup purposes and to transfer files from one computer to another without having to use all my bandwidth in my LAN.It's been of great help since day 1.First of all, I've tried it in WinXP, Vista and Win7, it's been flawless since I installed it in all three OS's. I haven't installed the backup features that come with the drive so I can't say how good they are.So far I've used it for like 4 or 5 straight hours in a ventilated room with no A/C and it doesn't get hotter than normal, although I always keep it's three way ventilation open so it can breath freely.When it comes to noise level, there is none.In conclusion I can say that this is a great hard drive if you use it for occasional backup purposes; I haven't tested the drive by keeping it on 100% of the time. So there's my 2 cents, hope it helps.P.S. Would I recommend it??? Yes!!! 5Works, customer support non existantThis is my second WD my book, I decided to upgrade my old external hard drive since it was getting old (I've had it for 6 years). This hard drive worked exactly as described and I had no issues at all with it. I'd recommend this hard drive to anyone who needs some extra space and doesn't want to spend a ton of money.Update 12/18/15:While the product was good, it decided to stop working. I contacted WD customer support and they noted that the warranty had expired. Their solution to the defective product was to tell me that I can pay to have the data on the drive recovered. The End. This is completely unacceptable. I had countless files backed up on this hard drive (640 GB) and now they are gone with no hope of recovery. I did not purchase this drive to have it fail before the computer which is was *supposed* to be backing up. 2This drive on an old dish satellite box it will always stay on until you physically disconnectThis works perfectly with my old dish satellite box to store HD movies letting me store lots of TV shows. The only problem is the dish satellite box is never really off so you have to manually disconnect the drive from the satellite box or else it stays on all the time like the drive in the dish satellite box does. 5Great pickLove the product. I bought one prior to buying it from amazon and had no problems with it since a year ago. I have moved the hard drive from one laptop to another with no problems. My laptop detected the hard drive once I plugged it in and I was able to use it right away without installing anything. The kind of laptop I have is Dell with XP installed so I'm not sure if it will give any problems with any other systems. Also, the only thing I do is put movies, music, pictures, and dowloaded files onto the hard drive. So if you have any other uses for it, I'm not sure if it will damage your hard drive. Moving files back and forth may be a little slow depending on the size of the file, but I think it's still a pretty good speed for the hard drive. I definitely recommend this product if you are using it to back up files or storing files. Haven't had ANY PROBLEMS with the one I got from amazon either and I had it ever since May 2009. 5Great price, great performance, looks sleek to boot.I have been buying and using external harddrives for ages. When I shoot video, and do editing, I store the finished footage on these harddrives. When I shoot images and pictures I store backups of my raw files, and finished psds/jpg.Obviously, these files are very important to me, and thanks to past experience, I refuse to trust 1 drive to house all my important stuff.I owned another external harddrive, and it died, it was my incredible misfortune. I was switching to a new computer, and took the files off my harddrive, onto a new drive, (that I had for over a month and tested fine) and after my new computer arrived (and subsequently sold my previous computer) I went to backup my photos and the drive started smoking. I lost a whole trips worth of photos (40+gb) tons of panoramas (that I spent hours constructing) it all went to pot. I learned then, I'm never going to buy any other brand of external harddrive than a Western Digital, and I will always backup twice.I have been using WD drives for years now. I have several stored "offsite" and each one is labeled, I have a 3 ring binder that houses the index of my shoots.I can honestly say, out of 20 WD drives, only 1 has died. That might of been my fault. I usually "eject" drives, then unplug and plug the cords into another drive, I think the connection may of been weak, and it caused the drive to smoke, thus rendering it useless. This is the only case of a bad WD drive I have ever bought, and thats good odds (my other drive, was never plugged/unplugged, it just decided to smoke up, I blame bad ventilation --lacie).These WD's (especially the newer models with the blue light on top) look very sleek, you can arrange them like books. I like to put small labels on them at different areas, so I can see them from a ways back. Such as P39 For pictures 39, V12 for video 12. M02 for misc (personal stuff, like documents, themes, software, etc) and A02 for audio / video backups (bought videos and music).My 1 complaint about these drives is, the powercord. Specifically the plug that you plug into your AC adapter. The problem is it is so large that it easily takes up 2-3 spots on my AC adapter, meaning 1 ac adapter capable of