Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book (WDBACW0010HBK / WDBACW0015HBK / WDBACW0020HBK / WDBACW0030HBK / WDBACW0040HBK)
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12 May 2013
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: Purchased the drive about three months ago and one day the drive showed up unformatted. Tried to upgrade firmware - successful Tried to reformat using WD Quick Format - failed Now I have to get it replaced. And searching for my problem found out that there are too many users out there with same story as mine. My only advice: Beware of the product - it's a lemon !
Don't let WD fleece you, their own G-RAID 8TB Thunderbolt is a better drive at the same price!!!
14 March 2013
Summary: You can currently get the G-RAID 8TB Thunderbolt w/7200rpm drives for $1 less, $789.99. The G-RAID is the high performance line. The WD My Book Thunderbolt uses (2) Hitachi 4TB 5400rpm drives. The G-Tech 8TB Thunderbolt RAID uses (2) Hitachi 4TB 7200rpm drives. Why anyone would willingly pay more for less is beyond be.
Summary: Worked great at 1st then my laptop wouldn't recognize it. I unplugged it from my power strip then replugged it in. It has worked like a charm ever since. It might have been a software issue issue though because i uninstalled a virtual drive software inbetween all this. It's not the 1st time I had virtual drive software mess with my external hard drives. Anywho works great now.
Cons: After owning this drive for over a year now this is the second time i have lost all data stored on this drive. Windows no longer wants to read the folders on the drive and every time gives me a message to format. Even after updating all drivers for the device. I will no longer buy Western Digital products as a result. Do not waste your money on this garbage.
Summary: First five days I had this hard drive were fine and dandy ... I was moving data onto this bad boy at USB 3.0 speeds. Then one day I plugged the drive in and BEEEEP, hard drive failed. I lost 1.5 TB of movies and tons of photos :m I did get a full refund though ...
Pros: -3 TB storage, -USB 3.0 Speeds, -Not as loud as other hard drives when turned on, -Has power button to power off hard drive when not in use
Summary: I bought this in March and it has lost data for seemingly no reason several times, I haven't dropped it. Tonight I plugged it into my tv's usb port to watch a movie, then plugged it back into my computer and my documents and home videos from the last 10 years are just gone somehow. This is extremely depressing and inconvenient. The folders are there but the files are not. I use WinXP and have enabled the "View hidden files and folders" option.
Horrific! HARDWARE ENCRYPTION. Did you miss it too?
14 December 2012
Summary: How could I have missed it? I'm an IT. I bought 2 units one year ago. They both died on me. I was very cautious while using them realizing how light and narrow they were and how high their gravity center was: they can tip over on a breeze... I thought I had secured them solidly on a shelf. After almost one year, the inevitable finally happened and one unit tipped on the side while in use, having pulled by mistake on its cord attached to my laptop.
Bad reviews are true: Mine failed after very light usage
Nerdus Sociologus, Amazon
2 October 2012
Summary: I got this for backup, it is half full. I leave it off and offline almost all the time. I plug in, dump a few files on it, and unplug. I unplug at the connecting cable on computer side, not the drive end. A few weeks ago, I got an improper ejection notice. I thought "whatever." A got another one a few days ago. Tonight when trying to retrieve some files, it disconnects by itself after only a few minutes. It will not reconnect. WTH??? Is the controller bad? The drive?
Summary: I've had my 2TB My Book Essential for about 18 months now. I made sure it was in a good air flow area with no vent blockages. About 2 months ago, the drive started spitting out warning write errors and would disconnect itself from the computer. I replaced the cable. That's usually the thing that goes first on external drives. Didn't change anything. Last week, the drive died. The computer recognizes that it's there, but will not access any of the data on the drive.