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Western Digital My Book Essential 2.0 **NEW FIREFLY** 1TB USB2.0 7200rpm External Hard Drive £72.44 delivered @ Novatech
Western Digital My Book Essential 2.0 **NEW FIREFLY** 1TB USB2.0 7200rpm External Hard Drive £72.44 delivered @ Novatech

Western Digital My Book Essential 2.0 **NEW FIREFLY** 1TB USB2.0 7200rpm External Hard Drive £72.44 delivered @ Novatech

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Western Digital My Book Essential 2.0 **NEW FIREFLY** 1TB USB2.0 7200rpm External Hard Drive - Retail

Capacity: 1TB,
Interface: USB 2.0,
Seek Time 8.9 ms (average)
Spindle Speed 7200 rpm
Serial Bus Transfer Rate (USB 2.0) 480 Mbits/s (Max)
Power: 100-240v,
Weight: 1.15Kg,
Dimensions (HDW): 166.0mm x 137mm x 54mm,
Warranty: 2 Years.


Order Code: WD-MBE210 Manf. Code: WDH1U10000E

59 Comments

What's the deal with firefly?

I'm wondering about that too!

Banned

thanks, ordering this now.

Banned

does the firefly one mean the speeds are faster?

I doubt it...the article in the link is nearly 6 years old. Can't imagine it's any faster than a standard USB external drive.

Banned

still a good price for a WD HD with 2 years warranty.
I have a friend who says replacing with WD is very easy and quick, if anything ever comes up.

Doesn't matter if it's old or not it's still 7200RPM which lives up to todays standards. Good drive good price.

Would you recommend this one, or the Maxtor 1.5TB drive?

Banned

i would say this one, maxtor is rubbish, now their drives should be getting better because seagate bought them, but for now most of the drives u see will be cheap rubbish.

Fair enough, thanks.

Finally then (sorry!) are there any plans to release a 1.5TB version of this?

Banned

Don't know probably search wd site, but it comes cheaper getting these.

Colour me green, I bought the iomega one from tesco for ~£60 but the looks of this would have been worth the extra £10 :-(

Probably there are 1.5 and 2Tb drives shipping/on the near horizon.

wdc.com/en/…581

Apparently there is 1.5TB but I don't see them for sale anywhere.

3% Quidco too :thumbsup:
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birdie;5356895

Colour me green, I bought the iomega one from tesco for ~£60 but the … Colour me green, I bought the iomega one from tesco for ~£60 but the looks of this would have been worth the extra £10 :-(



Was thinking the same. The iomega for some reason does not give me any peice of mind! I have that little doubt in my head about its realibility. Have had a Toshiba 320gb for 3 years which has a WD drive in it and no issues so far! iomega has a Hitachi Deskstar. Might send it back as "faulty" :whistling:

Don't forget Quidco 3%

Mine has the Seagate, so Im sitting a bit prettier..

but Id still like the WD more .. plus its a nice looking piece of kit and the silver Iomega doesnt look so great with my black case, and black monitor lol :P If you find a way to get it sent back without breaking it let me know ^_^ :P

askfareed;5356642

still a good price for a WD HD with 2 years warranty.I have a friend who … still a good price for a WD HD with 2 years warranty.I have a friend who says replacing with WD is very easy and quick, if anything ever comes up.



I got a 1TB WD back in January, I knocked it over a few times and it said too many bad sectors every time i tried to use it, replacing it was easy, sign upto website print out a form and send it off, had a new one within a week, no hassle at all!

Just my 2p/heads up on these - the drives are good but the WD enclosures are absolutely rubbish. The plastic looks nice in stock photos but scratches VERY easily and the usb controllers are terrible - I have two of the 3.5" 1tb mybooks (from the Comet deal for £63) and in under 4 months one has already died and the other is problematic. Also have a 2.5" WD passport and enclosure has the same crappy scratchable plastic and usb controller also failed in that in less than 6 months. These all failed whilst in different machines so my PC is not an issue.

Don'e get me wrong, the drives themselves are good and worked fine even after the enclosure died - the Green Power drives really are the bees knees and I would recommend them over any other drive, but WD enclosures are terrible and if you want a decent external drive then I'd recommend people pick up an alternative brand like a Toshiba which has a WD GP drive inside. If you're buying an external to simply pry out the drive inside then just buy the bare drive and save yourself the hassle because WD enclosures aren't the friendliest to open and like I say the enclosures in my experience will fail, and on the plus the bare drives have a larger cache (32MB vs 8MB).



EDIT - As far as I know the 1.5TB WD is not available over here but I wouldn't complain because looking at US stores and forums the drives seem to be less reliable than the 1TB model. The 2TB models are available over here and are meant to be good but they're a fair bit more expensive (£197 on ebuyer), still if you can hold out WD have a 3TB model planned for release next year!

This mains powered yes?

What is the biggest (500gb, 1tb etc) drive that is USB powered?

fleetingmind;5357105

This mains powered yes?What is the biggest (500gb, 1tb etc) drive that is … This mains powered yes?What is the biggest (500gb, 1tb etc) drive that is USB powered?



500GB, expect to pay around £75.

Do people think this a better deal than the Iomega one from Tesco's? (granted it's slightly more expensive...)

askfareed;5356642

still a good price for a WD HD with 2 years warranty.I have a friend who … still a good price for a WD HD with 2 years warranty.I have a friend who says replacing with WD is very easy and quick, if anything ever comes up.



True. I should know, both my 500GB WD Mybooks failed. Except when you rip apart the outer casing to try and perform data recovery on the bare SATA drive inside and think if you enter the serial number of the bare SATA drive you would be able to send that in for a warranty replacement... they sent me back a full external drive and then complained about me sending in a bare drive. It does say in the T&C not to dismantle the drive, but I assumed serial number off the internal drive would get me a warranty replacement internal drive! Ah well lesson learned.

