Summary: Yes, I understand that the majority of users do not know how to format their hard drives let alone backup their files and folders on their own. Nothing quite like your hard drive trying to take over your computer with all the junk they install on it.
Summary: The WD comes pre-loaded with software that forces you to use it as a back-up system. The software can't simply be deleted, but instead must be removed with a utility program to reformat the drive. The preloaded software doesn't allow you to drag & drop files onto the drive.
Summary: Contrary to what many other reviewers are saying, the USB interface on this drive is not proprietary. It's the new (about 2 years old) Micro USB interface which we'll see on many new electronic products. My Samsung cell phone has it and it's used on some bluetooth headset chargers.
Good Basic Drive - Unacceptable Documentation, Software and Support
J. Hodroff, Amazon
12 June 2011
Summary: On the upside, if you're looking for a good basic hard drive and you plan to supply your own backup software, or are content to copy & past files to the drive, then this is a good basic portable hard drive. It's not the smallest, or the fastest, but for the money, it's a good buy.
Summary: Bought this cute little portable hard drive to back op our Imac. It seemed to be working until one day when I noticed the Icon for the Back Up drive had turned Orange. A short time later our Imac crashed our OS during a power failure. When we went to restore we discovered a major problem.
Summary: I have had several of the WD portable drives. The big grip I have with this one is that the connector cable has switched from the mini-USB on the drive end to micro-USB. The small cable that comes with never stays connected to the drive.