WD My Book Essential WDH1U5000N 500 GB 3.5" External Hard Drive - WDH1U5000N

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This my second WD drive... Great value for the money and easy to set up .. The WD drive I bought a year ago has worked very well with no problems.. It was an easy decision to buy another .. I would suggest reformatting to NTFS for performance and compatability.. Also good service from Buy.com...

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I ordered two of these, one for my genealogical research and photo files, one for my son's music and photo files at school (he plays in a band and was concerned about losing music files stored on his laptop harddrive). We both found this to be a great value and, although we have no reason to worry, we recommend that you use this as a stationary storage device, not to tote around. We've heard nightmare stories about important media being lost due to banging around a traveling WD. Electronics are delicate. Great price, easy to use and, so far, so good! No glitches. One computer has a Windows Vista Home Premium OS, one has a Windows XP SP-2 OS. Works fine on both, although I think the backup on the Vista is better. Just my opinion.

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Easy to use for dummies like me.

by Mike on 7/1/2009

Purchased this product on the recommendation of my more technical savvy bro-in-law. Glad I did. Easy to use and the directions even come with pictures.

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Great HD for the price

on 8/10/2009

I got this HD around November 2008, and I have had no problems with it at all. For the price point, it performs incredibly well, and I have no complaints!

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Product Overview

Are you running out of hard drive capacity? Do you need to archive some important digital documents, photos, or music? This elegant external hard drive, reminiscent of a book, is the perfect solution. It takes no more space than a paperback book. Collect two or more and they nest neatly together like volumes on a shelf.

  • Easy to set up, easy to use - Installation is a snap because you don't really install this drive, you just plug it in and it's ready to use.
  • USB 2.0 interface - A simple connection that offers convenience and compatibility among multiple computers.
  • Fits right in - Takes no more space than a paperback book. Collect two or more and they nest neatly together like volumes on a shelf.
  • Smart and energy efficient - Turns itself on and off with your computer.
  • PC and Mac compatible - Works with both Windows® 2000/XP/Vista and Mac® OS X 10.4.8 or later

    Ideal for:

  • Instant storage
  • Easy to use
  • USB 2.0
  • Saving and organizing your digital photo collection
  • Specifications

    Manufacturer Western Digital
    Mfg Part# WDH1U5000N
    SKU 206409667
    UPC 718037120805
    UPC 14 00718037120805
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    Host Interface USB 2.0 USB
    Rotational Speed 7200 rpm
    Manufacturer Western Digital Corporation
    Product Type Hard Drive
    Package Type Retail
    Product Model WDH1U5000N
    Manufacturer Part Number WDH1U5000N
    Product Line My Book
    Product Name My Book Essential Edition WDH1U5000N Hard Drive
    Manufacturer Website Address www.wdc.com
    Product Series Essential
    Package Contents My Book Essential Edition WDH1U5000N Hard Drive USB Cable AC Adapter Quick Install Guide
    Weight 2.50 lb
    Height 6.50"
    Compatible Drive Bay Width 3.5"
    Width 2.10"
    Form Factor External
    Depth 5.40"
    Storage Capacity 500 GB
    Standard Warranty 1 Year Limited
    Tech Specs
    Performance Specifications
    Serial Bus Transfer Rate (USB 2.0): 480 Mbits/s (Max)
    Physical Specifications
    Capacity: 500 GB
    Interface: USB 2.0
    Physical Dimensions
    Height: 6.5 Inches (Max)
    Length: 5.4 Inches (Max)
    Width: 2.1 Inches
    Weight: 2.5 Pounds
    Environmental Specifications
    Operating: 41° F to 95° F
    Non-operating: -4° F to 149° F
    Electrical Specifications
    AC Input Voltage: 100-240 VAC
    AC Input Frequency: 47-63 Hz
    Warranty: 1 year
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