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

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

Western Digital 500GB MY BOOK ESSENTIAL ED USB 2.0 7200 RPM Read more

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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

Great design, USB 2.0 slow and outdated now however

Matt, Amazon
3 March 2016
  • Summary: 3/5 of stars as I love the design, and it would look perfect on a bookcase, but given the approx 3ft cable - who has the length/space to leave it on a bookshelf and still connect to computer? Also, USB 2.0 is pretty slow, takes about 45mins to backup 100Gb for TimeMachine w/ my Macbook Pro.
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Overall 6
6.0

Cord Missing out of box

Anonymous, Newegg
12 September 2013
  • Summary: I am unsure of what I should do. Shipping the entire device back is a pain in the but if the only thing which is missing is one $4 cord which should of been included with the device. Looking forward to hearing from NewEgg about this. BTW, I bought this to act as an external hard drive for a Wii U.
  • Pros: N/a
  • Cons: The cord which was included in the box was a standard USB 2.0 cord. What is needed to use this device is a USB 3.0 to Micro B.
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Overall 6
6.0

Possibly don't know how to use it

Cheryl N. Massey "green eyed lady", Amazon
10 June 2013
  • Summary: Possibly don't know how to use it or putting it on a system that's entirely too old. It's not giving me any more speed than I had before. Great shipper, price and seller
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Overall 6
6.0

WD :/

Bobbie D., Newegg
3 May 2013
  • Pros: cheap
  • Cons: Picked this up to replace a WD Elements drive that fried itself (those cases are really bad and no ventililation.) A different elements drive and I have the 2TB My Book model which transfer around 32 MB/s. This RMA Refurb special is a let down, it peaks at 18 MB/s copy speeds. Would recommend spe...
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Overall 6
6.0

Was good during its days

Sowmya Ragavan, Amazon
22 February 2013
  • 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
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Overall 6
6.0

50/50

Gregory M., Newegg
8 December 2012
  • Summary: Bought: 1/7/2009 Average read/writes or large file copies were around 35 MB/s.
  • Pros: Gave me plenty of storage in 2009. Helped run a 24/7 torrent server for ~ 2 years before I decommissioned it for lack of USB 2.0 speed. [24/7] Download/Upload Average = 3-4 MB/s = 24-32 Mega Bits It has been a daily backup of my 2nd HDD backup for the last 2 years (2011-2012). It just sat on the ...
  • Cons: I am quite light sensitive - I had to put a folded piece of paper & black electrical tape over the front blue LED. I defrag'd it yesterday & for some reason it took 24+hrs, which is a lot longer than it's ever taken in the past. & Now when I plug it in it makes a horrible noise. It's not the typi...
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Overall 6
6.0

User Review

Wesley B., Newegg
4 March 2012
  • 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...
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Overall 6
6.0

Weak

Derrick H., Newegg
6 February 2012
  • Pros: Cost effective. Cool blue light.
  • Cons: Weak 1 Year warranty. Weak data transfer rate. works about 1/3 of the time.
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Overall 6
6.0

Fair

Edward G., Newegg
25 May 2011
  • Summary: Quirky WD software...
  • 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...
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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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