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Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 1.5TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive £79.99 @ Amazon
Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 1.5TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive £79.99 @ Amazon

Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 1.5TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive £79.99 @ Amazon

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My Book external drive is an elegant, high-capacity storage solution for all the chapters of your digital life. Our latest edition now features visual, easy-to-use, automatic, continuous backup software and drive lock security protection, giving you beauty, brains and simplicity together in a simple to use drive.

Powered directly from the USB port on your computer, no separate power supply is needed, though an optional cable is available for the few computers that limit power from the USB port. Featuring a USB 2.0 interface for maximum flexibility the My Book Essential drive is also 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.

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Very nice, MyBooks are awesome solid drives. Do note 3TB single drives are coming October/November, expect the current 2TB's to drop to about £80 around then.

Will be buying one of these for my PS3 rips

Not very impressed Customer Reviews!!!

Mallinersha - Aug 24, 2010 20:21Will be buying one of these for my PS3 rips
Review: Amazon
It's been said before but the fact that you need to install their software to use this item is unbelievable. This would have been my Sixth WD HDD but if all their products now come like this, it will be my last purchase.

Because you need to install the software, I cant access the drive through my PS3 or even WD's own media player!

dcx_badass

No price or merchant in title so useless deal.



Well if you managed to find this thread, and click the link, im sure other people can too.

This is a good deal, doorknob.

dcx_badass

No price or merchant in title so useless deal.



yeah defo, i mean i had to like come in the thread and everything....

defo voting this cold becuase i had to click a button...

kendzi1

Mallinersha - Aug 24, 2010 20:21Will be buying one of these for my PS3 … Mallinersha - Aug 24, 2010 20:21Will be buying one of these for my PS3 rips Review: Amazon :(It's been said before but the fact that you need to install their software to use this item is unbelievable. This would have been my Sixth WD HDD but if all their products now come like this, it will be my last purchase. Because you need to install the software, I cant access the drive through my PS3 or even WD's own media player!



WD has posted the steps to remove the Smartware and its VCD, Mac or Windows...
wdc.com/wdp…ies
STEP 1: Firmware Update: Release 2.003 (3/4/10)
Before running the Virtual CD Manager, you must first update the firmware on your hard drive.
1. Disconnect all other external drives from the computer except for the My Book or My Passport drive you want to update.
2. Ensure that the My Book or My Passport drive is connected to a USB port on your computer.
3. Download the Firmware Updater for Windows.
4. Unzip the file and double click to open the Firmware Updater.
5. Click Continue to update the firmware.
6. Click Accept the End User's License Agreement (EULA). The updater will scan the drive which may take a few minutes.
7. Verify the attached drive's serial number located on the back of the drive.
8. Click Update Firmware.
9. Once the updater is finished, click Exit.
10. Turn off the drive - For My Passport, disconnect the USB cable. For My Book disconnect both USB and power cables.
11. Wait 10 seconds. Reconnect the USB/power cables.

STEP 2: Download and run the VCD Manager
1. Download VCD Manager for Windows.(WDSmartWareVirtualCDManagerforWindows-v1.0.7.4.zip) to your desktop.
2. Unzip the utility (Extract the file using an extraction utility.)
3. Double click WDSmartWareVirtualCDManagerforWindows-v1.0.7.4.exe.
4. Click Continue to disable the VCD.
5. Once the utility has found your drive, click Configure Drive and then click Exit.
6. Turn off the drive - For My Passport, disconnect the USB cable. For My Book disconnect both USB and power cables.
7. Wait 10 seconds. Reconnect the USB/power cables that have been disconnected in the previous step.
8. Verify that the VCD no longer appears.

Cant you just format the hard drive?

a3lawy

WD has posted the steps to remove the Smartware and its VCD, Mac or … WD has posted the steps to remove the Smartware and its VCD, Mac or Windows...[url=http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/updates/?family=wdsmartwareutilities]http://www.wdc.com/wdproducts/updates/?family=wdsmartwareutilities[/url]



Many thanks for these links....very helpful as that smartware software is very very annoying! Will have to wait to backup the stuff on the hard drive before updating the firmware.
Edited by: "cjblfc" 24th Aug 2010

Original Poster

dcx_badass

No price or merchant in title so useless deal.



