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Western Digital My Book (WDBAAJ0010HSL / WDBAAJ0015HSL / WDBAAJ0020HSL)
6.2 out of 10

Western Digital My Book (WDBAAJ0010HSL / WDBAAJ0015HSL / WDBAAJ0020HSL)

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Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book (WDBAAJ0010HSL / WDBAAJ0015HSL / WDBAAJ0020HSL)

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Overall 6
6.0

Eh.

cbrow35, Amazon
1 July 2014
Overall 6
6.0

Intrusive Software Detracts from a Great Product

Lon J. Seidman, Amazon
23 May 2012
  • Summary: Let me echo the thoughts of some of the other reviewers here: The addition of the 'smartware' in such an intrusive way is not Mac-like and completely unnecessary. I did see the mandatory virtual CD disappear after I installed the smartware software on my Mac, but having to install anything to use an...
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Overall 6
6.0

Beware SmartWare

Anthony D'Atri, Amazon
23 May 2012
  • Summary: The drive out of the box presents both a normal disk and a goofy 215MB SmartWare "virtual CD" to the OS, so the latter clutters your desktop, finder, and chooser panels. Reports are conflicting wrt whether this space is taken from disk (as I suspect), or if it's actually flash hidden inside the...
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Overall 6
6.0

Good for data - not for a system backup

C. White, Amazon
22 May 2012
  • Summary: I was very disappointed. I had to replace an old WD MyBook that I used for my Mac system backup. Set up the new drive and found I could not make the drive bootable. According to WDC support - this "feature" is not intended for this drive, it is meant for data only.
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Overall 6
6.0

Smartware Virtual CD mars an otherwise great drive

new yorker, Amazon
22 May 2012
  • Summary: They call it a feature, it's an unnecessary pain, possibly even a bit buggy . Tried moving it into the trash to hide it now I get a disk insertion error on boot up.I'm given a choice of ignore or eject.
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Overall 6
6.0

Where's the build quality?

Todd P., Newegg
28 July 2011
  • Summary: My drive arrived quickly and pretty well packed. Thanks Newegg! When I opened it up though, I could see the the e-label screen wasn't quite mounted correctly when the enclosure was put together. It's at a bit of an angle meaning that it doesn't quite line up with the plastic window.
  • Pros: Included software makes drive configuration easy (though I use TimeMachine for backups) Firewire 800 is a must for me, glad it's included The e-label is fairly useful, and kind of cool (more on that below) Quiet, fanless operation (the drive is a bit noisy though) Good looking
  • Cons: Build quality? Quality assurance?
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Overall 6
6.0

Does not work with OS X Server

Dave O., Newegg
3 June 2010
  • Summary: Planned to use it as a Time Backup for the server and the macs on the network. But the server can't use it. WD tech support was not much help other than saying it's not tested on Mac OS X Server. Have to find one that does work.
  • Pros: Works great with Mac OS X 10.6. Very fast. Screen is great for when you have multiple drives.
  • Cons: Does not work with OS X Server. The server sees the drive and so does the Smartware Software. But the drive can't be mounted no matter what you try.
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Overall 6
6.0

Worthless piece of junk...updated 12/19/2010 not as much worthless as before

Justin M. Hamm, Amazon
9 May 2010
  • Summary: No Brian my concerns are not unfounded. Every time time machine starts to backup he comes the sound of the WD drive starting up. I know that I have to completely stop everything, I mean everything, I am doing and walk away from my computer. I even have to stop iTunes from playing.
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Overall 6
6.0

It looks great but scratches easily and made kind of cheap

Michael A. Davis "DJ Mic is in the house", Amazon
28 April 2010
  • Summary: I was so excited to own this unit until I found out how easily this item get scratches and the white vented area around the hard drive will warp do to heat. I just returned mines and got a Lacie since it's metal and stays cool.
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Overall 6
6.0

Good performance, and value per dollar. Louder than expected.

J. Dols "Mac Fan(atic)", Amazon
6 March 2010
  • Summary: Nice packaging and drive works as advertised. In large file transfers I'm able to get 60-65MB's per second transfer rate over a firewire 800 connection from my mac mini. Not the fastest external drive I have but fast enough for a video editing scratch disk which is why I purchased this.
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