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: It was fast! It was quiet! But as a backup disk it did not work! The Western Digital MyBook mounted on my PowerPC Mac immediately out of the box. I ran cloning software to duplicate my laptop hard drive. Everything went well until I tried a restart from the MyBook. After several attempts, including reformatting and repartitioning, I checked the Western Digital website. There I found that WD will not provide tech support for their drive used in startup mode.
Summary: I bought this to use on a 3-port Firewire card, mostly for video transfers from a camcorder connected to another port on the same card. It replaced a smaller Firewire disk on the same card/port. That means I need it to work with other devices connected, and to be able to mount and dismount it because it doesn't need to be powered on all the time. It wouldn't do that. The WD disk worked by itself, and is notably quiet.
on the basis of its internal drives, tried WD external again; mixed results...
35-year Technology Consumer "8-tracks to 802.11", Amazon
24 December 2008
Summary: This was a replacement for an earlier model Western Digital external hard disk drive (HDD) Western Digital 500 GB External Hard Drive that inexplicably bricked after 17 months (reviewed separately under the product link above...) So why chose WD again? Mostly for the solid reputation of their internal HDDs and reasonable pricing.
Summary: I've just done some testing of some of my computer gear with a small power meter and was surprised to find that this drive draws at least 5 watts all the time when it is plugged in. Powered up and idle, it uses about 7 watts, but when it is spun down and turned off, it is still sucking 5 watts. 24 hours a day! That is way too much! I will start unplugging it when it's not in use.
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.