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...
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
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. Additionally I don't use the software that came with the drive, maybe that would solve the problem but I don't need all the extras. Thanks for the fast shipping to APO newegg!
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.
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. There was not much trauma as a hard drive should be able to withstand some abuse. The hard drive controller never responded correctly after that.
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, you have to wipe out any stupid service partitions on it before using it.
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 chkdsk to repair the file system, and finally Recuva to recover the ophaned files. A week later I had issues again with other blocks, and repeated the process. Then again a few ...
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! Given all the other negative reviews of the software I've found online since, it leaves a bad impression of WD that they have not done anything about it.
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 all. And of the 3 WD MyBook USB drives I've purchased in the last year, 2 have gone belly up after 3 months or less.