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(based on 17 ratings)
Brand: Western Digital
Located in: Nikon D700 DSLR Accessories
Gain instant storage.

Small, simple, elegant, and very easy to use. Just plug it in, and you've got plenty of room to back up and save your valuable data, music, photos, and movies.

Are you running out of hard drive capacity? Do you need to archive some important digital documents, photos, or music? This elegant external hard drive, reminiscent of a book, is the perfect solution. It takes no more space than a paperback book. Collect two or more and they nest neatly together like volumes on a shelf.

What it holds:

  • Up to 142,000 digital photos
  • Up to 125,000 songs (MP3)
  • Up to 12,000 songs (uncompressed CD quality)
  • Up to 38 hours of Digital Video (DV)
  • Up to 200 hours of DVD quality video
  • Up to 60 hours of HD video

    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.

    USB 2.0 interface - A simple connection that offers convenience and compatibility among multiple computers.

    Fits right in - Takes no more space than a paperback book. Collect two or more and they nest neatly together like volumes on a shelf.

    Smart and energy efficient - Turns itself on and off with your computer.

    PC and Mac compatible - Works with both Windows 2000/XP/Vista and Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later.

    Ideal for:

  • Instant storage
  • Easy to use
  • USB 2.0
  • Saving and organizing your digital photo collection

  • Review Snapshot®
    Avg. Customer Rating:
     
    4.8 stars
    (based on 17 reviews)
    100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

    Pros:
    Easy to setup(16), Easy to use(16), Fast(12), Large capacity / good size(14), Portable(8)
    Best Uses:
    Additional storage(15), Back-up(15), File transfer(8), Music(6), Photo storage(3)
    Describe Yourself:
    Casual user(4), Power user(11)
    Primary use:
    Business(5), Personal(12)
     
    Western Digital My Book Essential Editio
    By Chris Angel :) [@]Verified Reviewer from Panorama City CA on 10/14/2009
    Pros:
    Compact, Easy To Setup, Easy to use, High Capacity, Make a sexy design, Quiet
    Best Uses:
    Additional Storage, Backup, File Transfer, Good storage, Photo Storage, Video
    Describe Yourself:
    Power user
    Primary use:
    Personal
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Western Digital Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 500GB External Hard Drive:

    Its easy and good to use personally when it terms in storage of your good files... thanks to the Western Digital.. [@]

     
    This External HD ROCKS !!!
    By Kamara Alleyne PhotographyVerified Purchaser from SVG on 12/19/2008
    Pros:
    Easy To Setup, Easy to use, Fast, High Capacity, Quiet, Reliable
    Best Uses:
    Additional Storage, Backup, Photo Storage
    Describe Yourself:
    Power user
    Primary use:
    Business
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Western Digital Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 500GB External Hard Drive:

    As a photographer, having multiple modes of data protection/backup is integral. I have greater confidence in my digital workflow now.
    I shoot, backup, edit then backup again.
    Works great for me.
    Perfect solution.

     
    Safe, sound and simple
    By shutterpupVerified Purchaser from Michigan, USA on 12/16/2008
    Pros:
    Compact, Easy To Setup, Easy to use, High Capacity, Portable
    Best Uses:
    Additional Storage, Backup
    Primary use:
    Business
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Western Digital Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 500GB External Hard Drive:

    An inexpensive and safe way to store client as well as personal files and photographic images

     
    What a price!
    By JCTVerified Purchaser from Clearfield, UT on 12/2/2008
    Pros:
    Easy To Setup, Easy to use, Fast, High Capacity, Quiet, Reliable
    Cons:
    No Power Switch
    Best Uses:
    Additional Storage, Backup, Photo Storage
    Describe Yourself:
    Power user
    Primary use:
    Personal
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Western Digital Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 500GB External Hard Drive:

    True plug and play on my iMac! Doubles my storage capacity for [$]

     
    I would buy this product again and again
    By NewguyVerified Purchaser from Neptune Beach, FL on 11/18/2008
    Pros:
    Easy To Setup, Easy to use, Fast, High Capacity, Portable, Reliable
    Best Uses:
    Additional Storage, Backup, Video
    Describe Yourself:
    Casual user
    Primary use:
    Personal
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Western Digital Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 500GB External Hard Drive:

    I use it to backup my personal videos and pictures. It frees up a lot of room on my computer.

     
    This Baby Rocks
    By Kamara Alleyne PhotographyVerified Purchaser from Miami, FL on 11/5/2008
    Pros:
    Easy To Setup, Easy to use, Fast, High Capacity, Portable, Reliable
    Best Uses:
    Additional Storage, Backup
    Describe Yourself:
    Power user
    Primary use:
    Business
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Western Digital Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 500GB External Hard Drive:

    I now have more confidence because I have a reliable, safe and easy to use storage solution.
    These are crazy days and anything can happen, so I ALWAYS backup to keep everything safe.
    Two Thumbs and Two Big Toes UP

     
    Love this product
    By PZVerified Reviewer from Liberty Hill, SC on 10/15/2008
    Pros:
    Easy To Setup, Easy to use, Fast, Reliable
    Best Uses:
    Additional Storage, File Transfer
    Describe Yourself:
    Casual user
    Primary use:
    Personal
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Western Digital Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 500GB External Hard Drive:

    This is great - transferred all my photos from my hard drive in a snap. It's easy to use, quick file transfers. Doesn't take up much space. Great addition to my system.

     
    great product
    By dayhikerVerified Purchaser from smithfield, utah on 10/14/2008
    Pros:
    Easy To Setup, Easy to use, Fast, High Capacity, Reliable
    Best Uses:
    Additional Storage, Backup, File Transfer, Music, Video
    Describe Yourself:
    Power user
    Primary use:
    Personal
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Western Digital Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 500GB External Hard Drive:

    this is my second large storage hard drive and i love it. they have both been My Books by Western Digital

