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Western Digital is offering My Book drives, 7200RPM drives in a form factor that stands on end like a book and has an ominous-looking eye peering out of one side. Offered in capacities of 160, 250, 320, 400, and 500GB, the drives are available in Premium and Essential editions. The Premium Edition has both FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 ports, where the Essential Edition is USB 2.0-only, and doesn't include backup software. You can also tell the difference between the two by the color of the backlit power button, where the Premium Edition has a blue eye and the Essential Edition s is green.

It might be a bit awkward to actually have these on your bookshelf, since both require an AC adapter. They're set to ship by the end of this month, with pricing for the Premium Edition between $180 and $350 and for the Essential Edition between $150 and $330.

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WD brings external hard drive biz to book [Reg Hardware]