Review Western Digital My Book 8TB (2020)

Those looking at the My Book product record will find that at least ten devices have used this moniker, and over the years they have been built with USB, Firewire, and eSATA connections to countless capacities. Mostly designed to be connected directly to a host computer or Mac, providing a place for offline files that are no longer required on the system, or to back up files on them.

Review Western Digital My Book 8TB (2020)

Western Digital My Book 8TB 2020

Those looking for a My Book product record will find that no fewer than ten devices have used this moniker, and over the years they have been built with USB, Firewire, and eSATA connections to countless capacities.
Mostly designed to be connected directly to a host computer or Mac, providing a place for offline files that are no longer required on the system, or to back up files on them.
Most models feature a single 3.5-inch hard drive housed in an enclosure that is not designed to be user-accessible, although some dual drive models have allowed the drive to be replaced.
Today, we're going to take a look at the latest 2020 edition of Western Digital My Book, which looks remarkably like the 2016 edition, but has great potential.
Pricing
For the head-scratching experiences, the official Western Digital My Book pricing takes a few beats. Using https://shop.westerndigital.com/ as a starting point depending on the region you are in will determine if you are completely confused or confused.
Anywhere in the US you can buy a 3 TB model, anywhere else, the starting point for this range is 4 TB, with 6 TB, 8 TB, 10 TB, 12 TB, and 14 TB options.
Western Digital's UK direct pricing for these are £ 91.99 (4TB), £ 119.99 (6TB), £ 172.99 (8TB), £ 236.99 (10TB), £ 258.99 (12TB) and 279.99 £ 14 TB (14 TB).
When converting to the exchange rate, these rates appear excessively high compared to the US prices of $ 89.99 (3TB), $ 109.99 (4TB), $ 134.99 (6TB), $ 159.99 (8TB) and $ 209.99 (10TB). ), $ 249.99 (12 TB), $ 279.99 (14 TB).
And in the UK, the best value per terabyte is the 6 TB and 14 TB models, with 8 TB and 14 TB each carrying these stages.
When we asked Western Digital about these discrepancies and received this response,
"The prices offered by Western Digital are only the retail prices suggested by the manufacturer and are determined according to local market conditions (including taxes and exchange rates) and the local competitive landscape."
Our research reveals that online retailers offer much better value. We found that the 8 TB review model can be purchased for £ 167.42 in the UK and $ 149.99 in the US.
the design
When Western Digital stopped trying to make the My Book series look like actual books, it heralded a huge improvement in aesthetics. And the two-tone wavy / flat design still looks good in this latest version.
However, the designer's love for the glossy black plastic made of clear plastic to be peeled off is not without problems. Once the static electricity is charged through removing the protection, dust is attracted to My Book like wasps on a family outing.
Drive setup is remarkably simple; It is a matter of connecting the supplied power pack and USB cable to the computer. This version doesn't even have an on / off switch, so the drive becomes active the moment you plug it in.
Besides the USB Type-B Micro connection on the back, and the barrel power jack, the only other external feature to note is the Kensington Lock slot, allowing My Book to be physically secured.
Inside the shiny black WD Red case, 8 TB in the review model, the electronics to enable this SATA mechanism to be connected to USB. For those curious, taking the physical drive out of the case probably involves destroying the case. We only recommend this procedure if the drive is out of warranty, and you suspect the USB board or PSU is dead, not the physical drive.
And if you've used the hardware encryption option, extracting the drive might not recover your data anyway.
This unit is intended for office use, hence it is provided with a good length USB cable that should connect from the office to the floor computer easily.
By default, My Book comes pre-configured in exFAT to enable modern PCs and Mac computers to read contents directly, and on the drive there is a WD Discovery Kit for both platforms ready to install.