Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book Home Edition (WDH1CS3200 / WDH1CS5000 / WDH1CS6400 / WDH1CS7500 / WDH1CS10000 / WDH1CS15000 / WDH1CS20000)
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Poor in reliability
17 August 2010
Summary: Extremely unreliable drive. Please do yourself a favor and do NOT rely on this unit to store your precious/valuable data. This unit will fail without notice. This is one of those cases where you get what you pay. WD is genius: They are a leading Hard Drive manufacturer that make ultra affordable units. How so ? Very simple..
Summary: This unit installed and worked perfectly, a real delight. Looked just like a drive (F:) on my PC and I backed up to it successfully for about a year and a half. One day, it just turned up stone dead. My opinion is that disk-drive based hardware should last about 5 years.
Summary: I have had this product about 6 months running on USB 2.0 with no problems. I recently bought a brand new PC with eSATA connections, a high quality eSATA cable and the problems began. With the eSATA cable I have found the drive extremely susceptible to having its file system corrupted when the PC is restarted. This has happened twice, once causing 14GB of important data to be converted to .CHK files which I spent a week sorting out.
Summary: I like the design and flexibility of this drive. It seems to work very well. My gripe is that the 'Home Edition' My Book drives are advertised as coming with backup software. It is advertised this way on the box as well as on the WD website. The reality is that a 30 day trial of backup software is included. If you want to continue to use it, it's a $30 fee to purchase the software. This is just disappointing more than anything else.
Summary: I bought this because I wanted the speed of eSATA. Then you find you have to buy the cable separately. I have tried all three interfaces, and end up having to use firewire. eSATA usually does not work, although it appeared to briefly, USB - works if you connect it after the machine has booted, but it stops the PC booting for quite a while otherwise. When eSATA did work it was slower than firewire anyway. Perhaps I should send it back for a replacement.
Summary: Great drive but as in other reviews had to cut off some plastic on the esata cable to allow it to fully insert.once completed recognised straight away. the issue i have is during the boot process. when the drive is connected via esata. the boot sequance pauses for about 90 seconds twice. and the hard drive activity light on the computer seems to stay on nearly all the way through the boot and sometimes after.
Summary: Having read other reviewers' comments regarding e-SATA problems, I was a bit worried about buying this hard disk. But I wanted the speed of e-SATA to back up my own Evesham computer, and USB 2.0 for my brother's backups. The disk worked fine on USB and Firewire, but my XP OS could not see the MyBook at all.
Summary: Tried two different drives, delivered a week apart. Both worked fine with USB but the first one would not connect at all via eSATA and the second one would only do so if the plug was forced very hard into the socket. Looks like they were part of a bad batch. Be prepared. After wasting so much time, have ordered a Seagate drive instead.