Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book Essential (WDBAAF series / WDBJRH series)
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WD My Book Essential - 1TB USB 3.0 External HDD
5 January 2014
Excerpt: Does what it is supposed to do - nothing more, nothing less. I bought this HDD as it is on the certified external drive list for the Wii U and thus works great with the said console. Aesthetically it sports the same gloss black and round curves as the Wii U console so these two devices look brilliant next to one another. Good product.
Excerpt: Do NOT buy this drive. It looks very nice and is technically quite good as regards storing your data. Unfortunately the build quality is rubbish - my USB connector broke off the back of the unit after only one month of owning it. The connection at the back is directly on the circuit board - very flimsy! The distributor was abslolutely not interested in helping replace it, what a joke! Do an internet search - many people have had the problem.
Summary: The hard drive is of good quality, though the included software is absolutely trash. An experienced user would fmt the hd as soon as they get it, but I suggest non-experienced users to do so as well.
Pros: Sturdy external hard drive
Cons: software that comes with it is horrible and confuses "newbs"
Summary: This is a good drive that does what it's supposed to do. The WD Smart Ware is useless except if you want to backup your whole hard drive and it's always crashing when it starts on my Win 64bits system.
Pros: Silent., Lots of space.
Cons: Backup software that crashes every time it starts.
Conclusion: WD's software for this big 2TB drive can get in the way of Apple's excellent Time Machine backup program, unless you find your way around it—without instructions to that effect. Otherwise, it seems to work OK, and the price is right for May, 2011.
Conclusion: I found this product very easy to use. The directions are clear, and it walks you through the setup. I am using it as a backup for my main hard drive, and the whole process couldn't be simpler.