Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book World Edition II Blue ring (WDG2NC10000 / WDG2NC15000 / WDG2NC20000)
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The Absolute Worst Storage Product I've Purchased
mike chambers, Amazon
8 February 2010
Summary: I'm a 31 yr veteran of the I.T. industry, very technical, and very experienced in storage technologies -- including Network Attached Storage. From a name like WESTERN DIGITAL, I expected a top of the line product: I certainly paid a top of the line price for it. What I received was without any doubt the WORST drive I've ever had or heard of. But let me be specific: 1. The drive CANNOT be used as a local drive; i.e.
Summary: I use the disk for storage and back up my PCs, one day, it just died w/o any symptoms. Wrote to WD, initially got a response, then they became quite. After a few reminder, they said the unit can be replaced, but they wont help to recover the data. Using 3rd party for data recovery would void the warranty. Where I live, there is no "WD preferred partners" for data recovery!! Kind of stuck.
Summary: Dont install the software. Slows everything down. The software that allows access over the internet is junk. Use the built in web page. Try not to use over a wireless connection on big files.... very slow. I have mine hooked up to a 1gb router and when connected via cable its pretty fast.
Pros: Easy to use and very reliable. Quiet! Fast access and has a network connection to plug right into your router. Also has a USB for adding more storage.
Summary: As far as network attached storage goes, this unit is adequate. The Samba interface works well on the internal network, though a little slow. The trouble comes when trying to use the Mionet interface which allows access from remote locations via the web. This arrangement precludes direct access to the unit locally, so whenever Mionet loses connection, the unit is inaccessable locally. Neat idea, but very poor architecture.
Summary: I strongly dislike this product. I have used WD drives before without issue, so I didn't think twice before buying this one. I was enticed by the thought of accessing my data through a browser from anywhere in the world. DO NOT BE FOOLED. My drive continuously gets dropped or changes letter assignment, which makes backing up a nightmare. I tried using the WD Backup software but as I stupidly threw out the quick install guide, I am unable to get a product key.
Summary: I set the drive up to run as RAID 1 (mirroring) so if one drive dies, I still have another with my data safe. It was slow transferring data to the drive; a good task to run overnight. It's also noisy, so park where it won't be too annoying. It's been a little more than a year now, warranty expired, and I could no longer access the drive!
Summary: I'm using this in my household to have a central location to access files for two laptops and one desktop. I'm running one laptop on Windows XP, Home Edition, one with Windows Vista - Home Edition and my desktop with Windows XP - Home Edition. I did not have any problems with networking either of the two types of operating systems and have the WD set as a network drive for all three computers.
Summary: This is my second Western Digital My Book World Edition II External Hard Drive. I find these drives strike the right balance (for me) of function (drive size, speed, ease of use), design (compact, looks good on a shelf, quiet) and price (one of the cheapest, quality NAS out there.) I love the idea of removing the issue of storage off a PC so that I can access my data anywhere, anytime from anything without my PC being on.