Western Digital My Book Home Edition

It’s that time of the year again – getting 13th month salary (bonus). Decided to save 80% of that. It shouldn’t be about the saving only. This is the time that I want to spend my hard earned money. As what I keep telling myself, it’s better to buy something – at least you will see something. Believe me, money can gone just like that, where at the end of the day, you don’t really even know what you spend at.

My office’s notebook harddisk space is getting low and low everyday.

The email that I’m getting and replying everyday grows really fast in size. Without you knowing, 1GB of space is already occupied by those email.

There’s where my crazy idea came – getting external hard disk for office you. I guess it will be cheaper to buy a bare hard disk, and then shop for external enclosure. But this time I really fancy of getting the out-of-the-box external hard disk. This is the one I’m getting – Western Digital My Book Home Edition – 500GB with USB 2.0, FireWire 400 and eSata interface.

But there’s an USB 2.0 1TB version available, with the price not far from this one, but I have my own reason of getting this one.

First, I only have 4 USB ports at my office laptop, and all 4 are occupied already by wireless mouse, LifeChat headphone, iPod and HTC Touch Pro.

Second, I have FireWire port at my laptop. Better utilize this rather than buying USB port, which I found really messy.

Third, FireWire works without controller, where devices communicate peer to peer, meaning it doesn’t use the processor cycle. So in the event computer is running CPU intensive application, the data rete for FireWire is not affected by this – i.e. it remains constant.

The unboxing process as usual.

I’m quite overwhelmed by the number of cables provided here. 2 power cords (2 pin and 3 pin one), USB cable and FireWire cable. But if you plan to connect this to eSata port on your computer, you have to buy the cable on your own.

And here’s how the back looks like – power port, USB port, eSata port, 2 FireWire ports and reset switch.

The FireWire cable that is provided in the box is 6-pin/6-pin one. Too bad that my laptop has the 4-pin FireWire port, thus making me have to buy this 4-pin/6-pin cable.

Ever wonder why this product is called My Book? Well, it does look like a book, and fit my book rack perfectly 😉

So, I guess this is my first toy for 2009.


Technical Manager at one of the market researcher company in KL who does blogging on his free time. Love cats very much. Always fascinated with new technology (as well as spending money on it)

11 Responses

  1. amirahsyuhada says:

    nampak ekslusif…hehe..nice.

    and I really understand the “money can gone just like that, where at the end of the day, you don’t really even know what you spend at.” statement…umpphhh.

  2. rinaKeiko says:

    Your desktop wallpaper is sooo freaking cute!!! XD
    Can I have that picture please? *am being tak malu*
    hehe jk

  3. kebab says:

    I’ve read somewhere that the side of the WD My Book actually carries secret messages (the holes and lines that looks like braile laguage) I have not really look to decipher it since i don’t own one -.-

  4. yazid says:

    Ran oii, the hd now is getting cheaper day by day. Bought a 500gb sata western digital at RM160 and sold to someone else at RM200 here in Melaka. Lagi pun ko ada banyak duit, money matters is a small matters hoho.
    Years since moved to Melaka, I am disconnect from the internet world. Lama dah tak jengah blog ko dah.

  5. amirahsyuhada says:

    I saw 1 terabytes hd at Ipoh, around rm500+, tapi tak ramai orang beli..naper ye.

    • Imran says:

      yeap. aware about that. tapi as mentioned in blog, i want something out of the box. furthermore it's firewire, usb and esata enclosure, with a slick design. huhu

  6. Jessica says:

    This was great to read through, I am going through the same thing and need to purchase a hard drive, the pictures you posted helped me understand what I am interested in buying and what I need to look for. This was so helpful, thank you for posting this.

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