Western Digital External Hard Drive
Western Digital have a great history of the design and development of external disk drives and today they are still producing some of the best selling models on the planet!
Their current range for using with desktop personal computers includes the My Book Studio, the newer version the My Book Studio Edition II, the My Book Elite, the My Book Essential, the My Book for Mac and the WD Elements Desktop. This is a lot of similar sounding brand names but they all have a different purpose and features to tempt you to buy one!
The guys at Western Digital also have a very popular range of Portable external drives too and this is the Passport range with various models in some very different colors, such as Charcoal, Metallic Red and Blue, Black, Arctic White, Pacific Blue and Cool Silver so you can get really personal and stylized when using one of these drives with your laptop, notebook or netbook computer!
The WD product line for external hard drives also includes a range of NAS network-attached storage systems with a maximum capacity of up to 8 TB with the WD ShareSpace – this is huge! These can be centralized on your home or small office network and are perfect for and sharing all your data and your multimedia files. The other models in this range are the My Book World Edition drives, but these rnage from 1TB to 4TB only.
As you can see Western Digital cover the whole spectrum of external hard drive uses and capacities and they have just released the new MyBook 3.0 super speed storage external drive. This is the fastest external drive they have ever produced!
The combination of a new super-fast USB 3.0 interface and their own high performance external hard drives means that read and write speeds on this unit are being taken to levels never seen before. If you want fast then this is it! SuperSpeed USB 3.0 can transfers data at an incredible 5 gigabits per second and that is up to nearly 10 times faster than today’s standard USB 2.0 connection. Awesome!
The company also produce a range of add-on drives that you can use as expansion devices for your DVR players and as HD high definition TV media players.
The best way to find out which Western Digital external hard drive is best for your particular requirements is to read recent reviews. And make sure they are recent as new models are often release and a review you read might be for an older model and will not really apply to the newer version of it.
Current best sellers and therefore the most popular WD external drives are the My Passport Essential 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable, the WD Elements 1.5 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External and the My Book Studio II 2TB (2 x 1TB) USB 2.0 + FireWire 400 + FireWire 800 + eSATA Desktop external hard drive. These are all great devices which have received good reviews and they continue to sell well.