     
    My Book Saved My Business!
    By Rulukn4meVerified Purchaser from San Antonio, Tx on 9/29/2008
    Pros:
    Easy To Setup, Easy to use, Fast, High Capacity, Portable, Reliable
    Best Uses:
    Additional Storage, Backup, File Transfer, Music, Video
    Describe Yourself:
    Power user
    Primary use:
    Business
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Western Digital Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 500GB External Hard Drive:

    I love it! I almost waited too late to get an External Hard Drive.... My system was too full and started to freeze up on me....I have over 3 years of Business files that Are Crucial to the continuance of my Small Business. Thank God I found one at a Really Affordable price here on RitzCamera.com

    Thanks you, Ritz!

    Your newest loyal Customer!

    rg

     
    My Book delivers as advertised
    By curtscoolVerified Purchaser from Santa Cruz CA on 9/25/2008
    Pros:
    Easy To Setup, Easy to use, Fast, High Capacity
    Best Uses:
    Additional Storage, Backup
    Describe Yourself:
    Power user
    Primary use:
    Personal
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Western Digital Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 500GB External Hard Drive:

    I use this product to store my thousands of digital photographs. I had been looking for a reliable backup tool and this fits the bill. I also like the trial software for the automatic backup which I will be purchasing after the 30 days.

     
    Great for back-ups, etc.
    By denisebpwVerified Purchaser from Kansas on 9/21/2008
    Pros:
    Easy To Setup, Easy to use, High Capacity, Portable, Sleek
    Best Uses:
    Additional Storage, Backup, Music, Video
    Describe Yourself:
    Casual user
    Primary use:
    Personal

    Comments about Western Digital Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 500GB External Hard Drive:

    My computer storage was pretty much at capacity and this is a great solution for a small price and is also very sleek looking. Can just grab and go if bad weather is approaching and have all my pictures, music, etc. safe.

     
    My "My Book"
    By LionelVerified Purchaser from Red Bank, NJ on 9/8/2008
    Pros:
    Easy To Setup, Easy to use, Fast, High Capacity, Portable, Reliable
    Best Uses:
    Additional Storage, Backup
    Describe Yourself:
    Power user
    Primary use:
    Personal
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Western Digital Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 500GB External Hard Drive:

    I use My Book as a portable system back-up for my notebook and it goes with me whenever I travel with my notebook. I recommend getting the excellent carrying case that is available for the drive. I especially like the ebony case and blue light ON indicator.

     
    A great piece of equipmrnt
    By glr12Verified Purchaser from Pittsburgh, PA on 8/23/2008
    Pros:
    Easy To Setup, Easy to use
    Best Uses:
    File Transfer
    Describe Yourself:
    Casual user
    Primary use:
    Personal
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Western Digital Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 500GB External Hard Drive:

    Very easy to use to transfer very large photo files from one computer system to another.

     
    Excellent Product
    By lucibellaVerified Purchaser from Kerrville, TX on 8/22/2008
    Pros:
    Easy To Setup, Easy to use, Fast, High Capacity, Portable, Reliable
    Best Uses:
    Additional Storage, Backup, File Transfer, Music, Video
    Describe Yourself:
    Power user
    Primary use:
    Business
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Western Digital Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 500GB External Hard Drive:

    The Western Digital My Book is the perfect storage device to store photos. The large capacity will ensure that I don't use the hard drive on my PC and slow it down, or fill up my hard disc space too quickly. Great way to keep photos, music, videos, or your backups organized. It's quick and reliable.

     
    The Best investment I have made!
    By Stephanie the ScapbookerVerified Purchaser from White Lake, MI on 8/21/2008
    Pros:
    Easy To Setup, Easy to use, Fast, High Capacity, Just Fantastic, Portable, Reliable
    Cons:
    Does not apply
    Best Uses:
    Additional Storage, All of my Pics, Backup, File Transfer, Music, Video
    Describe Yourself:
    Power user
    Primary use:
    Personal
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Western Digital Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 500GB External Hard Drive:

    I have put all of my family pictures onto to this external hard drive and I have room for a whole lot more also I am using it to store software applications that I use when Digitally scrapbooking! This product is a scrapbookers dream! I take it to crops and if I need a pic, Wella it is right here!!! also have put my daughter-in-laws pics on and there is still a whole lot of room...just wonderful...can't believe i lived without it before!

     
    Small, Black, Sexy...what else can I say
    By x-ray'ditVerified Purchaser from Camas, WA on 8/3/2008
    Pros:
    Easy To Setup, Easy to use, Fast, High Capacity
    Best Uses:
    Additional Storage, Backup, File Transfer, Music, Video
    Describe Yourself:
    Power user
    Primary use:
    Personal
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Western Digital Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 500GB External Hard Drive:

    I use this drive to mainly store all the pics from my DSLR.

    [5 of 6 customers found this review helpful]

     
    Great item!
    By Bob W. 706Verified Reviewer from Rolling Meadows, IL on 2/28/2008
    Pros:
    Durable, Fast Connectivity, Quiet, Reliable
    Best Uses:
    Backup
    Describe Yourself:
    Tech Savvy
    Primary use:
    Personal
    Bottom Line:
    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

    Comments about Western Digital Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 500GB External Hard Drive:

    This 500gb hard drive is great! I was able to move appoximately 2,000 photo files off my hard drive and into this storage unit. It's about the size a small book but it stores a TON of data for a very reasonable price!
    Don't hesitate. Just by it! You won't be sorry!

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