Reviews and Problems with Western Digital MyBook Essential WDBFJK0020HBK / WDBFJK0030HBK / WDBFJK0040HBK / WDBFJK0060HBK
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carlos r., Newegg
2 weeks ago
Summary: At least the Hardrive worked after going medevil on it.
Pros: Died after 3 moths! Didnt even last 2 hours, Backed up my files and then came back to it 3 months later and it didnt boot! KNOWN ISSUE!! The enclosure with stop working and the encrypted files will be locked so alllllll your data is gone! YOU have to bust the thing open, voiding the warranty and ...
Excerpt: Started buying a competitors portable and desktop hard drives several years ago (Seagate) and after 3 of them failed I switched to WD. Since then WD has not let me down. Their drives just plain work. 4TB for this price was a great deal.
Pros: Easy To Install, Fast, Highly Compatible, Quiet, Reliable
Summary: The first defective drive was exchanged by Newegg since it had only been a few weeks. I posted a review when the 2nd drive started acting up: Strange noises prompted me to run diagnostics and update firmware.
Pros: FAST on a good USB 3 controller. I get consistent large-file transfers of about 125 MB/s. I use this drive for nightly backups and it sits quietly, scooping up all the data I need it to. It uses a standard USB 3.0 micro port so if you misplace the supplied cord you can use a common micro USB cord...
Cons: The first item wasn't quite DOA, but it had some unrecoverable errors during my initial 1.2 TB backup. The 2nd drive had a brief issue after a firmware update but it resolved itself. The plastic casing feels a little cheap compared to some of the nicer (and more expensive) models like the MyBook ...
Summary: I've only had one out of dozens of WD drives fail before this so I hope they will make it right again.
Pros: Sturdy design, 7200 RPM, 2nd drive worked for a few weeks.
Cons: The first drive I received had to be RMA'd through Newegg after just a few days. It mounted and appeared to operate normally but during my initial backups it would report an error after about half an hour of copying. Ran WD Utilities extended test (surface scan) and it reported a failure. Replace...
Excerpt: Meets our normal high expectations of Western Digital. It was easy to connect and set up the My Book. I bought the 4TB capacity instead of the 2TB because 1) the price wasn't that much more, 2) you always need more storage capacity than you think you do, and 3) you want to have plenty of capacity...