Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book (WDBACW0010HBK / WDBACW0015HBK / WDBACW0020HBK / WDBACW0030HBK / WDBACW0040HBK)
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Value for money 6
Overall quality 2
Danger they do not care about your data
24 July 2013
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: The hidden and extreme danger of the MyBook enclosure is that it performs silent, unavoidable disk encryption. So, if (more like "when") the enclosure fails, you cannot simply install the disk in another enclosure or as an internal SATA drive to retrieve your data - your data is gone!
Pros: I bought one of these in August 2011. It contained a WD30EZRX hard drive, which has been 100% reliable since then, and was a bargain at the time. It is a nice fast drive. Suitable for installation in a quality drive enclosure (see below) or as in internal disk.
Cons: The MyBook enclosure is absolutely worthless. Mine failed after ONE day of use, connecting only as a USB 2.0 device after that.
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.
Summary: This drive is fast. Thunderbolt is truly an impressive technology. I have been getting sustained sequential write speeds of around 240 - 250MB/s from an internal SSD to this drive. But I have to say I was taken by surprise that this drive (and its smaller version the 6TB Thunderbolt Duo) use a different RAID implementation than their cousins - the WD My Book Studio Edition II series.
Summary: bought a couple of these but after some usage, i found the drive goes to sleep mode too aggressively for my taste. i use these in my synology nas and they take a while to wake up, so many times that is annoying.
First one worked great. But cannot get two connected at the same time.
Timothy J. Ridge "humanistic", Amazon
22 February 2012
Summary: The drive is fast and quiet. After I nearly filled the first one, I bought another to continue archiving my files. I can connect either of the drives to my nearly new Windows 7 PC, but if both are hooked up, only one of them gets a drive letter. Moreover, the drive without a letter doesn't even show up in the DiskPart utility, so I can't even force it to show up. Having to continually switch them out is going to be a huge pain in the ***.
It has a couple issues for me, but great backup device
R. Hoffman, Amazon
18 January 2012
Summary: The good: Great to have 3T worth of storage for a reasonable price ($150 from CostCo last year). The bad: The worst problem is a lot of programs can't use or see data on the drive, so I have to copy the data I need to my C drive, do what I need to do, then copy it back to the 3T. Not everything, just some and most importantly it's movies I want to edit, so transferring a 7G movie back and forth is a drag! It may be my OS which is XP SP3, but I can't imagine.