Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book Essential Edition (WDH1U3200 / WDH1U5000 / WDH1U6400 / WDH1U7500 / WDH1U10000 / WDH1U15000 / WDH1U20000)
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Like all hard drives, it too eventually died
13 June 2014
Summary: I bought this as an add-on expansion drive for my DVR and got about 2½ years of faithful service out of it. However, when it died I lost all the shows and movies that were on it. Good price/performance ratio, just remember that all hard drives eventually fail.
Summary: This book was great. The price was great, but after about a year in the closet, I lost access to all my music that was stored on it. Luckily I had another backup copy. I contacted WD and they said sorry, out of warranty. All my other WD drives work fine...maybe the one in a million lemon.
Summary: WD makes the following claims about this software. 1. It's easy Yes, basically this one is true. 2. You can see your life safe in one place Well, you can see part of your life safe in one place. But there are significant peices of your life that are missing.
A vastly different product than the internal drives
D L, Amazon
30 January 2010
Summary: I am a very happy owner of several WD hard drives. And a not-so-happy owner of one of these. The ones I really like are the internal drives, have 3 PATA and two SATA WD's and those have been real champs, with no failures at all over all this time. Some have been in continuous service since 2003.
Summary: Just bought the drive, so we'll see if I come back to review the performance.
Cons: I hate preinstalled software that you have to jump through hoops to get it from mounting to your desktop. Basically you have to update the firmware, then run a program to get rid of the auto backup software. Seriously dislike this. I know it may only take 15 minutes of my time, but I just want to...
Summary: Whenever this hard drive is plugged into my Imac it changes my permissions and I have to use disk utility to repair it. I unplug the hard drive and permissions are fine until the next time I plug it in. Other that it is fine.
Summary: A word to the wise is sufficient. These drives do not last forever - you may get 1 year, 2 years, or even 3 - but sooner or later it's going to fail. Anything really important should be burnt to a CD or a DVD disk.
Jean Yates "Oregonian wine-ian & booklover", Amazon
24 July 2009
Summary: I still gave this drive 3 stars, but I hooked it up new out of the box for Time Machine backups, left it on 24/7 and when it filled up (Time Machine indicated it was full) it crashed. Just shows the horizontal white light moving from left to right, never "connects" to the computer.
Summary: I've backed up my Mac Mini with this once so far. It took a VERY long time over the USB connection. It also got hung several times. But it finally all was copied over. I spent some time going through some setup software that came with it...