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WD 2TB My Book Essential ORDER AND COLLECT ONLY £139.97 @ PCWORLD

£139.97 @ PC World
I know there have been cheaper 2Tb drives recently but I do like WD. The Western Digital 2TB My Book Essential hard drive is smaller and sleeker. This book-like shape takes up less space on your de… Read More
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7y, 6m agoFound 7 years, 6 months ago
I know there have been cheaper 2Tb drives recently but I do like WD.

The Western Digital 2TB My Book Essential hard drive is smaller and sleeker. This book-like shape takes up less space on your desk and allows two or more My Book drives to nestle neatly together.
Save 320 hours of DVD video
Plug & play via USB
Optimised for PC
Compact & stylish design
Energy saving functionality

Normally £169.99 in PC World, which appears to be the benchmark price - so this is a £30 saving.

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#1
Does not seem to be processing when reserved - Good price
#2
Was OK for me - collected this morning! :-)
#3
What is the reliability of these high capacity external drives these days? I'd like to use one for image processing between various computers I use, but I know a couple of people who bought such devices a year or two back maybe (250GB etc) and they had a tendancy to fail!
#4
2TB... thats a lot of porn
#5
Hi

anyone know if its a single standard SATA 300mbs 2TB drive inside?
whats the warranty on this ?
cheers
#6
Does anyone know what hard drive is inside this and could I take it out and swap it?

I have a wd 1tb in my popcorn hour but have filled it and want to swap it for a 2tb. Could i take the 2tb out of this and put it inside my popcorn hour and then put the 1tb drive inside the enclosure leaving me with a 2tb popcorn hour and a 1tb external drive?

Will order if this is possible, thanks.
#7
Cold. £ 132.98 (139.08 delivered) at Pixmania.
- Not a great price either. Average imho, so not "Hot Deal" worthy...
The 2TB (2x1, one case) Iomega Prestige is £113.57 at Pixmania..
#8
raph
Cold. £ 132.98 (139.08 delivered) at Pixmania.
- Not a great price either. Average imho, so not "Hot Deal" worthy...
The 2TB (2x1, one case) Iomega Prestige is £113.57 at Pixmania..


1. Pixmania: I'd *much* rather pay the extra and get it from PC World.

2. Unless you need the redundancy, 2x1TB drives will use double the amount of power compared to this, and also require audible cooling. Having a single 2TB drive is worth the extra.
#9
I can tell you that it is a single WD20EADS SATA drive with 32mb cache. It says on the label Caviar green. I know, as the drive I bought at 09:30 today is in bits - I can never resist seeing how things work!!! :-)

Regarding reliability, my personal experience is that 3 x WD 1Tb, 1 x 2Tb Lacie have been faultless but a Seagate 1.5Tb required replacement after about 2 months - and on investigation it seemed to be a common problem at that time. They all get used a fair bit, but I wouldn't say heavily.

I intended using the drive in a WD My World Network drive but it seems I need to do some fancy footwork to make that happen. I'm pretty sure you could format the drive to whatever format you need, given the right tools and a bit of time. I think getting any drives working under Windows would be easy but I don't know how you'd upgrade a popcorn hour.
#10
Cool, I paid 113 for 1tb b4 christmas :(
#11
raph
Cold. £ 132.98 (139.08 delivered) at Pixmania.
- Not a great price either. Average imho, so not "Hot Deal" worthy...
The 2TB (2x1, one case) Iomega Prestige is £113.57 at Pixmania..


I don't think 79 pence is worth quibbling about. And as well as less energy being used on one drive as opposed to 2; it's also half the physical size.
#12
weiran
1. Pixmania: I'd *much* rather pay the extra and get it from PC World.


You do realise DSGi have owned 90% of pixmania for a good few years? They've said in the past they want to move the PCWorld, Dixons and Currys websites onto the Pixmania ecommerce platform, as they believe it's superior. I know there are customer service issues, however, it's ultimately all the same evil company :thumbsup:
#13
@smokieuk - thanks for the info, that's te drive I was hoping it would be because I know it works fine with the popcorn.

