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The Western Digital MyBook Essential Edition external hard drive is a slightly pared-down version of the MyBook Premium Edition. It's a good option if you need additional storage without backup software.
Whether you use a Mac or a PC, the 320GB Western Digital My Passport Studio is the perfect compact external drive with a low cost per GB, a compact design, decent performance, and a surprisingly lengthy warranty.
Western Digital's Passport Portable External Hard Drive lets you take a lot of data on the road for a low price.
If write speed isn't a top priority, the Western Digital MyBook is a good deal at around $300 for a 500GB drive. It'll look good on your desk or bookshelf, too.
Western Digital designed and preformats the My Passport Studio for use with Macs; however, it works well as a portable external storage solution for Windows and OS X, as long as USB 2.0 is your connection of choice.
The NetCenter NAS drive is a solid SOHO shared storage drive at a fair price, making it a good choice for the average user.
The Western Digital WD Passport is a fast, easy, inexpensive way to take and transfer large files on the road.
The Western Digital MyBook Live is a fast, plug-and-play, simple-to-use home NAS server that unfortunately lacks features and has a subpar remote-access solution.
Western Digital's My Book 3.0 is a great external-storage addition for desktop computer users. However, notebook users have better choices.