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Western Digital My Book Elite 2TB

It’s been close to 3 years since I first bought my first external HDD, a Western Digital My Book with 500GB capacity. I think it was the largest at that time.

Nowadays, they come in 2 terabytes a pop like this WD My Book Elite. It’s still self-powered and connects via USB 2.0 but the form factor has somewhat become smaller and more portable.

We ran PassMark Disk Test to see how it performs and got the following results:

That’s 20.5MB/s sequential disk read, 17.5MB/s sequential disk write and 2.18MB/s random seek and write.

The external drive also comes with a digital indicator up front that shows, in real-time, amount of free space as well as breakdown of file categories (e.g. pictures, music, videos, documents, system files, etc.). The backup software is also simple and intuitive and storing and retrieving files from the device is pretty easy and straight-forward (I wonder if I can use the same software with my 3-year old WD My Book).

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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17 Responses

  1. laurence says:

    i would love to have one of this….
    anu po ung price kuya abe???

  2. Calvin says:

    uy nice. self-powered 2TB external disk. how much you got it for abe?

  3. yuga says:

    @laurence – will ask.

    @calvin – it’s a loaner from WD.

  4. rico says:

    nice. having a drive this big, it would be sweeter if seagate or wb could release sooner the usb 3.0 powered ext.drives in the first half of the year. more motherboards and peripherals will soon utilize this technology.

  5. 2TB! WHOAH! personally, tinatarget ko nga lang ung 250G ba yun, para mabackup lhat ng pics ko.
    nice gadget sir Yuga. Magpapaprize kadin ba ng ganyan? HEHE :D

  6. kesterbt says:

    ang cute naman nito , sana ok lang yung price hindi masyadong masakit sa bulsa =))

  7. blued888 says:

    Only USB 2.0 for 2TB of data? They should’ve made eSATA and Firewire interfaces standard with an external hard drive that huge.

  8. StrayArrow says:

    How much sir? …. gonna check the stores today but I bet its not yet availale here in the Visayas.

  9. kris says:

    Hi Yuga! Kris here fro Swiftsure Group Inc. MSRP for the My Book Elite drives ranges from P6,750.00 to 12,150.00 depending on capacity.Many thanks and more power!

  10. kris says:

    Nice review! We will keep you posted regarding the new products of Western Digital. Cheers!

  11. Jes says:

    For 2TB, sana USB3.0 na

  12. choosypinony says:

    how long will these rigs last with your usage abe?

  13. Jhay says:

    2TB for a USB 2.0 port may be a mis-match but how common are eSATA or Firewire ports on laptops or desktops these days?

  14. fr0stbyte says:

    Why do you guys want USB 3.0 on these mechanical-based EHDDs? You’re better off with eSATA or FireWire at least. The sluggishness of mechanical hard-disks will not be able to saturate the bandwidth provided by USB 3.0. It’s like riding a water-buffalo on the Autobahn of Germany. You can speed through but you won’t be able to utilize the non-restrictive speed limits.

    Now if we’re talking ’bout SSDs, it would be much more sensible option.

  15. Snitch says:

    I read that there’s a My Book Elite External Hard Drive – 1 TB, USB 2.0. Would you know:

    – Where in Metro Manila I could get one and;
    – How much it costs?


    I actually like that 2TB version, kaya lang baka hindi kaya ng budget ko. :)

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