Summary: This thing is a heavy little brick. I'd recently bought a couple 1Tb USB3 drivers that are very light and do NOT require a separate power source. My bad - should have seen that. My unit would freeze on copying after 15 minutes or so. Also the copy speed was slow - max I saw was was 7mb p sec. Sent it back to WD and am awaiting a replacement.
Summary: Have not had a good experience with this product. Tried to back up a net book and this(Samsung) laptop. Neither machine seemed to like the Hard Drive. I tried to use the backup programs for each with no luck. Neither backup completed successfully. Had to resort to copying and pasting various folders to the WD. There may be some settings that I have to fiddle with for the drive to be compatible with the two (2) computers.
Summary: At one time maybe western digital was a good drive to own...But I and a bunch of friends are Done with their drives. They work fine when new, but they do not last. I have lost more data to WD drives that failed within 6 months of new.If you like them and have lucky.....good luck. I will never lose any more data to WD.
Summary: I made the mistake of consolidating other backups onto this 3TB drive, then it just quit. Now I have to pay a recovery service $1200 to recover my data. This was my second WD drive failure in 18 months. Quality is going downhill, that's why they're cheap.
Summary: After 5 months of using the WD 2TB, the unit stopped working and an ERROR message – I/O not responding. I could not access all my data and with limited warranty provided I basically lost all my records.
Summary: For the past 8 years I have bought nothing but this company's drives and never had a complaint, but that may change now. From the beginning, this drive has been a piece of junk. It let me move files onto it, then when accessing them I could use some, and not use others. Some folders it would not even let me view, and said the drive was not formatted, yet other folders and files were fine.
Summary: Pros: Stays pretty cool, even after transferring files all day. Cons: Not as fast as others. I bought this (from Newegg @ $90ea) solely to backup my video archive. I've been converting all my DVDs to avi files and storing them on an Iomega 1tb drive. When I watch anything directly off the Iomega, it's smooth as silk. If I watch it directly off this WD drive, it "catches" occasionally.