Tenex;5356900

Probably there are 1.5 and 2Tb drives shipping/on the near horizon.



Maybe you meant just WD mybooks, but there are definitely some biggies available eg 1.5TB maxtor external £100 (cheaper per GB than this, dunno about perceived or actual reliability!) or 2.0TB WD internal £198 haven't checked for good deals, just saw these the other day

Matt-Kun;5357058

Just my 2p/heads up on these - the drives are good but the WD enclosures … Just my 2p/heads up on these - the drives are good but the WD enclosures are absolutely rubbish. The plastic looks nice in stock photos but scratches VERY easily and the usb controllers are terrible - I have two of the 3.5" 1tb mybooks (from the Comet deal for £63) and in under 4 months one has already died and the other is problematic. Also have a 2.5" WD passport and enclosure has the same crappy scratchable plastic and usb controller also failed in that in less than 6 months. These all failed whilst in different machines so my PC is not an issue.Don'e get me wrong, the drives themselves are good and worked fine even after the enclosure died - the Green Power drives really are the bees knees and I would recommend them over any other drive, but WD enclosures are terrible and if you want a decent external drive then I'd recommend people pick up an alternative brand like a Toshiba which has a WD GP drive inside. If you're buying an external to simply pry out the drive inside then just buy the bare drive and save yourself the hassle because WD enclosures aren't the friendliest to open and like I say the enclosures in my experience will fail, and on the plus the bare drives have a larger cache (32MB vs 8MB).:)EDIT - As far as I know the 1.5TB WD is not available over here but I wouldn't complain because looking at US stores and forums the drives seem to be less reliable than the 1TB model. The 2TB models are available over here and are meant to be good but they're a fair bit more expensive (£197 on ebuyer), still if you can hold out WD have a 3TB model planned for release next year!



What do you mean by 'usb controllers'?

I've had a 500GB WD Mybook for about a year and a half with no problems. What exactly do you guys do with your drives? Juggle with them?

1Jim0;5357497

What do you mean by 'usb controllers'?



I would assume they meant the control boards that translate between sata/usb?

Ihave 4 of these, use them to watch HD + SD movies. Not had a problem with any of them ever. Plus they look cool.

Hosain H;5357524

I've had a 500GB WD Mybook for about a year and a half with no problems. … I've had a 500GB WD Mybook for about a year and a half with no problems. What exactly do you guys do with your drives? Juggle with them?



I bought two from different shops at different times. I didn't move them while turned on (or much at all really). They both died.

I do know my personal failure rate doesn't necessarily indicate that everyone will have an experience like that. It's hard to get statistically reliable reliability statistics. I haven't been put off this brand even. But I'm definitely getting better (but not perfect) at keeping backups of anything important.

just bought one and paid via paypal and used quidco

These look good, might replace my 500GB Freecom external.

Hosain H;5357524

I've had a 500GB WD Mybook for about a year and a half with no problems. … I've had a 500GB WD Mybook for about a year and a half with no problems. What exactly do you guys do with your drives? Juggle with them?



I agree, seriously I just have it right next to my computer and a USB port going from it to the computer, I don't even look at it. I bought this drive when it cost £125 about a year ago. I think some people think it's a highly portable drive they can just bash about. You do have to take care of it, secure it in a place where you won't move it. It can take some light rumble but it's not indestructible. There are obviously some which are going to fail regardless it's always a risk with any drive.

what is it with external drives failing? Are they made deliberately like this?

I have had many PC's and laptops throughout my life (more than 10+ drives)
Some kept going for several years with frequent use and not one of the hard drives has failed.

I have had two external drives fail on me (most recently a 2 year old Freecom)

A.

Niz;5357958

I agree, seriously I just have it right next to my computer and a USB … I agree, seriously I just have it right next to my computer and a USB port going from it to the computer, I don't even look at it. I bought this drive when it cost £125 about a year ago. I think some people think it's a highly portable drive they can just bash about. You do have to take care of it, secure it in a place where you won't move it. It can take some light rumble but it's not indestructible. There are obviously some which are going to fail regardless it's always a risk with any drive.



Mine go on shelves under my desk.

Most of my internal hard drives seem to have failed over the years too, including in desktop computers that definitely don't move round much. I am cursed. Or I have selective memory.

aahhaa;5357987

Mine go on shelves under my desk.Most of my internal hard drives seem to … Mine go on shelves under my desk.Most of my internal hard drives seem to have failed over the years too, including in desktop computers that definitely don't move round much. I am cursed. Or I have selective memory.



I think you might be like my brother, he is high use and he has gone through many HDDs. Most of the drives tht have blow on him are the Maxtor drives he used to buy, now obviously everyone knows they aren't so hot.

aahhaa;5357821

I bought two from different shops at different times. I didn't move them … I bought two from different shops at different times. I didn't move them while turned on (or much at all really). They both died.I do know my personal failure rate doesn't necessarily indicate that everyone will have an experience like that. It's hard to get statistically reliable reliability statistics. I haven't been put off this brand even. But I'm definitely getting better (but not perfect) at keeping backups of anything important.



I've got five and the oldest pair are just over and just under 3 years old.

Why is this expired? still 50+ in stock and price in the same?

birdie;5358688

Why is this expired? still 50+ in stock and price in the same?



Offtopic but since a mod might be coming in to unexpire this... Is there a button we lowly users are supposed to push to suggest unexpiring? Someone was saying something about reporting in another thread then some mods came along to fix it... is that a PM to someone or can I just not see a button? It would be most user friendly if I could click the crossed out expired to vote to unexpire!
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