Today’s ever-digitalized world is using ever-increasing amounts of storage. Once I downloaded the Adobe Premiere CS3 preview / beta, I really discovered this for my self, and followed up on that with a copy of VMware Server (which I run Ubuntu Linux in). Turns out my measly (relatively) 80 GB internal SATA drive just isn’t big enough to keep up with the current storage demands.
After finding a real steal on Western Digital’s My Book Essentials Edition at Circuit City, realizing it was after a mail-in rebate, buying the smaller 160 GB drive, at Best Buy, returning that one and finally getting the original 250 GB drive at Best Buy with a price match, I got my hands on yet another addition to my “studio”. I felt like an idiot for not bringing a Circuit City flyer to Best Buy with me, but that’s how idiots roll.
The drives enclosure is bigger than I anticipated, but it still looks sharp. Western Digital advocates that their My Book drives can be placed in a bookshelf or laid on their sides and stacked vertically. The little green circle on the front of the case indicates power and disk access status. Pressing the center of the circle powers on or off the drive. Unlike many other devices these days, the WD drives comes with a normal size power adaptor.
Setting up the drive was a snap. After connecting it to an open USB port on my computer, an Autorun dialog popped up, prompting me to do install software. I neglected to choose to install anything, but it appears that a Western Digital drive utility made its way on my machine anyway.
Regarding performance, the drive is definitely not as fast as my internal SATA drive, but that’s a given. Accessing files is pretty snappy, although occasionally the drive has to spin up after going into standby (after about ten to twenty minutes).
This new drive will serve as a non-performance-critical repository for most of my digital media (as well as my huge catch-all download folder), and to archive files needing the speed of my primary drive after I finish working with them (like video footage). For now I will keep my VMware images on the main drive.
Typically I’m very frugal on computer upgrades – and the 69.99 USD really shows how good a deal this was. Needless to say it was worth every penny.