Western Digital 500GB MyBook Premium USB/Firewire - £116.24 delivered + 1.5% Quidco
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Western Digital 500GB MyBook Premium USB/Firewire - £116.24 delivered + 1.5% Quidco

£116.24
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Found 10th Feb 2007
The "Essential" version of this drive was advertised a day or so ago for around £105. Pay £10 extra for the Premium version, which I think is a good price.

My Book Premium Edition WDG1C5000 - hard drive - 500 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: 500 GB
Interface Type: IEEE 1394 (FireWire) / Hi-Speed USB
Connector: 4 pin USB, 6 PIN FireWire
Data Transfer Rate: 400 Mbps (FireWire) / 480 Mbps (Hi-Speed USB)
Average Seek Time: 8.9 ms
Spindle Speed: 7200 rpm
Buffer Size: 16 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: AC 120/230 V ( 50 - 60 Hz )

16 Comments

The one selling on Amazon only has the USB interface. Whereas the one selling on ebuyer has 2 type of interface IEEE 1394 (fireWire) and USB,

It has a firewire port as well

Silly question but how is firewire better than usb 2?

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Silly question but how is firewire better than usb 2?


Firewire is faster, a hell of a lot faster than USB

Very good price for the Premium version with USB2 and Firewire options Thanks!

Crazy1

Firewire is faster, a hell of a lot faster than USB



Thanks!
:thumbsup:

Crazy1

Firewire is faster, a hell of a lot faster than USB



en.wikipedia.org/wik…Bus

there's not much difference
Firewire (400) is roughly the same as USB2 (480)
Firewire is faster for some tasks


The WD Premium has USB2 and Firewire 400
The WD Pro has USB2, Firewire 400 and 800

Original Poster

Firewire seems to be better for external hard drives:
directron.com/fir…tml

On paper, USB 2 is faster than Firewire, but in reality the opposite is true for most tasks. However, as USB 2 is more prevalent in computer devices these days it allows for cheaper component costs.

Thanks to macfan & gavcooper for your replies and for the OP saleel. :thumbsup:

Saleel

Firewire seems to be better for external hard … Firewire seems to be better for external hard drives:]http://www.directron.com/firewirevsusb.html



[FONT=arial, helvetica][SIZE=2]This category includes external hard … [FONT=arial, helvetica][SIZE=2]This category includes external hard drives, external optical drives/burners, and generic external drive enclosures. Though USB 2.0 and first-generation Firewire are nearly neck-and-neck, Firewire can provide much more power over the bus 30V as opposed to 5V for USB, which means that external Firewire drives frequently do not need a separate power brick.Many manufacturers of external storage devices now produce models that include both Firewire and USB 2.0 ports for maximum versatility. These types of devices are probably the best bet for both speed and compatibility.



If this lets you use Firewire without the power adapter, that would be worth the extra money to me. Is this true? I don't think most people are going to notice a speed difference using either connection, and not everyone has Firewire.
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Original Poster

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If this lets you use Firewire without the power adapter, that would be … If this lets you use Firewire without the power adapter, that would be worth the extra money to me. Is this true?[/SIZE][/FONT]


That may well be true. I've also read that Firewire peripherals are stackable, so that you can connect a firewire-enabled piece of hardware to another piece of hardware with a firewire port, which would in-turn be connected to the main PC firewire port.

I was looking to buy a MyBook anyway, and since this Premium version was only a tenner more than the Essential version (on offer at Amazon/PC World), I thought it was a better investment to go for this one.

Hey guys let me just clear something up for you.
this version is USB and Firewire 400 (it does not include a firewire 800 port)
USB2.0 and Firewire 400 are comparible in speed but for transferring large files (1.5gb plus) firewire is faster.

You can daisychain firewire devices....
with USB drives, if you have one drive, you need to plug it into your USB port on your computer, if you have 2 drives you need 2 usb ports (or a hub)
with firewire, if you have one FW drive, you connect it to the FW port on your machine, if you have 2 FW drives, you connect the first to your machine, and the second into the back of your first drive (with the provided FW cable) that way you only ever need 1 firewire port on your machine...makes for less cables too.

Please keep in mind that No matter if the drive is USB or firewire it WILL need it's own plug and power supply (only 2.5 inch drives are self powered, they are about the size of an ipod and only come in upto 200gb at about 4 times the price)

either way this product is an excellent find, PS - it may be good to remember that FW drives retain more resale value than USB ones.

Original Poster

Price gone up by 13p.

Can anyone tell me if there are any security measures / passwords etc that can secure this drive.:thinking:

Don't really want any of my inquisitive teenagers plugging it into their laptops and seeing their mother naked!!:oops::whistling:
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