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Western Digital My Book Premium 500 GB 500GB Black external hard drive

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Stand-alone magnetic disk, optical disc or solid state drive that plugs into the computer typically via USB, although eSATA and FireWire are also used. Used for storing and retrieving digital information.
external hard drives
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Long product name Western Digital My Book Premium 500 GB 500GB Black external hard drive :
The short editorial description of Western Digital My Book Premium 500 GB 500GB Black external hard drive

My Book Premium 500 GB, 7200 RPM, 16 MB, USB 2.0, FireWire

Western Digital My Book Premium 500 GB 500GB Black external hard drive:
The official marketing text of Western Digital My Book Premium 500 GB 500GB Black external hard drive as supplied by the manufacturer
They're your photos...your music...your videos...your important files. Make extra room for them, back them up, and keep them safe on WD's My Book Premium. This reliable, easy-to-use external hard drive is the perfect storage solution for all your precious digital assets.

Product Features:

Easy to set up, easy to use - Installation is a snap because you don't really "install" this drive, you just plug it in and it's ready to use. There is no CD to install; the included software loads from the drive the first time you plug it in.

Dual interface — For all-out, high-speed performance, FireWire 400 is the interface of choice. For convenience and compatibility among multiple computers, USB 2.0 is the way to go. How do you choose? With this drive, you don’t have to choose — you get both interfaces on the same drive.

WD Backup™ software – We’ve provided software that makes backing up your data as easy as possible. With a few simples steps you can back up all your data files or just save your picture and music files. You can also set scheduled backups, so you don't have to think about it again.
Capacity gauge — See at a glance how much space is left on your drive.

Intelligent drive management features — The My Book drive turns itself on and off with your computer and Safe Shutdown™ prevents the drive from being powered down until all your data has been written.

Smart design — The elegant case, iconic of a book, takes up less space on your desk, stacks horizontally, and allows two or more drives to nestle neatly together like volumes on a shelf.

High quality hard drive — Inside the case is an exceptionally fast-ultra quiet, cool-running hard drive from Western Digital.

Free Google™ software — Search your drive, manage your photos, and simplify Web searches with included Google software.

Ideal for

- High-speed backup of important documents and images
- Extra storage for your computer
- Automatic backups of your existing hard drive
- Archiving the music stored on your MP3 player
- Adding plenty of space for digital video capture and editing
- Saving and organizing your digital photo collection
Short summary description Western Digital My Book Premium 500 GB 500GB Black external hard drive:
This short summary of the Western Digital My Book Premium 500 GB 500GB Black external hard drive data-sheet is auto-generated and uses the product title and the first six key specs.
Western Digital My Book Premium 500 GB, 500 GB, 7200 RPM, 16 MB, Black, 5 - 35 °C, -20 - 65 °C
Long summary description Western Digital My Book Premium 500 GB 500GB Black external hard drive :

Western Digital My Book Premium 500 GB. Hard drive capacity: 500 GB, Hard drive speed: 7200 RPM, Drive device, buffer size: 16 MB. Color of product: Black. Width: 5.55" (141 mm), Depth: 6.71" (170.5 mm), Height: 2.25" (57.2 mm). Cables included: FireWire, USB. Average latency: 4.2 ms, Data transfer rate (max): 480 Mbit/s, Power requirements: AC: 100 - 240 V, 47- 63 Hz

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Hard drive
Hard drive capacity *
500 GB
Hard drive speed *
7200 RPM
Drive device, buffer size
16 MB
Ports & interfaces
USB connectivity *
USB version
FireWire 400
FireWire-interface with a data transmission speed of 400 Mbit/s (50MB/s). FireWire is a serial computer bus technology designed as replacement of SCSI and is based on the IEEE 1394 and 1394b standards.
External power adapter
Color of product *
Operational conditions
Operating temperature (T-T)
5 - 35 °C
Storage temperature (T-T)
-20 - 65 °C
Weight & dimensions
5.55" (141 mm)
6.71" (170.5 mm)
2.25" (57.2 mm)
Weight & dimensions
2.91 lbs (1.32 kg)
Packaging data
Cables included
FireWire, USB
Other features
Average latency
4.2 ms
Data transfer rate (max)
480 Mbit/s
Mac compatibility
Power requirements
AC: 100 - 240 V, 47- 63 Hz
Read seek
8.9 ms
Storage capacity
500107 MB
Supported data transfer rates
1394a: 400, USB 2.0: 480 Mbps
Track to track seek time (read/write)
2 ms
Compatible operating systems
Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP, Mac OS X 10.2.8+.
Dimensions (WxDxH)
5.55 x 6.71 x 2.25" (141 x 170.5 x 57.2 mm)
I/O ports
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Testseek has collected 8 expert reviews for Western Digital My Book Premium 500 GB and the average expert rating is 70 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.
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Most people don’t keep up with the backup drive game, and we don’t blame them. It’s about as exciting as a “You’ll never believe what happened to me last night in Oblivion” story. The Cliff Notes overview is that WD’s Dual-Option Media Center drive ha...
Western Digital updates its external storage line with the My Book external hard drive, available in two versions: Essential (80, 120, 160, 250, 320, 400, and 500GB) and Premium (160, 250, 320, 400, and 500GB). With the Premium version, you get backup...
As the amount of data residing on our home network continues to increase, I began to take a serious look at our backup strategy. Although our network consists of four Windows-based personal computers, regular backups are only taken of my PC, which dou...
Welcome to the digital millennium. Whether its taking pictures with your digital camera and sharing them with friends, maintaining a personal blog, listening to your favorite songs, watching videos on YouTube or simply e-mailing a relative that lives...
Bottom line Western Digital has a lot of great things going for the My Book. The overall style of the drive is simple and innovative. The small design means that you can take the My Book with you nearly anywhere you go, always having access to those important file...
Elegant 500GB "book" External hard drives became very affordable and practical. It follows you around and it is there when you need to store, transfer or backup your data. External drives became faster, larger in capacity and price friendly. Not to...
Bottom line My Book is elegant and can be easily used as an aesthetic add on to any table. As we look at the whole picture, My Book is yet another quality product from Western Digital. It can get 200 hours of DVD quality video, and it cost around €180. This i...
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