Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book Essential (WDBAAF series / WDBJRH series)
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Ol' Huck, Amazon
16 April 2015
Summary: I have two of these external HDs. One of them was shaken up a bit in a near drop—didn't hit the floor, no hard shock—and the cover slid about half way off. The unit was toast. I called WD and they said they do not repair them. I consider that poor service for a unit that is not cheap.
Summary: You get smaller faster ones now in the market which are passport size and easy to carry. This is good for home office usage. I used one for a few years and it was easy to use esp the My Book software that helps you backup files easily
Drive not recognized when computer comes back from sleep mode
Edith K. Williams, Amazon
27 September 2012
Summary: Having a bit of trouble with this item. When computer goes to sleep mode or is rebooted, it does not recognize the drive at all. need to unplug beforehand and later plug back in... annoying, but the drive itself seems to be working fine.
Summary: Wished there was more of a warning that it was dying so I could remove everything off of it before it died.
Pros: Big and simple to use. Just plug in and use from the box.
Cons: Kind of loud and no on/off switch so it constantly ran all the time when PC was on and case doesn't seem to help cool it at much. Had mine for almost exactly 3 years and it died. The disks inside stopped spinning and plugged it in other PCs and same thing. After some research it seem the motherbo...
Summary: I have been using one of these as a back up for about 9 months now. The WD Smartware is useless. It hangs constantly, and there is always a list of files that it cannot back up for some reason or another. These files are never open and nothing fancy like a system file that might be in use.
Summary: Regarding storage, I have been using it without incident for the past four months. In general, I am adequately pleased with the product and I would recommend it to a friend, but there are two caveats.
Pros: Inexpensive, 2 TB is plenty of memory for me, visual drive lighting is a cool feature....good construction & solid. Good basic USB external drive.
Cons: The WD software is fairly straightforward, had to update both the firmware and the software before getting started....going to try their SmartWare (automatic and continuous backup software) and see how it performs. Glossy finish is a finger print magnet...
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.