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Anyone who uses external hard drives regularly wishes they were faster. Once you start copying several gigabytes of data to an external hard drive, you’re in for a long wait. Most external hard drives connect to computers via USB 2.0, but USB 3.0 is ten times faster. While your computer probably doesn’t have a USB 3.0 port, Western Digital’s My Book 3.0 comes with a solution.
Western Digital’s My Book 3.0 is an external hard drive with a USB 3.0 interface that allows data transfers at speeds up to roughly 5Gbps. Of course, USB 3.0 is backward-compatible with USB 2.0, so you can easily use My Book 3.0 with older computers. Naturally, data will transfer at USB 2.0 speed when a USB 3.0 device is connected to a USB 2.0 interface. With 2TB of storage, you’ll have plenty of space for all your photos, music and video files and probably have room left over for files you’ll collect in the future.
Because most people don’t have computers with USB 3.0 ports yet, Western Digital is bundling a 2-port USB 3.0 PCIe card with the drive. You need a desktop computer because notebooks don’t have PCIe expansion slots, but the card and drive are compatible with Windows XP,
The Western Digital My Book 3.0 comes with a USB 3.0 cable, AC adapter, software CD, quick install guide and the 2-Port PCIe adapter card. The drive has a sleek design that measures 5.3 x 1.9 x 6.5 inches and it weighs 2.6 pounds.
Whatever you do with an external hard drive, you can do it faster with USB 3.0. And you don’t have to pay much of a premium for USB 3.0 connectivity. My Book 3.0 costs about $225 for 2TB of storage and a USB 3.0 PCIe card. That works out to roughly $100 per TB of storage and $25 for the USB 3.0 card. And $100 per TB is only slightly more than what you would have to pay for an external drive with a USB 2.0 interface.