Summary: Why all the hating on this drive? I never had any problems and it gets used at least several times daily. As others say, it does come with the embedded SmartWare Virtual CD, but that was easy enough to remove. I did not find the drive noisy at all, and trust me I've heard some noisy drives! The light on the front is also quite nice. I have several other external drives that are way too bright and can be distracting, but this one is just right.
Summary: I used this drive on a daily basis to store video files and had no problems whatsoever. I really liked how quickly it started up, and how it could automatically turn itself on when it was about to be used. A great drive all around.
Summary: I was a bit aprehensive about the longevity of the WD Mybook after reading reviews but no problems have surfaced in 2 plus years of 24/7 use as a backup storage device. It has functioned flawlessly. I also purchased a WD backup drive for my wife's computer and it came with automatic backup software that mine lacked, however, it's a simple matter to manually backup the files I deem important and not back up less important files. I actually prefer that method.