Western Digital My Book Review

Front View

Front View of Drive

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.

Performance Specifications
Serial Transfer Rate
eSATA
Serial Bus Transfer Rate (eSATA) 3 Gb/s (Max)
FireWire 400
Serial Bus Transfer Rate (1394a) 400 Mbits/s (Max)
USB 2.0
Serial Bus Transfer Rate (USB 2.0) 480 Mbits/s (Max)
Physical Specifications
Capacity 500 GB
Interface Triple Interface
Physical Dimensions
English
Height 6.5 Inches (Max)
Length 5.4 Inches (Max)
Width 2.1 Inches
Weight 2.5 Pounds
Metric
Height 166 mm (Max)
Length 137 mm (Max)
Width 54 mm
Weight 1.15 kg
Environmental Specifications
Temperature (English)
Operating 41° F to 95° F
Non-operating -4° F to 149° F
Temperature (Metric)
Operating 5° C to 35° C
Non-operating -20° C to 65° C
Electrical Specifications
Current Requirements
Power Dissipation
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).

  • Craig

    These Western Digital 500gb external drives are only like $79 right now. (In the USA)(Tucson, AZ)
    The 1 TB western digital is $150 right now.
    I’ll probably get one of these in the 1 TB version on black friday or something.

    Thanks for the review.

  • Craig

    These Western Digital 500gb external drives are only like $79 right now. (In the USA)(Tucson, AZ)
    The 1 TB western digital is $150 right now.
    I’ll probably get one of these in the 1 TB version on black friday or something.

    Thanks for the review.