Western Digital My Book Essential 2TB External Hard Drive Hi Speed USB - Retail Box £129.95 @ Ebuyer - HotUKDeals
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My Book external drive is an elegant, high-capacity storage solution for all the chapters of your digital life. It features visual, easy-to-use, automatic, continuous backup software and drive lock security protection. At last, beauty, brains, and simplicity together.

Smaller, sleeker, more streamlined design - My Book external drives are made even smaller, sleeker, and more elegant. As always, this book-like shape takes up minimal space on your desk and allows two or more My Book drives to nestle neatly together like volumes on a shelf.
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#1
tempting - quality product and a good price means H&R added.
#2
2.5'' or 3.5"? Looks quite large?
#3
3.5". There aren't any 2.5" 2Tb drives.
#4
I thought there were disc reliability issues with these? And some issue around media sharing?? Or the type of media??
#5
I'd never buy one of these again. Lasted 4 months and cost me a small fortune to recover all my data from a local repairs man.

Have since been using an internal hard drive with docking station. Works a treat.
1 Like #6
In every hard drive thread there is someone who 'would nver buy one of these again' and another 'who thinks they are the best thing ever'. It's luck of the draw and based on so many variables. Depening on the design of that docking station, they only have to move and lose connection when writing data and that can corrupt the drive.
I have had several WD passport drives, all still working (mainly 1TB) and they have travelled with me all over in my job as a trainer including hot countries etc. and mine have been fine. Due to the higher capacity of the small 2.5in drives I have started using them and WD was my first choice although I have just picked up a 500gb Hitachi.
#7
marcofoo
I'd never buy one of these again. Lasted 4 months and cost me a small fortune to recover all my data from a local repairs man.

Have since been using an internal hard drive with docking station. Works a treat.



I'm on the lookout for some drives for work backups and this looks perfect BUT fom my own experience of using external drives knowall drivrs can be very problematic (various makes/models) - my 1TB drive (Buffalo ) was particularly bad, every month or so would completely fail BUT after checking found this was all to do with firmware - since updating its been 100% perfect - i'd really like to understand whether these problems are firmware relating or drives physically failing ( like the samsungs )
#8
marcofoo;7706825
I'd never buy one of these again. Lasted 4 months and cost me a small fortune to recover all my data from a local repairs man.

Have since been using an internal hard drive with docking station. Works a treat.

People like you really annoy me. No personal offense intended, but electrical things do break.
The point of this drive is clearly stated on the box, BACKUP!. This means its a second copy of your data... not the only copy of your data.
You now have exactly the same probability of your current drive failing too. I do hope you learnt from your mistakes and now have two copies of your vital data.
Just to clear things up. The following hard drives suffer from hardware failure. - Seagate, Western Digital, Maxtor, Hitachi, IBM, Toshiba, Fujitsu, Samsung, any any other manufacturer out there :p
The best thing you can do is purchase the one with the longest warranty and ensure that you know what backup means. That way if you get a 5 year warranty, if your drive fails you will get a replacement for 5 years and just backup data to it again.
#9
So whats the best best solution for:

high capacity storage
USB powered
data reliability

I'm fed up with USB powered hard drives bricking on me....
#10
I currently have 3 of the 1TB drives and a 1TB MyBook World. The World is useless - too slow over the network to be much good for anything. These are excellent though, and I'm very tempted to get one of these.

marcofoo
I'd never buy one of these again. Lasted 4 months and cost me a small fortune to recover all my data from a local repairs man.


Surely it would have been much cheaper to just restore from your backups?
#11
I have 2 500gb WD Essentials which have been in constant use for over 2 years attached to my HD Media streamer without any problems. I have also several other external drives and find the WD as reliable as any of the others. Over the last 10 years or so I have had about 15 drives fail on me (various brands) most with in the first few month so as mentioned earlier look for drives with a long warentee. Also as mentioned keep all important data backed up, I have 2 backup copies of anything important on hard disk and DVD.
#12
Or if you data is anything like mine, buy a rapidshare account :-S
#13
i have a 500gb one of these, been working fine for almost 2 years.
Hasn't this deal already been posted though?
#14
marcofoo
I'd never buy one of these again. Lasted 4 months and cost me a small fortune to recover all my data from a local repairs man.


