Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book (WDBACW0010HBK / WDBACW0015HBK / WDBACW0020HBK / WDBACW0030HBK / WDBACW0040HBK)
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Bought in 2011, failed 2016 (5 years) with limited use
Michelle W., Newegg
2 weeks ago
Summary: No way!
Pros: It was nice while it worked...
Cons: I used it a couple of times a year for backups over 5 years. Everything went well until it suddenly would not be recognized by my computer. Diagonstics from Western Digital show drive failure. It may have been 5 years old but running it say 5 days a year for backups, it did not have many usage ho...
Summary: If you can get this on a good deal, grab it and rip the drive from the case, yeah warranty is gone but atleast you wont lose your data due to the hardware FORCED encryption on this.
Pros: At the time of purchase this was a steal of a deal at just under 100. So of course i jumped on it. It plugged in and worked fine. Stored lots of data with its 3TB, what else is there to pro comment?
Cons: After just over 1 year of use the USB controller or other chipsets inside have started to fail. Currently waiting for a new drive to get here so i can get the data off the one in use. It wont connect to windows 7 AT ALL. i can connect it after some serious work on my ubuntu server machine to acce...
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 co...
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.
Summary: I've heard of some people that tried to decrypt by buying another enclosure interface but most people failed.
Pros: Hard disk with good capacity for a very reasonnable price, that is the reason why I bought it
Cons: The enclosure is a real piece of garbage. If you buy this disk, always buy a generic enclosure to put the hard disk in. This enclosure encrypts automatically your data and when the enclosure breaks (it will, only a matter of time) you lose all your data. Mine broke after few months and I lost 1TB...
Pros: Ran well for a year then died without notice.
Cons: It's been running nonstop for a year and finally crashed this morning. I lost 2.5TB of data (yay!) and most of it will take years to replace. Never going to make the mistake of not backing everything up again... or trusting in WD external drives. My caviar black from the turn of the century is st...
Summary: Bought this for back-up and picture storage. Worked well for a couple of months. I didn't use it much after the initial copy and organization push. A couple of days ago I noticed that the disk was no longer showing up in Windows.
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.
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.