holding 12 devices, can fit about 3 of these.Luckily, I researched this when I moved, and decided upon buying one of these devices:Power Sentry 5-Outlet PowerSquid Power MultiplierPower Sentry 5-Outlet PowerSquid Surge SuppressorPower Squid with 5 Outlets - WhiteWith these, it eliminates that problem.One of the great things about these drives are, they all use the same connectors. If you have an older model WD drive, it uses a bigger USB cord, but the power cord is backwards compatible, so you do not need to plug in a new power cord to read your previous devices.I have a WD drive (older model, several years old, several years abused) that I use as my computer backup drive, it is on all the time, and never gives me an issue.I used to work in IT, and when I was building computers all the time, I always choose WD drives. This lead to me one day buying a "mybook" over buying an external case and putting in a harddrive like I used to. I haven't regretted it yet.Remember, the drive may die on you one day. The best things to do is either not use it all the time, only plug it in to get new data off the drive, or backup. Or if your getting it for extra space on your laptop, get 2. 1 to use all the time, and leave the other for your backup. This reduces the chance that something bad will happen to you.Again, out of all the drives available here on amazon, I cannot recommend one more strongly than WD, it is the only drive I spend my money on. With amazons new low price, it is worth getting the 750 (698.46 gigs of usable space) over the smaller priced 500. It is now worth it to skip the 500's completely, and go to 750s (1tbs are still to high right now). 5Long lasting sidekickHave used it for 8 years and still no problems! Had to replace the power cord but that was strictly the cat's fault and not a faulty product. Sure, I have several portable hard drives laying around but this one is the trusty sidekick that stands next to my computer speakers. Transfer time isn't bad because of the USB 2.0. I definitely got my money's worth out of this product and recommend Western Digital for all your digital storage problems. I would say the only negative is the external power source, but it's not a terribly big deal since I don't lug this (nor do I need to) around with my laptop. 4
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  • USB 2.0 Personal Storage 3.5 In;
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Customer Reviews

Nice until it failed.On the plus side, the drive is easy to set up (plug it in), reasonably attractive and the price was acceptable. On the down side, the enclosure itself failed fairly quickly. The case is rather annoying to open-I actually had to use Google to find out the trick to doing so. Rather than go through the hassle of getting a replacement, I bought a fairly low-priced enclosure and put the scavenged hard drive in that. I've had no problems since. Interestingly, the delicate hard drive proved far more reliable than the case.Based on my experience with buying a drive in an enclosure and just buying a drive and a low priced enclosure, I would recommend the DYI option. If you can use a screwdriver, then you can install a drive in an enclosure. The enclosures are generally easy to set up (read the reviews, though-some can be rather crappy) and you can just swap out a failed drive easily (or remove a working drive from a failed case).I've had generally good experiences with Western Digital hard drives and continue to buy them despite the failure of the MyBook I bought. 2WD My Book - high value for a good priceThis is my first external hard drive. I chose WD because after too many crashes by a popular drive brand I realized that I've had several internal WD drives and never had a problem with them.Just over a month ago I ordered a 500 GB drive for only $85 - and got a 640 GB drive, compliments of the manufacturer. That's just over $.13 per GB, an amazingly good price.It's not portable and must be plugged into a power supply, but it's the size of a thick book, beautiful to look at and almost totally silent. It's not as fast as an internal drive; I get about 20-30 MB per second, nowhere near as fast as the 60 MB/s claimed for USB2 but comparable to my internal WD drive.Unless you really need super-fast data transfer rates, this is a good, solid performer at a great price. Highly recommended. 5Almost 11 yearsI ve had this drive for almost 11 years and until the last 2 months, it s been a reliable silent drive that I ve been completely happy with. It s dying, but I ve more than gotten my $90 worth from 2008. I ve cleared my files off it and it s time to retire it and get a new one. This is the reason I buy WD drives almost exclusively and have for over 20 years. Solid and reliable with great value. 