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Difference Between WD Elite and WD Essential

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With Information Technology being a billion-dollar industry, it is difficult to keep up with the numerous brands of gadgets that techies and non-techies can use. An example of a brand which made waves in the particular field of hard disk drive manufacturing, is Western Digital. The company was founded in 1979, and they are considered to be the second largest computer hard disk drive manufacturer in the world.

Now, if you are looking for an external storage solution, WD can definitely deliver. Two of their most popular models of external hard drives are the WD Elite and the WD Essential.

Depending on the computer system that you currently have, you should be able to select either of these WD hard drive models to fit your computing needs. Let’s start with the WD Elite. They do have the My Book Elite model, which is an elegant, easy-to-use storage solution that has features like the WD SmartWare backup software, customizable e-label, and password protection. The My Book Elite is available from 640 GB to 2 TB capacities, and can be used by both Windows and Mac users. There’s also the WD My Passport Elite, which is an ultra-portable USB drive.

Next, there is the line of Essential products belonging to Western Digital. The My Book Essential has essentially the same features as the My Book Elite ‘“ but it does have an extra feature which is the capacity gauge. It also has the WD SmartWare backup software and password protection. It is available from 500 GB to 2 TB capacities, and can be used by both Windows and Mac users. The corresponding USB drive model is the My Passport Essential SE and the My Passport Essential line of products. They come in 320 to 640 GB capacities, and are also suitable for Windows and Mac users.

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  1. So basically you pay around 15-20% extra just to have a capacity gauge on the drive when you can easily monitor the capacity via your operating system anyway?
    Not worth it in my oppinion.
    Don’t know about anyone else but I hardly even SEE my external hard drives. They are kept on a shelf away from any heat from the PC. So the gauge is completely useless for me.

  2. Reading this basically tells me that Elite and Essentials are the same….. but different…….

  3. maybe they forgot to finish writing the article….

  4. thats it in a nutshell. one has the guage leds for capacity and the other model doesnt. i wonder what effect the leds/diodes have on the circuit as opposed to not having them? i would think the leds will require more current and wind up with it running at a higher temp, which long term will slowly cook the components causing them to go out of tolerence. Long term the one with leds will fail.

  5. @know it all. You clearly no nothing about LEDS then if you think that. Go do some research before making comments.

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