WESTERN Digital has upgraded its My Book Studio Edition, My Book Home Edition and My Book Essential Edition 2TB external hard drives, and the My Book Mac Edition 2TB drive series of external hard drive to 2TB of storage. The new external hard drives will cost around $375 and are available to consumers now.
The new external hard drives are small in size, but large in capacity. According to Western Digital, they are the largest hard drives on the market that don’t require a RAID system. Being in hard drive recovery, we see a lot of external disks that overheat. WD is taking on that problem by putting the new drives in standby mode if they are not accessed after 10 minutes. This power saving function could increase the life span of these external hard drives.
The only drive that I haven’t tested is the MAC edition because I just don’t do Mac’s. I had no problem getting the My Book to work with Kubuntu or Vista, the two operating systems that I use. I like the price, but am still concerned over the vast amount of heat that external hard drives use. Heat kills hard drives!
If you need huge amounts of storage, your best bet is to get 2 of these and back one up to the other. If you think I am being paranoid, remeber that we do hard drive recovery for a living, and hard drives all fail!