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8.9* out of 10

Western Digital My Passport WDBY8L0015BBK

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Overall 2

Disappointing *Sigh*

Brodie B., Newegg
25 October 2012
  • Summary: I've tried multiple USB ports, powered it off for a while and powered it on. Same results. I suppose I can take it apart and try the HD hoping that the USB connector is defective. I'm extremely annoyed having wasted my time on this product. I only needed it to work a day! Oh, it just asked me to re-format it now.... Thanks for that WD. I'm going to buy External enclosures and Seagate from on. I'd rather burn my money than give it to you. It's the same difference.
  • Pros: Looked cool for being the equivalent of a black box.
  • Cons: I purchased this drive a bit back and left it sitting in a desk drawer until my new PC was built and I was ready to transfer my data. It worked for about an hour and now it's so slow I can't even browse what's on the drive. My "explorer" window says not responding. When I try to transfer my data to it, it takes about 60 seconds for half megabyte file.
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Overall 8

Solid drive

Michael M., Newegg
25 July 2012
  • Pros: Good drive with perfectly reasonable performance. It's still spinning disk so you're not going to get full USB 3.0 speeds, but it's definitely better than USB 2 if you have the right ports. This is my third My Passport (upgraded for capacity and speed, not because of HD problems), and after HFS+ formatting, it's a very solid performer with almost no issues so far as a partitioned Time Machine and miscellaneous storage external drive.
  • Cons: Mac OS X Lion (10.7) doesn't seem to put it to sleep correctly when the system sleeps - it gives an "improperly disconnected drive" error. This is probably an OS issue, not a drive issue, but it's something to be aware of. I'll test Mountain Lion (10.8) soon and report back.
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Overall 10

Just works

Mr. S., Newegg
13 June 2012
  • Summary: I have it attached to the rear port of a Netgear (formerly Infrant) NV+ NAS drive. I set this up as a backup to the NAS device for super important files like finance, pictures, home movies, etc; should the RAID fail on the NV+ or a failed firmware update. I set up the WD as a backup drive, set up about 20 backup jobs on the NV+, and the WD MyBook has been running for about 18 months.
  • Pros: It just works.
  • Cons: I should have bought the 2TB at the time.
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Overall 10


HelloBuddy, priceminister.com
6 February 2014