Western Digital My Book Elite USB2

  • Western Digital My Book Elite USB2
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  • Good looks; cool display; intuitive backup software; fulldisk encryption.
  • Hardware encryption, Intuitive backup software, eInk label
  • Sleeker and streamlined design, useful e-paper display, decent performance, Windows as well as Mac software


  • Write speeds slower than expected; no eSATA.
  • No eSATA/FireWire connectivity

Expert reviews and ratings

By Web User on 80

There aren't many hard disks that can tell you how full they are at a glance, but My Book Elite from Western Digital does just that. It has a digital display that shows you both graphically and numerically how much space is left on it, which should...

By Expert Reviews on 80

The My Book Elite is surprisingly affordable for a 2TB USB2 disk, but at this price you may want to consider a USB3 disk if speed is important....

By Computeractive on 80

Good-value hard disk with a handy information...

By Maximum PC on 80

WD's backup/restore software is actually useful It’s been a long time since we reviewed a USB external drive—not since November 2008, to be exact—mostly because they’re essentially commodities now. With transfers capped at...

By PCWorld India on 81

Western Digital's My Book Elite 2TB external hard drive offers intuitive backup options, 256-bit AES hardware encryption, and an e-ink capacity indicator. However, there are faster USB 2.0–based external hard drives that have passed through...

By TechTree on 70

The WD My Book Elite 1TB is an average performer when compared with other drives in its category. However, there is no doubt that it is slimmer than the previous My Book products, and looks different too with a dark non-glossy finish. The special...

By HardwareGeeks on

Three weeks ago WD sent me their brand spanking new My Book Elite to check out and I have to say it’s a pretty sweet external HDD. For those who haven’t done so check out my unboxing video, so you can see for yourself how elegant the drive...

By Good Gear Guide on 80

Western Digital has revamped its My Book Elite external hard drive with hardware encryption, eInk labelling and improved backup software....

By PC Advisor on 80

The Western Digital My Book Elite 2TB manages reasonable read and write speeds when dealing with both small and large files, but isn't the fastest USB 2.0 external hard drive we've tested. A faster interface, like FireWire 800, would certainly...

International Review By Komputer for Alle on 80

Der er ofte tale om en kasse med et USB stik samt en strømforsyning på de større modeller. Men i takt med at vi har et stigende behov for store diske til vores digitale billeder, film m.m., er producenterne også blevet mere...

International Review By PC-tidningen on 80

Det handlar ofta om en låda som ansluts via usb samt en strömförsörjning på större modeller. Men i takt med stigande behov av stora diskar för digitala bilder, filmer och så vidare, har tillverkarna blivit mer...

International Review By PCWorld Italia on 90

Il modello Elite della serie My Book di Western Digital non è un nome dato a caso. Infatti l'azienda americana con questo modello cerca di dare una nuova impronta ai dischi fissi esterni di backup. E lo fa con un approccio semplice e quanto mai...

International Review By ZDNet.be on

Het zal wellicht niemand verbazen dat de harde schijven uit de My Book-reeks van Western Digital eruitzien als boeken, zij het dan wel met een plastic kaft. Deze Elite voegt er nog een extraatje aan toe: op de rug van de kaft prijkt namelijk een...

International Review By ChannelPartner.de on 51

Eine Praktische externe USB-Festplatte mit frei einstellbarem Display und 2 TB Kapazität. Die Western Digital My Book Elite war zwar nicht besonders flott, dafür aber leise. (PC-Welt/tö)Lesen Sie auf der nächsten Seite:Testergebnisse...

International Review By PC-Welt.de on

Ziemlich cool: Die Western Digital My Book Elite hat ein Display, das den Text auch dann anzeigt, wenn die externe Platte ausgeschaltet und ausgesteckt ist. Aber auch Tempo, Ausstattung und Geräuschentwicklung sind wichtige Kriterien - wie es hier...