WD My Book Essential 3.0 2 TB External Hard Drive (USB 3.0/2.0) £79.08 Delivered @ Amazon
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WD My Book Essential 3.0 2 TB External Hard Drive (USB 3.0/2.0) £79.08 Delivered @ Amazon

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Found 20th Sep 2012
Great price, great retailer I think.


Product Description
My Book Essential - Next Generation Storage and Backup
WD Quality inside and out
My Book External drives are the world's best selling drives. With 20 years of experience we know how to protect your data.

Put your digital life on the sleek, high capacity My Book Essential external hard drive. With WD quality and USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connectivity, this drive is designed for today with tomorrow in mind.
Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0

If you're worried that your desktop drive won't be able to keep up with the tranfer rates of the future, then look no further than the My Book Essential. With the dual interface you'll have a single drive with both universal compatibility for today, and the next-generation speed you need 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 USB 3.0 port this drive lets you access and save files up to 3 times faster than USB 2.0. Imagine being able to transfer a 2-hour HD movie in just 5 minutes instead of 13 minutes.* Not only will this save you time and allow you to do other tasks, but it also makes your media that much more portable, available to be moved between locations or be transferred within minutes.

*Performance may vary based on user’s hardware and system configuration.
Use it with USB 2.0 now and step up to USB 3.0 speed when you're ready.
A single drive with universal compatibility today and next-generation speed for tomorrow.
WD Quality Inside and Out

For over 20 years, millions of people worldwide have trusted their data to WD hard drives. We are successful because we 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. With our intuitive backup system you can decide how you approach securing your data for the future - you can 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

A backup system that works as you do, running quietly in the background to protect your data using minimal PC resources. Whenever you add or change a file it's instantly backed up, so you can be safe in the knowledge that if the worst happens, your stored data will let you carry on from only moments before.
See your life safe in one place.
WD SmartWare visual backup software provides a visual display of your backup as it happens so you know your data is safe.
Password Protection for Privacy

Data privacy is a big concern for many people. Gain peace of mind knowing that your data is protected from unauthorised access with password protection and encryption.
Planet Friendly

My Book external drives are designed to save energy. WD GreenPower Technology™ lowers internal drive power consumption by up to 30%; a sleep mode reduces power during idle times, and a power-saving feature turns the drive on and off with your computer.
Ideal for:

Connecting with your USB 2.0 port today and using with USB 3.0 when you’re ready
Transferring files up to three times faster when connected to a USB 3.0 port
Protecting your data with automatic, continuous backup
Adding extra storage space for photos, videos and music
Securing private or sensitive data with password protection and hardware encryption

Manufacturer's Description
My Book Essential - Next Generation Storage and Backup
WD Quality inside and out
My Book External drives are the world's best selling drives. With 20 years of experience we know how to protect your data.

Put your digital life on the sleek, high capacity My Book Essential external hard drive. With WD quality and USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connectivity, this drive is designed for today with tomorrow in mind.
Dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0

If you're worried that your desktop drive won't be able to keep up with the tranfer rates of the future, then look no further than the My Book Essential. With the dual interface you'll have a single drive with both universal compatibility for today, and the next-generation speed you need 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 USB 3.0 port this drive lets you access and save files up to 3 times faster than USB 2.0. Imagine being able to transfer a 2-hour HD movie in just 5 minutes instead of 13 minutes.* Not only will this save you time and allow you to do other tasks, but it also makes your media that much more portable, available to be moved between locations or be transferred within minutes.

