WD 2TB My Book Essential USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive - Black £91.01 @ Ebuyer
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WD 2TB My Book Essential USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive - Black £91.01 @ Ebuyer

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Found 8th Dec 2010Made hot 8th Dec 2010
Product Description

The Western Digital WDBACW0020HBK My Book Essential 2TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive features high capacity storage with both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 connectivity for compatibility today and fast speeds for the future. Put your digital life on the high capacity Western Digital USB 3.0 Hard Drive, designed with Western Digital's high quality and reliability and featuring the latest USB 3.0, which lets you access and save files up to 3 times faster than USB 2.0.
Key Features
Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility: A single drive with universal compatibility today and next-generation speed for tomorrow. Use it with USB 2.0 now and step up to USB 3.0 speed when you’re ready.
Up to 3x faster transfer rates: When connected to a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port the Western Digital My Book Essential USB 3.0 Hard Drive - WDBACW0020HBK-UESN lets you access and save files up to 3 times faster than USB 2.0. Transfer a 2-hour HD movie in just 3 minutes instead of 13 minutes.
WD quality inside and out: For over 20 years, millions of people worldwide have trusted their data to WD hard drives. They are successful because they understand the importance of your data and our first concern is keeping that data safe.
WD SmartWare software: You're in control of your backup. Install all the features, select just the components you need, or if you prefer, choose not to use the software at all.
Automatic, continuous backup: Works quietly in the background to protect your data using minimal PC resources. Whenever you add or change a file it’s instantly backed up on the Western Digital My Book Essential 2TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive - WDBACW0020HBK-UESN.
Password protection for privacy: Gain peace of mind knowing that your data is protected from unauthorised access with password protection and encryption.
Planet friendly: We designed a small box to minimise waste and used recycled material. We encourage you to recycle it.

Backwards Compatible with USB 2.0
The good news is that the WD WDBACW0020HBK My Book Essential USB 3.0 External Hard Drive has been carefully planned from the start to peacefully co-exist with USB 2.0. First of all, while USB 3.0 specifies new physical connections and thus new cables to take advantage of the higher speed capability of the new protocol, the connector itself remains the same rectangular shape with the four USB 2.0 contacts in the exact same location as before.

18 Comments

Original Poster

Is this not better deal than a 1TB Elements that only has usb 2.0 support and costs more per GB?

voted hot good deal for a 2tb with 3.0

Xiwt

Is this not better deal than a 1TB Elements that only has usb 2.0 support … Is this not better deal than a 1TB Elements that only has usb 2.0 support and costs more per GB?



What a strange question - you are right it is not a better deal; if you don't have USB3.0 support or can't afford the £91.01 or don't need 2TB storage.

Edited by: "wombat6025" 8th Dec 2010

Original Poster

Why is it a strange question? I posted it in case there was something I was missing I don't have either of the drives...

Xiwt

Why is it a strange question? I posted it in case there was something I … Why is it a strange question? I posted it in case there was something I was missing I don't have either of the drives...



Your deal is a good price for 2TB USB3.0 so is definitely hot.

Taken to an extreme your question was like asking whether a Mondeo is better than a Ferrari F1 car because it costs less 'per seat' - you'd have done better to compare with the 2TB USB2.0 model which is currently £11 cheaper at £79.99


Edited by: "wombat6025" 8th Dec 2010

Original Poster

Yes I see it would have been better to compare with 2tb deal but i didn't see it until now, that is good price for 2tb so only advantage of this is usb 3.0 i guess for 11 or so quid more, is the elements bigger in size or the essential bigger?

Original Poster

If the single f1 car cost just under the price of 2 mondeos but could hold twice as many passengers, go much faster and take up less garage space and consume less fuel was my logic in comparing the 1 and 2 tbs.

Xiwt

Why is it a strange question? I posted it in case there was something I … Why is it a strange question? I posted it in case there was something I was missing I don't have either of the drives...



Don't worry I thought your question was fine, If you can afford it and want a drive now then USB3 is the way to go, even if your PC does not have USB3 support you can fit a later to support it, the cards will be dirt cheap later on when more and more people want them.

Yes you are paying a premium for USB3 over USB2 ATM but if you go for a USB3 drive now you will probably be glad you did in the future. (IMHO of course)

Xiwt

If the single f1 car cost just under the price of 2 mondeos but could … If the single f1 car cost just under the price of 2 mondeos but could hold twice as many passengers, go much faster and take up less garage space and consume less fuel was my logic in comparing the 1 and 2 tbs.


good price i think but poor analogy explanation

Original Poster

lol devastated!

allow me to expand the analogy...

If the single f1 car cost just under the price of 2 mondeos (46 X 2 = £92 Vs £91.01) but could hold twice as many passengers (2TB Vs 1TB), go much faster (apparently USB 3 3x faster than USB 2) and take up less garage space (1 drive takes up 1 usb port and less desk space) and consume less fuel (less power used to power 1 drive as opposed to 2 (didn't check this one just guessed it)) was my logic in comparing the 1 and 2 tbs.

Xiwt

lol devastated! allow me to expand the analogy...If the single f1 car … lol devastated! allow me to expand the analogy...If the single f1 car cost just under the price of 2 mondeos (46 X 2 = £92 Vs £91.01) but could hold twice as many passengers (2TB Vs 1TB), go much faster (apparently USB 3 3x faster than USB 2) and take up less garage space (1 drive takes up 1 usb port and less desk space) and consume less fuel (less power used to power 1 drive as opposed to 2 (didn't check this one just guessed it)) was my logic in comparing the 1 and 2 tbs.


obviously if was true for the cars you could argue that, but its not
Edited by: "brilly" 8th Dec 2010

£11 is quite a small difference so if you're likely to be able to take advantage of USB3 any time soon I'd say go for this. (It's worth checking out any performance tests as the speed improvement might not be as much as you expect; that said I read some reviews that showed a USB3 drive connected on USB2 was faster than it's USB2 equivalent).

****. I've just bought Maplin's Seagate 2TB ext hdd and although it was cheaper @ £75, I'd have paid the extra to have USB3 (I already have USB3 on my desktop). Oh well.

Expansys have it a tad cheaper @ £86.99 (+ free delivery) but the have 'no confirmed lead time' whatever that means - if you're not in a rush it might be worth it.

expansys.com/wes…61/

Does it have e-Sata ?

(thought I'd ask before someone else does, at least no one can post that they are 'waiting for USB 3.0')

Hottish from me

Northerndave

Does it have e-Sata ?



No
There is a lot of info on the drive at Amazon inc video's
amazon.co.uk/Boo…1-5

Original Poster

Unlucky Sponge, Seagate is a good manufacturer though.

I've ordered this drive now. Interesting on amazon % buy this after viewing the page... 46% buy the 1 TB WD something and 44% buy the 2TB (this drive) when I checked, therefore my comparison is not dissimilar to the dilemma that has faced other people (or amazonians rather).
Edited by: "Xiwt" 9th Dec 2010

Sods law -- I just ordered 2x2TB for £78 each but with USB2.0! Might consider cancelling that order for these, how are they so cheap already?
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