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: 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.
Good Basic Drive - Unacceptable Documentation, Software and Support
28 December 2010
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 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.
Summary: I purchased two of these, one on June 11, 2011 and the other on August 14, 2011. They both worked fine until the one purchased in June 2011 abruptly stopped working after approximately eight months of moderate use.