Hi Troll!

kendzi1

Mallinersha - Aug 24, 2010 20:21Will be buying one of these for my PS3 … Mallinersha - Aug 24, 2010 20:21Will be buying one of these for my PS3 rips Review: Amazon :(It's been said before but the fact that you need to install their software to use this item is unbelievable. This would have been my Sixth WD HDD but if all their products now come like this, it will be my last purchase. Because you need to install the software, I cant access the drive through my PS3 or even WD's own media player!



i have the 2tb model, it did ask me to install the software onto my pc but i opted out of it, but VD runs everytime, but just ignore it as i have done
Edited by: "watson44" 24th Aug 2010

a3lawy

Very nice, MyBooks are awesome solid drives. Do note 3TB single drives … Very nice, MyBooks are awesome solid drives. Do note 3TB single drives are coming October/November, expect the current 2TB's to drop to about £80 around then.




no they are NOT.......ive have 5 drives, 4 have failed in a year...ill stick to samsung or seagate....never wd again

royals

no they are NOT.......ive have 5 drives, 4 have failed in a year...ill … no they are NOT.......ive have 5 drives, 4 have failed in a year...ill stick to samsung or seagate....never wd again



OTOH I have had a My book external for several years and experienced no problems at all, nor have I with other WD drives.

dcx_badass

I'm a troll because you posted a deal badly, lul wut?



I think you will find you are a troll because you are a complete tool.
Is it th OPs fault you are too thick and / or lazy to open a thread to see the price?

cheap for an xbox

Ok price for a drive. Not sure why it's got so hot, was up to 83C last time it was this price, a few weeks back.

It's more hot because more people voted.

It’s not rocket science.

giddy1778

Cant you just format the hard drive?


Exactly! This is what I did with my 1 [Tb] one!

Price: £92.68 now

dcx_badass

Try browsing on a GPS connection on a 2.2" screen then get back to me, … Try browsing on a GPS connection on a 2.2" screen then get back to me, would take me hours if I had to do it on every thread, it's annoying enough on the laptop never mind the phone.



You can get data connections through GPS now? Amazing

fragger

Price: £92.68 now



No it isn't.

http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/2705/wdmybookonamazon.th.png

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Also the details in the item description on Amazon and above are wrong, this drive is not powered by USB and includes a power brick needed to run this drive. All 3.5" drives need external power and can't run from USB unfortunately.

bob2009

It's more hot because more people voted. It’s not rocket science.



nice

Boostin Canadian mofo..... ^

What size drive is inside? I'm assuming 3.5" but how can it be USB powered?

piginabox

What size drive is inside? I'm assuming 3.5" but how can it be USB … What size drive is inside? I'm assuming 3.5" but how can it be USB powered?



ADDITION INFO: It is a 3.5" drive and amazon reviews suggest that the "optional" power cable is less than optional.

royals

no they are NOT.......ive have 5 drives, 4 have failed in a year...ill … no they are NOT.......ive have 5 drives, 4 have failed in a year...ill stick to samsung or seagate....never wd again



Have had/got a total of 8 WD hard drives, ranging in sizes from 100gb to 2tb. Have never once had a hard drive fail and the one time my portable hard drive started making a very faint clicking noise I sent it to WD and they sent me back an upgraded version within 3 days.

Would recommend WD to anyone. Personally I think it is down to the way people treat them

can anyone explain me how come is it a good deal? no eSATA, or USB3... ant it costs this much when you can get 2 TB for 89 if i'm correct. to top this off - the reviews suck.

sorry, cold to me.

bob2009

Boostin Canadian mofo..... ^



noob...

Original Poster

Imfromthenet

can anyone explain me how come is it a good deal? no eSATA, or USB3... … can anyone explain me how come is it a good deal? no eSATA, or USB3... ant it costs this much when you can get 2 TB for 89 if i'm correct. to top this off - the reviews suck. sorry, cold to me.



2TB My Book for 89?
Where?

piginabox

What size drive is inside? I'm assuming 3.5" but how can it be USB … What size drive is inside? I'm assuming 3.5" but how can it be USB powered?


It's a 3.5" inside. I was thinking these lower power drives must have got below the 10W limit (2 watts on USB @ 5v) but the description is wrong. Only found out since getting it so back to returns for this drive.

It won't be long before 3.5" drives get even lower in power that they one day can be usb powered - probably by that time SSDs will have dropped in price to what HDs are today.

Mallinersha

Will be buying one of these for my PS3 rips



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