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.
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: Fortunately both drives failed while still under warrenty. WD replaced each one fairly quickly. Keep the drive cool and it should last a long time. It has to stand upright for the air to circulate properly. A liitle desk fan for use during warmer weather would be a good idea.
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: Let me clarify by saying that it's not WDs fault the drive failed, it was more my own for being careless (left it plugged in during a restore, lesson learned), but again, their warranty system sucks.
Pros: Its a solid drive, I used it for over a year without any problems
Cons: The enclosure is cheap and provides poor ventilation, it would behoove you to replace it with something with a fan. If you buy from newegg, especially a WD drive, PAY THE $25 BUCKS FOR EXTENDED WARRANTY. WDs warranty system sucks.
Summary: This is my 2nd dead external hard drive, I think I'm going to stick with internal hard drives from now on.
Pros: Worked well for the first year.
Cons: Probably should've removed it from the external hard drive shell and put it directly into my computer, as it might've increased lifetime. A little after a year, which is when the warranty expired, the hard drive started making the dreaded clicking sound, and it was over. Death might've been cause...
Summary: I'm sure with RMA'ing the drive I'll be able to get a replacement, but now I'm afraid of formatting it at all. Which leaves me with a FAT32 drive that has many limits. Ah well.
Pros: Tons of space. Good transfer rate. Great company, normally.
Cons: Tried to format to NTFS using Windows XP's format program, and it wouldn't. Tried to reformat on another computer, still nothing. Used Linux based program and it pulled up an error. I don't understand why it won't format. Tried many different directions and I've done this before with other drives.