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Product Description: My Book Premium Edition WDG1C7500 - hard drive - 750 GB - FireWire / Hi-Speed USB
Type: Hard drive - external
Dimensions (WxDxH): 5.7 cm x 14.3 cm x 17.2 cm
Weight: 1.32 kg
Capacity: 750 GB
Interface Type: IEEE 1394 (FireWire) / Hi-Speed USB
Data Transfer Rate: 400 Mbps (FireWire) / 480 Mbps (Hi-Speed USB)
Average Seek Time: 8.9 ms
Spindle Speed: 7200 rpm
Buffer Size: 8 MB
OS Required: Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, Microsoft Windows XP, Apple MacOS X 10.2.8 or later
Power Source: Included AC adapter
Power: AC 120/230 V ( 50 - 60 Hz )
Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty
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1 Like #1
The warranty is a disappointment but great price for a dual interface external drive of this capacity.
#2
Good price, this is £145 everywhere else. Voted HOT!!!
#3
Nice, voted hot.
#4
Excellent find - voted hot
#5
any deals on the standard usb version? i dont want to pay for firewire

cant wait till terabyte drives are £100
#6
The USB version is £115.26

I got the USB 750GB for £99 before Christmas so this is definitely a good deal. Voted hot
#7
****, paid £150 for the 1TB a few weeks ago. Thats £50 more for 250mb!!!!! >_< Voted hot
#8
nice deal
#9
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7136069.stm

You should read that, if you plan on sharing music or videos.
#10
I have the 1tb dual hdd mybook and its very noisy, in addition there is no driver software for vista x64 - you cant even safely remove the drive (i power off the pc then the drive - which is a pain)

anybody know is this one is any different (quieter with vista x64 drivers?)

good price tho hot!
#11
Ladd
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7136069.stm

You should read that, if you plan on sharing music or videos.


This only applies to the Network (NAS) drives
#12
Ladd
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7136069.stm

You should read that, if you plan on sharing music or videos.


This only applies if you use the FTP access from another PC/IP i.e. You won't be able to access these files from a laptop in A when the USB drive is in B. If you only use the USB drive on the PC it is attached to then it's fine.

Moreover, if you want to access files from A then get a network drive.
#13
this is usb, usb 2.0 and firewire, suck it doesnt support firewire 800 or esata
#14
great find, only wished i wait a few months before i got my 250gb model :(
#15
Ladd
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7136069.stm

You should read that, if you plan on sharing music or videos.


The important part of that article is this:

"Western Digital has blocked users from sharing more than 30 different file types, if they are using the company's software, called Anywhere Access."

The DRM is built into the software that comes with the World Edition version of the My Book range, not the premium edition so this does not apply to this particular product.
#16
marcosdjcm;1584042
any deals on the standard usb version? i dont want to pay for firewire

cant wait till terabyte drives are £100


This is firewire and USB. It *should* kick down to 'normal' USB when plugged into a 1.1 port.

Ladd;1584125
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7136069.stm

You should read that, if you plan on sharing music or videos.


According to that it's only if you are using WD's "Anywhere Access" software. If this is plugged into a PC it should be just like plugging in any other USB mass storage device. Should also be fine going through a router like the BT Home Hub, by through I mean plugged directly into the USB port on the router. If it's plugged into a PC then it should just be a matter of enabling sharing for the device. I've shared my CD/DVD drives before as well as a USB stick or two, for no real reason, I just wanted to try it.

I could be totally wrong on both points but I can't see why it would act any differently than any other USB mass storage device unless they force you to use their software, which I can't really see them doing. Maybe someone that owns one can tell us ... I dont feel like shelling out for one just to see ... though anyone willing to make a donation of one or the cash for one so I can find out is free to do so :)
#17
how do you connect the firewire to a laptop? i need to connct the usb to my PS3 and the firewire to my laptop? will i need to get some sort of adaptor?
#18
Agharta
The warranty is a disappointment but great price for a dual interface external drive of this capacity.

The warranty is actually 2 years (as per HERE - scroll down to europe, it's the USA who only get one year) which is still a disappointment, but slightly better.
#19
landofdan
how do you connect the firewire to a laptop? i need to connct the usb to my PS3 and the firewire to my laptop? will i need to get some sort of adaptor?


Can't you just use the USB? Just plug it in to whichever you want to use it on? If you're laptop doesn't have firewire you need a firewire card for it.
#20
In case anyone missed it on the page you can add a Belkin Firewire lead for an extra PENNY! lol

£100 Delivered with a Belkin Firewire lead, although it probably comes with a firewire lead no doubt the Belkin one will probably be longer and possibly higher quality, certainly worth the punt for a penny if you intend on using the firewire option on it,

Just a heads up, cheers too the OP for sharing this great deal :-D
#21
Leftfield;1584559
In case anyone missed it on the page you can add a Belkin Firewire lead for an extra PENNY! lol

£100 Delivered with a Belkin Firewire lead, although it probably comes with a firewire lead no doubt the Belkin one will probably be longer and possibly higher quality, certainly worth the punt for a penny if you intend on using the firewire option on it,

Just a heads up, cheers too the OP for sharing this great deal :-D


is it from amazon though? wont you ne3ed to pay postage for it as its sold by someone else?
#22
landofdan
is it from amazon though? wont you ne3ed to pay postage for it as its sold by someone else?


