Reviews and Problems with Western Digital MyBook Essential WDBFJK0020HBK / WDBFJK0030HBK / WDBFJK0040HBK / WDBFJK0060HBK
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Still goes to idle
Butch, B&H Photo
6 days ago
Excerpt: The drive still goes into an idle state when you haven't used it for awhile. This is a real pain if you choose not to install their software. The price is good but this feature needs to be removed from future drives and if you want this feature you should have the option to install it not them makeing it the default. I will have to think hard before buying another.
Summary: I've not used the backup software and have only copied / saved all the files I wanted. I'm hoping to backup my laptop without their software because I want to remove the files such as their SW to leave more room. And why I gave it only 4*s. - I guess I'm too used to my other ext. HD when it easily backed up using the MS backup and I also copied & pasted files I wanted easier access to.
Summary: I probably wouldn't pay for one at full price, but the thing is still helpful to have. I might buy another one if it was a bit south of $100.
Pros: The thing is huge and I got it on sale for pretty cheap (~ $130). The USB 3 was certainly nice to have as well.
Cons: I can't say I'm too happy with it after all this time. It feels extremely slow. It also occasionally disconnects and quickly reconnects which has caused more than one file transfer to fail for me.
Summary: I purchased this so I could upgrade my hard drives to SSD drives in two computers. I figured with 4 TB I would have lots of room to back up both computers. After I got done loading all the WD software on my laptop I was ready to do a back up of the disk so I could put in the new SSD and restore it. Wrong. Not the fault of the WD as the SSD I bought was slightly smaller (480 gb) then the hard drive I was replacing (500 gb).
Excerpt: WD has gone to the worst possible cheap USB3 connector, vs the robust one that USED to be on the LaCie Porsche models - now they have also cheapened the design. One of the three I bought had the USB connector on the HDD unable to accept the USB cable - it was bent when it left the factory. Flimsy design, sub-par QC. BH no hastle RMA, but WD product sucks. Lots of reports of issues on other web sites with these products.
Summary: I would not recommend this external drive for the average consumer, if you only want to use it as a dumping ground then it works ok, but if you want an external drive for everyday backups or as NAS storage get something else.
Pros: large amount of storage space
Cons: does not work properly with built-in Windows backup application.
Excerpt: I use this drive to backup files from my laptop. It comes with really nice backup software that automatically backs up any files that have changed every evening. Software can be used on two different computers.
Pros: Easy To Install, Fast, Highly Compatible, Quiet, Reliable