I'm just wondering when you opened it up - is it a standard rack that will hold any hard drive? Like I say I want to fit my wd 1tb hard drive inside it and use it as a 1tb external drive. Do you think I'd have any problems doing this? Is it a stndard mount?

Cheers
#14
allanf
Does anyone know what hard drive is inside this and could I take it out and swap it?

I have a wd 1tb in my popcorn hour but have filled it and want to swap it for a 2tb. Could i take the 2tb out of this and put it inside my popcorn hour and then put the 1tb drive inside the enclosure leaving me with a 2tb popcorn hour and a 1tb external drive?

Will order if this is possible, thanks.


You'd need to transfer all the stuff from the 2tb to the 1tb after formatting the 2tb. If that 1tb is full, thats a 16 hour transfer to the 2tb drive.

Beastly
#15
there's a 2tb for £125 on scan todayonly (not including delivery as some do, some don't pay it)

http://www.scan.co.uk/TodayOnly/Index.aspx#5
#16
The drive looks like a standard 3.5 to me. It's a very straightforward case to open, just tabs along the front edge then slide it off. The drive is mounted on four rubber corners and the logic board is integrated with the SATA connector, which attaches to the side of the drive with 2 screws (these are the only two you need to undo to remove the drive!)
#17
@happharry - yep had a feeling it take a while!

I'm still trying to figure out if it's possible though. Problem is I have an old IDE computer which can't connect to a data hard drive so everything needs to be done using the popcorn hour. Here's what I plan to do:

1) open up the wd enclosure and take out the 2tb drive
2) take 1tb hdd out of popcorn hour
3) swap the drives so I have 2tb in popcorn hour and 1tb in the wd enclosure (which is formatted to ext3 and contains all my films
4) format 2tb hdd to ext3 from the popcorn hour menu
5) connect the wd enclosure which now contains the 1tb hard drive and then transfer all the files over to the popcorn
6) format the wd enclosure to ntfs and use as a normal external hdd for windows?

Anyone got any advice - is all the above possible?
#18
I've had two of the 1 tb versions and they both failed. I will not be buying another WD drive.
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allanf
@happharry - yep had a feeling it take a while!

I'm still trying to figure out if it's possible though. Problem is I have an old IDE computer which can't connect to a data hard drive so everything needs to be done using the popcorn hour. Here's what I plan to do:

1) open up the wd enclosure and take out the 2tb drive
2) take 1tb hdd out of popcorn hour
3) swap the drives so I have 2tb in popcorn hour and 1tb in the wd enclosure (which is formatted to ext3 and contains all my films
4) format 2tb hdd to ext3 from the popcorn hour menu
5) connect the wd enclosure which now contains the 1tb hard drive and then transfer all the files over to the popcorn
6) format the wd enclosure to ntfs and use as a normal external hdd for windows?

Anyone got any advice - is all the above possible?


That would work just fine mate. But one thing ive found is copying from external hard drive to popcorn hour isnt too fast when using the popcorn hour directly.

What you'd be better doing is all the above up to here

5) Connect Popcorn Hour to PC using USB Slave (im assuming you have the A110 model). If you install the ext2fs driver on your PC, it will recognise the popcorn hour as an external hard drive. Connect the WD as well to your PC and copy the files over that way.

It should copy faster that way, or if you have 40 hours spare, copy it your way! :)
#20
toonburner;7423463
I've had two of the 1 tb versions and they both failed. I will not be buying another WD drive.

...I have had several of the 1TB versions, usb and network and they have been fine. Just luck of the draw I think.
#21
My WD died yesterday two weeks after the warranty was up!
#22
ive had WD for 3 yrs now and all 4 ork great
#23
does this have a sleep or idle mode? tried looking at the WD website but couldn't find the info
#24
Western Digital have just announced USB 3.0 My Books today. Might be worth holding off if you want to future proof yourself.
#25
you'll have to budget for a new laptop or pc card in your desktop if waiting for usb3.
Plus it's certain to cost a premium.
#26
129.95 now good price

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