Hope you've learned your lesson ie if the data is that important then you should backup your backup.

Done it for years,
#15
I always swear by WD. Considering my WD drive on my old dell is still working after the PC being on constantly for the last 6 years. I also have a 1gb My Book which I've never had problems with. One of the best external drives in my opinion.
#16
Chris206
People like you really annoy me. No personal offense intended, but electrical things do break.
The point of this drive is clearly stated on the box, BACKUP!. This means its a second copy of your data... not the only copy of your data.
You now have exactly the same probability of your current drive failing too. I do hope you learnt from your mistakes and now have two copies of your vital data.
Just to clear things up. The following hard drives suffer from hardware failure. - Seagate, Western Digital, Maxtor, Hitachi, IBM, Toshiba, Fujitsu, Samsung, any any other manufacturer out there :p
The best thing you can do is purchase the one with the longest warranty and ensure that you know what backup means. That way if you get a 5 year warranty, if your drive fails you will get a replacement for 5 years and just backup data to it again.


To right! If you're daft enough to only have one copy of your 'vital' data you'll get what you deserve!
I work in IT support and have found over the years that reliability goes round in circles. When I started, Maxtor drives were failing all the time, then they improved and WD started playing up, Then the Seagate’s started having spats. The technology is always moving forward and some of it will be good and some not so good. Just enjoy the wonderful cheap prices we now have (my first 4GB WD drive cost me £120 - and I wondered how I'd ever fill it!) and buy a backup for your backup! (or get a brilliant HP Windows Home Server and relax!)
1 Like #17
I also have 3 1TB versions, and all working fine.

This is a good deal, but if it was me I'd rather buy two 1TB drives for an extra £13.25 from Pcworld, who are selling the 1TB version for £71.60 at the moment. At least that way if one fails you have 1TB still working, and you will probably find the 1TB versions to be more reliable then a 2TB version.

But either way, it's good deals all round.
#18
I thought ebuyer were banned from HUKD??
#19
This indeed looks like a great price.....but I would air on the side of caution when picking up mega hard disk space storage,as if it goes tits up and it`s fully loaded ,then you gonna lose lots of files. That said I will give some heat as it is a great price.
#20
kevann
This indeed looks like a great price.....but I would air on the side of caution when picking up mega hard disk space storage,as if it goes tits up and it`s fully loaded ,then you gonna lose lots of files. That said I will give some heat as it is a great price.


Sorry, never understood this logic. That's like saying that you shouldn't buy a big house because if it burns down then you'll lose more stuff. If we'd stuck with this logic ten years ago then people would now be running hundreds of 500Mb hard drives because it was "safer".

If you care about it, back it up. That applies to any size of drive.
#21
pedroman
I thought ebuyer were banned from HUKD??


why?
#22
turnma;7719107
Sorry, never understood this logic. That's like saying that you shouldn't buy a big house because if it burns down then you'll lose more stuff. If we'd stuck with this logic ten years ago then people would now be running hundreds of 500Mb hard drives because it was "safer".

If you care about it, back it up. That applies to any size of drive.

Pretty pointless post .....All I will say is ...READ my post slowly and understand what I have said.
#23
geeadamg
why?


They were banned for a long time for self promotion in the threads, but it seems that may be lifted now.






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#24
same price at amzon with free delivery
#25
what really cracks me up with all the "these are for backups" comments.... the drives inside are supposed to be the same quality as internal drives you buy .... or so they would tell you, the actual difference is they are OEM drives, can't (or usually cant) have the firmware updated, i say usually because seagate screwed up badly not long ago and had to issue firmware updates for the freeagents.

The biggest cause of external drive failures, is how people handle them, bounce them around and they will fail, just like an internal drive will fail if you treat it roughly when it's not inside your pc !

Some manufacturers are more reliable than others, some take thermal design more seriously than others.... all of these can be factors in determining drive live expectancy
#26
I bought this a few weeks ago and just to let people know today I dropped it from quite a height by mistake and it still works fine! Definitely recommend this over any other drive!
#27
Showing as £139.99 now...

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