Frequently Bought Together

Total price $18,835
Hard drive
HDD capacity
500 GB
HDD speed
7200 RPM
Storage drive buffer size
8 MB
Ports & interfaces
Maximum data transfer rate
480 Mbit/s
USB connector
USB version
Product colour
External power adapter
Operational conditions
Operating temperature (T-T)
5 - 35 °C
Storage temperature (T-T)
-20 - 65 °C
Weight & dimensions
48 mm
135 mm
165 mm
1.18 kg
Packaging data
Bundled software
WD SmartWare Backup Software
Other features
USB 2.0 ports quantity
USB required
USB cable
Mac compatibility
Power requirements
100-240 VAC, 47-63 Hz
Quick start guide
Compatible operating systems
Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard

Our best-selling My Book external drive is an elegant, high-capacity storage solution for all the chapters of your digital life. Our latest edition now features visual, easy-to-use, automatic, continuous backup software and drive lock security protection. At last, beauty, brains, and simplicity together.

Smaller, sleeker, more streamlined design - We've made these award-winning drives even smaller, sleeker, and more elegant. As always, this book-like shape takes up minimal space on your desk and allows two or more My Book drives to nestle neatly together like volumes on a shelf.

WD SmartWare - See your life safe in one place.

See your backup as it happens – Seeing is believing. Visual backup displays your content in categories and shows the progress of your backup.

Protect your data automatically – Relax, your data is secure. Automatic, continuous backup will instantly make a second copy whenever you add or change a file.

Bring back lost files effortlessly – Retrieve your valuable data to its original location whether you've lost all your data or just overwritten an important file.

Take control – Customize your backup, set drive security, run diagnostics, manage the power settings, and more from the WD SmartWare control center.

Drive lock - Gain peace of mind knowing that your data is protected from unauthorized access or theft with password protection and 256-bit hardware-based encryption.

Illuminated capacity gauge - See at a glance how much space is available on your drive.

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

Power miser - My Book external drives are designed to save energy. WD GreenPower Technology™ lowers internal drive power consumption by up to 30%, a sleep mode reduces power during idle times, and a power-saving feature turns the drive on and off with your computer.

Planet friendly - We designed a small retail box from recycled materials to minimize waste. We encourage you to recycle it.

Western Digital My Book Essential 500GB, 500 GB, 2.0, 7200 RPM, Black

Western Digital My Book Essential 500GB. HDD capacity: 500 GB. USB version: 2.0. HDD speed: 7200 RPM. Product colour: Black

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