(UPDATE — Nov. 2007): I recently purchased the Western Digital My Book Premium II WDG2T20000N 2TB External Hard Drive. I mirror the drive so I have around 800 Gigs available for direct storage. Over the past month the drive has proven to be fast and killer and it works great as an iTunes server for my network.)
If you have more than one computer, you need an easy and fast way to back up your data and then share that data across platforms and facilities.
With my MackBook Pro purchase and ThinkPad T43p now sharing my mindspace — with the MacBook Pro creeping every-so-tenderly upward in the preference of my mind — I need a way to store lots of information quickly and painlessly.
Enter Western Digital’s 500 Gig My Book Premium: My Book is an external hard drive that looks like a book and behaves like a book because it “publishes” your sacred data by recording it automatically for safe-keeping. You can stack several My Books next to each other to create the largest hard drive library in the world.
At 500 Gigs, you have lots of room to store plenty of good stuff. I can even stream video from my High-Definition Camera directly to My Book through my MacBook Pro and Final Cut Express HD 3.5. That means I don’t have to purchase Sony DV tapes to record video at $11.00 a pop.
I can record “straight to disk” and cut out a bunch of processing time in cutting up and editing raw video in production. Having a “live streaming to hard drive” setup makes everything faster and more efficient. My Book also gets along great with my WinXP and OS X 10.4.6 computers.
The setup instructions suggest a file system incompatibility between Windows and Mac but that was not the case. My Book is pre-formatted as an NTFS drive and out-of-the-box I had all 500 gigs available to me in both Windows and Mac without needing to re-format or re-partition anything.
The bundled “one click backup” button and software worked well on my ThinkPad but not so well on my MacBook Pro. I deleted the Western Digital software from my MacBook Pro immediately after installation and used the .Mac backup software instead to target all the backups to My Book. That solution worked fine. The “Premium” version of My Book means it comes with two Firewire ports and a single USB 2.0 port.
I find it easier to move between machines using the USB cable since the Firewire ports on the MacBook Pro are on the wrong side of the machine if you do right-handed external mousing. I’m sure there’s a speed advantage in using Firewire instead of USB, but I don’t feel much of a difference between the two.
My Book has a 16 MB cache and it runs at a speedy 7200 RPM. There is also a keen blue light showing you in increments of a circle just how much space you have used and if the drive is in an active write state or not.
At $277.00 My Book may feel a little expensive, but its 500 Gigs and features set and connectivity options — as well as creating increased satiety of the mind — all make the Western Digital 500 Gig My Book Premium one bestseller you can write and publish on your own.