Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book (WDBACW0010HBK / WDBACW0015HBK / WDBACW0020HBK / WDBACW0030HBK / WDBACW0040HBK)
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3 weeks ago
Summary: This is a very good external hard drive. It connects via USB 3.0 and is very quiet when operating. On boot-up or long writes it makes some noise, but is very bearable. The power button on the back only works if you install the included software. You can simply eject the disk to turn it off if you feel so inclined. I would recommend buying this storage device.
Pros: Generally quiet operation, Good write/read speeds, USB3.0 connection
Summary: Bought this on sale for $129.99 because my old 500GB external drive is full from backing up my photography photos. Would even think about purchasing another to make a backup of my backups... 4 star only until I can find an external drive that can guarantee I won't lose my files or ever fail...
Pros: Large storage space for a reasonable price
Cons: bulky case, but not really an issue to me. Just hides behind my monitor.
Summary: This drive offers encryption. Great. But because it would be too much trouble to encrypt a drive with data already on it they always encrypt the data even if you tell it not to. The data is essentially encrypted with an empty password that still cannot be decrypted without the USB to SATA board that does the encryption. If that board goes you cannot get your data back by removing the interface and putting the drive on a SATA controller because it is encrypted.
Summary: I have been using the WD Books for quite a while. Prior to purchasing the 3 TB I have been using a 1TB book- something happened- with original formatting that did not allow me to back up or save onto the Hard drive- however I could access what was there.- I bought the 3TB to copy from the 1TB unit- everything was fine.
Summary: From what I've seen, this is a cheap price for the amount of space that comes with this external drive. It is super easy to install and seems to have no issues thus far. I'm glad that I got it.
Summary: I have been fighting with the WD Smartware for several hours. It refuses to backup a number of files. For some I can see they may be locked. Others there is no reason I can determine and display is no help. If you want to retrieve a file you can only see one disk at a time and have to return to the Home tab to change drives. Not software I would trust with my backups.
Summary: It boots, it shows some files and folders, sometimes it even works. But... files and folders disappear without any particular reason. Some details: My idea was to connect it through a router as a NAS drife. My choice for the router was ASUS RT-N65U (bought at the same time and still works fine). At the beginning everythig seemed to be OK. I was able to mount the drive to the USB 3.0 port of the router. I could copy some movies and music and later veiew ot listen to it.
Pros: If it doesn't work the way it suppose to it's hard to find any Pros
Summary: I've had this for 6months. This specific external drive gave me errors and also caused other problems. I do not feel I can trust it enough to even use it for a backup. HDDscan says it has errors. It also seems to lockup for no reason and stop responding. I believe this is due to the design of the parts inside. I am not happy that I spent money on this only for it to last about 6months.