Summary: Drive installed great. Don't like the fact that the software installation CD appears on desktop each time drive is started; it is protected so it can't be deleted. Arrived on time in excellent condition.
Summary: I have purchased three of these drives so far, and I will probably get another one soon. It comes with all of the cables that I have needed. It sets up easily and represents a good value in bulk storage for my Macs.
Summary: We used three of these drives to transfer and store video for use in FinalCutPro. They work great! The Firewire 800 cable is included and it has two ports, so you can loop a number of drives together and transfer file between them.
Summary: It's exactly as described. I ordered this Firewire drive not for time machine purposes but to use as a dedicated itunes content storage. It's lightning fast compared to USB, so far it has been reliable, it's cosmetically pleasing, blends in with my Aluminum 24" iMac. I agree with other reviewers on Western digital utilizing their software to run the drive is totally lame, but it's not so bad when you update the firmware.
Summary: This is the 6th WD HD I have in my collection. I am a data hog. And a total mac head. So When I read reviews like the ones above, and then I see that Amazon has stopped shipping the device because everyone is pissed at the Smartware, I find it a bit unfair. This is a good product with bad software. But then again, Western Digital is a Hard Drive company, not a backup company. Your macs come with Time machine. Why would you want to use Smartware?
Summary: I am not sure why all the dismay over the software that comes with it. Sure it takes up a little room on the drive but it is not difficult to disable it and once you do that the drive works as dependable as the lacie's that I have owned. The drive is quiet, quick, and not a bad price. I am purchasing a second one this week to replace another lacie that just bit the dust.
Summary: I'm using this as an external video storage drive over Firewire 800 currently. Works fine, although I've found that the FW800 port connection isn't terribly secure and tends to come unplugged at the slightest touch, which under normal conditions isn't an issue, but it can get pretty annoying when moving it around. Also, the front text is fairly useless to me, since I'm not using WD's software to manage it on my Mac under OS 10.5.