Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book Home Edition (WDH1CS3200 / WDH1CS5000 / WDH1CS6400 / WDH1CS7500 / WDH1CS10000 / WDH1CS15000 / WDH1CS20000)
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20 December 2012
Excerpt: Huge problem with using USB2. No matter which intel based motherboard I plug them into, these drives stop the computer from booting up (even though the BIOS has been told to boot up from the internal drive). So either I have to reboot a few times, or I have to unplug during POST, and then...
Summary: I owned this product for 6 months and it failed. Paying $$$ to have the data recovered. 15 years of images/ iTunes, etc. Read the reviews online about WD External Hardrives. I'm not the only one. I wish I would have done the research before purchasing this product. WD is worthless in assisting you with the data recovery, trouble, replacement, etc. Beware of Western Digital Harddrives!!!!
Pros: Easy To Install, Fast, Highly Compatible, Quiet
Summary: This is the fourth Western Digital Hard drive that I've purchased, and I have never had any complaint, until now. The Memeo software provided with the drive is unreliable and extremely time consuming to maintain, and the online help services are awful. They have dumbed this program down so much that there are no controls of any value, so if any thing goes wrong, plan on starting over. I'm on my forth rebuild of my back-up, and my last.
Summary: Terrible waste of good files. I bought this expecting it to last as long as the older style WD mybook hard drives. Sadly however, this wasn't the case. The hard drive became corrupted, and running scan disc on it didn't do any good at all. Most of my folders turned into 32kb blank icons. After that, I ran some type of WD test on the drive (test reported error) Ran scan disk again, and then was unable to access any information on the drive at all.
Pros: Bought it on sale for dirt cheap. Better than Segate or Maxtor.
Cons: They must have cheaped out on the internal components when they upgraded the look of the drives.
Summary: Do not trust valuable backup to a product so haphazardly developed.
Pros: It looks like a book is inconspicuous on my desk.
Cons: The WED Anywhere Backup software which is included for free actually is not. WD asked $30 for use beyond 30 days. The software application did not run out of the box. After downloading current software Ia was able to make the software run however it did not recognize the installed WD drive that it came with. The eSATA interface was extraordinarily slow taking over 1 hour to back up 4 Gig. I ended up returning this product.