Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book Essential (WDBAAF series / WDBJRH series)
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Western Digital My Book 500GB External Hard Drive
D. B., REVIEW STREAM
3 weeks ago
Excerpt: The My Book Home is the latest external hard drive from Western Digital. It has most of the regular features of an external hard drive. A triple interface for maximum connectivity, so that you can connect it to a Mac or PC, as well as an eSATA interface.
Summary: Why all the hating on this drive? I never had any problems and it gets used at least several times daily. As others say, it does come with the embedded SmartWare Virtual CD, but that was easy enough to remove. I did not find the drive noisy at all, and trust me I've heard some noisy drives! The light on the front is also quite nice. I have several other external drives that are way too bright and can be distracting, but this one is just right.
Summary: These are rotten drives! They are cheap WDEARS-type Green HDDs that are prone to failure early, even worse, the SmartWave software ranges from intrusive to downright evil. There is also a chip on the USB to SATA converter that makes it impossible for one to save their data, if they choose to make it internal. There are better buys, better values, and less headaches with virtually any other product. The practices here are downright despicable and lawsuit-worthy. AVOID.
Summary: Having owned about two dozen WD drives in the last decade, this is the first to give the impression of an inferior product. Flaky connections necessitating constant resets, wildly variable transfer speeds, ghost drives, software of dubious usefulness urging me to pay extra for a subscription. Very disappointed in this drive which turns a simple task into an ordeal, and cannot recommend. Perhaps it's the Hitachi drive they've used under the hood...
Built in software sucks - 5-STAR Drive but Software Killed a Star
rodney vega, Amazon
4 March 2013
Summary: Why the UNREMOVEABLE software - WHY - WHY - WHY !!! People don"t like not being able to remove period I only want this for STORAGE. Not for continuous Back-UP. I will continue to purchase internal WD hard drives for Operating Systems. But next time I need a STORAGE drive....WELL... I think you get the picture. Thank you.