Feeds

WD brings external hard drive biz to book

Hardback-shaped disk

Application security programs and practises

Hard drive maker Western Digital clearly hopes to appeal to more literate computer users with its latest external hard disk: between 160GB and 500GB of back-up space and media storage capacity dubbed My Book that "sits naturally on desktops and bookshelves", according to the company.

Western Digital My Book HDD

WD is offering two versions of My Book. There's a Premium Edition that incorporates a USB 2.0 port and a pair of Firewire 400 connectors. Don't want to pay for the Firewire ports? Then the USB-only Essential Edition's for you. You won't get the Premium-only back-up software, though.

Apart from the interconnects, the only other difference between the two versions is the colour of the big backlit power button on the front: the Premium model's is blue, the Essential Edition's is Xbox green to go with both drives' charcoal black 16.8 x 13.9 x 5.6cm casing.

Both units incorporate 7,200rpm drives with 16MB of cache memory. Alas, the disc specs mean the units aren't bus-powered, so with the need to hook the units up to an AC adaptor, My Books will probably spend more time sitting next to computers than up on the shelf between Milton and Nietzsche.

WD didn't say how much the various My Books will cost, but the Premium Edition ranges from $180 to $350, while the Essential Edition will set you back $150 to $330. Capacities on offer are 160, 250, 320, 400 and 500GB. Not all are available now, but they should all be shipping by the end of the month, WD's website indicated. ®

Western Digital My Book HDD

Related reviews

LaCie Rugged 80GB portable hard drive
LaCie Little Big Disk 200GB
LaCie Two Big 1TB eSATA drive

The Power of One Infographic

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad
Really, er, stands out among cheapie 7-inchers
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff
We have found the Holy Grail (of batteries) - boffins
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Microsoft confirms secret Surface will never see the light of day
Microsoft's form 8-K records decision 'not to ship a new form factor'
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.