5Define your objectivesThe Mybook essential 500GB HD is an economical choice for PC users who have a need for extra storage space or external back-up capability but do not require a range of connectivity options as it only accommodates USB.V2.0 has some changes in features from 1.0 and I am not convinced all of the variations are beneficial. First and foremost, V1.0 had a forwarded located on/off button that I found particularly useful with consideration to some quirky performance of the drive from time to time, where it tended to impede boot functions or seems to initiate untimely back-ups of revised files. This newer version lacks a physical power switch but has a blue-hued activity indicator lamp and is designed to power down after 10 minutes of inactivity, or upon recognition of a system shutdown. I have seen little evidence the inactivity power down facility is accurate.While I have never personally encountered heat or overload issues with my V1.0 drive - I've used it for back-up only for 18 months - the new unit has a slightly smaller footprint ( approximately 4" x 6" x 2") but similarly configured for ventilation and heat dissipation with top, back and bottom air outflow slots. This version also features a mini USB cable that limits the distance the drive can be situated from the CPU and if you have a vertically oriented workspace as I do that may represent some challenges. Due to the USB configuration and potential heat related read/write issues, I do not believe this drive to be an efficient or viable alternative for productivity applications or as an external streaming server.This drive is essentially plug and play. Upon installation a prompt is initiated to install a trial version of some back-up software, a diagnostic toolkit, a google bundle and another option I no longer remember and cannot get back to since I opted not to install and immediately reformatted from the pre-loaded FAT32 to NTFS with a single partition of 465GB, a step that is preferable for windows users but one you may want to defer until you have registered the device via that same install module as registration thereafter becomes a headache since the device serial number is printed on the label in a font only decipherable with a 10x magnifying glass. My intent for the drive as well as the predecessor I own is as a dedicated resource for back-ups of individual desktops. For facilitation of services across a home network, a NAS unit such the Netgear RND2150 ReadyNAS Duo 500 GB Desktop Network Attached Storage with RAID capability seems to be a safer option. 4Great for regular backup...I bought this external drive for backup purposes and to transfer files from one computer to another without having to use all my bandwidth in my LAN.It's been of great help since day 1.First of all, I've tried it in WinXP, Vista and Win7, it's been flawless since I installed it in all three OS's. I haven't installed the backup features that come with the drive so I can't say how good they are.So far I've used it for like 4 or 5 straight hours in a ventilated room with no A/C and it doesn't get hotter than normal, although I always keep it's three way ventilation open so it can breath freely.When it comes to noise level, there is none.In conclusion I can say that this is a great hard drive if you use it for occasional backup purposes; I haven't tested the drive by keeping it on 100% of the time. So there's my 2 cents, hope it helps.P.S. Would I recommend it??? Yes!!! 5Works, customer support non existantThis is my second WD my book, I decided to upgrade my old external hard drive since it was getting old (I've had it for 6 years). This hard drive worked exactly as described and I had no issues at all with it. I'd recommend this hard drive to anyone who needs some extra space and doesn't want to spend a ton of money.Update 12/18/15:While the product was good, it decided to stop working. I contacted WD customer support and they noted that the warranty had expired. Their solution to the defective product was to tell me that I can pay to have the data on the drive recovered. The End. This is completely unacceptable. I had countless files backed up on this hard drive (640 GB) and now they are gone with no hope of recovery. I did not purchase this drive to have it fail before the computer which is was *supposed* to be backing up. 2This drive on an old dish satellite box it will always stay on until you physically disconnectThis works perfectly with my old dish satellite box to store HD movies letting me store lots of TV shows. The only problem is the dish satellite box is never really off so you have to manually disconnect the drive from the satellite box or else it stays on all the time like the drive in the dish satellite box does. 5Great pickLove the product. I bought one prior to buying it from amazon and had no problems with it since a year ago. I have moved the hard drive from one laptop to another with no problems. My laptop detected the hard drive once I plugged it in and I was able to use it right away without installing anything. The kind of laptop I have is Dell with XP installed so I'm not sure if it will give any problems with any other systems. Also, the only thing I do is put movies, music, pictures, and dowloaded files onto the hard drive. So if you have any other uses for it, I'm not sure if it will damage your hard drive. Moving files back and forth may be a little slow depending on the size of the file, but I think it's still a pretty good speed for the hard drive. I definitely recommend this product if you are using it to back up files or storing files. Haven't had ANY PROBLEMS with the one I got from amazon either and I had it ever since May 2009. 