Summary: I use this drive on computers running Mac OS 10.5 and 10.6. We have a number of these drives where I work and they are flaky at times, unmounting or not waking from sleep at random times. Sometimes the write speed becomes unbearably slow until you unmount and remount the drive.
Summary: I received the My Book Essential 2 TB external hard drive before the Labor Day holiday weekend. I bought it to archive my photo, video and document files. The first thing I did was copy a folder containing photos and video clips to the My Book. Some files copied ok but some would not copy.
Summary: No metion of a trail period. Just beware it will cost you extra to use. When you install, It will ask for a KEY code Number. You have to buy a KEY Code to run this machine after 30 days your trail will end. It cost $40.00.
Summary: I bought one of these and used it for several months, and liked it so well that I bought a second identical one. These drives are supposed to spin down and go into sleep mode after a period of inactivity. The first drive did that just fine, UNTIL I got the second drive.
Summary: Like everyone else who complained about this product, I had it for about a year now and then suddenly I could not access any data on it. Symptom looked like this: The drive made a clicking sound, Windows XP could see the drive when USB is plugged in, but could not access the data on it.
Summary: I just got this since I filled up my Maxtor External HD that I use for backup. This does work, and it's certainly quite simple to attach (good thing since it comes with basically no documentation, just a sketch of where to plug the cables).
Summary: I bought my WD drive (320 GB) without reading any of the reviews. There are many reviews saying that it dies after a year. I don't know, I guess I'll wait and see since I've only had mine about three or four months. My main gripe is the way this damn thing works.