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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 6
6.0

Like all hard drives, it too eventually died

William, Amazon
13 June 2014
  • Summary: I bought this as an add-on expansion drive for my DVR and got about 2½ years of faithful service out of it. However, when it died I lost all the shows and movies that were on it. Good price/performance ratio, just remember that all hard drives eventually fail.
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Overall 6
6.0

Extra memory

softtop 95, Amazon
3 May 2013
  • Summary: This book was great. The price was great, but after about a year in the closet, I lost access to all my music that was stored on it. Luckily I had another backup copy. I contacted WD and they said sorry, out of warranty. All my other WD drives work fine...maybe the one in a million lemon.
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Overall 6
6.0

Hardware good, software confusing

William R. Everdell, MacMall
23 May 2011
  • 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.
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Overall 6
6.0

drive ok, software poor

M. Bresnahan, Amazon
2 May 2010
  • Summary: I bought this for my mom expecting her to be able to hook it up and back up the system automatically. She was able to get it installed easily but the software doesn't allow for automatic continuous backups. I was expecting this to be a device which would not require human intervention to keep files backed up.
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Overall 6
6.0

You can remove the virtual CD

Okay, listen ..., Amazon
17 April 2010
  • Summary: I bought this drive and was immediately annoyed with the fact that I could not just plug it in and get going. It made me install some utility software that "automatically and unobtrusively" backs up your files. There were a bunch of things running in the background, and the backup utility was displaying this message "categorizing your files". WTH? Anyway, I was about to just take it back for a refund.
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Overall 6
6.0

Western Digital MyBook 1 TB - Great Capacity But Shorter Lived Than Other MyBooks

Mark "Technology, Music and Movies", Amazon
17 April 2010
  • Summary: The Western Digital My Book Essential 1 TB Hard Drive has great capacity but might not be well suited for this design. I've had great luck with my Western Digital drives, but may have bitten off more than I could chew with this 1 TB model. The bottom line is I now think that 1 TB might be too much capacity for a USB-only connection. Even though it might not be because of the size I did experience a hardware issue with the 1 TB model that had to be repaired.
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Overall 6
6.0

Cost effective offline storage, but not for everyone

Kyar Kano, Amazon
31 March 2010
  • Summary: First let me say I'm an IT professional, so I'm more comfortable with hardware than the average consumer. I'm working with a data archiving project and this 2TB usb drive is a cost effective solution. I have four of these so far and plan to purchase more of the same as needed. The first thing to note about this is that of the four I've received, two were not aligned in their casing on arrival, so the power and usb cable ports didn't line up with the holes in the casing.
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Overall 6
6.0

Western digital drive

Overstock
24 March 2010
  • Summary: The drive works fine, but it came in a cheap box, poorly wrapped and with no accompanying paper work or instructions. It looked used, not reconditioned. Certainly didn't make me feel confident in the product or the supplier. I'll think twice about buying recon stuff from you folks again, Sorry.
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Overall 6
6.0

Western digital drive

Overstock
24 March 2010
  • Summary: The drive works fine, but it came in a cheap box, poorly wrapped and with no accompanying paper work or instructions. It looked used, not reconditioned. Certainly didn't make me feel confident in the product or the supplier. I'll think twice about buying recon stuff from you folks again, Sorry.
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Overall 6
6.0

So far so good

Overstock
17 March 2010
  • Summary: I've only had my drive for a few weeks, so it's too soon to tell how reliable it will be but installation and set up under Vista were as easy as could be. The drive is quiet and nearly as fast as an internal unit once it gets up to speed. There is, however, a bit of lag time when first accessing the drive after it has been at rest. This isn't a criticism of the drive; any drive with a low power state would have this lag.
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