WD My Book Elite 2TB external HDD Review


This new My Book now comes with an e-label display, packs more storage, and is still pretty compact. So, what’s not to like about the My Book Elite external desktop HDD?

The WD SmartWare software is the first thing that comes to mind. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a whole lot more visually appealing than any of the company’s previous software offerings, and provides quick access to information by just hovering the mouse over a particular category.

What I dislike about it is that it does everything automatically. It scans and categorizes all the files that will be backed-up without giving users the liberty to select which ones will be saved on the My Book Elite. Likewise, it doesn’t allow users to view individually files that have already been backed-up nor does it come with the option to manually delete the files one-by-one.

Of course, you can always just copy-and-paste the files you want to back up on the My Book Elite or just use a different piece of software altogether, but since it’s retailing for P12,150.00, my expectations were set a little bit high. You also need to reformat it for use on a Mac.

The sole reliance on a USB 2.0 interface might also turn off previous My Book users who have enjoyed eSATA and FireWire connectivity in older models, but it’s still fast enough for most people’s needs (e.g. 1.36GB file successfully transferred in 1 minute and 4 sec.) especially since the drive itself is pretty fast in its own right.

The new e-label is undeniably its biggest come-on. It provides users with real-time information on the drive’s free space, status (locked or unlocked) and its name (customizable via the WD SmartWare app). Sadly though, it doesn’t come with a backlight rendering it somewhat useless at night when there’s no lighting available.

So, what’s the verdict? If not for the lack of connectivity options, I have few qualms about the My book Elite’s hardware specs and performance. It’s not perfect, but it’s still pretty impressive. I can’t say the same though about its bundled software. Hopefully, Western Digital will release a better version of the WD SmartWare application in the near future.

Form Factor     5
Feature Set      4
Performance   4.5
Value                 4


  • compact
  • e-label display for real-time info on capacity
  • fast


  • no backlight for e-label display
  • no FireWire/eSATA
  • limited user options in WD SmartWare

You can check out the unboxing pics here.


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