Ahhh,, yeah you could very well be right!! My bad, thought it sounded too good to be true.
Ignore what I said people :whistling:
#23
Has anyone got one of these? I want to get the hard drive out of it and use it elsewhere. The cheapest for just the hdd elsewhere is like £120!

Ok what question im asking is......can you take the hdd out of it easily enough?
#24
I have one of these, won it from Mac User Magazine at the end of last year :) They gave me a choice between this one and the NAS version. After a bit of research I decided to go for this one as the NAS one didn't have great reviews, it would have been handy but apparently it's slow and also the other issues mentioned already....
#25
I ordered one. Nice deal :thumbsup:

I'm just hoping the light really does act as a storage capacity indicator like WD's Website states.
#26
Nice drive (have the 500gb version).

Although I'm kinda having an issue with it...........

I have mine hooked up via USB to my PC....I also have it hooked up via Firewire to a Mac Mini.......problem is, when the firewire is connected (mac off) my PC doesn't 'see' it......unplug the firewire (or mac) and the PC finds the drive....when the Mac is on it takes over and see's it and PC doesn't......etc

I'm not really bothered about both machines having access at the same time (never have them on at the same time) but it is a pain that I've got to unplug the mac/firewire for my PC is 'see' the damn thing especially considering it's got 'dual' connections.

Anyone have any ideas if using it on two set-ups without the hassle is possible?
#27
Leftfield;1584559
In case anyone missed it on the page you can add a Belkin Firewire lead for an extra PENNY! lol

£100 Delivered with a Belkin Firewire lead, although it probably comes with a firewire lead


The My Books come with about three leads from memory, certainly a USB and firewire one and I recall another ... think it was a mini USB to USB one.
#28
chrisjhill;1586633


I'm just hoping the light really does act as a storage capacity indicator like WD's Website states.



I have two Premium's - the light is an approximation and for it to work at all you have to load the WD button software supplied with the drive whether you use the additional functionality or not.
#29
There's a lot of mis-information on this thread... :)

It's a great price for a 750gb WD - even better that it's the Premium (as it includes Firewire 400 as well as the standard USB found on the Essential MyBooks)

Be aware that WD have brought out a new range of MyBook's called MyBook2... so I imagine shops will be looking to shift their inventory (of the original MyBooks) over the next few months... as a happy user of a few MyBooks they are superb and come highly recommended
#30
The new range has been out since the summer so I guess they are still in production somewhere in WDs empire. All in the new range have different interfaces but I should think the bare drives are the same.
#31
Received this 750GB drive yesterday - the free postage from Amazon took just 3 days!

First impressions:

It's much smaller than I originally thought! For some reason I thought it was going to be quite big and take up a lot of room, but it's really compact which is definitely a bonus.

It's very quiet - if the room is absolutely silent you can hear a deep hum, but otherwise the fans from my computer easily drown out the noise.

Connected it to my PowerMac and it showed up on the desktop immediately (plug and play). I wiped off the free back-up software as I have no use for it. The available space after wiping the drive was just 698.5GB - I appreciate no drive is as large as advertised due to the way the size is calculated, but losing approx. 50GB from the advertised size is a bit disappointing.

After a few minutes of inactivity the drive goes to sleep and the blue front light gently pulsates (like all Macs do when they go to sleep). I never turn my computer off, I just let it sleep and I have no intention of turning this drive off either so only time will tell about the durability. The inner blue circle on the front is the power button, so you can turn it off manually if you like.

Comes with both USB 2 & Firewire (400) Cables - I'm using Firewire and the speeds are blistering!! I copied a 700Mb movie file to my old 20Gb pocket portable drive (which also uses Firewire 400) and it took 41 seconds. I copied the same file to the My Book and it took just 22 seconds!! (as a comparison, copying the same file between both my internal SATA hard disks takes 19 seconds).

Overall I'm extremely pleased - great drive, great price, fast and quiet!
#32
Congrats. You might want to recover the deleted software as the front capacity gauge requires the WD button software to be installed.

I've used mine for the past 18 months in the way you've indicated, no problems at all.

The size issue never bothered me until I bought an iPod Touch 8Gb only to find that 7.27Gb was all that was available...
#33
thanks tenex, I'm not too worried about the capacity indicator on the front as that seems like more of a gimmick than something really useful???

Good to hear that you've not had any problems as let's face it, reliability on these drives is far more important than any of the other features!!
#34
Nice one, thanks, just got one, doesn't seem like there's any left at £99
#35
keep looking at in the morning - i was looking for the same and saw during the day stocks go down and in the morning few of them seems to be available.
#36
It should be noted that this costs £164.99 now and not £99

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