*Performance may vary based on user’s hardware and system configuration.
Use it with USB 2.0 now and step up to USB 3.0 speed when you're ready.
A single drive with universal compatibility today and next-generation speed for tomorrow.
WD Quality Inside and Out

For over 20 years, millions of people worldwide have trusted their data to WD hard drives. We are successful because we 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. With our intuitive backup system you can decide how you approach securing your data for the future - you can 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

A backup system that works as you do, running quietly in the background to protect your data using minimal PC resources. Whenever you add or change a file it's instantly backed up, so you can be safe in the knowledge that if the worst happens, your stored data will let you carry on from only moments before.
See your life safe in one place.
WD SmartWare visual backup software provides a visual display of your backup as it happens so you know your data is safe.
Password Protection for Privacy

Data privacy is a big concern for many people. Gain peace of mind knowing that your data is protected from unauthorised access with password protection and encryption.
Planet Friendly

My Book external drives are designed to save energy. WD GreenPower Technology™ lowers internal drive power consumption by up to 30%; a sleep mode reduces power during idle times, and a power-saving feature turns the drive on and off with your computer.
Ideal for:

Connecting with your USB 2.0 port today and using with USB 3.0 when you’re ready
Transferring files up to three times faster when connected to a USB 3.0 port
Protecting your data with automatic, continuous backup
Adding extra storage space for photos, videos and music
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Seems like a decent price considering this is a USB 3.0 device. Alternatively can look towards something like a Linkstation Live 2TB amazon.co.uk/Buf…8-1 for £107.98 should one require NAS functionality.
Edited by: "mtothaj" 20th Sep 2012
Back to last Octobers pricing. I can see this getting hot - it reached over 400 degrees when posted at £89 last week - hotukdeals.com/dea…976
Not great reviews - some quality issues with this one... check the reviews before buying this one

Reserved one of these the other day at PC World. Paid £90 for it but I needed it asap and after paying express delivery with Amazon, it wasn't much cheaper really.

I can see why this is a good deal if you can wait though. Heat!
exexpat

Not great reviews - some quality issues with this one... check the … Not great reviews - some quality issues with this one... check the reviews before buying this one



Yawn...
I have one of these and I am really impressed with the password protected "Automatic, Continuous Backup". It is the best backup I have ever seen, just a shame the software is not available for use on other drives.
Good deal
Hot, had this on Camel waiting for the prices to drop back down again. I have the 1TB drive and other than it being full (hence needing the bigger one!) it's been great for well over a year.
anyone know if these are compatible with proliant for backups?
This was very hot last week when I posted it at £89.99 so should be scorching at £79.08.

My new one only arrived today, but am now tempted to get an additional drive from this deal.
Edit: I did it again.
Edited by: "nascent" 20th Sep 2012
looks a good un op.
nascent

Edit: I did it again.



Oops!
Can anyone advise whether this drive has a fan?
mtothaj

Can anyone advise whether this drive has a fan?


I can check for you, but I'm pretty sure it does not. I have a few external drives, none of which have fans.
mtothaj

Can anyone advise whether this drive has a fan?


It does not, have one sitting in front of me right now with its case open.
spaceinvader

It does not, have one sitting in front of me right now with its case open.



Thats good news - less noise and one less part going wrong to worry about.
Does anyone know if you can access over the Internet, so you can view your pictures etc? I remember one of the other WD products let you do this through an app.
Loveahotdeal101

Does anyone know if you can access over the Internet, so you can view … Does anyone know if you can access over the Internet, so you can view your pictures etc? I remember one of the other WD products let you do this through an app.


That's WD TV Live. It's not just a hard drive it's a streaming device, and you have to put a hard drive inside it.
those who have cracked it open, is it a green drive or a black drive?
Does this require an external PSU, or is a good one?
richto

Does this require an external PSU, or is a good one?



Being good or not is nothing to do with the power requirements. I suggest you check the Amazon user reviews and other 3rd party reviews to decide whether it is good - there are a lot of poor Amazon reviews for this drive and it appears to be rather slow.

It is not powered through USB and requires a separate mains power supply.
richto

Does this require an external PSU, or is a good one?


Desktop drives require external power.
Laptop drives can run from usb power.

If it's 2.5" and marketed as portable, then it's a laptop drive. Otherwise a desktop external drive such as this requires power.
Now £89.39.
Bit new to hard drives, would this be ideal to back up my movie collection to and then play via USB either direct through my tv or xbox 360???
@welshlad yes It'd be great for that . But the deal is over. It's now £89 not £79, still pretty good, but unfortunately not as cheap.
Edited by: "nascent" 22nd Sep 2012
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