Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book Studio II (WDH2Q20000/WDH2Q40000/WDH2Q60000)
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Western Digital My Book Does NOT Fully Support ESATA
11 March 2011
Summary: Beware - The Western Digital My Book software fully supports the RAID configurations for USB. BUT, esata is not supported. This means that if you are using esata in a mirrored configuration and a drive was to go bad you would not be warned that the redundancy was compromised.
Summary: I didnt want to lose any more family photos so I purchased this extra drive. The guy at staples said it was really popular, worked well, and that one of the techy guys has one and really like its. It installed very easily and the software was user friendly except it was painful to get updates to the firmware because you had to remove your security off of it before it would take the update but even then; a struggle and they dont give you any messages saying why the update...
Summary: I like the idea of this device a lot. 4 TB on an esata or USB connection is a great idea. However, my experience was problematic. On one of my computers, the device got scrambled and it only made 2 TB available from then on for any computer. I tried all the utilities that came with it and read as much documentation and support sites as I could stand but I couldn't get it to show up as 4 TB again (I'm running on Windows 7 primarily).
Good drive, but RAID software ate data on another drive
Brian Turner "is-tech", Amazon
6 February 2010
Summary: The drive itself works fine. I have issues with the WD driver software that came bundled with the drive. The RAID setup on this drive is all software. I installed the WD driver, and then configured the drive to RAID 1. Suddenly in my finder, I had two drives labeled MyBook. One the 2Tb drive that was supposed to be wiped clean, The other was my 500Gb Maxtor drive on an External USB. WD tech support was basically useless.
Summary: As mentioned in other reviews, the Western Digital My Book Studio II goes to sleep after some period of inactivity. It's probally a wonderful drive for an active backup or streaming media files but its not appropriate for a server. I purchased the drive knowing this but hoped a new firmware release would have cured this behavior. It didn't.
Summary: Nothing new to add here except to balance the 5 star reviews with my 2 star-- and to warn those Mac users who think it won't happen to you-- don't buy this drive-- it will happen to you too, just as it did me. Same problem not re-mounting after sleep. Doesn't do it all the time-- just sometimes. Too bad, otherwise a good drive, but it is getting to be a pain having to reach over and plug/unplug to get it to remount.
Summary: Great product, with one fatal flaw: the drive spins down after about five minutes of idle time and there is no way to configure this interval, let alone switch the feature off completely. This may be perfectly acceptable for some people, but in my case, it is extremely annoying and detrimental to my work process, especially since it may occasionally take thirty seconds or more for the device to wake up from its hibernated state.
Summary: This drive has a lot of space and speed, but it unmounts itself AT LEAST once or twice a day. And almost always while I am using it! I've been using it for downloading (ftp/http) and backing up large files, and it rarely is able to stay alive long enough anymore to receive one file over 100mb. In some cases it just stops writing, but stays mounted, breaking the download to be discovered later.