Western Digital Takes My Book Line To 2TB

It follows logic, really. Western Digital has a 2TB hard drive, so why not shove that very drive into Western Digital's line of external hard drives? This week, WD has expanded its popular My Book family of external HDDs to include a 2TB capacity, the largest available capacity in a single-drive system.

Specifically, the new 2TB My Book family includes: My Book Studio Edition, My Book Mac Edition, My Book Home Edition and My Book Essential Edition models. Sure, 2TB isn't all that much bigger than 1.5TB, but the fact that users can now get a full two terabytes without having to buy an external drive that's doubly thick is a real win. All of these expanded drives are available for ordering right now (save for the My Book Mac Edition 2TB, which ships next month), with pricing set between $329.99 to $379.99, depending on drive model and capacity.

Jim Welsh, senior vice president and general manager of WD's branded products and consumer electronics groups, stated the obvious with the following: "The popularity among consumers of high-definition video cameras, digital photography and digital music downloads means that users are filling up their computers with massive amounts of digital content as fast as they can click 'save.' As the volume and value of users digital content grows, backing up data on multiple CDs or DVDs becomes time consuming and inconvenient. At the same time, consumers are realizing the monetary and emotional value of content and need to back up their most important files. The My Book family, with its massive 2 TB capacity allows users to backup all their data in one easy step and keep it in one easily accessible place."

The entire family of My Book external hard drives features:
  • New 2TB capacities allowing users to store and backup all their data in one central location;
  • Elegant, small footprint design;
  • Capacity gauge to see at a glance how much capacity is available on the drive (not available on the My Book Essential Edition drive);
  • Environmentally friendly design that saves power by going into standby mode after 10 minutes of inactivity;
  • SmartPower™ features that turns the drive on and off with the computer and Safe Shutdown™ that prevents the drive from being powered down until all the data has been written2;
  • Kensington® Security Slot that allows users to secure drive to their desk with the separate purchase of a Kensington lock kit; and,
  • 1-year limited warranty.