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Western Digital My Book Essential (WDBAAF series / WDBJRH series)
5.2 out of 10

Western Digital My Book Essential (WDBAAF series / WDBJRH series)

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Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book Essential (WDBAAF series / WDBJRH series)

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Overall 4
4.0

bad

Fernando Diaz "Feradip", Amazon
10 June 2013
  • Summary: this hard drive came with problem, i tried to fix it but i can't, i dont know what was problem, i went to a technical center and they can't fix it neither
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Overall 4
4.0

An ordinary product

Ron The Bear, Amazon
24 April 2013
  • 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.
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Overall 4
4.0

8%

Adolf B., Newegg
8 February 2012
  • Pros: bought 2TB in Feb 2010 for one seventy nine; which was a pretty decent price back then, and it's convenient little USB drive to back up data
  • Cons: Been slowing down, Hard Disk Sentinel now says it's running at 39 degrees and health is only 8% with failure imminent; I understand that every manufacturer makes lemons but it's ludicrous that none of these are really made to last
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Overall 4
4.0

Major disappointment

Edward D., Newegg
10 July 2011
  • Pros: Cheap price. Fairly easy to set up.
  • Cons: Failed in six weeks.
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Overall 4
4.0

Unreliable

Elvin R., Newegg
20 March 2011
  • Summary: I picked this up a while back when it was on sale for $90 so that's why I give it 2 stars. I own another Western Digital 2TB with a product number starting with WD20000 and it is a reliable beast of a drive, stays on for weeks and never drops. Too bad I can't say the same about this one.
  • Pros: Lots of space
  • Cons: Has to be reset a lots and sometimes drops when I'm transferring data. I lost about 40 gigs of music and hours worth of work.
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Overall 4
4.0

WD, why have you forsaken me?

Colin B., Newegg
25 January 2011
  • Summary: 2 Stars because it technically worked until it was hurt a little. This drive was used as a backup medium for my customers. I would backup their hard drive to it and use this as my tech drive. One day, it was knocked off a table onto a rug.
  • Pros: Lots of space, cheap, WD quality drive. Read/Write speed was acceptable for a backup drive.
  • Cons: My two biggest concerns are the fragility of the drive and the un-ease of access. It took a small fall on a soft surface and stopped working. Every time you plugged it into a computer, it couldn't find the driver for the controller, which wasn't needed to use it anyway. As many of the externals, ...
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Overall 4
4.0

Dying right after warranty ended

Shaun P., Newegg
8 October 2010
  • Summary: I think I will stick with Seagate.
  • Pros: Worked well right up to the end of the warranty period. Performance was neither stellar nor bad. One thing I didn't like is the hardware-based sleep feature (caused the drive to spin down and up more than was likely good for it).
  • Cons: Bad blocks on the hard disk are appearing now that the warranty has expired. My Seagate drives usually last well beyond the warranty period, making them a good buy, but this Western Digital has let me down. I was able to recover my data using HDD Regenerator to repair the magnetic errors, then ch...
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Overall 4
4.0

A host of annoyances... and terrible software.

Lieven Leroy, Amazon
21 August 2010
  • Summary: 2TB for this price seems a good deal, and WD is an established name... so, I grabbed it without checking for reviews. This was a mistake which you, gentle reader, are hopefully not making... The software for this device is haphazard, confusing, actively harmful. And it takes up space you paid for!
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Overall 4
4.0

Ok if you buy from walmart

Xbox gamers = REAL GAMERS unlike the sonymites who are casuals, Amazon
19 July 2010
  • Summary: Its so cheap if you buy from walmart its like stealing :p, I got 1 recently for $50. There are better external Hdd out there,look before buying this off of here
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Overall 4
4.0

Choose another product

bob e., Newegg
3 July 2010
  • Summary: I'm starting to think WD is not the right place to look for external drives, after 2/3 failure rate.
  • Pros: fair to middling price, 2TB capacity quiet
  • Cons: performance is only fair (just USB, no firewire or eSATA) Virtual CD - a 650MB non-removable partition for the Western Digital software suite. That's right, non-removable. You can download a utility to *mask* the partition (e.g. so your motherboard doesn't try to boot from the "CD"), but that's a...
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