After so many, many days of checking ebay, Rediff shopping, and bunch of other online shopping website portals for the best deals, speaking to a lot of people about the best manufacturer to go for, checking out a host of videos on Youtube for unboxings & reviews I finally settled on buying an external hard drive from Western Digital. With the company decided, I was left on deciding whether to go for a 1TB HDD or a 500HDD and should I get the one with an external power outlet or an internal one.
The ones that are internally powered, the 2.5 drives, were smaller, sleeker and sexier and took up much lesser space but they were also priced much more than the 3.5 drives which required a separate power outlet. I was opting to go for a 2.5 drive as I have a small desk and very little space on it that is free. But the cheapest offer for a 1TB 2.5 drive was atleast Rs.2800 more than the 3.5 drive option. I waited more days and checked out more reviews. Finally it was decision time.
I decided to go for the 1 TB My Book Essential from Western Digital and bought one from Cybermart via ebay and selected the option on the 27th of November (Saturday afternoon).
I got the drive through a courier this afternoon, Tuesday the 30th of November. Not bad, just 3 days to get it from Delhi to Cochin. It cost me a tad under 4k and that’s a good price. It’s 1TB capacity, is about 6.50 inches in height and 5.3 inches in length with 1.9 inches width and weighs about 2.60 pounds. It uses USB 2.0 interface that can transfer at the rate of 480 mbps. In the box we get the external hard drive, WD SmartWare software, USB cable, AC adapter, Quick Install Guide.