Pros: It has 1 TB of space. Excellent for doing full back ups, system images, storing pictures, videos, music files...
Cons: I bought this to run VMWare virtual operating systems without having to put them on my physical hard drive. This is not near fast enough to run a virtual operating system on, much less 3 or 4 at once. There seems to be an issue with the adaptability from the native USB 3.0 to the USB 2.0 as well. The transfer rates are not near what a USB 2.0 should be when transferring files through a USB 2.0 connection. If you have any desire to do anything more than store data. I w...
Summary: I read some of the bad reviews about the drive and the undeleteable software, but I figured I could work around it. WRONG. At first I installed the "Smartware" software and figured I'd give it a try, but the backup options it provides are limited and inflexible. Not only that, but it's very resource intensive, and it was killing my older computer and my netbook to the point that I needed to uninstall it completely.
Pros: *Large capacity *Nice looking
Cons: *WD Smartware software is invasive and unwelcome *Drive only works on some of my computers *Absolutely not worth the hassle *It a USB hard drive. It should be simple to use and compatible with any computer, instead it has presented me with problems on every computer I have tried it with.
Summary: Feb 2010 update (original review follows)... After months of negotiating with Western Digital and trying to work through two serious design flaws with this drive, and after experiencing a horribly botched attempt to correct the problem (I still don't have a working drive...Even new shipments in Feb 2010 have the same problem!!), I am reducing the user rating from 5 to 2 stars.
Summary: This Western Digital One terabyte USB hard drive is extremely durable yet unbelievably quiet, and its read/write speed is excellent. It is compact, about the size of a wallet, is handsomely designed, and so affordable that I bought two of them. Were it not for a couple of problems I would have given it five stars. The WD SmartWare feature, which emulates a CD drive seems to cause Windows Explorer to stop responding.
Smallest available portable 1TB storage with technological dead end
17 March 2010
Summary: Suffice it to say: (+) small size (-) USB interface directly integrated on hard drive's circuit board (I've uploaded two images for illustration) (-) virtual CD crap ware, which (still!) can be just disabled but not removed This drive could be an outstanding product but Western Digital messed it up on the home stretch. As of now this is the only 2.5" 1TB hard drive available.