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Western Digital My Book Home Edition (WDH1CS3200 / WDH1CS5000 / WDH1CS6400 / WDH1CS7500 / WDH1CS10000 / WDH1CS15000 / WDH1CS20000)
5.2 out of 10

Western Digital My Book Home Edition (WDH1CS3200 / WDH1CS5000 / WDH1CS6400 / WDH1CS7500 / WDH1CS10000 / WDH1CS15000 / WDH1CS20000)

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Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book Home Edition (WDH1CS3200 / WDH1CS5000 / WDH1CS6400 / WDH1CS7500 / WDH1CS10000 / WDH1CS15000 / WDH1CS20000)

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Overall 4
4.0

Two Stars

Steve Sumner, Amazon
11 January 2015
Overall 4
4.0

Spotty reliability

Alex K., Amazon
29 August 2010
  • Summary: I've had this drive for over two years, but the enclosure had some serious issues just a few months after I got it. It would fail to power-on regularly (it would start booting up, then shutdown completely) and I'd have hit the power button ten to twenty times in a row in order to get it to start and...
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Overall 4
4.0

Poor in reliability

HelterSkelter, Amazon
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.
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Overall 4
4.0

Was solid for a year

K. Uchacz "Lookit' me!", Amazon
5 December 2009
  • Summary: Drive worked pretty flawlessly for a little over 1 year, used on a daily basis, and avoided moving it around to prevent damage to the drive while it was in operation. However, one day when I turned on my computer, it had difficulty detecting the drive.
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Overall 4
4.0

Does not work as startup disk.

Alec Whittaker "alecw", Amazon
2 October 2009
  • 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.
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Overall 4
4.0

Unreliable

Tom, Amazon
27 August 2009
  • Summary: This is my second, and last, Western Digital "home" external hard drive. The first one failed just after the warranty ended. For some reason, probably shortsighted cheapness, I went to [...] and bought the new "improved" model. It has just failed -- after one year of service.
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Overall 4
4.0

Crashed my system

Joan Lump "Hiker", Amazon
21 April 2009
  • 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.
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Overall 4
4.0

on the basis of its internal drives, tried WD external again; mixed results...

Long-Suffering 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) 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.
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Overall 4
4.0

Dreaded click of dying

Jack Spratt, Amazon
10 December 2008
  • Summary: Worked great for about 14 months; Then the drive started to disappear on my PC. After doing many things. New Firmware update, different cable, tweaked, updated, and rolled back drivers to no success; even put in a new PCI USB 2.0 adapter. I began noticing a clicking. click.. click.. click..
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Overall 4
4.0

Power Hog

D. Montgomery, Amazon
15 October 2008
  • 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.
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