Cons: Our computer was crashing, so we downloaded everything on the hard drive and unplugged it from the computer. After erasing everything off of our main computer we plugged in the HD and it didn't work. We were later told that this is a common issue with Western Digital. If you just unplug the HD fr...
Summary: In reading reviews of a number of external drives I see many reports of failures. This seems to be a product category where manufacturers are trying to be low priced but quality suffers.
Pros: Lots of capacity for backing up my photography. eSATA for theoretical fast backup. I have 3 older WD external drives for my other computer which have worked without a flaw for years, so expected good results.
Cons: Before I got an eSATA plate for the computer I backed up less than 200 GB using USB which took 23 hours! Got eSATA plate and started a fresh backup. 3 times the drive disappeared after perhaps 25 minutes. The drive did not seem that hot. I switched back to USB. The drive disappeared. This seems l...
Summary: Newegg (and Western Digital) apparently need to start listing which drives are compatible with which operating systems. I wish I had know before buying the drive, now I have to return it.
Pros: eSATA interface is much faster than USB and Firewire: USB average 33 MB/Sec Firewire average 38 MB/Sec eSATA average 71 MB/sec (burst rate 140 MB/sec) (measured with HDTune)
Cons: In tracking down eSATA problem, Western Digital support writes: Windows 7 has new hardware requirements, as well as new hardware compatibilities. It requires that every piece of hardware connected to it, be fully compatible with it. This causes several pieces of hardware, not to work with Windows...
Poor writing speed, not even close to 60mb/s advertized
Gene Golub, Amazon
17 December 2009
Summary: Hi guys. All things are good about this drive BUT speed of writing. I am not sure how important it is for somebody. I believe reliability and throughput are 2 most important parameters for external drive. It shows 13mb/s or 104 mbits/sec. This device produces less than 25% !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Summary: Based on my experience, my suggestion is to buy a drive from a different company, one that stands behind their products.
Pros: Good capacity, well priced
Cons: Ok, so it quit working. It is a mechanical device and these things can fail, but trying to get Western Digital help is where the fun began. I received a valid RMA based on the warranty, shipped it back, and waited weeks only to get back my broken drive without any explanation--poorly packed, I mi...
Summary: These drives seem to be WD Green drives. If you want to use this for usb it should be ok. but save money and get the usb version it is cheaper. If you want a excelent external e-sata drive buy a internal drive of your choice and a 3rd party enclosure for e-sata. It will save you tons of headaches.
Pros: Looks nice. Packaged well. Fast as an internal when and if it works on e-sata. Usb works as it should.
Cons: Died in less than a year. Disk motor stopped turning. heads still work. Using e-sata, Drive turns it self on with your computer power up. But when in sleep mode it may not turn off or turn back on when coming out of sleep mode. Will do the same when turnig computer on and off. If it turns off whe...
Summary: I figured I would try something different but alas it didn't work out. The hard drives are great, WD makes a quality HD, too bad they have a terrible follow through with the My Book casing. I have 2 Vantec casings and just ordered 2 more after the My Book disaster.
Pros: You can take the drives out and use them elsewhere. Price was ok especially for 1TB + the external casing. USB interface works fine.
Cons: Case holes around eSata port are so small I had to shave the sheathing around my eSata connector to get it to fully seat. (I had 6 cables to try and used the smalled ones) I purchased 2 of these for use with eSata. Firewire functionality is flaky at best even after trying to upgrade firmware. USB...