Western Digital Launch New External Drives

"Western Digital have introduced a new line of external hard drives, with e-label built in."

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Western Digital 'e-label'
 
Western Digital My Book Elite with e-label technologyWestern Digital have launched their new range of external hard drives, the My Book Elite series, compatible with both Mac and PC. They feature a new feature, called e-label, which is technology that reads like ink on paper, allowing users to see information such as remaining hard drive capacity, if the drive is secure and add a user-customisable label to the spine of the drive, while the power is switched off. Western Digital promised that the information would be "clearly visible" without power, which is a rather nice feature.
 
There are two models - the Elite and the Studio, the Elite carries a USB 2.0 interface and is PC compatible, whilst the Studio carries not only a USB 2.0 connector, but a FireWire 800 connector too, for compatibility with Mac OS X. However, Western Digital claim that the Studio can be reprogrammed to work with Windows Vista and 7, and the Elite can be reformatted to work with OS X Tiger, Leopard and Snow Leopard.
 
The Elite comes in 1TB, 1.5TB and 2TB models, whilst the Studio is the same, but with the option of a 500GB drive. All of the drives support 256-bit data encryption, for the security conscious user. Both variants are available now, with the Studio series starting at $150 (£100) and the Elite starting at $170  (£110).
 
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30-09-2009, 16:50:50

PeterStoba
Popular for their Mini ITX motherboards, Zotac do it again with their ION ITX-F series.

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30-09-2009, 17:03:12

Ducky Spud
Not bad, but think I'll get one of the older ones still. Just gonna be using mine as a media PC in the front room so no need for a PCI-E slot. What are people going to put in it? A decent graphics card is an option but for gaming you'd be better with one of the socket 775 mitx boards they do, definately wouldnt be wanting to game on an atom board :p

01-10-2009, 11:37:14

Mul.
About the only thing that springs to mind here is,"Why?".

Our testing with the Mini ITX ION platform a while back had already shown that the integrated GeForce 9400M was being held back by the Atom and despite this could still offer the ability to play light games and also 1080p HD without issue. Based on this, why would anyone want to drop anything more powerful in? About the only possible reason that springs to mind is a mini GPU Folding@Home box.

01-10-2009, 11:52:52

Rastalovich
It's all about cramming them into small units. Net stuff, watch a moving, office.

Bet u could play WoW on it if u wanted.

All from a small box, perhaps next to ur tv.

I like the options these things give. More for mod'ers than for oc'ers.

02-10-2009, 18:13:32

Diablo
I'm still waiting for a pico ITX ion and atom system to turn up, then I will be very happy...

03-10-2009, 05:28:34

nathan

About the only thing that springs to mind here is,"Why?".

Our testing with the Mini ITX ION platform a while back had already shown that the integrated GeForce 9400M was being held back by the Atom and despite this could still offer the ability to play light games and also 1080p HD without issue. Based on this, why would anyone want to drop anything more powerful in? About the only possible reason that springs to mind is a mini GPU Folding@Home box.



Mainly for a HTPC im guessing. Clearly its going to be crap for gaming. The atom 330 is meant to help alot with speed issues.

for a connected house, have one of these behind each tv running your favourite software. I hope they continue to inovate mini/nano and pico itx form factors.

EDIT: I'm really looking forward to the following > VIA EPIA-P720 Pico-ITX

03-10-2009, 06:07:55

Mul.

Mainly for a HTPC im guessing. Clearly its going to be crap for gaming. The atom 330 is meant to help alot with speed issues.

for a connected house, have one of these behind each tv running your favourite software. I hope they continue to inovate mini/nano and pico itx form factors.

EDIT: I'm really looking forward to the following > VIA EPIA-P720 Pico-ITX



Well here's the thing though. The GeForce 9400M is good enough for High Definition content, at least at present. That PCI-E slot would come in handy for CUDA based apps like Folding@Home and upcoming media encoding apps. I think my point is however that if someone's needs are more than just 1080p media and light HTPC use, then surely it makes more sense to spend similar money for an ITX Board that allows for the use of a Core 2 Duo's/Athlon II's for example, which run circles around the Atom 330.

05-10-2009, 13:37:30

nathan

Well here's the thing though. The GeForce 9400M is good enough for High Definition content, at least at present. That PCI-E slot would come in handy for CUDA based apps like Folding@Home and upcoming media encoding apps. I think my point is however that if someone's needs are more than just 1080p media and light HTPC use, then surely it makes more sense to spend similar money for an ITX Board that allows for the use of a Core 2 Duo's/Athlon II's for example, which run circles around the Atom 330.



i was just giving you a reason for "why?" We dont all game you know or have the same requirements.

05-10-2009, 19:58:29

Mul.
I whole heartedly agree with you. I just think that if one doesn't game, then surely the surprisingly capable 9400M based GPU on the ION platform will suffice. Hope you didn't take my post the wrong way, was merely discussing. :)
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