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. 391MB of files come on this drive when you pull it out of the box. I immediately pulled them off an threw them on a backup drive just in case I sell this. Recommendations on what to do upon receiving this drive.
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. However, once the drive is reformatted you can use it properly and it works great. I'm giving my review three stars - if the drive came without the software it would easily get five stars.
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. Yep we lost a lot of stuff! After replacing with a Segate unit (noticed a lot of wierdness went away with the new drive).
Summary: I purchased this drive as a simple and quick alternative to backup my data. It works fine and serves that purpose well. However using it as a portable storage unit is somewhat annoying. It does not use a standard cable, therefore I'll have to fit a extra cable in my already cable infested notebook case. And I have to be careful taking care of the cable because it is the only one I have. Another annoying thing is the software it included on the drive.
Summary: I have to admit that I clicked on this item in haste and then found out it is designated for Windows only. Oops. I have been looking for portable backup and large file storage for my MacBook and this looked ideal. A more careful reading of the product description revealed that WD makes a different (and much more expensive) USB drive for Macs. I decided not to cancel the order and instead see how hard it would be to use it with my MacBook.
Summary: I bought this drive (WDBAAA5000ASL) elsewhere in a package that included a USB-wired desktop stand, a zip case, and the micro-to-std USB cable. I needed a small drive with this capacity to take a lot of data traveling with me. I knew from the get-go that I'd have to reformat it to use it with my iMac, so that was the first thing I did. I agree with other reviewers that the automatic backup software and its ever-present 'virtual CD' icon are completely annoying.
Summary: So far the drive works well...the unlock feature works good, its quiet and fast and nice and small...thats the good stuff...now the bad stuff. Outside of drive is nice shiney plastic which virtually scratches at even the slightest touch. The drive does not come with any carry case (which you have to buy separate and not cheap..but thats ok) but the software that comes with drive is horrendous.