Western Digital My Book Essential 500GB - USB 2.0 Instant Storage

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Eve15 May 18, 2007
Buy.com's price is $139. About the same after you calculate taxes from Dell.
phillies2626 May 17, 2007
alive again for $129.35 with free shipping
mattg52391 Feb 15, 2007
great deal
lexx575 Feb 14, 2007
1 word about this deal "wonderful."
FluteBunny10 Feb 14, 2007
I love my 160GB version. I got it at Staples (maybe?) for $50 after a rebate, I believe.
hoboto Feb 14, 2007
Here's the CNET Review:

The Western Digital MyBook Essential Edition is a pared-down version of the MyBook Premium Edition that we reviewed. Available in sizes from 80GB to 500GB, this external hard drive features the same exterior design as the Premium Edition. It also uses the same 7,200rpm hard disk drive, so we expect the performance to be on a par with that of the Premium Edition. The Essential Edition drive has only a USB 2.0 connection (the Premium Edition can also connect via FireWire) and doesn't come with the EMC Dantz Retrospect software that ships on the Premium Edition. Also, the capacity meter on the "spine" of the drive glows green instead of blue.

Premium Edition: 7.0/10
The good: The MyBook Premium edition is compact, employs an innovative design, has an external capacity gauge, comes with backup software, and is a speedy data reader.

The bad: The MyBook Premium edition is slow to write data, over both USB 2.0 and FireWire 400.

The bottom line: If write speed isn't a top priority, the Western Digital MyBook is a good deal at around $300 for a 500GB drive. It'll look good on your desk or bookshelf, too.

Good thing is, this ISN't $300 :)
koolio852 Feb 14, 2007
i have this hardrive

it works well with mac and pc

masterren Jan 27, 2007
Price drop! $160.65 FS.
Mortabus Jul 19, 2006
I have the 250gb version, paid nearly 200 bucks for it, this is a good price.