Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book Essential Edition (WDH1U3200 / WDH1U5000 / WDH1U6400 / WDH1U7500 / WDH1U10000 / WDH1U15000 / WDH1U20000)
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Good hard drive; nice price
Teagan Mago, Amazon
27 February 2013
Summary: I'm very happy with this purchase. This hard drive has held up for over a few years with a lot of streaming to my TV. I'm happy with the read/write ability and have never had any issues. This metal case is pretty sturdy. It makes me very nervous that it's intended to stand up. It falls over VERY easily. Be careful. I would recommend propping this up with something.
Summary: I recently purchased a 2 TB external USB 2 drive. This was about 2 weeks ago and so far not one single problem. I did find the software a bit annoying at first, but have since ignored it mainly because I didn't buy it as a backup, I just wanted the storage. I have a couple of other drives all from different manufacturers(External). And while some reviews on this particular drive complain it's slow, I can't say that at all.
Format this drive to NTFS to allow support for large HD files
Romano "Bada Bing!", Amazon
24 December 2009
Summary: From a previous reviewer: "Most Windows and XP users will want to reformat the drive to the NTFS file system, which will support those 4+ gigabyte files FAT will not. You can easily reformat the drive under XP by clicking your way through Control Panel ("->" means you should click on this option) -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Storage -> Disk Management.
Summary: I bought this external hard drive for two reasons. Primarily, I wanted a backup for my new iMac, running OS 10.5.8. The drive booted up fine and has been quietly and with no problems for that purpose for about a month. The second reason was to move files from an older Mac, running OS 10.4.11. According to the packaging that came with the drive, it should have worked fine. However, I couldn't get it to work with that machine.
Summary: I've read mixed reviews on this product, but everything went without a hitch so far. I'm using it primarily as a Time Machine backup for my iMac and I've had no problems at all. Hopefully I won't be changing my opinion three to six months down the road.
Summary: I don't have a Mac, but BestBuy was closing these out recently for sixty-five bucks plus tax with free shipping, so I grabbed one. It will work fine with your Windows PC if you reformat it to NTFS. Takes about an hour to do, then it's ready to go. At that price, I'm willing to invest an hour in reformatting it to work with Windows. I notice people complaining about it being slow. Duh - it's a USB drive. Of course it's going to be slow.
Much more dependable than other versions of WD's products.
Don Doss "Music and Movie nut", Amazon
12 September 2009
Summary: I bought 2 of these 2 terrabyte Western Digital My Book Essential external drives. I've had very good results with them! This is unlike the reliability of the 1 terrabyte My Book that I bought. It has been a nightmare. I also got a 500 gigabyte My Book with my computer system and although I've had problems with it, it seems to have settled down. I would recommend these drives to anyone who needs lots of storage.