Western Digital My Book 500GB Essential USB2.0 External Hard Drive NOW £89.99 Delivered!
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Western Digital My Book 500GB Essential USB2.0 External Hard Drive NOW £89.99 Delivered!

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Found 8th Feb 2007Made hot 8th Feb 2007
One of the most popular drives in the forum, this Western Digital My Book 500Gb Essential Edition extrenal USB hard drive, is just £104.99 including free SuperSaver delivery from Amazon...

Edit : now £89.99 delivered..

Features: Product Description: My Book Essential Edition WDG1U5000 - hard drive - 500 GB - Hi-Speed USB # Type: Hard drive - external # Dimensions (WxDxH): 14.1 cm x 17.1 cm x 5.7 cm # Weight: 1.3 kg # Capacity: 500 GB # Interface Type: Hi-Speed USB # Connector: 4 pin USB # Data Transfer Rate: 480 Mbps # 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 )

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Original Poster

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Small, simple, elegant, and very easy to use. Just plug this drive in, and you've got plenty of room to back up and save your valuable data, music, photos, and movies.

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[/COLOR]Small, simple, elegant, and very easy to use. Just plug it in, and you've got plenty of room to back up and save your valuable data, music, photos, and movies.

Good price! Just bought one from amazon for £26 more. Don't they have a policy of refunding the difference in a certain amount of time or something? Can't seem to find it on the site.

nice price, i'm sooooo tempted... wish the 250gb version would come down a bit more as I don't need anymore storage than that..

Editor

Good price :thumbsup:

It seems that this doesn't include software, unlike the Premium version. Should I be concerned about this?

simonmotorbike

Video review … Video review here:]http://reviews.cnet.com/Western_Digital_My_Book_hard_drive/4660-3185_7-6526702.html

They show the more expensive model with a blue light, USB and firewire, this has a green light and just USB.

simonmotorbike

It seems that this doesn't include software, unlike the Premium version. … It seems that this doesn't include software, unlike the Premium version. Should I be concerned about this?



You just plug it in and it works! If you're still using something old like Windows 98 you need to download a driver from the site, I think it says in the instructions.

simonmotorbike

It seems that this doesn't include software, unlike the Premium version. … It seems that this doesn't include software, unlike the Premium version. Should I be concerned about this?



Not unless the software is of any use to you. If you just want a drive for extra space, then no!

Good price - is USB(2) preferable to firewire?

Thanks.

simonmotorbike

It seems that this doesn't include software, unlike the Premium version. … It seems that this doesn't include software, unlike the Premium version. Should I be concerned about this?



Actually I think mine came with the same software on the hard drive as described in the premium version... It's useless, don't worry about it.

Cheers all; I think this is the one for me.

0d0d

Good price! Just bought one from amazon for £26 more. Don't they have a … Good price! Just bought one from amazon for £26 more. Don't they have a policy of refunding the difference in a certain amount of time or something? Can't seem to find it on the site.



This should help.

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LOL many thanks, have been looking all day for best offer and this was £111 this afternoon. Thanks rayman.

rjm67

This should … This should help.]http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=334774&highlight=amazon+refund


Exactly what I was looking for, thanks. I guess amazon don't advertise it on their site. I like how you link to MSE and they credit HUKD for the find.

£26 credit is on its way, they replied very quickly!:w00t:

Iomega also have a 500gb external USB hard drive.. £99 delivered from ebuyer... + quidco. Got mine today. Seems slimmer than the WD judging from the pics.

0d0d

Exactly what I was looking for, thanks. I guess amazon don't advertise it … Exactly what I was looking for, thanks. I guess amazon don't advertise it on their site. I like how you link to MSE and they credit HUKD for the find. :)£26 credit is on its way, they replied very quickly!:w00t:



lol weird that, because i posted the amazon refund thing after seeing it on MSE !

I have the 320Gb version and i have had no problems at all, very impressive.
The 320gb cost £80 before xmas.

That's awesome,

"The fact that you can now get 1/2 a terabyte that's portable, made by WD for just over 100-squids"

Got my vote!!

Anyone know if it's actually two 250GB drives sandwiched into one?

-Simon-

looking at the fatness, i would guess yes

Good price.. thanks Ray

danjaq2005

Good price - is USB(2) preferable to firewire?Thanks.



If you have a unused Firewire Port, and it saves you buying a USB Hub down the line, then no.

For Mac owners it's a no-brainer to go with Firewire as every recent Mac has the ports, it generally has faster sustained transfer rates and is easy to use as a boot drive.

Original Poster

EdinSimon

Anyone know if it's actually two 250GB drives sandwiched into one?-Simon-

Yeah It's one whole 500Gb hard drive in one case.

Thanks for the feedback all ;-)

Go for the Firewire version if you have a firewire port on your machine, USB drains the processor and it's not as fast and reliable.

Good deal at Komplett for the Western Digital My Book Premium Edition 500GB USB2.0/Firewire, only £115 (£138.88 at Amazon).

komplett.co.uk/k/k…led

I have seen the pro version of this drive for around £135 delivered.Does anybody know if its worth the extra?

I have the premium version of this drive and its awesome. Very quiet and pleasant to the eye!
Would highly recommend.
MrChau.

Original Poster

Now under £100 by 1p delivered!

My WD Book lasted less than a week.

I ordered off Amazon Fri & it was delivered Mon AM (free supersaver delivery)

This morning, I tried connecting it to the PC but Windows Explorer does not recogise the device (it is shown in device manager).

I have emailed WD support so I will let you know if their customer support is any good.

Ruben Scouse

My WD Book lasted less than a week.I ordered off Amazon Fri & it was … My WD Book lasted less than a week.I ordered off Amazon Fri & it was delivered Mon AM (free supersaver delivery)This morning, I tried connecting it to the PC but Windows Explorer does not recogise the device (it is shown in device manager).I have emailed WD support so I will let you know if their customer support is any good.




This may not be the same problem you had, but when I had a new external hard drive, I partitioned it and after doing so, it was visible in Device Manager but Windows could not see it anywhere (either of the partitions).
The problem turned out to be that drive letters had not been assigned to the new partitions (e.g. E: or whatever), so I just had to give them letters and suddenly windows could see them.
I know you don't mention partitioning the drive, but it might possibly be a similar problem. Check to see if the drive has been assigned a letter.

gobofraggle

This may not be the same problem you had, but when I had a new external … This may not be the same problem you had, but when I had a new external hard drive, I partitioned it ........



Hi,

No, I didn't partition the drive. I contacted WD support online and they recomend returning the device to Amazon.

I am going for a refund. A pity really, coz I have another WD external 250 GB HDD and it has worked perfectly since day 1.

The fact that others on here have had problems with this device plus the build quality is very poor (cheap plastic box). I have decided to go for a refund.

Still around for £99.99 delivered

Thanks Ray !

Editor

Still available, nice deal ray :thumbsup:

Original Poster

Now £97.99 and the Firewire version is £117 at Amazon.

5% NUSextra discount available if eligible also - so if your not a student find one for sake of a fiver :P
1% nectar points too.

rayman

Now £97.99



Just got confirmation of my £2 refund on their price drop policy.
Cheers for the heads up.

now £89.99 delivered

edi

now £89.99 delivered



Yep just noticed that this morn, ordered up :thumbsup:

Anyone who bought one in the last 30 days should be able to claim around £10 back from Amazon's refund department
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