Western Digital My Book 750GB Home Edition


The Western Digital My Book

My Book Or Yours?

As you may remember, back when we did the round up for the external 750GB storage drives, you would probably have noticed that we excluded the Western Digital My Book as Western Digital was unable to ship us a unit on time. Fret not however, as the drive has finally arrived at our office and we will be putting this 'bookworm' through its paces.

While the cream of the crop (in terms of storage space) are the current 1TB models currently flooding the market, we will be testing the 750GB version of the My Book Home Edition so as to ensure our comparisons are as accurate as possible with our recent round up. Specs wise, the My Book Home Edition remains pretty similar to the other drives that we featured in our round up, though it does have some interesting features.

Firstly let's start with connectivity aspects. The WD My Book Home Edition comes loaded with ports ranging from the standard USB 2.0 port to two FireWire 400 ports and even an eSATA port. Also, the front LED of the My Book shows the remaining capacity of the drive and as the drive starts getting filled, the LED will indicate appropriately. While purely a cosmetic feature, it is still an interesting design idea. Software wise, the WD My Book Home Edition, like the Seagate FreeAgent Pro and the Maxtor One Touch 4 Plus all come preloaded and installation is as simple as just plugging in the drive and installing the included Memeo backup tools.

The vents at the bottom of the My Book provide convectional airflow for cooling the device when it's upright. As mentioned, the LED in the front of the device indicates the capacity of the drive at a glance, which is a thoughtful little touch.

The Western Digital My Book Home Edition comes with ample ports (USB 2.0, FireWire 400 and eSATA) and are located at the back of the unit. Vents at the back also help with cooling the unit. Interestingly enough, these vents are patterned based on morse code, so have fun translating! (Answers can be found on Wikipedia)