updated 11:25 am EST, Mon February 5, 2007
USB 2, eSATA My Book
Western Digital today announced that its new My Book Premium ES Edition external hard drive offers eSATA and USB 2.0 connectivity to transfer data at higher speeds while expanding compatibility. "Virtually all motherboards shipped today include the SATA interface for internal drives and many PCI cards are available to connect eSATA hard drives to PCs and Macs," said Western Digital." An increasing number of motherboard manufacturers are incorporating support for eSATA connector ports." The My Book Premium ES Edition is designed in a book shape with a small footprint, requiring no CD to install by including software that loads from the drive the first time it is plugged in. An intelligent drive management system dubbed "SmartPower" automatically powers the device on and off with the computer, and a "Safe Shutdown" feature ensures data is saved before shutting down, according to Western Digital. My Book Premium ES is available in 320GB ($180) and 500GB ($230) capacities.