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Western-digital-wdbacw0040hbk.34169752
8.3 out of 10

Western Digital My Book (WDBACW0010HBK / WDBACW0015HBK / WDBACW0020HBK / WDBACW0030HBK / WDBACW0040HBK)

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Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book (WDBACW0010HBK / WDBACW0015HBK / WDBACW0020HBK / WDBACW0030HBK / WDBACW0040HBK)

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Overall 4
4.0

Not worth it

Christopher O., Newegg
27 November 2013
  • Summary: I learned my lesson, only enterprise higher rated drives from here on out.
  • Pros: I bought 2 of these from a local store, they worked great out of the box and were pretty quick.
  • Cons: One of the two currently works okay, however the other is dying with read/write errors and bad sectors. I'm currently working on getting everything off the drive as I write this. I didn't think I'd be trying to recover files from my backup drive so soon. They have both experienced intermittent connectivity issues from about the 1yr mark. I'd blame the ASUS board but I've had these on 3 different computers and they've done the same thing. Just randomly disappear.
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Overall 4
4.0

IT died after 6 weeks

Yuri, rakuten
11 August 2013
  • Summary: First one died after 6 weeks. 2nd one died after 2 weeks. On the third one now, all replaced by WD under warranty. Been a few months, so far no issues. Maybe it was just a faulty batch. Disappointing though. At least the warranty replacement procedure is easy.
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Overall 4
4.0

Very Disappointing

Robert B., Newegg
2 July 2013
  • Summary: Have owned dozens of WD Drives, mostly interanl. This drive does not seem to be ready for prime time. Based on reviews of this drive, as well as Seagate, I'm not sure either are ready. Speed on WD drive is good, but not great and not what is claimed. Drive is a terrible disappointment and not worth the money spent. Both WD and Seagte are keeping their prices artifically high.
  • Pros: Capacity and decent speed, but not much else.
  • Cons: Almost everything. Computer will not boot if this drive is connected. Drive will not be recoginized if connect to USB cable longer than one supplied. Drive is noisy. And uncharacteristically slow shippin by Newegg via FedEx and the USPS.
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Overall 4
4.0

Less Than a Year and Starting to Act Buggy

TD, rakuten
20 February 2013
  • Summary: I bought this 11 months ago and have only used it for every other month for system backups. It has now started freezing in the middle of transfers, and has to be unplugged and replugged in order for my Windows 7 Professional computer to recognize and access its contents. I'm now looking for another backup drive.
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Overall 4
4.0
Value for money 6
6.0

User Review

Walfy, Walmart
16 February 2013
  • Summary: Even though WD marks this drive to be compatible with MS windows, I could not use it for backup. WD formatted the drive to old MSWindows XP, not the newer Vista/7 standard. Unfortunately, I had already been using the drive and had about one week's worth of information stored on the drive. Reformatting, per WD's website, would have wasted alot of time and my money. I wrote to WD about my dissatisfaction. They never wrote back.
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Overall 4
4.0
Value for money 6
6.0

User Review

Walfy, Walmart
16 February 2013
  • Summary: Even though WD marks this drive to be compatible with MS windows, I could not use it for backup. WD formatted the drive to old MSWindows XP, not the newer Vista/7 standard. Unfortunately, I had already been using the drive and had about one week's worth of information stored on the drive. Reformatting, per WD's website, would have wasted alot of time and my money. I wrote to WD about my dissatisfaction. They never wrote back.
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Overall 4
4.0

Funky

Mitchell N., Newegg
19 October 2012
  • Summary: You would be better off buying an internal drive and putting it in an external chassis. This devices software is poorly designed and poorly thought out. It is almost like they over complicated it.
  • Pros: Price, capacity.
  • Cons: You cannot turn it off. WD requires their software to be active on your computer to be able to turn it off. After going through Windows 'safely remove hardware' process, sometimes it turns off, sometimes it doesn't. Then there are other times it's not even recognized by Windows. That's another process.
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Overall 4
4.0

The MyBook Enclosure Failed

Gaucho, Amazon
10 October 2012
  • Summary: I used this unit for a year +, then it stopped booting up and I could not access it all. It would power on but nothing worked, USB or Firewire, and I troubleshooted it for quite a while. Recently I just got a new USB/Esata hard-drive enclosure intending to use it for another hard-drive. Decided to test, so I removed the physical hard-drive from this now broken MyBook, and installed into the new enclosure. To my surprise, it booted up just fine and now I have full access.
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Overall 4
4.0

To Many RMA

Norman K., Newegg
9 May 2012
  • Summary: This disk was not purchused from Newegg, but a local store that hat the 2Gb and the 1Gb for the same price $99.99. I was very happy until I started having problems. I wonder now if the sale price was with "refurbshed disk" installed, the only set I disambled was the one that is going to be distroyed.
  • Pros: Seemed to work GREAT for the 1st couple of months. Fast after purchasing a USB 3.0 card.
  • Cons: Western Digital only expect the Drive to work using their backup programs. I use Ghost to backup and the 2Tb drive to save the backups. I have had 3 RMA's for disk that too many errors, The first RMA was a DOA (every one gets DOA that I understand) The 2nd had the same problems as the 1st. Thats when WD blamed the Microsoft RoboCopy and COMP software. The final break down started out with files not comparing after a RoboCopy. The next day 4Gb files would stop coping a...
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Overall 4
4.0

Nice while it works.

Matthew H., Newegg
12 March 2012
  • Summary: I ended up just taking it out of the case and hooking it up inside my PC. Quick format to get rid of all the pre-installed software and it works just fine as a plain old HDD. It is ultimately just a Caviar Green 2 TB with bad software.
  • Pros: Was nice when it didn't wipe everything because you shut it down.
  • Cons: Had a bad habit of "forgetting" files. You would be able to run a file from the drive, and then if you shut it down and restarted in the wrong order (believe someone else mentioned that tediousness), it would still show the file on the drive but be unable to use it.
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