Western Digital 1TB MyBook

January 26, 2009 - gadgets
Western Digital 1TB MyBook

What can I say? Two hundred gigabytes just ain’t that big anymore. Western Digital is offering this series of MyBook drives in a number of different configurations, including a 500GB RAID, and the Essential Edition that I purchased featuring a 1TB partition. I bought this one on sale at Circuit City, but I guess I should have waited a few weeks for them to announce their death, I could have saved even more.

The only thing I don’t like about the drive is that it doesn’t have a power switch. It auto-senses whether or not your computer is on, and turns itself on and off. This is less than optimal. I prefer to control the power myself, which means I have to unplug the USB cable to turn it off. Also a word of caution if you plan to use this drive to store large files (such as movies), you will need to reformat the drive from FAT32 to NTFS.

I miss the big blue button on the front of my Maxtor that could be configured to launch your backup software, but apart from that, this is a great no-frills drive for the price.


2 thoughts on “Western Digital 1TB MyBook


I got this exact model last year right after my birthday, and I completely agree with everything you’ve said. I don’t like the auto-off/on or the ‘sleep mode,’ if you will, that it enters after a period of inactivity. Formatting it to NTFS was a non-issue with me, I’d actually forgotten about that until you mentioned it here. Other’n that… it’s a terabyte, it’s terrific. 🙂


Oh my goodness I love the quote on your homepage — I just hope it’s not me! ;)I came here to check your recent pictures and while I miss keeping up more with the kids, I have to admit I’m happy to see you haven’t updated the photo album in a couple of weeks — it makes me feel better! I am classically behind, I’m afraid. You’ll have to check our blog, though, I did get a short video of Becca doing her army crawl.Talk to you soon, hope you are all doing great!


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