5Great price, great performance, looks sleek to boot.I have been buying and using external harddrives for ages. When I shoot video, and do editing, I store the finished footage on these harddrives. When I shoot images and pictures I store backups of my raw files, and finished psds/jpg.Obviously, these files are very important to me, and thanks to past experience, I refuse to trust 1 drive to house all my important stuff.I owned another external harddrive, and it died, it was my incredible misfortune. I was switching to a new computer, and took the files off my harddrive, onto a new drive, (that I had for over a month and tested fine) and after my new computer arrived (and subsequently sold my previous computer) I went to backup my photos and the drive started smoking. I lost a whole trips worth of photos (40+gb) tons of panoramas (that I spent hours constructing) it all went to pot. I learned then, I'm never going to buy any other brand of external harddrive than a Western Digital, and I will always backup twice.I have been using WD drives for years now. I have several stored "offsite" and each one is labeled, I have a 3 ring binder that houses the index of my shoots.I can honestly say, out of 20 WD drives, only 1 has died. That might of been my fault. I usually "eject" drives, then unplug and plug the cords into another drive, I think the connection may of been weak, and it caused the drive to smoke, thus rendering it useless. This is the only case of a bad WD drive I have ever bought, and thats good odds (my other drive, was never plugged/unplugged, it just decided to smoke up, I blame bad ventilation --lacie).These WD's (especially the newer models with the blue light on top) look very sleek, you can arrange them like books. I like to put small labels on them at different areas, so I can see them from a ways back. Such as P39 For pictures 39, V12 for video 12. M02 for misc (personal stuff, like documents, themes, software, etc) and A02 for audio / video backups (bought videos and music).My 1 complaint about these drives is, the powercord. Specifically the plug that you plug into your AC adapter. The problem is it is so large that it easily takes up 2-3 spots on my AC adapter, meaning 1 ac adapter capable of holding 12 devices, can fit about 3 of these.Luckily, I researched this when I moved, and decided upon buying one of these devices:Power Sentry 5-Outlet PowerSquid Power MultiplierPower Sentry 5-Outlet PowerSquid Surge SuppressorPower Squid with 5 Outlets - WhiteWith these, it eliminates that problem.One of the great things about these drives are, they all use the same connectors. If you have an older model WD drive, it uses a bigger USB cord, but the power cord is backwards compatible, so you do not need to plug in a new power cord to read your previous devices.I have a WD drive (older model, several years old, several years abused) that I use as my computer backup drive, it is on all the time, and never gives me an issue.I used to work in IT, and when I was building computers all the time, I always choose WD drives. This lead to me one day buying a "mybook" over buying an external case and putting in a harddrive like I used to. I haven't regretted it yet.Remember, the drive may die on you one day. The best things to do is either not use it all the time, only plug it in to get new data off the drive, or backup. Or if your getting it for extra space on your laptop, get 2. 1 to use all the time, and leave the other for your backup. This reduces the chance that something bad will happen to you.Again, out of all the drives available here on amazon, I cannot recommend one more strongly than WD, it is the only drive I spend my money on. With amazons new low price, it is worth getting the 750 (698.46 gigs of usable space) over the smaller priced 500. It is now worth it to skip the 500's completely, and go to 750s (1tbs are still to high right now). 5Long lasting sidekickHave used it for 8 years and still no problems! Had to replace the power cord but that was strictly the cat's fault and not a faulty product. Sure, I have several portable hard drives laying around but this one is the trusty sidekick that stands next to my computer speakers. Transfer time isn't bad because of the USB 2.0. I definitely got my money's worth out of this product and recommend Western Digital for all your digital storage problems. I would say the only negative is the external power source, but it's not a terribly big deal since I don't lug this (nor do I need to) around with my laptop. 4
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  • To be eligible for return, products must be in the exact condition you received them in. All packaging material must be undamaged and unused with the price tags intact.
  • Orders can be cancelled before dispatch. If the order has already been dispatched, cancellation fees might be charged.
  • Due to the nature of the products that we sell, we will not be able to replace or refund unwanted items if they have been opened or any seals are broken.
  • The refund will not include the import duties or the cost of delivery or return postage.
  • If your refund is approved, then it will automatically be credited to the original method of payment, within 7-10 days.
  • DirectNine reserves the right to alter and enforce this Return and Refund Policy at any time without having to serve a prior notice to users.
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