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Western Digital My Book Essential Edition (WDH1U3200 / WDH1U5000 / WDH1U6400 / WDH1U7500 / WDH1U10000 / WDH1U15000 / WDH1U20000)
5.1 out of 10

Western Digital My Book Essential Edition (WDH1U3200 / WDH1U5000 / WDH1U6400 / WDH1U7500 / WDH1U10000 / WDH1U15000 / WDH1U20000)

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Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Book Essential Edition (WDH1U3200 / WDH1U5000 / WDH1U6400 / WDH1U7500 / WDH1U10000 / WDH1U15000 / WDH1U20000)

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Overall 8
8.0

cool hard drive

Nderim R., Newegg
17 August 2010
  • Summary: Had it for a month, still waiting to see how long it will last
  • Pros: The pictures here are misleading - the drive and the external closure make up for a very small size. It is extremely quiet, something I was very skeptical about. 2 Terabytes are perfect for large data collections of any type.
  • Cons: * Takes time for the computer to find the drive. * Very, very annoying blue light when plugged in. * Having to plug it in to an external power source is also a drawback but for 100$, it's a sweet deal
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Overall 8
8.0

exactly what i wanted

Zbigniew S., Newegg
9 May 2010
  • Summary: Great overall, a bit slow for coping movies onto but I just got it for storage and watching movies on my PS3 so no complaints
  • Pros: Great drive, at 2Tb I have exactly what I wanted. It holds all my movies I have and then some. There are no problems with the drive since it is re-certified, looks and works like new.
  • Cons: When connected to my PS3 and letting it run, you have to be careful not to let it pause the movie for to long otherwise you would have to disconnect the HD from the power completely (there is no power switch) the then plug it in otherwise the PS3 will loose the connection and not be able to find ...
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Overall 8
8.0

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) ->...
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Overall 8
8.0

Good Drive, Not Quite as Expected

Anonymous, Newegg
8 December 2009
  • Summary: Bought this under the notion that it included WD's SmartWare backup software. Came to find out it doesn't. Otherwise, the price for the capacity was great (not so much at full price) and it's WD so it's a decent brand. Would use again unless backup software was required.
  • Pros: WD brand, Nice casing, Great value (when bought)
  • Cons: No power button/switch, Lacks SmartWare software
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Overall 8
8.0

My Book Essential 640GB

Benjamin F., Newegg
7 December 2009
  • Pros: Excellent hard drive, I thinks it's a great feature that it self parks.
  • Cons: none
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Overall 8
8.0

User Review

daniel s., Newegg
27 October 2009
  • Summary: GREAT DEAL_GOOD PRODUCT AND PRICE
  • Pros: Great enclosure with lots of ventilation holes but needs a little stand to mount it on, does not get at all hot.unit can hold a lot of interesting stuff..do'nt buy a cheap back-up for your prized collection!!
  • Cons: whats with the fat 32 mess and bloatware-first thing I had to do was learn how to reformat it to NTFS and I ain't no computer genius !!!
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Overall 8
8.0

Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 640 GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive

Vertex "neenamc", Amazon
26 October 2009
  • Summary: Western Digital My Book Essential Edition 640 GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive WDH1U6400N The above item works great, and the price was better than any other I found.
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Overall 8
8.0

Decent Enough

Brian P., Newegg
22 October 2009
  • Pros: Quiet and elegant looking. USB 2.0 interface good enough for unattended backups in the wee hours of the night. Price was great for the capacity. Running fine for a couple weeks with no hiccups.
  • Cons: The software that comes with it is inadequate for my needs. I need to do full system backups nightly, and the software was completely built around only backing up documents, pictures, music, and video. It's also only valid for 30 days until you need to pay more to keep using it. It's also formatt...
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Overall 8
8.0

Definitely NOT a Backup Drive

Michael K., Newegg
20 October 2009
  • Summary: I can't wait for an eSATA version of this unit!
  • Pros: Large capacity, reliable manufacturer, good warranty
  • Cons: Slow transfer rates, odd case design (more pretty than functional)
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Overall 8
8.0

So far so good

Max K., Newegg
29 September 2009
  • Summary: Will write a more in-depth review later on.
  • Pros: Bought it on 9/28/2009 and it was delivered on 9/29/2009. No need to opt for the $2.99 premium processing. The formating of NTFS is great. Just follow the instructions found in WD website's knowledge database article ID 207. You really have to read it to understand how to format properly if you a...
  • Cons: Touted at 2TB. When you got it, it's only 1.8TB. So that was like 200GB missing?
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