Western Digital My Book Elite 2nd-gen
Released January, 2009
The Pros:Backup software uses a very simple interface. Very quiet, difficult to hear it at all. Will write constantly for hours and only get slightly warm.
The Cons:Can't label the drive without installing the backup software. Initial install is counter-intuitive and confusing. Included software not Windows 7 compatible, downloaded "update" is actually full software but mislabelled.
The Western Digital My Book Elite 2nd-gen is an environmentally friendly, ultra-portable external hard drive engineered for both Windows and Macintosh laptops or notebooks. It utilizes a USB 2.0 interface to connect and is available in extra-large capacity sizes: 640GB, 1TB, 1.2TB, and 2TB.
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Unique to the My Book Elite is its Smart Display, which allows users to manufacture an ‘e-label’ that appears on the frame of the unit and reminds the user of what’s stored on the drive. Even more noticeable is the addition of WD SmartWare software, which presents a visual control center where users can monitor, back-up, and secure all their data. In fact, the software allows for both password protection AND 256-bit hardware-based encryption.
- Ultra-Portable External HD
- USB 2.0 Technology
- Smart Display (e-Label)
- WD SmartWare
- Password Protection
- 256-Bit Encryption
- Interface: USB 2.0
- USB 2.0: 480 Mb/s
- Capacity: 250/320/400/500/640GB
- Compatibility (Windows): Vista/XP/7
- Compatibility (Macintosh): X/Tiger/Leopard
- WDBAAH6400ECH | 640GB
- WDBAAH0010HCH | 1TB - $169.99
- WDBAAH0015HCH | 1.5TB - $199.99
- WDBAAH0020HCH | 2.0TB - $279.99
User Reviews (2)
backup software uses a very simple interface
very quiet, difficult to hear it at all
will write constantly for hours and only get slightly warm
uses very little system resources when backup is running
can't label the drive without installing the backup software
initial install is counter-intuitive and confusing
included software not Windows 7 compatible, downloaded "update" is actually full software but mislabelled
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