The My Book is Western Digital’s flagship harddrive for desktop use.
It looks like a book, hence the name. It is a nice little drive, and the “morse code holes” as advertised on the website, do a good job of keeping the thing cool.
If you have a recent OS, like Windows XP or Vista, the drivers will install automatically (same goes for Mac OS X and Linux – just plug the thing in and it’s detected).
Inside the package there is a power brick, the drive, and 1 USB cable and 1 FireWire Cable.
|Serial Transfer Rate|
|Serial Bus Transfer Rate (eSATA)||3 Gb/s (Max)|
|Serial Bus Transfer Rate (1394a)||400 Mbits/s (Max)|
|Serial Bus Transfer Rate (USB 2.0)||480 Mbits/s (Max)|
|Height||6.5 Inches (Max)|
|Length||5.4 Inches (Max)|
|Height||166 mm (Max)|
|Length||137 mm (Max)|
|Operating||41° F to 95° F|
|Non-operating||-4° F to 149° F|
|Operating||5° C to 35° C|
|Non-operating||-20° C to 65° C|
|AC Input Voltage||100-240 VAC|
|AC Input Frequency||47-63|
One thing I found was that the USB and FireWire cables were a bit short if you have your drive on the ground. You might need to buy longer ones. Also, the drive is a bit heavy.
It is a good drive and will not crash on you, it is also so simple to use and the “amount of space left” meters are excellent! Just plug it into the wall and you’re set to go.
It’s a sturdy drive and I recommend it. The pricing is right too! It’s only around 100-150 dollars at Costco in Canada (the prices are changing all the time).