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Western Digital My Book Pro (500GB)

£115 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Western Digital

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

The Western Digital My Book Pro has an unusual design, looking rather like a fat paperback book that you can sit neatly on your desk or on a shelf.

The Western Digital My Book Pro has an unusual design, looking rather like a fat paperback book that you can sit neatly on your desk or on a shelf.

Pros: High capacity and high-performance FireWire 800 interface
Cons: Slightly more expensive than USB models

The Western Digital My Book Pro is slightly more expensive than rival 500GB drives, such as the Buffalo DriveStation, but it has the added advantage of having both FireWire 400 and FireWire 800 interfaces, as well as the standard USB. That makes the Western Digital My Book Pro a good choice for professional users who want the speed of the FireWire 800 interface (home users can also opt for a USB-only version of the My Book, which costs just £85 for 500GB).

You can turn the Western Digital My Book Pro on or off using the big glowing button on its spine, however the drive also includes a useful feature called Safe Shutdown, which prevents you from accidentally shutting it down while it’s in the process of backing up your files.

This product is part of our External Hard Disks group product review. Other products in this group are:

Western Digital My Book Pro (500GB) Expert Verdict »
500GB external hard drive
7,200rpm
FireWire
USB 2.0
Windows 2000/XP
Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later
three-year warranty
171x141x57mm
1.2kg
  • Build Quality: We give this item 9 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 9 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

This Western Digital drive is more expensive than USB models, but you get a high-capacity, high-performance drive for the money.

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